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Mathew Aitchison

UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Architecture, The University of Queensland

Dr. Mathew Aitchison is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s School of Architecture, where he was previously Research Fellow and ATCH Centre Manager (2010-13). Mathew is a researcher, teacher and designer with extensive international experience. He is a leading scholar of 20th century architectural and urban design discourses, in particular, the mid-century Townscape movement. He is currently working towards a comprehensive monograph on Townscape, his publications in this field include, Visual Planning and the Picturesque (Getty, 2010), the first publication of Nikolaus Pevsner’s treatise on urban design and architecture, and a guested edited edition of the Journal of Architecture, entitled TOWNSCAPE REVISITED (2012). He has published widely, in international journals such as the AA Files, Journal of Architecture, and Fabrications, along with numerous book sections and conference papers. Mathew has worked as an architect and teacher internationally: in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and Australia. Building on international award-winning design experience, Mathew maintains a wide-ranging design practice, which includes competition schemes, research consultancies, building projects and design research collaborations with private and public bodies. His recent research focuses on the architecture of industry and prefabricated housing in Australia. Beginning December 2013, he will lead an expert team on a successful ARC Linkage research project entitled, “The Design and Construction of Quality, Sustainable and Affordable Pre-Made Housing in Australia – Optimisation and Integration” with a total operations budget of $2.1M ($675 ARC funding). Forthcoming publications include the edited edition, THE ARCHITECTURE OF INDUSTRY: PARADIGMS IN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING AND PLANNING, (Ashgate, 2014), of which Mathew is editor and contributing author.


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    UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow School of Architecture, The University of Queensland