Associate Professor Antony Moulis

Associate Professor

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
a.moulis@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 54010

Overview

Antony Moulis is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research on practices of design in mid-twentieth century modern architecture includes archival research at the Fondation Le Corbusier, the Alvar Aalto Academy, and the Canadian Architectural Archives. His architectural writing for professional and academic journals appears in ARQ, AA Files, Architectural Theory Review, Fabrications, Architecture Australia, Monument, Architectural Review Australia, and The Journal of Architecture. He is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery project on eminent Australian architect John Andrews, known for his work in North America in the 1960s and ‘70s, including the design for Gund Hall at Harvard. Moulis served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) 2013-2015 and co-convened the 2011 SAHANZ Conference. He is an acknowledged expert on the work of the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier was awarded Best Paper at SAHANZ 2010 Conference for his research of the collaborative links between Jorn Utzon and Le Corbusier. He also undertakes speculative design-based research that has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. His is currently researching as part of the Water Sensitive Cities CRC – a national team of academics and designers collaborating on ideas for urban intensification and green infrastructure.

Research Interests

  • Design practice and Mid-20th century architectural modernism
    This research considers the emergence of techniques in architectural design practice in the 20th century and their formation, lineage and influence. Architects who work has been examined in respect of technique include Le Corbusier, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, John Andrews and Jorn Utzon. The research examines the connections and relationships between techniques from the early 20th century to the so-called "Third Generation" modernists and onto the rise of postmodernism in the 1960s and '70s.
  • Le Corbusier and Australia: Lost architectural encounters
    An on-going study of the influence of the work of Le Corbusier in Australia and his connection to projects, architects and institutions there. The study considers how Le Corbusier's encounter with Australia can be seen to impact the architect's own thought and practice.
  • The architecture of John Andrews
    John Andrews is unique among Australian architects for having had major impact in both his homeland and in North America. His success in Canada and the US in large institutional and urban projects in the 1960s came before a series of key projects particularly in Canberra built his reputation in Australia. This project examines Andrews’s work, its contexts, influence, and consequences, for the first time from both North American and Australian perspectives. It will develop knowledge on the architecture of a poorly understood transitional period in architectural practice from late modernism to postmodernism.
  • Water Sensitive Architecture and Urban Design
    This is undertaken with a national team of academics and designers collaborating within the Water Sensitive Cities CRC. Through design-based research with colleagues at Monash and UWA the work is examining the issues and processes involved in delivering best practice water sensitive urban design through demonstration precinct-scale development and redevelopment projects which are dedicated to the provision of urban intensification and green infrastructure in major cities and new regional contexts.
  • Domestic monuments: Speculative designs for Canberra
    This nationally exhibited design-based research includes a set of speculative projects that re-devise familiar monumental places of Canberra in unfamiliar ways. Reflecting upon the city's imported language of European architecture and ideas of civic presence evident in the city's planned form, the projects seek to re-invent Canberra’s landscape as a place occupied by the personal and the public, the imaginary and the real. The work was produced for an invited exhibition by 8 nationally-based artists and designers held at the Canberra Contemporary Art Space as part of the 2013 'Canberra 100' Centenary.

Research Impacts

In 2015 the Sydney Opera House acquired the 1960 Le Corbusier tapestry, Les Dés Sont Jetés (‘The Dice Are Cast’) for permanent display in the Sydney Opera House. Research by Moulis in 2010 identified the tapestry as originally made by Le Corbusier in response to a commission from Jorn Utzon, architect of the Sydney Opera House, to produce artworks for the decoration of the building. The tapestry represents Utzon's early vision for the incorporation of artwork within the building's interiors, offering a rare but tangible link to the architect's initial conception of one of the most famous buildings of the 20th century.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Architecture, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Design Studies, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Moulis, Antony (2012). Examples of educational practice. In Hedda Haugen Askland, Michael J. Ostwald and Anthony Williams (Ed.), Assessing creativity: supporting learning in architecture and design (pp. 124-128) Sydney, Australia: Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT).

  • Moulis, Antony (2009). Problems for architecture in the art of Le Corbuster. In Andrew Leach and John Macarthur (Ed.), Architecture, Disciplinarity and the Arts (pp. 89-97) Belgium: A & S Books (University of Ghent).

  • Leach, Andrew, Moulis, Antony and Sully, Nicole (2008). Introduction. In Andrew Leach, Antony Moulis and Nicole Sully (Ed.), Shifting views: Selected essays on the architectural history of Australia and New Zealand (pp. ix-xvii) St Lucia, Qld., Australia: The University Of Queensland Press.

  • Moulis, Anthony (2007). Le Corbusier's spirals: Figural planning and technique in architectural design. In M. Frascari, J. Hale and B. Starkey (Ed.), From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture (pp. 120-126) London: Routledge.

  • Moulis, A. (2002). Le Corbusier, the museum projects and the spiral figured plan. In Takhar, Jaspreet (Ed.), Celebrating Chandigarh (pp. 348-357) Ahmedabad: Mapin publishing.

  • Moulis, A. (2000). Le Corbusier’s theory of vision and the architectural plan. In Michael Ostwald and John Moore (Ed.), Re-Framing Architecture: Theory, Science and Myth (pp. 155-162) Sydney: Archadia Press.

  • Moulis, A. and Musgrave, E. (1997). Engaging the Material Urban Setting. In Emergent Paradigms in Design Education: Sustainability, Collaboration & Community (pp. 39-40) Sydney: Faculty of the Built Environment UNSW.

  • Moulis, A., Donovan Hill Architects and Donovan, Brian (1997). Moreton Bay House. In CHASA Refereed Designs 1997 (pp. 21-24) Brisbane: QUT School of Architecture: Interior and Industrial Design.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Moulis, Antony (2015). Architecture in translation: Le Corbusier’s influence in Australia. In: Le Corbusier: 50 years later. Le Corbusier: 50 years later, Valencia, Spain, (1544-1552). 18-20 November 2015. doi:10.4995/LC2015.2015.752

  • Moulis, Antony and Russell, Georgina (2015). Design as remedial practice: John Andrews international educational projects in Queensland 1972-1980. 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, (425-434). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Livesey, Graham and Moulis, Antony (2015). From impact to legacy: interpreting critical writing on Le Corbusier from the 1920s to the present. In: Le Corbusier: 50 years later. Le Corbusier: 50 years later, Valencia, Spain, (1169-1185). 18-20 November 2015. doi:10.4995/LC2015.2015.712

  • Moulis, Antony (2014). Architectural discourse and the rise of cultural studies. In: Michela Rosso, Investigating and Writing Architectural History: Subjects, Methodologies and Frontiers. Papers from the Third EAHN International Meeting. EAHN Turin 2014: European Architectural History Network Third International Meeting, Torino Italy, (387-394). 19-21 June 2014.

  • Moulis, Antony (2014). The mechanical organic: on the discourse of ecology in the architecture of John Andrews. In: Christoph Schnoor, Translation: SAHANZ Unitec Auckland 2014. Proceedings. SAHANZ 2014: Translation. 31st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, (545-554). 2-5 July, 2014.

  • Moulis, Antony (2013). Searching for open form: the pinwheel plan in the work of John Andrews. 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, (651-660). 2-5 July, 2013.

  • Moulis, Antony (2012). Seidler on tour 1955-1970: Sources and influences in the international context. In: Stuart King, Anuradha Chatterjee and Stephen Loo, Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The 29th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Launceston, TAS, Australia, (780-791). 5 - 8 July 2012.

  • Stead, Naomi and Moulis, Antony (2010). 'Sydney's Prometheus': Myth, shame and remediation at Joern Utzon's Sydney Opera House. In: Michael Chapman and Michael Ostwald, Imagining: The 27th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Newcastle, NSW, Australia, (403-408). 30 June-2 July 2010.

  • Moulis, Antony (2010). For Sydney: On Utzon, Le Corbusier and art for the Sydney Opera House. In: Michael Chapman and Michael Ostwald, Imagining: The 27th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, NSW, (290-295). 30 June - 2 July 2010.

  • Moulis, Antony (2009). Questions of authorship: Mayer's chandigarh plan and the work of Le Corbusier. 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, (1-11). 2-5 July 2009.

  • Moulis, Antony (2008). From functionalist to humanist line: On circulation diagramming and the work of Alvar Aalto. In: Karl Jormakka and Esa Laaksonen, Building, Designing, Thinking. 3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture, Jyvaskyla, Finland, (75-78). 30-31 August, 2008.

  • Moulis, Antony (2008). More than a battle to build: Le Corbusier, Harry Seidler and modern architecture in mid-twentieth century Australia. In: Beynon, David and de Jong, Ursula, 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, (1-12). 3-6 July, 2008.

  • Macarthur, John P. and Moulis, Antony (2008). Painting and design in the architecture of Le Corbusier. In: Rosemary Hawker and Ross Woodrow, Alpha Alpha November Zulu, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, (5-5). 5-6 December 2008.

  • Musgrave, Elizabeth and Moulis, Antony (2007). Seeing drawing: Representing architecture on-line. In: Kirsten Orr and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation: The Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation, Sydney, Australia, (1-5). 27-29 September 2007.

  • Moulis, Antony (2007). Transcribing the contemporary city: Le Corbusier, Adelaide and Chandigarh. In: Stephen Loo and Katharine Bartsch, Panorama to Paradise: Proceedings of the XXIVth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Panorama to Paradise: XXIVth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Adelaide, Australia, (1-12). 21-24 September 2007.

  • Moulis, Antony (2006). A brush with the architect: On the reception of Le Corbusier's art in Australia 1953. In: Terrance McMinn, John Stephens and Steve Basson, Contested Terrains: Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Contested Terrains: 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, (385-392). 29 September-2 October 2006.

  • Moulis, Antony (2005). Line/form/movement: Circulation diagramming as plan technique. In: Kathi Holt-Damant and Paul Sanders, AASA 2005: Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education: Proceedings of the Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. AASA 2005: Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Drawing Together: Convergent Practises in Architectural Education, Brisbane, Australia, (1-7). 28-30 September 2005.

  • Macarthur, John and Moulis, Antony (2005). Movement and figurality: The circulation diagram and the history of the architectural plan. In: Andrew Leach and Gill Mathewson, Celebration: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Celebration: 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, (231-235). 24-27 September 2005.

  • Moulis, Antony (2004). Diagrams, composition and play: Reading concepts and techniques through the work of Le Corbusier. In: Harriet Edquist and Helene Frichot, Limits: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne 2004. Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, Australia, (335-339). 26-29 September 2004.

  • Moulis, A. (2003). Geometry into drawing: Appropriation and technique in Beaux-Arts practice. In: M. Gusheh and N. Stead, 20th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. The 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: SAHANZ Progress 2003, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, (205-209). 3-6 October 2003.

  • Moulis, Antony and Macarthur, John P. (2002). Introduction. In: J. P. Macarthur and A. 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, Qld, Australia, (1-1). 4-7 October, 2002. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-175-5-1

  • Moulis, A. (2002). Mediating place: Le Corbuster's spiral museums and labyrinthine form. In: Sarah Menin, Constructing Place Abstracts: A Conference Analysing the Processes, Histories and Impacts of Place-making. Constructing Place: A Conference Analysing the Processes, Histories and Impacts of Place-making, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, (). 12-14 April 2002.

  • Moulis, A. (2001). Reading diacritical marks: Experience, the body and architectural drawing. In: K. Green, In The Making: Architecture's Past: Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. , Darwin, (267-272). 30th September - 3rd October, 2001.

  • Moulis, A. (2000). Le Corbusier’s World Museum as origin of his symbolic practice. In: A. Leach and E. Petrovic, Formulation/Fabrication: the architecture of history. Proceedings of the seventeenth annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand Conference (SAHANZ), Wellington, New Zealand, (499-506). 13 - 17 Nov, 2000.

  • Moulis, Antony (2000). The horizon as production in the work of Le Corbusier. In: J. R. Stephens, Habitus 2000: A Sense of Place. Habitus 2000: A Sense of Place, Perth, (). 5th - 9th September, 2000.

  • Moulis, A. (1999). Architectural cross-readings: Figurality in the work of Le Corbusier. In: R. Blythe, Thresholds: Papers of the Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, University of Tasmania, Launceston Hobart, (247-252). 28th September - 1st October, 1999.

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