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Research interests

Charity Edwards is a lecturer and urban researcher in the Department of Architecture at MADA, and a registered architect with over 15 years of experience ranging from small-scale domestic renovation and large civic projects to international urban design and planning for practices in Melbourne, regional Victoria, Brisbane and Darwin.  She currently collaborates with other spatial practitioners to create interiors, buildings and landscapes.


Charity's research explores destructive, uneven, and 'more-than-human' impacts of urbanisation and climate change at the scale of the planet. She foregrounds long-disregarded spaces - such as the world ocean and outer space - in these processes in particular. Charity is currently developing a research project on 'Antarctic Geo-Imaginaries' that will investigate the increasing urbanisation of the Southern Ocean, and ask how and why this so often conflicts with our popular understanding of Antarctica as "like being on another planet".


At MADA, she teaches design studio, theory, and urban processes in both the Interior Architecture and Architecture programs.  In 2016, Charity received the Early Career Teaching Award for leading cross-cultural learning and new teaching support initiatives in the faculty over the previous two years.


As part of Melbourne's wider culture of design discourse, she has partnered with visiting international practitioners on urban interventions; and continues to contribute to local, national, and international architecture and design media and events such as NGV's Art Book Fair public roundtable Architecture: What Matters? http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/program/architecture-what-matters/  Architect Victoria http://www.architecture.com.au/docs/defalut-source/vic-chapter-publications/summer.pdf?sfvrsn=0  Parlour  http://archiparlour.org/why-working-for-free-is-not-ok  and the peer-reviewed IDEA Journal  http://idea-edu.com/journal/2014-idea-journal  She also curated the Australian Institute of Architects' Victorian Architecture Awards exhibitions in 2005 and 2006.  Charity has most recently been an active 're-writer' of notable Australian women architects into history as part of the international Women.Wikipedia.Design  http://archiparlour.org/wikid-women-wikipedia-design  initiative.


Research area keywords

  • urban planning
  • urban theory
  • architecture
  • interior architecture
  • Climate Change
  • ocean
  • Water
  • coastal
  • Outer Space
  • Planetary Science
  • Governance

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Projects 2014 2018

After Warracknabeal

Bird, M., Edwards, C. & Morgan, T.


Project: Research

Castlemaine Gaol Redevelopment

Bertram, N., Edwards, C. & Khor, L.


Project: Research

Research Output 2013 2018

#ParlourInstaGuest: A Space to Speak?

Bennett, A., Davidge, T. & Edwards, C., 2018, Historiographies of Technology and Architecture: Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand. Merwood-Salisbury, J., Dudding, M. & McDonald, C. (eds.). Wellington, NZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), p. 30-46 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Submersion subversion: Re-thinking the Anthropocene as a pedagogical platform for disruption and discovery

Edwards, C. & Tregloan, K., 2018, Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency Through Contemporary Art and Design. Sierra, M. & Wise, K. (eds.). Illinois, USA: Common Ground Research Networks, p. 161-183 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Urban oceans: Our cities are radically transforming the marine environment

Edwards, C. K., 19 Jul 2018, Foreground: Cities, places and the people who make them.

Research output: Other contributionOther

An Immersive Encounter with the Afterlife

Bird, M., Edwards, C., Morgan, T., Price, D., Adams, P., Von Jenatsch, D. & Interlandi, P., 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / ArchitectureResearch

Of the Urban and the Ocean: Rachel Carson and the Disregard of Wet Volumes

Edwards, C., 2017, In : Field. 7, 1, p. 205-218 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Australian Interior Design Awards 2015 - Retail Design, Commendation

Matthew Bird (Recipient), Charity Edwards (Recipient) & Harry Evans (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Victorian Architecture Awards - Interior Architecture, Shortlisted

Matthew Bird (Recipient), Charity Edwards (Recipient) & Harry Evans (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Public event

Roundtable Participant

Charity Edwards (Contributor)
1 May 2016

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Press / Media

Court house redevelopment

Charity Edwards, Tom Morgan, Matthew Bird & Duane Hamacher


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Warracknabeal Court House redevelopment

Matt Bird, Charity Edwards & Thomas Davy Morgan


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

THE AGE: 'Dancing into the afterlife'

Matthew Bird, Charity Edwards, Thomas Morgan, Daniel Price, Phillip Adams, Daniel Von Jenatsch & Pia Interlandi


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

SMH: 'MPavilion becomes a gateway to the afterlife'

Matthew Bird, Charity Edwards, Thomas Morgan, Daniel Price, Phillip Adams, Daniel Von Jenatsch & Pia Interlandi


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature