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The Big History of Australian Architecture will be the definitive text on the history of Australian Architecture and what drives its culture and assumptions.

In eight comprehensive sections, the book will explore the ideas, themes and character of Australian Architecture from Traditionalism to Modernism. It will also challenge our perceptions of Australian architecture and offer new interpretations on its role in settler society, addressing our Indigenous peoples presence or denial in architectural culture and reflect on the issues around urbanism and settlement planning.

Passionate about analysing and taking on the perplexing dimensions of Australian architectural culture, the authors have created a book destined to become required reading for all who study built and planned Australia.

Meet the authors

Associate Professor Conrad Hamann

Conrad Hamann is an Associate Professor in the history of architecture and cities at RMIT. An historian by training, he has worked in researching the history of architecture for fifty years and been awarded with a Harkness Fellowship for study at Yale and Columbia Universities, and recognised with an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects for contributing to Australian architectural history. Conrad has written and co-written several respected books, including Cities of Hope: Australian Architecture and design by Edmond and Corrigan, 150: An Unfinished Experiment in Living, and Kevin Borland: Architecture from the Heart. In 2021, he was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects prestigious Neville Quarry award, which recognises a significant contribution to architectural education and an outstanding contribution in areas of teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement.

Associate Professor Conrad Hamann Associate Professor Conrad Hamann

Ian McDougall

Ian McDougall is Founding Director of ARM Architecture and recognised internationally for his work in urban design and architecture. He has been the Director in Charge of many large, collaborative and high-profile projects including the Melbourne Recital Centre, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance redevelopment. In 2016, Ian he won the Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest accolade awarded by the Institute. Ian is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at both the University of Adelaide and Melbourne’s RMIT University.

Dr Christine Phillips

Dr Christine Marie Phillips is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT's School of Architecture and Urban Design and a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria. She is committed to promoting Indigenous-led design and working towards a reconciled future for Australia's built environment, working closely with several Indigenous communities. Christine recently co-authored 'Robin Boyd: Late Works' (URO: 2020) and is a co-director of OoPLA with Tania Davidge.

John Gollings

John Gollings is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT. He works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer, primarily on long-term cultural projects documenting cities, old and new, often from the air. John also holds an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects and has twice received their Presidents Prize, also was also awarded their inaugural William J. Mitchell International Committee Prize in 2013. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to photography through the documentation of iconic architectural landmarks in Australia and the Asia Pacific region’.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.