New Publication: “Looking Back, Seeing Through: Contemporary Australian Pavilions”

Dr Susan Holden (UQ) and Dr Ashley Paine (UQ) examine Australia’s high-profile pavilion programs through the lens of shifting global practices in art and architecture in the latest edition (March-April) of Architecture Australia. For the full article, please click here 

ISAA Is Architecture Art? at Melbourne Design Week

Professor John Macarthur (UQ) discusses “Is Architecture Art? And, Why the Question Persists” at the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), in a lecture presented by Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) as a part of Melbourne Design Week   For more information on the lecture, please click

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ATCH Research Centre, The University of Queensland

JOB: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ATCH Research Centre, The University of Queensland

A one year research Postdoctoral position is available as part of the “Is Architecture Art?” project at the ATCH Research Centre, School of Architecture, The University of Queensland.

Prospective applicants may contact Professor John Macarthur directly on +61 432 753 431 or


Call for Papers: SAH 2018, St Paul, MN

We are pleased to announce that we will be convening a session at the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 2018 Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 18–22, 2018. Details are below, including a link to the conference page:—saint-paul/2018-call-for-papers

CfP: Alternative Histories of the Pavilion

Few would argue with the claim that the pavilion is one of the twentieth century’s most significant building types, employed by some of modernism’s most important architects. In the new millennium, the pavilion has again come to prominence. Programs such as the annual Serpentine Galleries’ summer pavilion in London have popularized the type, turning these often modestly-scaled temporary structures into a global phenomenon. While many recent pavilions share the formal novelty of their twentieth-century predecessors, the context and purpose of their exhibition is much changed. Few maintain the proleptic attitude and teleological drive of modern pavilions. Rather, today’s pavilions are highly aestheticized spectacles: they leverage architecture as a democratic art and use it as a vehicle for branding. Despite these differences, critical discourses tend to historicize the contemporary pavilion phenomenon through the narrow lens of the heroic avant-garde of modernism. It is also against this legacy that the success of contemporary pavilions tends to be measured, often unfavorably. More than a simple misalignment of modern and contemporary motivations, the hegemony of the Serpentine pavilion as a model obscures other, more complex and nuanced histories of pavilions from around the world, and limits our understanding of the pavilion type.

This session welcomes papers that explore alternative histories of the pavilion, and studies of practices that exist outside the dominant Eurocentric modernist tradition. We invite papers that attend to unexamined case studies and histories of the pavilion, especially those that have been overlooked, obscured by hegemonic narratives, or forgotten in architects’ formative oeuvres. Original analysis concerning trans-historical themes of function, temporality and scale is encouraged. We also welcome contributions that explore the history of pavilions in garden expos, programs for urban renewal and other interdisciplinary contexts, including artist-designed pavilions and their reception in architecture.

Session Chairs: Ashley Paine, University of Queensland, and Susan Holden, University of Queensland

Confirmed speakers for Inside | Outside conference

We are pleased to announce our confirmed speakers for the Inside | Outside conference in May.

Keynote Lecture: 4 May, 2017
Sarah Oppenheimer, Artist, New York (US)

Keynote Lecture: 5 May, 2017
John Körmeling, Architect, Eindhoven (NL)

Paper presentations 05-06 May 2017
Angelique Campens (KASK Ghent)
Guy Châtel (UGent)
Wouter Davidts (UGent)
Mark Dorrian (The University of Edinburgh)
Susan Holden (University of Queensland)
Maarten Liefooghe (VUB)
Mark D. Linder (Syracuse University)
John Macarthur (University of Queensland)
Philip Metten (KASK Ghent)
Ashley Paine (University of Queensland)
Emily E. Scott (ETH Zurich)
Léa-Catherine Szacka (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)
Annalise Varghese (University of Queensland)
Stefaan Vervoort (UGent)
Stephen Walker (The University of Manchester)
Rosemary Willink (University of Queensland)

“Inside | Outside” Conference, Ghent. 4-6 May, 2017

We are excited to announce our upcoming conference Inside | Outside to be held in Ghent, Belgium, 4-6 May 2017. An outline of the event follows:

Since the 1960s, art and architecture have experienced a radical and reciprocal trade: while artists have simulated ‘architectural’ means such as plans and models, built actual structures outside art institutions, or intervened directly into urban and public spaces, architects have evoked ‘artistic’ strategies such as sculptural objects and installations, inside art institutions, in exhibitions, biennales and art events. At the same time, art institutes themselves have combined both activities in an interdisciplinary, hybrid field, playing with the conditional differences between the literal and institutional boundaries of inside and out.

Expanding one’s practice was not only a matter of repudiating and transgressing the disciplinary limits and medium-related dogmas of modernism, however. It was also a question of choosing and evaluating instruments. After all, when “there’s only art” (Burgin) or when “everything is architecture” (Hollein), the methods and concepts of cultural practice, as well as the status of disciplinary objects, are up for grabs.

The conference Inside | Outside will focus on specific examples or ‘cases’ of the two-way directions of transaction: artists adopting architectural means on the one hand, and architects adopting artistic strategies on the other. In particular, it will study both historical and contemporary examples of the transposition of means and strategies from architecture to art, and vice versa, up to the point where their status, meaning or function is dislodged and transformed.

The conference Inside | Outside wants to investigate the potential openings and possible deadlocks of such exchanges, both in terms of the means and strategies they displace and the context in which they happen—that is, inside or outside institutional spaces and venues. In this sense, the interest lies less in how means and strategies mobilize disciplines than the other way around.

The conference Inside | Outside is the inaugural event of ‘Is Architecture Art?,’ a research project of the Centre for Architecture, Theory, History and Criticism (ATCH), at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland (AUS) in partnership with the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning, Ghent University (BE). The conference is organized in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK), School of Arts, Ghent (BE).