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"Is Architecture Art?" RHD Profile: Annalise Varghese

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Annalise has recently returned to the University of Queensland as a PhD Candidate as part of ATCH's Australia Research Council funded project “Is Architecture Art? A history of categories, concepts and recent practices.” Annalise completed both her Bachelor of Architectural Design and her Masters of Architecture in the school, and was interested in furthering her research in architectural theory, aesthetics and the phenomenon of “affect”. Annalise previously completed a thesis as part of her Masters of Architecture which investigated architecture’s potential to generate “affect.” In particular, she looked at how the projected affective moods of post-structuralist and formless architecture operate in contemporary aesthetic and affective domains. Furthering this research, for her PhD, Annalise will research the role of architectural “affect” in shaping views towards architecture as art, or not as art, with emphasis on the changes that arise when architectural affects are categorized as art within the controlled context of an exhibition. Annalise will analyse this architectural affect by looking at how it influences perceptions of architecture as distinct from other art forms, or either privileges or confronts the expectation for architecture to fulfill certain social, pragmatic, cultural, structural and environmental criteria.