Associate Professor Antony Moulis

Deputy Head of School

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

Overview

Antony Moulis is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Queensland, where he teaches and researches across the fields of architecture, urbanism and design. His current research focuses on productive cities and urban retrofit as drivers of positive community change, as featured in the jointly-authored book House, Precinct, Territory: Design Strategies for the Productive City (ORO, 2023) which addresses urban innovation and adaptation in the Asia-Pacific. He is internationally recognised for his work on architectural design practice and patterns of global knowledge transfer. Recent books include the co-authored John Andrews: Architect of Uncommon Sense (Harvard University Press, 2023), which investigates strategies of ecological design in the international context; the sole-authored Le Corbusier in the Antipodes: Art, Architecture and Urbanism (Routledge, 2021) a first account of the modern architect’s reception, encounters and global networks in Australasia, and the co-edited 4-volume anthology, Le Corbusier: Critical Concepts in Architecture (Routledge, 2018), a detailed historiographic survey of writings on, and by, the architect from 1920 to the present. Moulis' research through design involves active collaboration with industry and architectural and urban practices. Co-designed built and speculative projects highlighting micro-urban and resilience strategies for contemporary cities have been awarded, exhibited and published internationally including through journals such as Architecture Australia, The Architectural Review, and GA Houses: the recent books The New Queensland House (Thames & Hudson, 2022) and 33 Documents of Contemporary Australian Architecture (URO, 2022); and exhibited at 2021 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Moulis oversaw UQ Architecture's participation in the Water Sensitive Cities CRC – a national team of academics and designers developing strategies for urban intensification and green infrastructure. His architectural writing and research spans professional and academic journals, including critical commentary on contemporary architecture.

Awards

One Room Tower - phorm architecture+design with Silvia Micheli and Antony Moulis

  • House of the Year, Brisbane Region, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018
  • Brisbane Regional Commendation, Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018
  • State Award, Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018

Blue Bower - phorm architecture+design with Silvia Micheli and Antony Moulis

  • Crossroads X Prize, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2021

Memberships and Roles

Past President, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) (2013-2015)

Member, Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)

Member, European Architectural History Network

Head of Architecture & Program Director, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture (2004-2008)

Research Interests

  • Modern architecture on the global periphery
    Moulis researches the contacts and exchange occurring between European architects and the so-called global periphery. Such contacts are set against the broader story of architect's careers, questioning received interpretations of the transfer of design methods and current assumptions about the influence of major architects in national contexts beyond Europe including Australia, New Zealand and Iran.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Urban infill housing: Design strategies for the micro-context
    This collaborative research identifies the micro-context of inner city ex-suburban locations as a territory for investigation of urban densification. It reveals the potential of the single house site to enact new strategies of development related to flexibility, resilience and domestic production.

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 uncovered the tapestry, which had been lost for half a century, identifying it as originally designed and produced by Le Corbusier in response to a personal 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

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

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Moulis, Antony (2021). Roots - UNESCO Le Corbusier. UNESCO Art Collection Selected Works. (pp. 397-398) Paris, France: UNESCO.

  • Leardini, Paola, Ozgun, Kaan and Moulis, Antony (2019). The reverse river delta of Brisbane. In time with water: design studies of 3 Australian cities. (pp. 217-277) edited by Nigel Bertram and Catherine Murphy. Perth, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing.

  • Moulis, Antony and Musgrave, Elizabeth (2018). Exhibiting Scarpa: transcriptions of the narrative detail in Queensland. Italy/Australia: postmodern architecture in translation. (pp. 76-89) edited by Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur. Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Uro Publications.

  • Moulis, Antony (2013). Le Corbusier‘s spirals: Figural planning and technique in architectural design. From Models to Drawings: Imagination and Representation in Architecture. (pp. 120-125) Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315881386

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Moulis, A. and Musgrave, E. (1997). Engaging the Material Urban Setting. 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. CHASA Refereed Designs 1997. (pp. 21-24) Brisbane: QUT School of Architecture: Interior and Industrial Design.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision