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 ATCH Research Centre in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is an acknowledged expert on the work of the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and has extensively researched the collaboration between Le Corbusier and Jorn Utzon on art work for the Sydney Opera House. He is co-editor of the four-volume collection Le Corbusier (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017) with Professor Graham Livesey (University of Calgary). His has published widely on the history and practice of design in mid-twentieth century modern architecture undertaking archival research at the Fondation Le Corbusier, the Alvar Aalto Academy, and the Canadian Architectural Archives amonst others. 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 was 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. He also undertakes speculative design-based research that has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. The collaborative design work One Room Tower was awarded 'House of the Year' Brisbane Region, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018. 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. Moulis served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAHANZ) 2013-2015 and co-convened the 2011 SAHANZ Conference at the State Library of Queensland.

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.

Memberships

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

Affiliate Member, Australian Institute of Architects

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

Member, European Architectural History Network

Research Interests

  • Le Corbusier in the Antipodes: Art - architecture - urbanism
    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.
  • 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.
  • One Room Tower: New ideas for urban infill housing
    This collaborative project 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. The project resulted in the built work One Room Tower, (phorm architecture + design with Silvia Micheli and Antony Moulis) awarded House of the Year, Brisbane Region, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018.
  • 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

  • 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 (2018). The Poisoned Chalice: Peter Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Fabrications - The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 28 (3) 440-442. doi:10.1080/10331867.2018.1485215

  • Leardini, Paola, Darr, Jonus, Moulis, Antony and Ozgun, Kaan (2018). Norman Creek Catchment: dwelling on floodscapes. Urban intensification and green infrastructure: towards a water sensitive city (Project D5.1).Melbourne, VIC, Australia.Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities.

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2013) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • 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 (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) edited by .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) edited by .Brisbane: QUT School of Architecture: Interior and Industrial Design.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Micheli, Silvia and Moulis, Antony (2018). New inner-city living: testing the micro-context. Annual Design Research Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 27-28 September 2018. Sydney, NSW, Australia :

  • Walker, Paul and Moulis, Antony (2017). Before Scarborough: John Andrews in the office of Parkin Associates 1959-1961. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 5-8 July 2017. Canberra, ACT, Australia :SAHANZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand.

  • Ozgun, Kaan, Moulis, Antony and Leardini, Paola (2017). Water-potential-mapping for urban flood/drought resilience: A holistic approach to sustainable spatial planning and design by augmenting use, reuse and storage capacity of storm water in South East Queensland. International Conference on Changing Cities III: Spatial, Design, Landscape & Socio-Economic dimensions, Syros-Delos-Mykonos Islands, Greece, June 26-30, 2017. Greece :University of Thessaly Volos.

  • Moulis, Antony (2015). Architecture in translation: Le Corbusier’s influence in Australia. Le Corbusier: 50 years later, Valencia, Spain, 18-20 November 2015. Valencia, Spain :Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. 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. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 7-10 July 2015. Sydney, NSW, Australia :SAHANZ.

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

  • Moulis, Antony (2014). Architectural discourse and the rise of cultural studies. EAHN Turin 2014: European Architectural History Network Third International Meeting, Torino Italy, 19-21 June 2014. Torino, Italy :Politecnico di Torino.

  • Moulis, Antony (2014). The mechanical organic: on the discourse of ecology in the architecture of John Andrews. SAHANZ 2014: Translation. 31st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, 2-5 July, 2014. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia :SAHANZ.

  • Moulis, Antony (2013). Searching for open form: the pinwheel plan in the work of John Andrews. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, 2-5 July, 2013. Gold Coast, QLD, Australia :SAHANZ: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand.

  • Moulis, Antony (2012). Seidler on tour 1955-1970: Sources and influences in the international context. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Launceston, TAS, Australia, 5 - 8 July 2012. Launceston, TAS, Australia :University of Tasmania.

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

  • Moulis, Antony (2010). For Sydney: On Utzon, Le Corbusier and art for the Sydney Opera House. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, NSW, 30 June - 2 July 2010. Newcastle, NSW, Australia :Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

  • Moulis, Antony (2009). Questions of authorship: Mayer's chandigarh plan and the work of Le Corbusier. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 2-5 July 2009. Auckland New Zealand :SAHANZ.

  • Moulis, Antony (2008). From functionalist to humanist line: On circulation diagramming and the work of Alvar Aalto. 3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Modern Architecture, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 30-31 August, 2008. Jyvaskyla, Finland :Alvar Aalto Academy/Alvar Aalto Foundation.

  • Moulis, Antony (2008). More than a battle to build: Le Corbusier, Harry Seidler and modern architecture in mid-twentieth century Australia. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Geelong, Victoria, 3-6 July, 2008. Geelong, Victoria :Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand (SAHANZ).

  • Macarthur, John P. and Moulis, Antony (2008). Painting and design in the architecture of Le Corbusier. Annual Conference of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, 5-6 December 2008. Brisbane, Australia :Griffith University on behalf of Art Association of Australia & New Zealand.

  • Musgrave, Elizabeth and Moulis, Antony (2007). Seeing drawing: Representing architecture on-line. 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation, Sydney, Australia, 27-29 September 2007. Sydney, Australia :Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia.

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

  • Moulis, Antony (2006). A brush with the architect: On the reception of Le Corbusier's art in Australia 1953. Contested Terrains: 23rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, 29 September-2 October 2006. Perth, Australia :Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Moulis, Antony (2005). Line/form/movement: Circulation diagramming as plan technique. AASA 2005: Third International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Drawing Together: Convergent Practises in Architectural Education, Brisbane, Australia, 28-30 September 2005. Brisbane, Australia :Queensland University of Technology; The University of Queensland.

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

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

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

  • Moulis, Antony and Macarthur, John P. (2002). Introduction. XIX Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Brisbane, Qld, Australia, 4-7 October, 2002. Brisbane, Australia :Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-175-5-1

  • Moulis, A. (2002). Mediating place: Le Corbuster's spiral museums and labyrinthine form. Constructing Place: A Conference Analysing the Processes, Histories and Impacts of Place-making, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, 12-14 April 2002. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom :University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape.

  • Moulis, A. (2001). Reading diacritical marks: Experience, the body and architectural drawing. Darwin, 30th September - 3rd October, 2001. Darwin :SAHANZ.

  • Moulis, A. (2000). Le Corbusier’s World Museum as origin of his symbolic practice. Proceedings of the seventeenth annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & New Zealand Conference (SAHANZ), Wellington, New Zealand, 13 - 17 Nov, 2000. Wellington, New Zealand :SAHANZ.

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

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

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision