This week’s guest speaker is one of this year’s Geddes Visiting Fellows in ESALA.
Philip Goad is Chair of Architecture and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. He teaches architectural history, theory and design. He has published widely on Australian architecture, both recent and past, with a special focus on modernism and buildings for housing, education and health.
Philip is currently the lead investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project, ‘Bauhaus Australia’, which examines the impact of European émigrés on art, design and architecture education in Australia. He is co-editor of Modernism and Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967 (2006); Modern Times: The Untold Story of Modernism in Australia (2008); and The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012). In 2014, he was co-curator of ‘Augmented Australia: regenerating lost architecture, 1914-2014’, the Australian exhibit at the Venice International Architecture Biennale.
In Australia, the understanding of building being inflicted upon a land, which previously held no orthodox Western architectural traditions, was once common - but no more. A contested search for identity for Australian architecture from standpoints of fear, mastery, commemoration, engagement and reconciliation with an ancient landscape has ensued for more than two hundred years. Architectural histories have failed to recognize this. They’ve also failed to locate Australian architecture within wider networks, where cross-currents of colonization and capital forged multiple identities. Australia’s link to a larger, interconnected world and its near obsession with the land have given its architectural history a special double-bind.