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Biography

Laura Harper is a practicing architect, a lecturer in the Architecture Department and the current James Cox PhD Scholar. Laura's research is both architectural and urban, studying buildings and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes and structures of the city.

 

Research projects developed as part of the PhD study include The Theory of Holes looking at the systematic re-use of ex-mining sites over time, The Space Between Butterflies which looks at the unplanned urban patterns caused by uncoordinated housing development and Goldrush Urbanism which looks at recurring urban patterns which emerged specifically in goldfields towns. Speculative projects include The New Quarries which proposes on-site processing and re-use of bluestone from basement excavation, the Kiln Masterplan which proposes the introduction of industry as a first step in urban design and Formwork Park which proposes embedding urban design intent into the formwork used in pre-cast concrete construction. Research is extended into teaching in the Cutpawpaw Studio (2014, 2015) and the Geology, Pottery, Typology Studio (2015) and Life of Mines Elective (2016).

 

Laura has over 10 years' experience in practice including at DTA Architects (Dublin), Lyons Architects, and NMBW Architecture Studio where she is currently an associate. 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).

 

 

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Research Output 2008 2018

  • 8 Design / Architecture
  • 3 Commissioned or Visual Artwork
  • 2 Conference Paper

Urban Fringe Claypits: Effects of Claypit Sites on Urban Form in Melbourne

Harper, L. & Mannering, V. 2018 Remaking Cities - Urban History Planning History: Conference Proceedings. McShane, I., Taylor, E., Porter, L. & Woodcock, I. (eds.). Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Australian Urban History Planning History Group and RMIT Centre for Urban Research, p. 185-196 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Gold rush urbanism: Continuing effects of gold mining on the urban form of Victorian towns

Harper, L. M. 2016 Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Brennan, A. & Goad, P. (eds.). Melbourne: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ), Vol. 33, p. 236-248 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper

Cut Paw Paw - experiments in inventing a vernacular

Harper, L., Beggs, A., Fayman, Z., Galanakis, E., Kendall, W., Khek, E., Li, Y., Luu, A., McFadzean, E., Kosen, M. R., Myung, C-H., Osborne, W., Romei, M., Singal, A., Suthya, T., Wang, J., Weng, Q. & Wu, M. 2015

Research output: Non-textual formCommissioned or Visual Artwork

Point Lonsdale House

Bertram, N., Neustupny, M., McLean, L., Harper, L. & Le Touze, M. 2015

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / Architecture

Box Hill Gardens Multi Use Purpose Area

Bertram, N., McLean, L. I., Neustupny, M., Bauer, K., Farmar-Bowers, B. & Harper, L. M. 2013

Research output: Non-textual formDesign / Architecture

Prizes

2012 ACT Architecture Awards: Award for Residential Architecture

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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Press / Media

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

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

1/12/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

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

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

19/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

THE AGE: 'Houses that inspire and intrigue'

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

12/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

ARCHITECTURE NOW: 'Winners revealed: 2016 Australian National Architecture Awards'

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

4/11/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

GREEN MAGAZINE: 'Shortlist for Australia’s highest architecture honours unveiled'

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

23/09/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other