Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Grid and Pattern Recognition in the Works of Edwin H Oribin: a Significant Northern Queensland Architect

  • Maryam Fayyaz
  • Prof. Antony Moulis (Supervisor)
  • Dr. Deborah van der Plaat (Supervisor)

This research proposal is about analyzing grids, shapes and patterns, more specifically in the plan form developed by the architect Edwin H Oribin and trace its developmental history in the perspective of modern art and architecture. Grids have always been used in history, there is evidence of their existence long before Renaissance but it was modern movement that declares their autonomy in full bloom. It was the time when everything was flattened onto a flat canvas with minimal reduced lines. That reductive method of drawing also influenced architects of that time and it started appearing in built form as well. From the pictorial grid paintings of Piet Mondrian, cubism of Picasso, abstract art of Kandinsky to the functional plans of Bauhaus movement, grids have been extensively worked upon and researched. It’s very interesting to decipher those lines once again in the works of an architect who was highly influenced by the modern movement of that time. In 1953 when Oribin started his practice, it was the apex of modern architecture sprouting from Europe and USA to all over the world. Oribin work also got inspired from it especially from the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright with features such as use of local materials and low height massing so as to form an integral whole with the site. There is little known about Oribin’s work, for the first time this research will examine his work, and will provide enough critique and appreciation it deserves.