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Personal profile

Biography

Laura Harper is a practicing architect and lecturer in Architecture. Laura's research is both architectural and urban, studying material and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes, structures and histories of the both the built and natural worlds. Laura completed her PhD, The Urbanism of Material, at Monash Univeristy in 2018. 

Laura is part of the Monash Urban Lab where she is part of the Atlas of the Underground research group as well as the Regional and Rural group. Laura's current research focuses on understanding the influence of geology and extraction on the urban environment and notable publications on this subject include Goldrush Urbanism (2016), Urban Fringe Quarries (2018) and the Afterlife of Mines (2019). Laura has worked on funded projects for DEWLP, City of Melbourne and Resilient Melbourne.  

Laura has over 10 years' experience in practice including at DTA Architects (Dublin), Lyons Architects, and NMBW Architecture Studio. Notable projects working in these offices include the Santry Demense Social Housing, Dublin (RIAI Silver Medal for Housing 2009/2010), Box Hill Gardens (AIA award for Urban Design 2014) and Point Lonsdale House (AIA Architecture Award for New Residential, 2016). Laura currently practices in collaboration with Roland Snooks.

 

 

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, Bachelor, RMIT University

1 Mar 19981 Nov 2005

Award Date: 1 Nov 2005

Research area keywords

  • Architecture
  • Materials
  • Urban History
  • Gold
  • Stone
  • Clay
  • Underground
  • regional architecture
  • regional history
  • regional cities
  • robotics

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Projects

Research Output

Printed Assemblages: A Co-Evolution of Composite Tectonics and Additive Manufacturing Techniques

Snooks, R. & Harper, L., 2020, Fabricate 2020: Making Resilient Architecture. Burry, J., Sabin, J. E., Sheil, B. & Skavara, M. (eds.). London, UK: UCL Press, p. 202-209 8 p.

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

Open Access

20-Minute Neighbourhood: Living Locally Research

Grodach, C., Kamruzzaman, L. & Harper, L., 2019, Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - State Government of Victoria. 67 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearchpeer-review

'Afterlife of the mine: lessons in how towns remake challenging sites' - SM - Foreground

Harper, L., Bennett, A. & Brewin, R., 2019, Foreground: Cities, places and the people who make them.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Afterlife of the mine

Harper, L., Bennett, A. & Brewin, R., 2018, 8 p. Perth, WA, Australia : Future West.

Research output: Other contributionOther

Open Access

Prizes

2012 ACT Architecture Awards: Award for Residential Architecture

Bertram, Nigel (Recipient), Marika Neustupny (Recipient), Lucinda McLean (Recipient), Catherine Townsend (Recipient), Harper, Laura (Recipient) & Ralf Rehak (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2016 National Architecture Awards: Residential Architecture - Houses (New) - Winner

Bertram, Nigel (Recipient), Marika Neustupny (Recipient), Lucinda McLean (Recipient), Harper, Laura (Recipient) & Marie Le touze de Longuemar (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Activities

  • 2 Public lecture/debate/seminar
  • 2 Public event

Urbanism and geology - Victoria and Melbourne

Laura Harper (Contributor)

23 Oct 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

'Place is a Slow Event' 

Charity Edwards (Contributor), & Laura Harper (Contributor)

22 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Jacks reloaded: Material as memory

Georgia Nowak (Director), & Laura Harper (Contributor)

23 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Stones of Melbourne

Laura Harper (Contributor), , Georgia Nowak (Contributor), , Stephanie Trigg (Director), & Tim Edensor (Director)

8 Mar 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

VOGUE LIVING: 'The best architecture in Victoria for 2016'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Harper & Marie Le touze

1/12/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

DOMAIN: 'Powering up: Victoria’s winning women architects'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Harper & Marie Le touze

19/11/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

THE AGE: 'Houses that inspire and intrigue'

Nigel Bertram, Marika Neustupny, Lucinda McLean, Laura Harper & Marie Le touze

12/11/16

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature