Dr Timothy O'Rourke

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
t.orourke@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53848
0439799907

Overview

Tim O’Rourke's research is broadly concerned with past and present interactions between Indigenous cultures and architecture. This research asks questions about the use of cross-cultural design in different building types and settings. Such projects, including a current study of healthcare architecture, often require multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of architectural problems, informed by histories of buildings and their users. Tim has a long association with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre at the School of Architecture. His PhD examined the history and use of Aboriginal building traditions in the Wet Tropics Region of Queensland. He has contributed to a range of research projects related to Aboriginal housing, settlements and landscapes. Research topics include self-constructed dwellings and vernacular building technologies, cultural tourism, adaption to climate change and housing sustainability. Results from these studies have been published in technical reports, conference proceedings, journals and as book chapters.

Tim is a registered architect, having worked in architectural practices Brisbane and Sydney, and he maintains an interest in timber construction and joinery. As a sole practitioner, he has designed residential projects and worked on a range of building types for Aboriginal communities. He teaches architectural technology and design, and offers research topics in the Master of Architecture program.

Memberships

Fellow Australian Institute of Architects, Environmental Design Research Association

Research Interests

  • Cross-cultural design of healthcare architecture
    A multi-disciplinary approach is used to elicit data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perceptions, experience and use of healthcare settings in urban, regional and remote locations. The aim of the research is to make evidence-based design recommendations on the spatial characteristics and architectural features that might improve participation in health services and ameiliorate stress associated with different types of care.
  • The architectural design of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing
    This research analyses and evaluates the architectural design, construction and use of Indigenous housing. The primary aim of this research is to add to the meagre empirical evidence on Indigenous housing, which can influence both policy and practice.
  • Traditional Aboriginal built environments
    This research examines the construction and use of dwellings and camps by different Aboriginal groups across periods ranging from early contact to contemporary self-constructed environments. These studies inform debates on material culture, identity and cultural heritage, and architectural history. Socio-spatial and behavioural analyses of these environments can be used to inform mainstream architectural practice.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), The University of Queensland

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • O'Rourke, Timothy (2017). The Goorawin Shelter: Ed Oribin's contribution to the Aboriginal Housing Panel. In: Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting, Quotation: 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architecutural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, (525-536). 5-8 July 2017.

  • O'Rourke, Timothy (2014). Architectural experiments in Aboriginal housing in the early 1970s. In: Christoph Schnoor, Translation: The 31st Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (165-176). 2-5 July 2014.

  • O'Rourke, Timothy and Memmott, Paul (2014). Rejection and reuse of traditional building technologies: case studies of two Aboriginal thatching materials. In: Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. Special Issue: Conference Abstracts. IASTE 2014: Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (51-52). 14-17 December, 2014.

  • O'Rourke, Timothy and Greenop, Kelly (2014). Self-constructing sovereignty: Aboriginal housing and rights to land on Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. In: Transitions to Sustainable Societies: Designing research and policies for changing lifestyles and communities. Book of Abstracts. 23rd IAPS Conference, Timisoara, Romania, (228-228). 24-27 June 2014.

  • Timothy O'Rourke (2014). The influence of culture on reducing energy consumption: Aboriginal housing in arid regions of Australia. In: Rajan Rawal, Sanyogita Manu and Nirmala Khadpekar, Sustainable Habitat for Developing Societies: Choosing the Way Forward. 30th International PLEA Conference 2014, Ahmedabad, India, (77-84). 16-18 December 2014.

  • O'Rourke, Tim (2013). Aboriginal camps and ‘villages’ in Southeast Queensland. In: Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach, Open: The 30th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, (851-863). 2–5 July 2013.

  • O'Rourke, Timothy (2013). Water quality in Dajarra, Northwest Queensland. In: Water Sensitive Urban Design 2013. WSUD 2013: 8th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, Gold Coast , Australia, (203-207). 25 - 29 November 2013.

  • O'Rourke, T. (2012). Mining Aboriginal building traditions: a spinifex case study. In: Hifsiye Pulhan, Proceedings of the 6th International Seminar of Vernacular Settlements -ISVS, Contemporary Vernacular: Places, Processes and Manifestations. The 6th International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements - ISVS, Farmagusta, North Cyprus, (393-404). 19–21 April 2012.

  • O'Rourke, Timothy (2011). Skill in Aboriginal building traditions: The wellcrafted mija. In: Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, Audience: The 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-15). 7-10 July 2011.

  • Gamage, H., De Silva, S., Flutter, N., O'Rourke, T., Memmott, P., Martin, D. and Schmidt, S. (2010). Green building materials from spinifex. In: The International Forestry Review. Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment. XXIII IUFRO World Congress, Seoul, Republic of Korea, (279-279). 23-28 August, 2010.

  • O'Rourke, Tim, Flutter, Nick and Memmott, Paul (2010). Prototyping spinifex as thermal insulation in arid regions of Australia. In: On the Edge: 44th Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) Annual Conference. Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (). 24-26 November 2010.

  • Memmott, Paul, Hyde, Richard and O'Rourke, Timothy (2009). Biomimetic theory and building technology: use of Aboriginal and scientific knowledge of Spinifex grass. In: Richard Hyde, Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference on the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZASca). 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), Newcastle, NSW, Australia, (117-125). 26-28 November 2008. doi:10.3763/asre.2009.0014

  • O'Rourke, Timothy (2009). The continuity and loss of Girramay building traditions. In: Julia Gatley, Cultural Crossroads: The 26th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, (1-17). 2-5 July 2009.

  • O’Rourke, Tim (2002). Notes on Dyirbalngan dwellings ethno-architecture in the rainforests of northeastern Queensland. In: J. Macarthur and J. Moulis, Additions to architectural history: Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. XIX Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Australia, (). 4-7 October 2002.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision