Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism History
School of Architecture

Visiting Fellows


  • Call for 2018 Applications

    ATCH Visiting Fellows Program: 2018.

    The ATCH (Architecture Theory Criticism History) Research Centre invites Expressions of Interest for the Visiting Fellows Program 2018.  The program welcomes Expressions of Interest from scholars with varying levels of experience who are carrying out critical research in architecture.

    ATCH is located within the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia. The Centre supports innovative and interdisciplinary research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Architecture and its place within a larger history of ideas is a strong focus within the Centre.  Bringing together Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Fellows, Postgraduates and Academics from UQ’s School of Architecture, the centre offers a stimulating and rich environment for enquiry and debate. An active program of seminars, lectures, symposia, workshops and exhibitions is run throughout the year. For a full list of people, recent fellows and events please see ATCH Website.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program supports short term residencies of one to three months for scholars to work on innovative research on the history, theory and criticism of architecture. Projects that overlap with the work of existing ATCH scholars will be favoured.  The program welcomes applicants from all levels of academia but particularly encourages proposals from new and mid-career scholars. Visiting Fellowships are not open to postgraduate students.

    The Visiting Fellows Research Program will provide a return airfare to Brisbane and a workspace within the centre. All Fellows will have access to UQ libraries, including the Fryer Library and Architecture and Music Library. Support for accommodation may also be available depending on the applicant’s financial circumstances. 

    Visiting Fellows will be required to present their research in progress in a public lecture, participate in seminars and conferences organised during their residency, and contribute to RHD events. Published outcomes of research undertaken during the Fellowship should acknowledge ATCH and the UQ School of Architecture.

    While ATCH Visiting Fellows are solicited through EOIs, the Centre also directly invites Fellows to participate in the program.

    Expressions of Interest should be submitted as a single PDF file and address the following items in this order:

    • Name and contact details
    • Title of Research Project
    • Short Research Proposal including intended outcomes (500 words)
    • Short Biography including details of qualifications and 2 recent publications (200 words)
    • Citizenship & Employment Status. Will the applicant be on sabbatical during the course of the Fellowship?
    • Is the project supported by other sources of funding?
    • Is financial assistance for accommodation requested, and if so, on what grounds.
    • Preferred dates and duration of Fellowship in 2018.

    If your EOI proceeds to the second stage, the candidate will be invited to submit additional documentation including: 

    • A short statement of relevance to ATCH Centre and existing members’ work
    • Relation of the project to the applicant’s past and future research
    • Two samples of published written work (journal articles, pieces of criticism, book chapter, chapter from a submitted PHD thesis).
    • Name and contact details for 2 referees.

    Please note that the Australian Academic Year runs across two semesters from March to November with inter-semester breaks from late June to July and December to February. 

    EOIs should be submitted by email to: (d.vanderplaat@uq.edu.au) by July 1, 2017. Candidates will be notified by September 1, 2017 if they have proceeded to the second stage.

    For additional information please contact Centre Manager, Dr Deborah van der Plaat: d.vanderplaat@uq.edu.au

    Call for Expression of Interest close: July 1, 2017.

    Pdf copy of information 


  • Dr. Guido Cimadomo

    Guido Cimadomo is lecturer in Architectural History and Composition and Coordinator for International Mobility at the Higher Technical School of Architecture, University of Malaga (Spain) since 2010. Guido is Expert member of the ICOMOS’ scientific committee CIPA for the Documentation of Architectonic Heritage and of UNESCO’s Forum «University and Heritage». He shares the practice of architecture working on the design of cultural and sport facilities and on documentation, rehabilitation and dissemination of cultural heritage with academic research on urban and territorial transformations, on involving community participation for urban and heritage development and broader themes related with the history and theory of Architecture. Coordinator of the online course “Writing architecture: Pathlines and critera” since 2010, has recently published the book “Cesare Brandi. The classical language of architecture” with Asimetrica Editorial.

    During his stay at ATCH, Guido will be working on his project Heritage as an asset. New tools for the participation of communities in the protection of cultural heritage.

  • Dr. Tom Brigden

    Dr. Tom Brigden comes to us from the University of Newcastle. Tom is a practicing conservation architect based between offices in York, London and Melbourne, Australia, and is currently on a three year fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust. During this time Tom is working on a book project for the Royal Institute of British Architects which unpicks the history of the idea of the ‘protected vista’ in urban planning policy, in particular the protection of views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. Tom’s research traces the origins of current policy in the eighteenth century aesthetic convention of the ‘picturesque’, via its various guises in landscape art, architecture, urban design and the ‘townscape’ movement of the 1960s.

     During his stay, Tom will be extend his PhD research : The Protected Vista: An Intellectual and Cultural History, As Seen from Richmond Hill. Working with Prof. John Macarthur, he will work on ideas of the Picturesque and the role of view protection in contemporary heritage policy


  • Dr. Maarten Liefooghe

    Maarten Liefooghe is assistant professor in Architectural History at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium. He is also a post-doctoral research fellow of the Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) at Ghent University. His work deals with contemporary intersections of the visual arts, architecture, museology and preservation. His current project ‘Curating Architecture in the Expanded Field of Historic Preservation’ studies the design and use of 1:1 exhibits and of in situ interventions in contemporary architecture exhibitions. It assesses if and how these practices could serve as conceptual and practical models for alternative approaches to key problems in the conservation and mediation of architectural heritage.

    Earlier, Maarten wrote an architecture theoretical dissertation entitled ‘The Monographic Factor’ at Ghent University. The project approached the problem of museum architecture by focussing on single-artist museums such as the Musée Gustave Moreau or the Andy Warhol Museum, studying the subject-centred ideology of this museological subgenre, and mapping the institutional and architectural hybridities of these art museums cum archive and memorial. In 2015, together with Stefaan Vervoort, he curated a lecture series and an exhibition on exhibiting architecture at Ghent University. In 2016 he was a visiting researcher at the Critical Heritage Studies section of the Institute of Archaeology (UCL, London). His publications include: ‘The 1996 Architecture Biennale : The Unfulfilled Promise of Hans Hollein's Exhibition Concept’ in OASE, no. 88 (2012); ‘14, Rue De La Rochefoucauld : The Partial Eclipse of Gustave Moreau.’ In Hiding Making, Showing Creation : The Studio from Turner to Tacita Dean (Esner et al. eds.; Amsterdam University Press, 2013); ‘On the Reality Effect of Biographical Details and Objects: Revisiting the Artist’s Museum with Roland Barthes.’ in Die Biographie - Mode Oder Universalie? (Peters et al. eds; De Gruyter, 2015); ‘Exhibiting Architecture à la manière de’ with Stefaan Vervoort in the Journal of Architectural Education 70, no. 1 (2016); ‘Exhibits that matter: Material Gestures with Theoretical Stakes’ in This Thing Called Theory (Stoppani et al. eds.; Routledge, 2016).

    During his research stay as an ATCH fellow, Liefooghe will work on a theoretical conceptualization and on a case study (Rotor’s 2012 Grindbakken exhibition) to explore the ontological ambiguities of temporary in situ architecture exhibits: ‘real’ architectural ‘interventions in the world’ that are still bracketed by – or bracketing – an exhibition condition.

  • Catharina Gabrielsson

    Catharina Gabrielsson is assistant professor in urban theory at the School of Architecture KTH (Stockholm) and director of the PhD programme Art, Technology and Design – a joint venture between KTH and Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) for practice-based and artistic research. Her work critically examines the borders between neighbouring disciplines/contexts, such as the city and the countryside, architecture and urbanism, as informed by recent thinking on critical theory, material culture and global capitalism. She co-edited (with Hélène Frichot and Jonathan Metzger) Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2016) and is invited guest co-editor (with Helena Mattsson) for a special issue of Architecture and Culture, “Architecture and Capitalism: Solids and Flows (Vol. 5 issue 2, July 2017). She is a contributor to e.g. Deleuze and Architecture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), Field/Work (London: Routledge 2010) and Curating Architecture and the City (London: Routledge 2009). During her stay at ATCH, Catharina will be working on her project Housework: Maintaining Architecture that combine fieldwork operations with experiments in writing to examine the limits, labour and affects of architecture in complex geopolitical settings. 


    Catharina will be visiting from 1st March - April 6th 2017 


  • Andong Lu

    Professor Andong Lu is an ATCH Research Fellow from Nanjing University. 

    During his stay, Andong presented "Design in the Rice Fields: Three Recent Projects" at the School of Architecture Research Seminar Series and also participated in the ATCH Off-Campus Day. 

    Andong Lu visited the University of Queensland from the 9th - 11th November, 2016.

  • Marc Treib

    Marc Treib is Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley and a noted landscape and architectural historian and critic. He has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia, including An Everyday Modernism: The Houses of William Wurster (1995); Space Calculated In Seconds: The Philips Pavilion, Le Corbusier, Edgard Varèse (1996); Thomas Church, Landscape Architect (2004); Settings and Stray Paths: Writings on Landscapes and Gardens (2005); Representing Landscape Architecture (2007); Drawing/Thinking (2008); Spatial Recall: Memory in Architecture and Landscape (2009); and Meaning in Landscape Architecture & Gardens (2011). In press are Austere Gardens, and Landscapes of Modern Architecture: Wright, Mies, Neutra, Aalto, Barragán (both 2016).

    Marc Treib has written several hundred chapters, essays, and exhibition and book reviews on architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, architectural history, book reviews, and design theory in periodicals. In addition, he has been invited to deliver lectures at nearly three hundred schools, universities, and professional organizations and conferences world-wide.

    Marc Treib maintains a design practice in graphic design, with numerous projects for books, posters, environmental sculpture, exhibition design, competitions, etc. with work published in numerous design publications internationally.

    He will be visiting UQ and ATCH from 17th until 19th October.

  • Wouter Davidts

    Wouter Davidts lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. He teaches at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University (UGent), Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp, and the Drama Department of the Royal Conservatory Antwerp. He has been awarded the Eduardo Chillida Professorship 2015 at the Art History Institute of the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

    From 2009 until 2012 he was Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at VU University in Amsterdam. Between 2003 and 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University, where he obtained a PhD on museum architecture in 2003. He was a British Academy research fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London (2006), research fellow at the Research Group of Visual Arts, Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving|St Joost, Avans Hogeschool (2007-2008), and a visiting research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2008).

    He is the author of Bouwen voor de kunst? Museumarchitectuur van Centre Pompidou tot Tate Modern(A&S/books, 2006) and has published on the museum, contemporary art and architecture in journals such asAfterall, Archis, De Witte Raaf, Footprint, Kritische Berichten, Metropolis M, OASE and Parachute, and in books and exhibition catalogues. His exhibition reviews have appeared a.o. in Artforum, Camera Austria, Sculpture andOPEN. A selection of his essays on art, architecture and the museum is forthcoming (Valiz, 2016). Currently he is working on a book-length project on size and scale in postwar art, entitled Larger than the Body: Size and Scale in Postwar American Art, for which he received a 2015 Terra Foundation for American Art International Research Travel Grant.

    He edited The Fall of the Studio: Artists at Work (Valiz, 2009; with Kim Paice), CRACK: Koen van den Broek (Valiz, 2010), and most recently, Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office: Orban Space (Valiz, 2012; with Guy Châtel & Stefaan Vervoort).

    He curated Philippe Van Snick. Undisclosed Recipients at BK SM in Mechelen (2006; with Hilde Van Gelder),Beginners & Begetters at Extra City in Antwerp (2007), Abstract USA 1958–1968. In the Galleries at the Rijksmuseum Twenthe in Enschede (2010), Alentour in the Gallery Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp (2012), Friends and Neighbors in the new studio space of Koen van den Broek (2013), Orban Space: Luc Deleu – T.O.P. office at Stroom Den Haag (2013; with Stefaan Vervoort) and Extra City Antwerp (2013; with Stefaan Vervoort), The Corner Show (Fall 2015, Extra City Antwerp; with Mihnea Mircan and Philip Metten), and After Scale Model: Dwelling in the Work of James Casebere (2016, BOZAR, Brussels).

    Wouter Davidts will be visiting the University of Queensland from the 5th - 15th September 

  • Dr Hélène Frichot

    Dr Hélène Frichot is an Associate Professor and Docent in Critical Studies in Architecture, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH, Stockholm.

    She co-curated the Architecture+Philosophy public lecture series in Melbourne, Australia between 2005-2014 (http://architecture.testpattern.com.au). Hélène is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Design RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, where between 2004-2011 she held a tenured academic position, holding the position of senior lecturer between 2007-2011. Here she led the Architecture+Philosophy research stream with a focus on how to integrate critical theory into the emerging domain of research through design. Hélène’s research examines the transdisciplinary field between architecture and philosophy, while her first discipline is architecture, she holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney (2004). Her published research has ranged widely from commentary on the ethico-aesthetics of contemporary digital architecture operating within the new biotechnological paradigm, to the role of emerging participatory and relational practices in the arts, including critical, creative, and feminist spatial practices. She considers architecture-writing to be her mode of creative and critical practice and is currently part of the Vetenskapsrådet Swedish Research Council grant called Transversal Writing, with Catharina Gabrielsson. Between November 17-19 2016, with a group of her colleagues within KTH Architecture and the Built Environment she will convene the 13th international AHRA (Architectural Humanities Research Association) conference, with the title Architecture and Feminisms: Ecologies, Economies, Technologies, see architecturefeminsims.org.

    A selection of recent publications include: Co-editor with Catharina Gabrielsson, Jonathan Metzger, eds. Deleuze and the City (Edinburgh University Press, 2016); co-editor with Elizabeth Grierson, Harriet Edquist, De-Signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice (Lexington Books, 2015); co-editor with Stephen Loo, eds, Deleuze and Architecture (Edinburgh University Press, 2013); ‘Söder Pops Island: My Own Personal Gentri-Fiction’ in Candide-Journal for Architectural Knowledge, No. 9, 2015; with Helen Runting, ‘Welcome to The Promenade City: A Gentrifictional Cartography of Stockholm in the Postindustrial Age’, in Architecture and Culture: Journal of Architectural Humanities Research Association, Bloomsbury, 2016; ‘On the Becoming-Indiscernible of the Diagram in Societies of Control’ in Daniel Koch and Pablo Miranda, guest eds, Models and Diagrams in Architectural Design, JOSS (Journal of Space Syntax), 2014.


  • Dr Lina Malfona

    Lina Malfona (Cosenza, 1980) is an architect and a Ph.D. in Architectural and Urban Design. Since 2009, she has been working as Adjunct Professor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture of the University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. In 2014, she was awarded with a pre-qualification for tenure positions as Associate Professor.

    Malfona authored a number of essays and monographs on matters related to the theory of architecture and to the relationships between built form and urban space. In her latest writings, she analysed the form of the city as a critical and political device for social and architectural innovation. Consider, for instance, her essay "Learning from Japan" (2015) and her books, such as Tra Roma e il mare (Libria, 2014) and Il tracciato urbano : The urban layout (Libria, 2012).

    Since 2007, she has been a founding partner of the Malfona Petrini Architects studio. Her professional work – such as her project “Case binate a Formello”, that won the prize “RomArchitettura5” – was reviewed in several architectural journals. She was also invited to a number of drawing exhibitions, in which her drawing method was seen as a process of lexical drying, as an instrument of self-knowledge and as a device for interpreting reality.

    Recently, Malfona was published on topics related to the architectural practices of writings. Consider, for instance, the essays "Poetics of Corruption" (Aracne, 2015), "Critical Distances" (Esse. Arts + Opinions, n. 85/2015) and the book Il Manifesto dell’Architettura Futurista, edited with Franco Purini and containing contributions by Jean-Louis Cohen, Joseph Rykwert and Kenneth Frampton (Gangemi, 2015).

    During her stay at ATCH, Malfona will work with Professor John Macarthur on the influence of the merry-go-round model on the imagery of architects from Futurism until the present day.

  • Léa-Catherine Szacka

    Léa-Catherine Szacka is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies (OCCAS) part of the institute of Form, Theory and History, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Her thesis on the history of the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale (forthcoming, Ashgate, 2015) looks at the presentation and representation of architecture in exhibitions, the post-1968 institutionalisation of architecture, as well as the postmodern debate in Europe and America.

    Szacka has published widely on postmodern architecture and has acted as editor, with Charles Jencks and Eva Branscome, for the 2011 re-edition of The Post-modern Reader. Alongside her interest for postmodernism, lies one for exhibiting architecture. More recently, Szacka presented Effimero: Or the Postmodern Italian Condition, a contribution to Monditalia exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

    During her stay at ATCH, Léa-Catherine will work with Silvia Micheli on the publication At the origins of the Postmodern project: Paolo Portoghesi (1953-1995), a critical investigation of Portoghesi’s central role in defining what can be called ‘the postmodern project’ in Italy and beyond. 


  • Professor Tom Avermaete

    Professor Tom Avermaete is a Professor of Architecture at the Technical University of Delft and author of several books, including Another Modern: the Post-War Architecture and Urbanism of Candilis-Josic-Woods. He is an editor of OASE Architectural Journal, The Nordic Journal of Architecture and one of the initiators of the research and exhibition project In the Desert of Modernity: Colonial Planning and After (Berlin 2008, Casablanca 2009, Marseille 2013). His recent work includes the book Making a New World? Re-Forming and Designing Modern Communities and an exhibition at the CCA on two major urban experiments in the Global South: Chandigarh and Casablanca.

    During his stay at ATCH, Avermaete worked with the Hot Modern project, offering insights into other (hot) modernisms that developed around the globe and teasing out similarities and differences with Queensland’s mid-century architecture.

  • Assistant Professor Andrew Holder

    While visiting, Dr Holder delivered The Mayne Centre Lecture 2014: "On the Possibility of a New Balloon Animal, or, Architecture and Subjecthood". The lecture rigorously examined a frivolous object in order to advocate a possible future for architecture and art. Returning to Jeff Koons 'Rabbit' of 1986 as an exemplar, the lecture posed a series of questions to establish the terms of this speculation: How do balloon animals construct an audience? What might it mean to make a wholly new balloon animal? And how can the logic of a balloon animal extend to the domain of architecture? While balloon animals have a “seriousness problem” – superficially considered they might seem indelibly associated with pop art and children’s birthday parties – a close reading yields a set of generalizable principles that escape these associations and suggest a radical re-working of the built environment and our place in it.


  • Professor Marco Biraghi

    Professor Marco Biraghi (Milan Polytechnic) came to UQ in June 2013 as ATCH Visiting Fellow. During his visit, he had one-on-one meetings with PhD students and researchers; gave a lecture on Pier Vittorio Aureli’s books for ATCH members and an open talk about contemporary public space. He also took part in the 30th SAHANZ conference at the Gold Cost, where together with Dr Silvia Micheli they presented their book Storia dell’architettura italiana 1985-2015 (Turin: Einaudi 2013).

    This link has led to the organization of the seminar New forms of public space between Italy and Australia on 18th June 2014 at the School of Architecture and Society at the Milan Polytechnic, with the involvement of researchers from the ATCH research centre.

    The invitation of Biraghi by ATCH is part of a long-term program set up by EAIT Faculty to strengthen international relationships between Milan Polytechnic and The University of Queensland.


  • Tom Weaver

    Thomas Weaver has been the editor of AA Files since 2007, managing editor of all of the AA's publications and teaches architectural history and theory on the AA's History & Critical Thinking MA programme. He writes regularly for various books and journals, lectures in schools of architecture internationally and has previously edited ANY magazine in New York. Hehas also taught architectural history and design at Princeton University and the Cooper Union. 


  • Associate Professor John Harwood

    John Harwood pursued research for his book Corporate Architecture, 17th-20th Centuries, and collaborated with ATCH scholars on research into the origins of formalized PhD curricula in architectural history, theory and criticism.

  • Dr Jasper Cepl

    While at ATCH, Jasper concentrated on a collaboration with John Macarthur and Mathew Aitchison. The group commenced research on the relationship of the English-language "Picturesque" and its German-language loose-equivalent "das Malerische".


  • Dr Silvia Micheli

    Dr Silvia Micheli (Milan Polytechnic) visited UQ between October and December 2010 as ATCH Visiting Fellow. During her two-month residency, Micheli was involved in intellectual exchanges with ATCH members, actively joining seminars, conferences and study-visits to Queensland architecture in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.

    As a consequence of her interactions with ATCH, Micheli has been invited to contribute to two symposia organised by the Centre: the ‘Townscape Symposium’ (London, 2011) convened by Dr Mathew Aitchison, and ‘The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980’ symposium (Rome, 2012), which was part of an ARC Discovery project led by ATCH Director Professor John Macarthur with Dr Andrew Leach (Griffith University) and Maarten Delbeke (Ghent University). Moreover she had a paper accepted to the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand edited by ATCH members Dr Antony Moulis and Dr Deborah van der Plaat (Brisbane, 2011). ATCH stimulating intellectual environment prompted Micheli to apply for a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship that she has obtained and started in June 2012.

    The invitation of Micheli by ATCH is part of a long-term program set up by EAIT Faculty to strengthen international relationships between Milan Polytechnic and The University of Queensland.


  • Adjunct Associate Professor Erik Gheniou

    Erik M Ghenoiu (Ph.D Harvard) has served as visiting professor of architectural history and theory at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York since 2007, where he is faculty advisor to TARP Architecture Manual. He has also taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Harvard University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is affiliated with the Transatlantic Graduate Program of the center for Metropolitan Studies. Presently he is preparing a book on “tradition” as modernism in German architecture and city planning around 1900. His essay, ‘Charles W, Moore and the Idea of Place’ appeared in Fabrications 18:2 (December 2008).