Tarsha Finney

Biography

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 Dr Charles Rice (Kingston).

Community Involvement and Practice
In 2009 Tarsha curated Urban Futures: Ideas of the City at the UTS gallery, an exhibition of the work of Diploma Unit 6 at the Architectural Association, London. She also convened a concurrent symposium Urban Futures: Architectural Type and the Urban Plan held at Customs House in Sydney. Since 2007 she has been a guest Juror at UNSW, the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, Nottingham University, the Architectural Association London and throughout the School of Architecture at UTS. Tarsha frequently writes for practice journals such as Monument. Prior to commencing postgraduate study in the UK in 2002, Tarsha ran an architectural practice in Sydney focused on residential and small commercial projects. In 2000 Tarsha won the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter Mallesons Stephen Jacques Merit Scholarship for outstanding student.

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Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture
Research Assistant, School of Architecture
Associate Member, Centre for Contemporary Design Practice
Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Arts
 
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Research Interests

Senior Research Assistant with Dr Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Head of School and with Dr Martin Kornberger of the School of Marketing at UTS on an ARC Industry Linkage The Architecture of Academic Research. During her time in the doctoral program at the Architectural Association Tarsha was involved in a number of small focused research groups across the field of architecture and urbanism – including ‘Transformation and urban change’ (2007 led by Lawrence Barth), ‘Rethinking Architectural Urbanism’ (2005, 2006 led by Lawrence Barth), ‘Size and Scale’ (2005 Led by Marina Lathouri and Mark Cousins).

11514 MArch Design Studio: Urban projections. Adelaide: Urban Domestic.
11247 Architectural Histories and Theories, current events and debates. The Architectural Event.
11307 Special Project – The Western Desert Art Institute, Alice Springs.
11215 Architectural Design: Making

Book Chapters

Finney, T.L. 2008, 'Centrality and Dispersal: Domesticity and the City' in Flores, Ricardo; Prats, Eva (eds), Through the Canvas: Architecture Inside Dutch Paintings, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, pp. 116-119.

Broadcasts

Finney, T.L. 2012, 'SHARE MORE SPACE', TEDx Sydney 2012, Live Event, Carriageworks. Web Streamed live.
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Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Provocative Architecture', By Design, ABC Radio National.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'SHARE MORE SPACE', Pecha Kucha, City of Sydney.
Finney, T.L. 2011, 'Apartment Living', Radio National: Australia Talks, ABC Radio.
Commentary on the shift in mortgage consumption and its relationship to housing density and urban living (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/australiatalks/apartment-living/3680472)

Conference Papers

Finney, T.L. & Reinmuth, G. 2013, 'Agency, Redirected', Designing/ Education: 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Melbourne, October 2013 in Designing/ Education: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, ed Ramirez-Lovering, D; Alexander, J; Fairley, A., The Association of Architecture Schools of Australia, Melbourne, pp. 406-425.
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In response to changes in both the practice of architecture and changes in terms of architecture+s field of operation: the global economic, political and cultural context of its production, the following paper proposes to re-examine the inherited unit system of the graduate educational M.Arch design studio. Contrary to `alternate modes of practice' that propose in critiquing the profession, an abandonment of the discipline of architecture, this paper instead calls for a clarified return in the educational context to architecture's core material and spatial skill set redirected relative to the animating diagrammatic condition that since the 19th century has relied on architecture+s capacities in material and organizational experimentation to build cities.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'The Architecture of Academic Research: Symposium', Customs House, Sydney, October 2009.
This symposium offers architects, academic leaders and project and facility managers a chance to critically and collectively debate the successes and challenges of the rich catalogue of recently completed academic research buildings in Australian universities. The focus of invited presentations and open discussion will be the following two contentions: Only those facilities addressing multiple scales from the urban to the individual work station can realize the strategic aspirations of the contemporary university; and There are crucial moments in the process from procurement to occupation when the strategic vision for a building is at greatest risk and must be clarified and reasserted. Australian projects by John Wardle Architects, Design Inc, Lyons, Lahz Nimmo and Woods Bagot will be discussed at the symposiu, along with leading international exemplar projects such as Clark Centre at Stanford University.
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'The Question of the New', Architectural Association, London, May 2008.

Journal Articles

Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Landscape Architecture China, vol. 5, no. 25, pp. 52-57.
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Changing mortgage consumption patterns amongst Generation Y in Australian cities are marking a shift away from suburban living as the aspiration of the majority, toward apartments and a density marked by urban culture and patterns of living - close to amenity and a sociability in cities.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Urban Change', Architecture Australia, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 70-72.
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Renew Newcastle marks the formalisation of a legal, contractual and spatial mechanism for urban Renewal that recognises the temporality of urban transformation.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Guest Editorial: Human Capital, Not just a Gender Issue', Architecture Bulletin, vol. -, no. Sept-Oct.
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A guest edited edition of the journal of record from the Australian Institute of Architects addressing why only 20.4% of registered architects in Australia were women in 2011.
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'The Infrastructure of Instability: Afghanistan', Post Traumatic Urbanism: Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 64-69.
In the insurmountable volatility of the Afghan confl ict, occupying forces build on the structures of previous occupying forces.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Challenger Workplace.', Monument Magazine, vol. 89, no. Feb/Mar.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Depot Beach House by Stutchbury Pape', Monument Magazine, vol. 90, no. April/May.
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York', Journal of Architecture, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 515-518.
Finney, T.L. 2006, 'Review: Artificial nature 1: Transcapes, digitally mediated Environments', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. -, no. December.

Original Creative Works

Finney, T.L. 2009, 'URBAN FUTURES', URBAN FUTURES: Ideas of the City and URBAN FUTURES: Architectural Typology and the Urban Plan., nil, UTS Gallery.
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The URBAN FUTURES events were the first major international tour and exhibition of the work and ideas of Diploma Unit 6 from the Architectural Association, London. The contemporary field of architectural production is dominated by an opposition between self-referential form making and a cultural commentary that gives very little practical traction on the problem of how to build in the city. Driven by project led research through design, the material in this exhibition/symposium has made a significant contribution to both the conversation within the school of architecture at UTS regarding the direction of the MAA in Urban design, but equally it made a contribution at the scale of the city in terms of discussions around the importance of sites such as Barangaroo + the Frasers site.

Other research activity

Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Multi-Residential Housing and Changing Cities, Landscape Architecture China, Beijing, pp. 52-57.
This collection of writing links emerging patterns of mortgage consumption with future needs of the city in terms of population growth and climate change. It contributes to critical public thinking around questions of urban density and shifts toward multi-residential housing in Australian cities and is positioned within a catalogue of recent publications within architectural literature that look at the role of multi-residential housing in building cities. Central to this is a tension between issues of collective versus individual use and ownership of apartments raised by shrinking dwelling sizes and the emergence of an enlarged social space in new residential buildings + the management and etiquette for use of which is still to develop. Spanning both reviews of new multi-residential buildings in Sydney along with a commissioned editorial piece Love Thy Neighbour for the Sydney Morning Herald, this collection of writing responds to research released in 2011 by IPSOS showing that for the first time, mortgage consumption patterns amongst Generation Y consumers is shifting. Traditionally Australians associate property ownership with the domestic and `home+ ownership, home being a single family suburban dwelling in which to raise a family. Increasingly however, IPSOS found that Gen Y still want to own property, but now they are just as happy buying an apartment+ which they may or may not live in. This is significance as with the severing of the link between the domestic and property ownership, new opportunities are becoming available to rethink the way we procure, finance and build housing in cities.
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'CO-ISOLATED', Shed 29 South Sydney Corporate Park, Burke Road Alexandria, Australian Galleries, http://datasearch.uts.edu.au/dab/news-events/eventarchive-detail.cfm?Ite....
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CO-ISOLATED was an exhibition of new work by the artists Richard Goodwin, Michael Snape and David Burns. The venue was a 3000m2 industrial shed in an industrially zoned part of southern Sydney. Typically, exhibition curation involves the collecting of work for display driven via the logic of a meta narrative and ideology. CO-ISOLATED moved away from this collectivising drive, using instead the aesthetic affect of the work itself as the common thread. Driven by a curator, with an architectural background, shared with two of the three artists, the impetus was to foreground the relationship between space and materiality in the exhibition of work. The exploration of spatial affects via the installation and performance of the art was critical to the project. Co-isolated takes its name from the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk's reference to a kind of alienation. The question that the exhibition asks is: on what grounds can three very disparate works of art be held together? Co-isolated successfully achieved a curatorial logic based on scale, light and movement via the relationship between an audience, the monumental space of the industrial shed in which it was housed, and through the material and performative presence of the work itself. An accompanying catalogue was produced, containing a critical essay by architectural theorist Adrian Lahoud. The exhibition was also supported by a symposium (Saturday 17 April 2010) including theorists Adam Geczy, Adam Jasper, Adrian Lahoud, the artists and me as curator. The exhibition is also touring to NSW regional galleries in Orange and Maitland (2011/2012).