Tarsha Finney is an architect and an urbanist. Her research interests cross several areas: domesticity and the problem of multi-residential housing with specific knowledge of the cities of New York, Beijing and Sydney; architectural typology and notions of disciplinary specificity and autonomy; and the architectural urbanism of innovation in cities. In 2003, whilst completing a Masters degree in Housing and Urbanism at the Architectural Association London, Tarsha won the Michael Ventris Memorial Award which enabled her to conduct primary research in China looking at the Danwei Live work unit implemented by the Communist government following the 1949 revolution. In 2004 Tarsha commenced doctoral studies at the Architectural Association with the Thesis: Repetition and Transformation: The Housing Project and the constitution of the Urban Field. New York 1935-1971. Supervisors Architectural Association: Lawrence Barth (AA) and Dr. Nikolas Bullock (Cambridge University). This work has now been transferred to UTS Supervisors Prof. Desley Luscombe(UTS) and Prof. Charles Rice (UTS).
For the last three years, Tarsha has spent time working in Alice Springs in Central Australia examining issues to do with the creative industries and indigenous art production, urban renewal and expansion.
Visiting Research Fellow, UTSMichael Ventris Award recipient 2003