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Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Davina Jackson M.Arch (UNSW) PhD by Pubs (Kent) is a Sydney-based writer of books, exhibitions, sites and papers on architecture, design, geographical and urban technology themes. A former editor of Architecture Australia and a founder of the smart light city festivals in Sydney and Singapore, she has been a visiting scholar with the universities of Cambridge (Architecture), London (Goldsmiths Computing) and Kent (Architecture) and was the lead editor of the first comprehensive manifesto of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (aka Digital Earth) project. She is now a councillor of The Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Royal Society of Arts and RSNSW. Her latest books are Australian Architecture: A history (Allen & Unwin, 2022) and Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design (Lund Humphries, 2018).


  • 2019–2022
    Honorary Academic, University of Kent (Architecture and Planning)
  • 2022–2022
    Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge (Architecture)
  • 2013–2018
    Visiting Research Fellow, Goldsmiths (Computing), University of London
  • 2006–2015
    Director, DCity Pty Ltd
  • 2008–2008
    d_city@NICTA project leader, NICTA
  • 2005–2007
    NSGlobal Associate Professor, University of New South Wales
  • 1992–2000
    Editor, Architecture Australia


  • 2018 
    University of Kent, PhD by Publications
  • 1997 
    University of New South Wales, M.Arch (history and theory)
  • 1976 
    Auckland Technical Institute, Certificate of Journalism


  • 2022
    Australian Architecture: A History, Allen & Unwin
  • 2018
    Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design, Lund Humphries
  • 2017
    Douglas Snelling: Pan-Pacific Modern Design and Architecture, Routledge
  • 2015
    SuperLux: Smart Light Art, Design and Architecture for Cities, Thames and Hudson
  • 2007
    Next Wave: Emerging Talents in Australian Architecture, Thames and Hudson
  • 2006
    Pink Fits: Australian Perspectives on Architecture 1993-2006, DCity
  • 2000
    Australian Architecture Now, Thames and Hudson

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow Royal Society of Arts
  • Honorary Life Member International Society for Digital Earth
  • Member Royal Australian Historical Society
  • Member Australian Society of Authors
  • Councillor and Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Councillor and Member, Georgraphical Society of New South Wales
  • Member The London Society
  • Member Society of Architectural Historians (USA)