Dr Susan Holden

Lecturer

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
s.holden@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53958

Overview

Susan is an educator and early career researcher with a PhD from the University of Queensland, and professional architectural qualifications and experience. She lecturers in the School of Architecture and is a member of the ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism, History).

Susan’s research lies broadly in the architectural humanities and intellectual history of architecture with a current focus on the nexus of techno-social, institutional and formal issues in architecture. She is currently a co-investigator on two competitive external research grants from the Australian Research Council: ‘Is Architecture Art?: A history of concepts, categories and recent practices’ with Professor John Macarthur (UQ) and Professor Wouter Davidts (UGhent); and ‘Campus: Building modern Australian universities’ with Dr. Andrew Saniga, Professor Philip Goad, Assoc. Professor Hannah Lewi (UMelb), Professor Robert Freestone (UNSW), Assoc. Professor Christine Garnaut (UniSA), and Dr. Cameron Logan (USyd.).

Susan’s research has been published Internationally in leading architecture journals including AA Files, Architecture Australia and Fabrications. She has also been the recipient of a number of competitive awards and fellowship, including a visiting professorship in the Visual Arts Media and Architecture (VAMA) programme at the Vrije University (VU) Amsterdam in 2012.

Susan’s doctoral dissertation titled ‘The Beaubourg Moment: Movement and the Temporality of Architecture’ examined the historical significance of the Centre Pompidou through the theme of movement and made the first survey of the 682 entries to the international competition held for the design of the building.

Susan contributes to the profession through her involvement with the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA Qld Chapter) as a member of the Education Committee (2014-2015), awards juries (2007 and 2009) and as a member of the Standing Panel for the Australia and New Zealand Architecture Programme Accreditation Procedure (ANZAPAP)

Research Interests

  • Architecture’s relationship to the arts
  • Aesthetic ideas in architecture
  • Campus architecture and planning
  • Post-World War II architecture, art and urbanism

Research Impacts

Susan has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants for her research. The ARC funded project "Is Architecture Art?", awarded in 2016, will analyse the place of architecture in contemporary cultural policy and contribute to a better understanding of architecture in this scene. The ARC funded project "Campus: Building Modern Australian Universities", awarded in 2016, will utilise knowledge across five Australian Universities to present a comprehensive account of the development of the modern campus in Australia and connect this knowledge with discourses and practices concerned with the future of specific campuses.

Susan's research has regularly been published in Professional and Industry journals.

In 2012 Susan was a Visiting Professor in the VAMA (Visual Arts Media and Architecture) Masters Programme at the VU University Amsterdam in conjunction with the Métamatic Research Initiative, a project that involved academics, artists and curators. For this project Susan researched the significance of movement for post-war art and modern architecture. This research projects extended Susan’s doctoral research on the historical significance of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Plateau Beaubourg architectural competition, and the role of movement in defining the temporality of space and spatial experience in architecture in the 1950s and 1960s.

In 2007 and 2009 Susan was a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) annual awards programme in the ‘residential’ and ‘art and architecture’ categories. Susan is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) SAHANZ in Australia, and the Architecture Humanities Research Association (AHRA) and the Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK) Internationally.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • van der Plaat, Deborah, Holden, Susan, Stead, Naomi and Greenop, Kelly (2015). Re-evaluating the Australian dream: narratives of high-rise living in Torbreck. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (675-687). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Holden, Susan and Bird, Jared (2013). An open plan: The development of the Griffith University Nathan campus plan, 1966-1973. 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, QLD, Australia, (723-736). 2-5 July, 2013.

  • Holden, Susan (2012) Megastructures and monuments: the dilemma of finding a “permanent image of change” in the Plateau Beaubourg Competition, 1970-71. Fabrications : The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 21 2: 82-111.

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This research investigates the various guises of architecture in the art museum and the institutional, disciplinary and aesthetic implications of art’s use of architecture. It takes an historical and theoretical approach and ranges from an examination of the introduction of architecture departments into medium-based museum institutions in the twentieth century, to considering the ways in which the contemporary art museum produces architecture through the activities of collecting, curating and commissioning buildings.

  • This research investigates the international campus planning discourse that developed with the growth of the tertiary education sector after the Second World War, and the products of this discourse, amongst them the new campus development plans, specialist journals on campus planning, and the figure of the campus ‘architect-planner’ that described the cross over of expertise required by the complex spatio-temporal planning problem constituted in the modern university. It considers the transnational exchange of planning ideas and their cross-fertilization with the disciplinary knowledge of architecture. It also considers the application of plan configurations and modern architectural styles to the pedagogical and social ambitions of the new university.

  • A range of topics that examine the nexus of techno-social, institutional and formal issues in post-war architecture, and their relationship to the techniques of architectural design. Topics include: Kinetic Movement in Architecture; The Social Life of the High-rise; and A Cultural History of Demolition; Participation in Art and Architecture; Australia's Civic Centres.

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Holden, Susan (2012). In the moment: the timeliness of Tinguely. In Shakin: the contemporary kinetic aesthetic e-catalogue (pp. xx-xx) Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia: Gold Coast City Gallery.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • van der Plaat, Deborah, Holden, Susan, Stead, Naomi and Greenop, Kelly (2015). Re-evaluating the Australian dream: narratives of high-rise living in Torbreck. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (675-687). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Holden, Susan (2015). The institutionalisation of campus planning in Australia: Wally Abraham and the development of Macquarie University, 1964-1982. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O'Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (254-266). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Holden, Susan (2013). A Double Disturbance: Kinetic movement in the ‘Culture Station’ projects of Jean Tinguely. In: Symposium: „Métamatic Reloaded“ Tinguelys Zeichenmaschinen und ihr Potential für die Kunst von heute, Tinguely Museum, Basel, Switzerland, (). 20-23 March, 2013.

  • Holden, Susan and Bird, Jared (2013). An open plan: The development of the Griffith University Nathan campus plan, 1966-1973. 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, QLD, Australia, (723-736). 2-5 July, 2013.

  • Holden, Susan (2012). The antinomy of the ‘space-time’ concept in modern architecture. In: together<>apart. AAANZ Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference 2012, Sydney, Australia, (82-82). 12-14 July 2012.

  • Holden, Susan (2009). Cybernetics and ‘Temporal Architecture’: Nicolas Schöffer and the making of the Centre Pompidou. In: 17th Annual Conference of the Australian Society for French Studies: "Tekhne, Technique, Technologie", University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, (). 15 - 17 July 2009.

  • Holden, Susan (2009). Megastructure revisited: The Australian entries to the Plateau Beaubourg competition, 1970-1971. 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, (1-21). 2-5 July 2009.

  • Susan Holden (2008). Kinetic movement and the Centre Pompidou. In: Beynon, David and Ursula de Jong, History in Practice: The 25th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Geelong, Victoria, (1-22). 3-6 July, 2008.

  • Susan Holden (2007). Finding the architecture in Deleuze: Heinrich Wolfflin as a source of Deleuze's baroque. In: Steven Loo and Katharine Bartsch, Panorama to Paradise: Proceedings of the XXIVth Annual Conference of SAHANZ. Panorama to Paradise: Proceedings of the XXIVth Annual Conference of SAHANZ, Adelaide, South Australia, (1-12). 21-23 September 2007.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This research investigates the various guises of architecture in the art museum and the institutional, disciplinary and aesthetic implications of art’s use of architecture. It takes an historical and theoretical approach and ranges from an examination of the introduction of architecture departments into medium-based museum institutions in the twentieth century, to considering the ways in which the contemporary art museum produces architecture through the activities of collecting, curating and commissioning buildings.

  • This research investigates the international campus planning discourse that developed with the growth of the tertiary education sector after the Second World War, and the products of this discourse, amongst them the new campus development plans, specialist journals on campus planning, and the figure of the campus ‘architect-planner’ that described the cross over of expertise required by the complex spatio-temporal planning problem constituted in the modern university. It considers the transnational exchange of planning ideas and their cross-fertilization with the disciplinary knowledge of architecture. It also considers the application of plan configurations and modern architectural styles to the pedagogical and social ambitions of the new university.

  • A range of topics that examine the nexus of techno-social, institutional and formal issues in post-war architecture, and their relationship to the techniques of architectural design. Topics include: Kinetic Movement in Architecture; The Social Life of the High-rise; and A Cultural History of Demolition; Participation in Art and Architecture; Australia's Civic Centres.