Dr Ashley Paine

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 53878


Ashley Paine is an architect and Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland. His research, teaching and practice are all broadly concerned with the history, theory and design of architectural surfaces, focusing particularly on issues of ornament, pattern, colour and the façade. In 2015 Ashley completed his PhD on the history and artifice of striped architecture, which surveyed the techniques and striking visual effects of banded polychromy across more than two thousand years of Western architecture: from Roman wall construction through to the recent work of Mario Botta. Ashley also holds a Master of Arts in Visual Arts (Research) and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons. I) and for which he was awarded a University Medal. He is also the recipient of numerous other academic awards and prizes, and is the author of a number of conference papers and publications for leading international journals including, AA Files (UK), The Architectural Review (UK), and Interstices (NZ). Ashley’s current research builds upon and expands his existing studies to include the investigation of authenticity in architectural heritage, as well as contemporary architectural practices and their relation to the visual arts.

In architectural practice, Ashley has more than fifteen years of experience across residential, commercial, education, institutional, interiors and heritage projects. His work has been recognised with numerous awards from the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), including national awards for Public Architecture, Interior Architecture and Small Projects. Many of these buildings have also been published and exhibited internationally, including in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture (2004), and at the Australian Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2010, Ashley co-founded PHAB Architects (with Brant Harris) to develop his interests at the intersection of architectural research and practice. In particular, the practice focuses on heritage and adaptive re-use projects, as well as residential and small-scale public works. Recently completed works include the conversion of the historic Toogoolawah Condensery Packing Shed into a new community art gallery and workshop.

Recent Awards

2016 AIA National Awards: National Award (Public Architecture) 2016 AIA Queensland Architecture Awards: Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture 2016 Dulux Colour Awards: Grand Prix Winner 2016 Dulux Colour Awards: Commercial Exterior Winner 2016 Dulux Colour Awards: Commercial Interior Commendation 2017 Archdaily Building of the Year Finalist (Category: Refurbishment)

Current Memberships

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of Arts, Queensland University of Technology


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Paine, Ashley (2019). Reading between the lines: reflections on an interview with Mario Botta. Speaking of buildings: oral history in architectural research. (pp. 219-234) edited by Janina Gosseye, Naomi Stead and Deborah van der Plaat. Hudson, NY, United States: Princeton Architectural Press.

  • Paine, Ashley (2019). Spencer Finch’s windows: authenticity and the reconstructed interior. Trading between architecture and art: strategies and practices of exchange. (pp. 181-191) edited by Wouter Davidts, Susan Holden and Ashley Paine. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz.

  • Davidts, Wouter, Holden, Susan and Paine, Ashley (2019). The terms of trade of architecture and art. Trading between architecture and art: strategies and practices of exchange. (pp. 9-15) edited by Wouter Davidts, Susan Holden and Ashley Paine. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision