Master of Architecture - University of Newcastle


The following contributors are intrinsic to the development of architectural design and thinking with significant influence on the culture of the Newcastle School.

Our valued contributors to the Masters programme include:
 7 Adjunct Professors of which six are AIA Gold medalists, Professor Michael Chapman, Professor Sue Anne Ware, Professor Mark Taylor, Dr. Chris Tucker, Dr. Yannis Zovealas, Dr. Neena Mand, Mr Peter Stevens and of course Mr John Roberts; extending to tutoring practitioners and alumni. 



The following contributors are intrinsic to the development of architectural design and thinking with significant influence on the culture of the Newcastle School.


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Pia Ednie-Brown is a creative practitioner and Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her practice, Onomatopoeia, is grounded in the discipline of architecture, while working across diverse media, methods and milieu. Her research seeks to work against anthropocentrism through revealing habitual oversights and unacknowledged agency in architectural environments. Her research has explored ethics, innovation, emergence, and emerging technologies, particularly in relation to creative practice research methodologies. Her writing and creative works have been published widely in international contexts, and she has edited two books: Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT Press, 2009) and The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality (AD, Wiley, 2013).

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Rebecca recently joined the University of Newcastle following three years at the University of Melbourne. She is a New Zealand Registered Architect and lectures in Architectural History / Theory. Rebecca’s research takes place at the intersections of architecture, medicine, pedagogy and practice. She is interested in how architecture communicates; specifically, how it expresses empathy and reframes expectations of traditional architectural typologies. Her research is also interested in how we educate architects for an increasingly complex profession, and the relevance of history and theory to contemporary architectural practice. She was the recent recipient of a three-year DECRA research fellowship from the Australian Research Council to investigate the spaces in which palliative care is delivered.



ADJUNCT PROFESSORS Kerry and Lindsay Clare

Kerry + Lindsay Clare established Clare Design at Mooloolaba, Queensland in 1979 and have completed more than 150 projects ranging from single residences to attached housing, commercial, educational and public buildings. In 1998 they were appointed as Design Directors for the NSW Government Architect, from 2000 to 2010 they were founding Design Directors of Architectus Sydney.

Since 1982, their practice has received 3 state and national awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for housing, public recycling, civic and commercial projects. Major awards include the National Robin Boyd in 1992 and 1995, the National RAIA Commercial Award 1995, the National BHP Steel Futures Award 1993, the National RAIA Environment Award 1996, the National Public Architecture Award in 2006 (Architectus) and a National Commendation for Multiple Residential Architecture for the UNSW Student Housing Village in 2010 (Architectus). Kerry + Lindsay have exhibited work at the 1991 and 2008 Venice Biennale, the 1996 Milan Triennale, the 1996 UIA Congress in Barcelona and the “Place Makers – Contemporary Queensland Architects “exhibition at GoMA in 2008. Their Cotton Tree social housing project was selected in 2000 by the Architectural League as one of ten worldwide for inclusion in the “Ten Shades of Green” exhibition in New York. The exhibition travelled to USA states until 2005 to demonstrate architectural excellence and environmental sensitivity

In 2010, Kerry + Lindsay Clare received the AIA Gold Medal for their “contribution to the advancement of architecture and particularly sustainable architecture” – AIA jury citation.

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ADJUNCT Professor Richard Leplastrier

Richard LePlastrier is a seminal figure in Australian architecture and architectural education. He eschews publicity and his built works are secret treasures to be discovered only by those privileged enough to be introduced to them. His sensitivity to issues of culture and place and his accumulated wisdom in the design and making of architecture is gently revealed though his tutorial sessions in the design studio. He received national recognition in 1999 through the award of the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Richard has received international recognition through receipt of the 2004 ‘Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award’. The award, established in Finland by the Wood in Culture Association, is granted every second year for architectural excellence. The first recipient of the Award in 2000 was Renzo Piano from Italy, and in 2002 the Award was presented to architect Kengo Kuma from Japan, in 2006 to Peter Zumthor and in 2008 to José Cruz Ovalle from Chile. He has been awarded the Dreyer Foundation Prize of Honour 2009 in Denmark, the first time an architect from outside Denmark has received this prize.

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An urban design architecture and sports planning enthusiast, Lawrence Nield has seen his fair share of the world, working in Australia and New Zealand, Greece, China, Vietnam, Italy, France and Britain. Having been appointed head of masterplanning for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in 1994, he designed five venues in 2004 Athens, and five venues and for the Beijing Olympic Games. He worked on the Paris Olympic bid for 2012 Games for which he was made ‘le Chevalier de l’ordre des l’Arts et Lettres’ by the French Republic. The Architectural Society of China honoured him the “Grand Architectural Creation Award’ after the Olympic Games. Nield was the Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney from 1992-1996, and is now a visiting Professor at the University of NSW.

He founded the firm Lawrence Nield & Partners in 1976, which merged with Bligh Voller in 1998 to form Bligh Voller Nield, He designed the Sydney Olympic Tennis Centre and Beijing Olympic Tennis Centre. His designs have won numerous awards, including the RAIA Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings in 1997 for University of the Sunshine Coast Library, the Sulman Award and the RIBA International Award. He is the author the Australian and New Zealand section of the ‘Oxford Companion to Architecture’ and co–author of the ‘Changing Hospital Architecture’ and ‘City Spaces: art and design’ (ed. Elizabeth Mossop).

In 2012, Lawrence won the prestigious Gold Medal from Australian Institute of Architects for “outstanding contribution to architecture for over forty-five years.”

Lawrence and his wife Andrea Nield are directors of Studio Nield - An Architecture and Urban Design practice.

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Andrea Nield is an Australian architect with a prolific career in architecture and humanitarianism whom founded and was elected the first president of Emergency Architects Australia. Nield has directed major relief and reconstruction work in Aceh, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands and Victoria, Australia after natural disasters. EAA is associated with the French emergency architecture agency Architectes de l'urgence Foundation

In 2008, Andrea was awarded the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize for her invaluable contribution and leadership within and beyond the architecture profession

Nield has designed hospitals in Afghanistan, Hong Kong and Australia and is a joint author of "Beyond Shelter – Architecture for Crisis" and "Beyond Shelter – Architecture and Human Dignity (2012)". She was the Australian Institute of Architects (NT) Creative Director for AusIndoArch Tropfix Student Design Workshop held in June 2014 and the AusIndoArch Conference in Darwin November 2014, Australia.

Andrea and her husband Lawrence Nield are directors of Studio Nield – an Architecture and Urban Design practice.

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ADJUNCT Professor Peter Stutchbury

Peter Stutchbury is emerging as one of the leaders of a new generation of Australian architects. He is recognised for his innovative approach to sustainability and design. A principal of the firm Peter Stutchbury Architecture he has practiced independently since 1981 producing a wide variety of work. Projects have been published and acclaimed internationally. Peter has taught both nationally and internationally significantly as visiting professor at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico where he held the Catedra Luis Barragáßn, visiting professor at the University of Arizona, the National University of Columbia, Bogota and most recent University Chile. He is currently a Professor at The University of Newcastle, Australia receiving the convocation medal in 2004 and one of the distinguished ‘masters’ with the Architecture Foundation Australia.

Since 1995 his firm has won an unprecedented 41 Australian Institute of Architects Awards, including National awards. In 2003 Peter became the first Architect to win both National Architecture Awards for Residential and Public Buildings, repeating this in 2005. In 1999 he won the overall National Metal Industries award of Excellence and in 2000 and 2008 The Australian Timber Award. In 2006 Peter was runner-up in the “Innovative Architectures – Design and Sustainability” award in Italy and in 2008 the firm won the International ‘Living Steel’ Competition for extreme climate housing in Russia. Peter Stutchbury Architecture has exhibited work across Australia, Germany, Japan, Luxembourg, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, USA and Slovenia and at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy in both 2006 and 2008.

In 2015, Peter Stutchbury received the AIA Gold Medal for his “ongoing contribution to the advancement of architecture through practice, teaching and participation in professional activities and organizations” – AIA jury citation.

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