Professor Sandra Kaji-O'Grady

Professor and Head of School

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
sandra@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53843

Overview

Professor Kaji-O'Grady is an architectural educator, academic leader and researcher with a PhD in Philosophy from Monash University (2001) and professional architectural qualifications and experience. She led the design and delivering of a new progressive design education while Head of School at UTS (2005-2009) and in September 2013 commenced as Head of School and Dean of Architecture at the University of Queensland. She is committed to critical approaches to design learning and to preparing students for a radically volatile professional future.

Kaji-O'Grady's research is focused on the transfer of ideas and techniques between contemporary fine arts and architecture, and architecture and the experimental sciences. Her work has been published in leading journals including the Journal of Architecture, The Journal of Architectural Education, Architecture &, and le Journal Spéciale’Z. Kaji-O'Grady has won several competitive external research grants from the Australian Research Council, including a Discovery Grant for ‘From Alchemist’s Den to Science City: Architecture and the Expression of Experimental Science’. She has presented invited lectures and peer-reviewed conference papers in the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Finland, Amsterdam, France, Belgium, Germany, England and Scotland, where she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (2012). Her own artwork investigating serial systems using pianola rolls and commercial paint samples has been exhibited in Singapore and Australia.

Kaji-O'Grady has been a member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council (2010-2011) and has reviewed submissions for several scholarly journals and sits on the editorial boards of Architecture and Culture, Studies in Material Thinking and Architecture Theory Review. She is a reviewer for DrawingOn Journal and regularly contributes as a critic to Architecture Australia, Architecture Review Australia, Monument and Artichoke.

Research Interests

  • The Design of Contemporary Laboratory Buildings
    I am studying the architectural expression and spatial organisation of laboratory buildings for experimental science. This research, undertaken with Associate Professor Chris L. Smith of the University of Sydney, is funded by an ARC Discovery Grant.
  • 1970s architecture and its uses of art
    From serial procedures for pre-determined rule-bound composition to attempts to arrive at a Conceptual Architecture on par with Conceptual Art, the 1970s is a rich period of overlap and translation, that I have researched since the completion of my doctoral thesis in 2001.

Research Impacts

An active contributor to the architectural profession, Kaji-O'Grady co-directed with architect John de Manincor the 2013 National Conference of the Australian Institute of Architects—the peak annual event for the architecture profession in Australia with an audience of over 1400. In parallel, Kaji-O'Grady and de Manincor edited a special issue of the professional Architecture Australia focused on questions of material, the conference theme. She has published over forty reviews of buildings and exhibitions in the design press and has been a regular member of awards juries for the Australian Institute of Architects.

Kaji-O'Grady's research into the design of new facilities for scientific research is directly engaged with the profession. In 2007 this research was the subject of an ARC Linkage Grant with Industry Partner Woods Bagot and involved case study buildings by John Wardle Architects, DesignInc, Wilson Associates and LahzNimmo Architects. Her current Discovery Grant is focused on the expression of science in new laboratory buildings and to date has included analysis of buildings by Charles Correa, David Chipperfield, Stanton Williams and others.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Women's Studies, Murdoch University
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons), The University of Western Australia
  • Master of Architecture, The University of Western Australia
  • PhD, Monash University

Publications

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smith, Chris L. (2016). Laboratory architecture and the deep skin of science. In Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech (Ed.), Industries of architecture (pp. 282-293) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

  • Kaji-O'Grady, S. (2016). Vo Trong Nghia and the Primitive Hut. In Fugitive stories (pp. 17-25) Paddington, NSW, Australia: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2015) Privatized atmospheres, personal bubbles. Architecture and Culture, 3 2: 175-195. doi:10.1080/20507828.2015.1067033

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Contemporary institutions for experimental and applied science are increasingly investing in expressive, and expensive, architectures to give a persuasive face to its activities. What of earlier periods? The architecture of the laboratory from the alchemist's den of the 16th Century to the pharma campuses of the 21st requires greater attention than it has so far received in the History of Science. This project would complement current research on the contemporary laboratory.

  • Peter Sloterdijk has argued that our relationship to air changed fundamentally with the gas wars of the early twentieth century and the advent of the air-conditioned building. This research project will draw from his arguments and other key theorists to study the myriad ways in which air and atmosphere have been of architectural concern—metaphorically and through environmental engineering—in the twentieth and twentieth centuries.

  • Experimental modes of architecture have the potential to enact professional and disciplinary criticism and I would be enthusiastic in supporting doctoral candidates with a wish to pursue their research along these lines.

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smith, Chris L. (2016). Laboratory architecture and the deep skin of science. In Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff and Nick Beech (Ed.), Industries of architecture (pp. 282-293) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group).

  • Kaji-O'Grady, S. (2016). Vo Trong Nghia and the Primitive Hut. In Fugitive stories (pp. 17-25) Paddington, NSW, Australia: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2014). Laboratories of experimental science. In Mathew Aitchison (Ed.), The architecture of industry: changing paradigms in industrial building and planning (pp. 109-134) Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smitheram, J. (2012). Critical Utopia: Site of Reversible Density, Yoro. In Hilde Heynen, Jean-Louis Genard and Tahl Kaminer (Ed.), Critical tools : International colloquium on architecture and cities #3 (pp. 115-126) Bruxelles, Belgium: La Lettre Volee.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2012). Formalism and forms of practice. In C. Greig Crysler, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen (Ed.), The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory (pp. 152-165) London, United Kingdom: Sage Publications. doi:10.4135/9781446201756.n10

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2011). Seriature. In Dorian Wiszniewski (Ed.), Architecture and series (pp. 6-9) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Architecture, School of Arts Culture and Environment, University of Edinburgh.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2010). From theory to practice: 39 opinions. In Anthony Williams, Michael J. Ostwald and Hedda Haugen Askland (Ed.), Creativity, design and education: theories, positions and challenges (pp. 79-82) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Australian Learning & Teaching Council.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2009). Public art and audience reception: theatricality and fiction. In Steffen Lehman (Ed.), Back to the city. Strategies for informal urban design: collaboration between artists and architects (pp. 108-113) Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2009). Serial techniques in the arts: general ambitions and particular manifestations. In John P. Macarthur and Andrew Leach (Ed.), Architecture, disciplinarity and the arts (pp. 123-134) Ghent, Belgium: A & S Books (University of Ghent).

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2008). Designing a practice: the emergence of a multi-office global practice. In Philip Sutton Cox (Ed.), Cox Architects and Planners 1960-2010: three eras (pp. 34-41) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Images Publishing.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). Architectural models: literally and metaphorically. In Nik Karalis, Steven Cornwell, Ross Donaldson, David Tregoning and Lucy Moloney (Ed.), Public #1 : spatial tactics (pp. 284-291) South Melbourne, VIC Australia: Woods Bagot Research Press.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). Untitled. In Alex Selenitsch: Open and Closed (pp. *-*) Burwood, VIC, Australia: ICON Museum of Art, Deakin University.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2005). Public art and crime. In Steffen Lehman (Ed.), Absolutely public : crossover: art and architecture (pp. 50-55) Mulgrave, VIC Australia: The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2002). Op Art in the abyss of design. In Good vibrations: the legacy of Op Art in Australia (pp. 16-19) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Heide Museum of Modern Art.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2000). The serial underside of structuralism: Boulez, Levi-Strauss, Eco, Eisenman and Fujii. In Michael J. Ostwald and R. John Moore (Ed.), Re-framing architecture: theory, science and myth (pp. 87-100) Sydney, NSW, Australia: Archadia Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Smith, Chris L. (2015). Unquiet darkness: institutions, information and dissimulation at the cold spring harbour laboratory.. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O'Callaghan, Architecture, Institutions and Change. SAHANZ 2015: Architecture, Institutions and Change, Sydney, Australia, (290-299). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2014). Translating and representing bioscience through architecture. 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, (471-484). 2-5 July 2014.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2012). Collaboration and transparency in the architecture of contemporary science. 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, Tasmania, (492-511). 5-8 July 2012.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2011). Environment bubbles: architecture, medicine and media. 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, Australia, (). 7-10 July 2011.

  • Russell, Adam, King, Simeon, Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Edwards, Deborah (2010). Mapping Ultimo: Sydney for sustainable tourism. In: Mohsen Aboutorabi and Andreas Wesener, Proceedings of the International Conference Urban Design Research: Method and Application. Urban Design Research: Method and Applications, Birmingham, United Kingdom, (149-164). 3-4 December 2009.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2008). Challenges for architectural history and criticism: the super-sized office and the transdisciplinary studio. In: David Beynon 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, VIC, Australia, (1-13). 3-6 July 2008.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2008). Unknown. In: CV08: Future Visions: RAIA National Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 11 April 2008.

  • Margalit, Harry, Heneghan, Tom, Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra and Ostwald, Michael (2007). Panel 2. Heads of architecture: designing architecture education. In: International Conference on Design Education (ConnectED2007), Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 11 July 2007.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2007). The Solipsism of Serial Arts. In: George E. Lasker and Ana Luz, Systems research in the arts and humanities. Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts and Humanities, Baden-Baden, Germany, (). July 29-Aug 4, 2007.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2007). The dramatisation of 'eco-technologies' in recent high-rise towers. In: Kristen 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, NSW, Australia, (1-6). 27-29 September, 2007.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2007). The solipsism of serial arts. In: George E. Lasker and Ana Luz, 1st Symposium on Systems Research in the Arts and Humanities "On Choreographies in Music, Visual and Performing Arts, and Environmental Design. Collective Choreography of Space: Modelling Digital Co-Presence in a Public Area, Baden-Baden, Germany, (1-5). 3 July - 1 August 2007.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). Larrikins and landscape: the quest to be the most Australian city. In: P. Magee, Cultural Studies Association of Australia. UNAustralia: Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (1-11). 6-8 December 2006.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). Mimics and the maximised city. In: 15th Biennale of Sydney 2006: Zones of Contact. June Symposium: Biennales, Cosmopolitanism and Locality, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 9-10 June 2006.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). Mimics: art, architecture and the look of commerce. In: Terrance McMinn, John Stephens and Steve Basson, Proceedings: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. XXIII Annual Conference 2006. SAHANZ 2006: Contested Terrains. SAHANZ 2006: 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Fremantle, WA, Australia, (267-274). 29 September-2 October 2006.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2006). The pragmatics of Gehry's gesture: properties and procedures. In: AAH Association of Art Historians 32nd Annual Conference. Art and Art History: Contents. Discontents. Malcontents. Programme Book. The 32nd AAH Annual Conference: 'Contents. Discontents. Malcontents', Leeds, UK, (). 5-7 April, 2006.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2005). Architecture as performance art: the collaboration between Rosalie Goldberg and Bernard Tschumi. In: Kathi Holt-Damant and Paul Sanders, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia Annual Conference (AASA). Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (1-8). 28-30 September 2005.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2005). The London Conceptualists: architecture and conceptual art in the 1970s. In: Les Collections electroniques. Repenser les limites: l'architecture a travers l'espace, le temps et les disciplines, Paris, France, (). 31 August - 3 September 2005.

  • Sandra Kaji-O'Grady (2004). A thousand words: conceptual art and architecture. In: The 1970s: Designing Futures, Community and Technology in Architecture and Urban Design, International Symposium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 23 September 2004.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2004). Architecture and the future in the philosophical writings of Virilio and Flusser. In: CongressCATH 2004: The Architecture of Philosophy/The Philosophy of Architecture, Bradford, United Kingdom, (). 9-11 July 2004.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2004). The look of information: conceptual art, computers and architecture in the 1970s. In: Harriet Edquist and Hélène Frichot, Limits: Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. SAHANZ 2004: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (251-256). 26-29 September, 2004.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2003). Constrictive procedures in architectural design: the Oulipian example. In: Clare Newton, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady and Simon Wollan, Design + Research: project based research in architecture, second international conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australia,. Second International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (). 2003.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2003). Divergent accounts of architectural progress: Virilio and war, Flusser and the factory. In: M. Gusheh and Naomi Jean Stead, 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. 20th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: SAHANZ Progress 2003, Sydney, Australia, (163-167). 3-6 October 2003.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2003). Hiromi Fujii and serialism, contribution and confusion: architecture and the influence of other fields of inquiry. In: Scott Poole and Pia Sarpaneva, Contribution and Confusion Architecture and the Influence of Other Fields of Inquiry. 91st ACSA International Conference, Helsinki, Finland, (439-451). 27-30 July 2003.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2002). From stroll garden to stumble park: mapping Japan at site of reversible destiny. In: Samer Akkach, Third International Symposium of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture. Third International Symposium of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture, The Univeristy of Adelaide, (65-76). 4-6 July 2002.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2002). Serialism in the architectural experiments of the 1960s. In: Sandra Kaji-O'Grady and Alvar Aalto Academy, Universal versus Individual: The Architecture of the 1960s. International Conference on the Research of Modern Architecture, Jyvaskyla, Finland, (38-43). 30 August-1 September 2002.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2001). Authenticity and eclecticism in contemporary Japanese architecture. In: David W. Gobel and Robin B. Williams, The Second Savannah Symposium: Authenticity in Architecture. The 2nd Savannah Symposium: Authenticity in Architecture, Savannah, GA, USA, (). 15-17 February, 2001.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2001). The aesthetics of meat: countering Deleuze's Bacon. In: Anthony Bond, Conducting Bodies: Affect, Sensation and Memory. Conducting Bodies: Affect, Sensation and Memory, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 20-22 July 2001.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2000). Derrida's "countersignature": Levinas, Titus-Carmel and Tschumi. In: David Kernohan, Formulation Fabrication: The Architecture of History. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. SAHANZ 2000: 17th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, (441-448). 13-17 November, 2000.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (2000). Speculating on architectural models. In: Gary T. Moore and Louise Trevillion, Proceedings of the Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia International Conference. Architecture + Education 2000, Sydney , Australia, (45-51). June 2000.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (1999). Temporality in Soler's Suite sans fins. In: R. Blythe, Thresholds: Papers of the 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. Thresholds: 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston, TAS, Australia, (127-133). 28th September - 1st October 1999.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (1998). Architectural serialism. In: Julie Willis, Philip Goad and Andrew Hutson, FIRM(ness) Commodity DE-light? Questioning the Canons: papers from the Fifteenth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand. SAHANZ 1998: 15th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (133-140). 28 September-1 October 1998.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (1998). The children's museum. In: William Logan, University and Heritage: Proceedings of the 3rd international Seminar Forum UNESCO. University and Heritage, Melbourne and Geelong, VIC, Australia, (215-220). 4-8 October 1998.

  • Kaji-O'Grady, Sandra (1995). Yellow: color and cowardice in the contemporary Australian city. In: Proceedings of ANZCA 1995: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference. Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 95: Framing Communication: Exclusions, Edges and Cores. ANZCA 1995, Perth, WA, Australia, (). 5-7 July, 1995.

Edited Outputs

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

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.

  • Contemporary institutions for experimental and applied science are increasingly investing in expressive, and expensive, architectures to give a persuasive face to its activities. What of earlier periods? The architecture of the laboratory from the alchemist's den of the 16th Century to the pharma campuses of the 21st requires greater attention than it has so far received in the History of Science. This project would complement current research on the contemporary laboratory.

  • Peter Sloterdijk has argued that our relationship to air changed fundamentally with the gas wars of the early twentieth century and the advent of the air-conditioned building. This research project will draw from his arguments and other key theorists to study the myriad ways in which air and atmosphere have been of architectural concern—metaphorically and through environmental engineering—in the twentieth and twentieth centuries.

  • Experimental modes of architecture have the potential to enact professional and disciplinary criticism and I would be enthusiastic in supporting doctoral candidates with a wish to pursue their research along these lines.