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Students and researchers

Desmond Tan with Christine GarnautStudents and staff of the University of South Australia, particularly the School of Art, Architecture and Design, use the Architecture Museum collections as a research and teaching resource.



Funding opportunities

Desmond Tan Scholarship in Architectural History

The Desmond Tan Scholarship in Architectural History is open to a student enrolled in the Master of Architecture Program in the courses Architectural Research 1 and 2. The scholarship supports research into a topic in architectural history focusing on the collections of the Architecture Museum, School of Art, Architecture and Design, as the primary resource. The scholarship is valued at $1000. Applicants will be required to select a topic from a list provided by the Architecture Museum staff. More about the scholarship (The Graduate)

2010 scholarship holder

Ella Camporeale

2009 scholarship holder

Sean McEntee

2008 scholarship holder

Aldo DiSanto (inaugural scholarship holder)

Built Heritage Research Fellowship

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Undergraduate research projects

Honours projects

The Architecture Museum collection offers diverse  resources for Honours projects. Students may formulate projects based primarily on Museum resources or use items in the Museum's collection and/or its library to support their research.

Past Honours projects

Examples of student projects

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Postgraduate research projects

Masters and PhD projects

The Architecture Museum offers a diverse and rich array of sources for postgraduate projects in fields including:

The Museum's catalogue of finding aids demonstrates the type and range of resources available. You can make enquiries about postgraduate study to the Museum's Director Dr Christine Garnaut (email  christine.garnaut@unisa.edu.au or phone +618 8302 0204) and/or to the School of Art, Architecture and Design's Research Degrees Coordinator Dr Pamela Zeplin (email pamela.zeplin@unisa.edu.au or phone +618 302 0329).

Past PhD and Masters projects

Russell S. Ellis and Russell and Yelland, Air Raid Precautions  Adelaide Oval, 1940Dr Susan Collins (PhD in Architecture 2008)

Thesis title: 'Traces that remain: the contextual significance of historical architectural drawings'
 

This thesis is concerned with the architectural drawing as a contextual record. Contrary to the popular conception and study of architectural drawings as primarily expressions of architects' ideas, this research establishes how the architectural drawing is the product of the context in which it was made. Through the interpretation of significant, but often overlooked, architectural drawing types the thematic development of the drawing from the early to mid 20th century is traced. This thesis draws on the collection of historical architectural drawings held by the Architecture Museum, School of Art,  Harold T. Griggs, Plan of Proposed Air Raid Shelter for the Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, January 1942Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. Through the study of drawings from both architectural education and architectural practice, from a common contextual period, the differing effect of the context can be interpreted. Some drawings were influenced by cultural concerns, others by social and technical forces, such as the drawings produced during World War 2 (as illustrated), but all of the drawings firmly illustrate a wider concept of architecture - one which is not only about architectural intentions.

Findings from the research are published as:
Collins, S. (2004) Atelier Adelaide: Architectural Student Drawings from the early 1930s, in LIMITS: Proceedings from the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 105-110

Image (top): Russell S. Ellis and Russell and Yelland, Air Raid Precautions Adelaide Oval, 1940, LLSAM S98/7/1  

Image (bottom): Harold T. Griggs, Plan of Proposed Air Raid Shelter for the Ramsgate Hotel, Henley Beach, January 1942, LLSAM S167/856/1

 

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