Symposium, University of Technology Sydney

Tuesday March 22 2016, 9am – 6.00pm.  Organised by Jennifer Ferng and Charles Rice.

Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, Building 6, Room 638, 702-730 Harris St Ultimo NSW 2007


The old adage ‘publish or perish’ remains highly contested in the humanities. In light of increasing pressures from universities and institutions, academics are required to research more intensively and publish more frequently to be deemed successful. There is now greater accountability for performance in the face of the increasing costs of higher education and dwindling resources. Academic journals have proliferated under these mounting pressures. Commercial publishers in particular have capitalised on these demands with enhanced tools to measure citations and impact. At the same time, traditional models of publishing are being challenged by new platforms which encourage collective scholarship and public engagement.

In this context, the symposium seeks to revise our contemporary understanding of the relation between research and publishing. Through six keywords, we will discuss and debate how significant developments have impacted architectural scholarship, and how academics today are negotiating these challenges. The event format will encourage a critical approach to these issues, and allow for a range of perspectives to plot the future of publishing and research.


Opening remarks 9.00-9.15


Peer Review 9.15-10.15

Jonathan Massey, California College of the Arts

Jennifer Ferng, University of Sydney

Moderator: Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne


Access 10.15-11.15

Daniel Barber, University of Pennsylvania

Charles Rice, UTS

Moderator: Judith O’Callaghan, UNSW


Break 11.15-11.30


Discourse 11.30-12.30

Nancy Levinson, Places Journal

Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, University of Queensland

Moderator: Sam Spurr, UNSW


Roundtable 1 12.30-1.00


Lunch 1.00-2.00


Design Research 2.00-3.00

Tijana Vujosevic, University of Western Australia

Urtzi Grau, UTS

Moderator: Miguel Rodriguez Casellas, Ordinal


Promotion 3.00-4.00

Andrew Leach, Griffith University

Anthony Burke, UTS

Moderator: Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University


Break 4.00-4.30


Impact 4.30-5.30

Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Victoria University of Wellington

Lee Stickells, University of Sydney

Moderator: Mathew Aitchison, University of Sydney


Roundtable 2  5.30-6.00


Places are limited. To register your attendance, please email:


Supported by

Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney

Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington


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