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Professor Anthony Burke

Biography

Professor Anthony Burke is an international curator, academic writer, architectural designer and director in private architectural practice.

As Head of the School of Architecture at UTS since 2010, Anthony’s focus is on contemporary design and theory in relation to the future of practice and technology, and its implications for the built environment. His current research is focused on the role of architecture in the innovation economy.

Previously he was Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley between 2002 and 2007 before returning to Australia.

At UTS he has developed the Master of Advanced Architecture degree, and he teaches advanced architectural design, technology, and practice futures. He regularly leads design studios and supervises HDR and PhD students.

In 2010 Anthony launched the national competition Open Agenda for speculative design research in architecture for young architects, now in its sixth year. He has also served as architectural judge for the London Design Week 2014.

In 2012 he presented at TEDx Sydney, and was selected with Gerard Reinmuth of Terroir and TOKO for the position of creative director for the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale for the exhibition Practice Formations.

Anthony has lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the CADRE labs for multimedia at San Jose State University, Carnegie Mellon University and The California College of the Arts, Shenzhen University, Tongji University, Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts.

Professional

A graduate of the Masters of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University (MS AAD, 2000) and a Bachelor of Architecture from UNSW (B.Arch, Hons 1, 1996).

In 2004 he co-convened the Symposia "Distributed form; Network practice" with Therese Tierney at UCBerkeley, and in 2007 co-edited the book "Network practices: New strategies in architecture and design" published by Princeton Architectural press. In 2010 he co-edited an Architectural Design edition titled "Post-Traumatic Urbanism" published by Wiley with colleagues Adrian Lahoud and Charles Rice, and has published recently on education and the future of Architectural practice.

Anthony has been invited to lecture at such venues as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Princeton University, the CADRE labs for multi-media San Jose, Carnegie Mellon University and The California College of the Arts (CCA), Shenzhen University, Tongji University, Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts. in 2014 he was an invited speaker at the Administration and Appeals Tribunal annual conference, and the , and in 2015 at the NSW Police futures leaders program on the topic of design and the future.

He was an Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley for five years between 2002 and 2007 before returning to Australia, where he developed the Master of Advanced Architecture degree at UTS. He was an invited visiting Academic to the City of Poznan on behalf of the Poznan Academy of Fine Arts. In 2010 Anthony took up the role of the Head of the School of Architecture at UTS.

In 2011, Anthony curated a series of pop up exhibitions on Architecture in Sydney for the UTS School of Architecture at the Kensington Street Gallery, and was an invited spokes person for the Sydney Architecture Festival. From 2007-2009 Anthony was part of the OCEAN research network, and in 2008, his practice Offshorestudio was selected as one of five regional practices to be exhibited at the Beijing Biennale in the "(im)material Processes" exhibition curated by Neal Leach. From 2007-2009 he curated "Out from Under, Australian Design Now", an exhibition Australia Architecture which has been shown in San Francisco, Seattle, Hong Kong, Kunming and Guangzhou featuring 16 of Australia’s premiere Architectural practices.

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Head of School, Architecture, School of Architecture
Course Director, School of Architecture
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Research Interests

Advanced Architectural Design, Architecture and Technology, Architectural Practice and innovation. He is currently researching the role of architecture in the innovation economy.

Can supervise: Yes

Anthony's teaching and research is in the areas of advanced architectural design, technology, and practice futures. He regularly teaches design studio's at UTS, where he supervises HDR and PhD students.

Chapters

Burke, A.J. 2016, 'Architecture and the Promise of Post Capitalism' in Stoppani, T. & Ponzo, G. (eds), This Thing Called Theory.
Burke, A.J. 2015, 'Curating school cultures: Studios in the context of school agendas' in Bates, D., Mitsogianni, V. & Ramirez-Lovering, D. (eds), Studio Futures: Changing Trajectories in Architectural Education, Uro publications, Melbourne, pp. 9-13.
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Burke, A.J. 2014, 'Production and Reproduction: Technology and the Staging of Architecture' in Foundation, S.C.A. (ed), Fugitive Structures 2014, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Paddington NSW, pp. 13-21.
This essay addressed the contemporay moment of technoology in architecture through an analysis of fields of making and production. Focused on the two structures installed as part of the Fugutive Structures exhibition, 2014 at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, the essay reveals multiple modes of making within the technological that engage a new politics of production.
Burke, A.J. 2007, 'Redefining Network Practices' in Burke, A. & Tierney, T. (eds), Network Practices: New Strategies in Archtiecture and Design, Princeton Architectural Press, New York, USA, pp. 54-77.
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In a way, the visions of the 1960s have become a reality. As Archigram and superstudio among others anticipated, we plug in, turn on, and tune up our environment. We are global nomads untethered in an ocean of access, floating in the flux of informat'on and capital that creates the background of our happily networked and connected lives. The enabling infrastructures of communication and data networks that were fantasized in the early modern '305, engineered in the thermonuclear paranoia of the '50s, and politicized and socialized in the counter-culture of the '60s and '70s, are now materialized, bureaucratized, and commercialized as the ubiquitous organizing structure for the post-consumer dynamics of Empire.

Conferences

Burke, A.J. 2015, 'Outline for a theory of Architecture and MoneyorConsidering Architecture and the promise of post-capitalism', 12th AHRA Intrnational Conference 2015 - This Thing Called Theory, Leeds Beckett University.
Burke, A.J. 2014, 'Open Agenda: on platforms for speculative research between academia and practice', Architectural Design Research Symposium, Architectural Design Research Symposium, Architectural Design Research Symposium, Wellington, NZ, pp. 64-66.
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Burke, A.J. 2013, 'Curating school cultures: Studios in the context of school agendas', Designing/Education: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Designing/Education: 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, The Association of Architecture Schools of Australia, Melbourne, pp. 212-221.
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Studios are consistently assumed to be the focus of Architectural education. This paper proposes alternatively, that the success of?any studio is fundamentally determined by the explicit design of?the context in which it sits. What remains little examined within studio pedagogic discussion is the design of the culture of studios at individual schools and the role, positive and negative of larger school agendas within that shape meaningful studio outcomes. Rather than ask how does one design a studio, a better question might be how does one design the research environment in which they thrive? This paper interrogates the assumptions of studio independence and posits the positive relationship between designed and curated school cultures and studios as a means of repositioning the debate around studio education. This raises many issues for currently accepted studio practice which include; assessing the value of individual intellectual property structurally embedded within current studio models, the role of heads of programs as skilled curators, the coherency of a school of architecture and the subsequent capacity for commitment to common research goals, the scale of the current studio model against research potentials, the positioning of schools within a competitive education market place, and the role of specific school agendas and positioning in the context of notions of generalized architectural education. Within the context of the contemporary education system, there are many reasons why the typical studio model has been so resilient, however, larger agendas requiring change in educational structures and focus is one action with the potential to drive the evolution of studios in a design research context beyond the limits of current boutique project development. What then is the relationship between a school agenda and the success of studio projects? By examining two contemporary school models (Columbia University's studio X, and the UTS "all school": Metropolis...
Burke, A.J., Coorey, B.P., Hill, D. & McDermott, J. 2010, 'Urban Microinformatics: a test case for high resolution urban modeling through aggregating public information sources', New Frontiers: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2010), Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia annual conference, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, pp. 327-336.
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Our contention is that the city is a rich collection of urban micro-ecologies in continuous formation that include information types outside the traditional boundaries of urban design, city planning, and architecture and their native data fields. This paper discusses working with non-standard urban data types of a highly granular nature, and the analytical possibilities and technical issues associated with their aggregation, through a post professional masters level research studio project run in 2008. Opportunities for novel urban analysis arising from this process are discussed in the context of typical urban planning and analysis systems and locative media practices. This research bought to light specific technical and conceptual issues arising from the combination of processes including sources of data, data collection methods, data formatting, aggregating and visualisation. The range and nature of publicly available information and its value in an urban analysis context is also explored, linking collective information sites such as Pachube, to local environmental analysis and sensor webs. These are discussed in this paper, toward determining the possibilities for novel understandings of the city from a user centric, real-time urban perspective.
Hewett, B.R. & Burke, A.J. 2010, 'Open Tower: Developing design research practice', New Frontiers: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Asia (CAADRIA 2010), Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia annual conference, The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Asia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, pp. 137-146.
This paper critically reflects on computational methods of design in relation to social and environmental sustainability design research within contemporary and future tall building typology. It develops the author's experience in large-scale building design practice into academic design research. The analysis of tall building typology is presented initially in the context of practice, followed by its development in an architectural master's studio. The authors discuss their design research within a practice context that determined the question: what opportunities do computational processes offer to the conception of the tall building typology? Its transference to an educational research context allowed for the deeper exploration and development of a position on algorithmic and parametric methods, their relevance to the typology of the contemporary tall building and complex architectural scenarios.
Burke, A.J. 2009, 'Competing "Intelligences": Considering computational design processes in the age of intelligent systems', Proceedings of the Fourteenth Conference on Computed-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, Between Man and Machine: Integration/Intuition/Intuition, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan, pp. 607-611.
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In this paper, the dominant definitions of intelligence are explored in order to establish a set of working principals towards the development of higher order computational design processes in architecture. A review of intelligence as it has been understood over the last 60 years since Alan Turing (1950) first asked the question "can machines think?" shows the question of intelligence is far from clearly understood. Principals of intelligence however can be identified within the neurophysiological and artificial intelligence (AI) communities that differ significantly from the notion of intelligence as it is commonly used in architecture typically relating to the phenomena of emergence and critical point material physics. While distinct, these definitions provide a foundation for understanding intelligence specifically in computational architecture at a moment when it is necessary to develop a foundational taxonomy of systems thinking and processes. Through critiquing the principals of intelligence as it is understood in these different discipline areas, the thesis of this paper is that it is possible to frame a productive general theory of intelligent systems applicable to deign processes, while simultaneously distinguishing the goals of design oriented higher order computational systems from those goals of general Artificial Intelligence research.
Burke, A.J. 2008, 'Reframing 'intelligence' in computational design environments', First International conference on Critical Digital: What Matter(s)?, What Matter(s)?, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Boston, USA, pp. 355-362.
Exploration of different notions of intelligence as they apply to design and computation
Paulos, E., Joki, A., Vora, P. & Burke, A.J. 2007, 'AnyPhone: Mobile Applications for Everyone', Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Designing for User eXperiences, Design For User Experience 07 (DUX'07), ACM, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-7.
The mobile phone is one of the most commonly carried pieces of personal, readily accessible digital technologies. Beyond just voice calls, they function as digital cameras, PDAs, internet consoles, and email and instant messaging clients. The demand for improved operating systems and programming languages has given rise to a wide range of hardware and programming APIs. However, the designers of these mobile phone applications are continuously challenged with two inescapable aggravations: (1) how will users locate and download the application to their mobile phone and (2) will the application be compatible with their phone's hardware? We undertook the challenge to discover the design space of mobile phone applications that required no downloading or installation procedure and would operate on any mobile phone regardless of the phone's network, carrier, operating system, age, or hardware. We developed and deployed two such applications - Tree-Map Arrival Information and Group Voting.
Paulos, E., Burke, A.J., Jenkins, T. & Marcelo, K. 2007, '180x120: Designing Alternate Location Systems', Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Designing for User eXperiences, Conference on Designing for User eXperiences, ACM, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 1-9.
Paper focused on exploration of new information visualization systems around location based information.

Journal articles

Burke, A.J. 2015, 'Good Buildings Behaving Badly', Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City, vol. 35, no. Fall 2015, pp. 49-51.
Burke, A.J. 2011, 'Editorial', Architecture Bulletin, vol. -, no. Nov/Dec, pp. 3-3.
Burke, A.J. & Hewett, B.R. 2010, 'Contingent Geometries: Developing design strategies for complex systems', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 201-209.
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Generative computational methods such as parametric systems currently employed in architectural and urban design tend towards homeostatic solution spaces; that is, fields of solutions that privilege regularized distributions of difference across any parametric range, which in turn result in design homogeneity. In order to develop a rich design space using parametric or rule based systems, it is argued that it is necessary to develop an understanding of a multitude of open computational systems, or an ecology of systems, particularly in regard to performance-oriented computational design. This paper presents a design research studio test case exploring this issue in relation to tall building morphologies.
Burke, A.J. 2010, 'The urban complex: scalar probabilities and urban computation', Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 86-91.
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Guest-editor AnthonyBurke redefines complexity in relation to the city as `a dynamic and luminal organisational condition growing at the edge of chaos and in so doing shifts our understanding of urban trauma as an event intrinsic to the contribution of the metropolis rather than external to it.
Burke, A.J. 2010, 'Energy territories', Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 108-111.
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As typified by the Middle East, sites of high-energy production, particularly oil, tend to be pressure points for conflict. Here, guest-editor AnthonyBurke underlines `the slow trauma or `catastrophe in waiting of the unsustainable energy-consuming Australian suburbs
Burke, A.J. 2009, 'Restructuring Complexity', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 109.
Invited section editorial, outlining a historical/theoretical underpinning to contemporary computational design work in architecture
Burke, A.J. 2009, 'Beyond Binary', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 109, pp. 54-58.
Interview with Philip Cox (Cox Architects and Planners) and Tristram Carefrae (Arup) on structure, architecture, and new computational processes.
Burke, A.J. 2007, 'A day in the Office, Review of RAIA National Conference 2007', Architecture Australia, vol. July/Aug, pp. 48-49.
Reviiew of the National RAIA conference for 2007
Burke, A.J. 2007, 'The Revolution will not be televised, the last word', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 100, pp. 146-146.
Commentary, co-written with Steve Hatzellis
Burke, A.J. 2006, 'After BitTorrent: Dark Nets to Native Data', AD Collective Intelligence in Design, vol. 76, no. 5, pp. 88-95.
Implications of inherent reflexivity of network logics for the design professions.
Burke, A.J. 2001, 'Massless Medium', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 77.
Review of Creative Time Exhibition "Massless Medium" in Brooklyn
Burke, A.J. 2001, 'Timeline_ An Interview with Reinhold Martin from MBA on their Artist space installation, TIMELINE', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 76.
Interview with Reinhold Martin of Martin Baxi Architects on MBA's installation at Artist Space
Burke, A.J. 2001, '010101 Art in Technological Times - Review', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. 75.
Review of the SFMoMA physical and on-line exhibition 010101, Art in Technological Times

Non traditional outputs

Hewett, B.R. & Burke, A.J. 2008, 'Open Tower', Architecture Australia, George St.
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Speculative Tower Proposal by Ben Hewett and Anthony Burke (as Offshore Studio). Entered into Architecture Australia Unbuilt Awards 2008. Published in the journal of record for the Australian architectural profession Architecture Australia magazine Jan 2009 - http://www.architecturemedia.com/aa/aaissue.php?issueid=200901. Published on website - http://www.architecturemedia.com/unbuilt/results/
Burke, A.J., Hewett, B.R., Jakovich, J., Lahoud, A. & Burns, D., 'States of Convergence', Critical Visions 08, Royal Australian Institute of Architects, Customs House, Sydney, Exhbiition Center, Florence (Beyond Media Festival).
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A mulit-part exhibition of six selected architectural studios in combination with the Critical Visions conference. States of Convergence was a printed and film presentation. The film has gone on to the Florence Beyond Media Festival.
Burke, A.J., 'Forward', Some Amongst Them are Killers, Pamphlet Architecture no.24, Princeton Architectural Press, New York.
Forward to Pamphlet Architecture no24 by David Ross
Burke, A.J., 'Bone House', Out from Under, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco AIA chapter headquarters, Beijing Biennale, ++.
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Specualtive design project internationally exhibited and published researching the impact of relational and analytical software on design process and form.
Burke, A.J., 'Out From Under', American Institute of Architecture - San Francisco.
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This exhibition is perhaps one of the first to recast the understanding of Australian Architecture within an international intellectual context focused on design innovation, through showcasing a broad range of building types significantly different to the bush and beach identity for which Australian Architecture is known. In this, the exhibition establishes a formulative context for new modes of understanding and contextualization for Australian Architectural production, currently unrecognized in International Architectural forums. Out from Under is an exhibition of 16 contemporary Australian architectural practices curated by Anthony Burke, with the research goal of projecting new perceptions of Australian architecture to an international context. While recent international understandings of Australian architecture have been evoked through the 'bush and beach' projects of Glen Murcutt, this exhibition refigures the reception of what can be termed Australian architecture. At the forefront was the aim to present experimental work for its design innovation in materials technologies, aesthetics and new understandings of the urban task of architecture. From over 50 expressions of interest, 16 practices were chosen through exploration of new attitudes, images and aesthetic values they bring to 'Australian architecture'. These attitudes were presented through workshops associated with the exhibition.
Burke, A.J., Hewett, B.R., Rice, C.E., Lahoud, A., Jakovich, J. & Perin, G.J., 'Museum of Ecological Succession', Canberra Parklands Design Compeition, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Cultural Festival.
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This project was a team submission for an open design competiiton, that lead to a novel research trajecory at the intersection of scripting, computation, landscape and urban design. The proposal has been exhibited in Pittsburgh.
Burke, A.J. & Burns, D., 'Continuum: Tactics for Contingent Environments', Pittsburgh Cultural Festival.
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Curated and Designed exhibition of student and professional work spanning two universities, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Technology, Sydney.
Burke, A.J. & Sant, A., 'DIF(_)', Beyond Media, Multiple, Image IT, Stazione Leoplodo, Florence, SFMoMA, Emeryville.
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Media Installation exploring new forms of urban mapping. The project exists in multiple forms depending on the installation venue. It has been shown at SFMoMA, Beyond Media Florence, and as a commissioned piece for art along the avenue, emeryville in 2006
Paulos, E., Burke, A.J., Jenkins, T. & Marcelo, K., '180x120: Designing Alternate Location Systems', Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Designing for User eXperiences, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art.
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Background In October 2005, Anthony Burke with Eric Paulos of Intel Labs, Berkeley were invited to design a live media installation at the San Francisco Museum of Art for an event opening. The piece was titled 180x120, drawing in a crowd of over 180 people whose presence and activity over 120 minutes created the installation itself. Contribution 40% Design, fabrication, site and contract negotiation, installation and publicity. This work was a collaboration between information technologists and architects aimed at spatially visualizing real time data of crowd behaviours. My contribution was specifically with regard to the overlap of the material and information systems, and means through which the evolving digital display could be matched to a material substrate. Significance 180x120 is an early example of a live data driven media installation, created at the invitation of the creative director of the SFMoMA in 2005. Our research aims were to interrogate the relationship between private physical location and public consumption of this now easily available information, raising issues of privacy and the extent of personal boundaries in information space. This research explicitly explores the creative possibilities between digital information and encoded material systems marking a moment of temporal, material and digital synthesis. Our research aim was to explore and understand the spatial and visual consequences of this alignment. This blending of interactive media and performance based (crowd based) art was a novel contribution to new media practice and research at the time.
Burke, A.J. & Hewett, B.R., 'Beijing Biennale - Invited exhibitor - Offshore Studio', 2008 Beijing Architecture Biennale, Tsinghua University, China, 798 Space, Beijing, China.
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Offshore Studio was selected as one of five practices to represent Australian architectural practices at the 2008 Beijing Biennale, demonstrating work at the cutting edge of advanced design and computation. Neil Leach and Xu Wei-Guo were the curators of the architectural exhibition, titled `(Im)material Processes: New Digital Techniques for Architecture. Design, presentation, negotiation and submission management - 50% - equal contribution with Anthony Burke. In 2008, Offshore Studio, the architectural design research practice of Anthony Burke and Ben Hewett was invited to exhibit at the Beijing International Architecture Biennale. Offshore Studio represented Australia as one of 5 technology focused practices leading design innovation in Australia. The exhibition was curated by internationally recognised theorist and curator Neil Leech, and was published in two catalogues. This exhibition is recognised internationally as one of two significant architectural exhibitions held bi-annually promoting emerging and innovative design in architecture and represented a gathering of the premiere international design practices of 2008. Inclusion in this exhibition is evidence of an international profile. The two selected projects for the exhibition `Bone House and `Open Tower are architectural design research projects undertaken by the authors that investigate contemporary computational techniques and their application to complex architectural typologies. The research work presented evidenced early manifestations of possible outcomes. Inclusion in the exhibition situated the work in an international context for review, reflection and discussion, thereby allowing ongoing development of the research
Burke, A.J. & Reinmuth, G., 'Formations: New Practices in Architecture', Australian Pavilion, 13th International Architecture Exhibition.
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Burke, A.J., 'Open Agenda 2013', Paramount Building, Surry Hills.
An exhibition of selected works of Speculative Design Research in Architecture as part of the Open Agenda Competition project. This exhibition formed part of the Sydney Architecture Festival in 2013.
Burke, A.J., 'Open Agenda 2012', Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.
The Open Agenda 2012 exhibition was held at Customs House as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival 2012. The event drew over 800 people to the opening, and thousands viewed the exhibition in the period before it closed in 31st Jan, 2013. A book of the works was published in 2013. See competition website UTSArchitecture.net/openagenda
Redstone, E. & Clarke, A., 'Archizines', Object Gallery.
Design of Gallery exhibition and hosting for touring show of Archizines, curated by Elias Redstone
Burke, A.J., 'Architecture Makes the City', Sydney Opera House.
Architectural Symposia on the role of architecture in making the public city as part of the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Opera House events.

Reports

Burke, A.J., Reinmuth, G., Horton, T., Edwards, D., Foley, C., Scerri, M. & Horn, Z. 2016, Measuring Up: Innovation and the Value-Add of Architecture.
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