Dr Timothy O'Rourke

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 teaches architectural technology and design, and offers research topics in the Master of Architecture program. He is a registered architect with a particular interest in timber construction, which includes the design and making of timber joinery. Tim has a long association with the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre where he has worked on both consultancies and research projects. His architectural research focuses on the use of interdisciplinary techniques, construction technologies and cross-cultural design methods that demonstrate a potential to improve Indigenous housing and settlement planning. His PhD examined the history and use of Aboriginal building traditions in the Wet Tropics Region of Queensland. He has also been involved in a range of research projects related to Aboriginal housing, settlements and landscapes. The broader topics include self-constructed dwellings and vernacular building technologies, Indigenous cultural tourism, adaption to climate change, and housing sustainability. Results from these studies have been published in technical reports, conference proceedings and journal articles. Tim worked in architectural practices in Brisbane and Sydney. As a sole practitioner, he has designed buildings for Aboriginal communities.

Research Interests

  • 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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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Memmott, Paul, Reser, Joseph, Head, Brian, Davidson, James, Nash, Daphne, O'Rourke, Tim, Gamage, Harshi, Suliman, Samid, Lowry, Andrew and Marshall, Keith Aboriginal responses to climate change in arid zone Australia: regional understandings and capacity building for adaptation. Southport, QLD, Australia: National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2013.

  • Fisher, Steve, Elvin, Ruth, McFallan, Stephen, Memmott, Paul, O'Rourke, Tim, Peter, Sonja, Porter, Rae, Stanley, Owen, Sullivan, Patrick, Tedmanson, Deidre and Young, Metta (2011) Desert services that work: Demand responsive approaches to desert settlements Alice Springs, Australia: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre; Ninti One Limited

  • Fisher, Steve, Elvin, Ruth, McFallan, Stephen, Memmott, Paul, O'Rourke, Tim, Peter, Sonja, Porter, Rae, Stanley, Owen, Sullivan, Patrick, Tedmanson, Deirdre and Young, Metta (2010) Desert services that work; Demand responsive approaches to desert settlements Alice Springs, N.T: Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre

  • Brereton, David, Memmott, Paul, Reser, Joseph, Buultjens, Jeremy, Thomson, Linda, Barker, Tanuja, O'Rourke, Timothy and Chambers, Catherine (2007) Mining and indigenous tourism in Northern Australia Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.: Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Sustainable Tourism

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • 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:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision