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Geoffrey London

Professor Geoffrey London

Design, UWA School of

Contact details
UWA School of Design
The University of Western Australia (M433)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 2588
+61 8 6488 1082
BArch W.Aust., BA(Fine Arts) GradDipArt&Design WAIT, GradDipAA(Hist. & Th.) AAGS Lond., FRAIA
Key research
2015 - 2018 ARC Linkage Grant: Infill Developments: Project HOME (Housing Outcomes Metrics and Evaluation) with Horne, Carmona and Martel.
2011 - 2013 ARC Discovery Grant: Design practice research: uncovering the role of spatial intelligence in designing and in reviewing design of the built environment with van Schaik, Ware and Fudge.
2010 - 2013 ARC Linkage Grant:Intensifying Places: Transit-Orientated Urban Design for Resilient Australian Cities with Dovey and Murray.
2006 - 2008‘Procuring Innovative Architecture: using recognised exemplars to inform a government-wide model for building a sustainable community of innovative practice.’ (with Prof. L Van Schaik, RMIT),
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant 2006-8
1999 – 2001‘An unfinished experiment in living: architect-designed houses in Australia from 1955 to 1965 - a cultural and historical evaluation’ [with P. Goad and C. Hamann]
Australian Research Council large grant funded 1999-2001
1996‘An unfinished experiment in living: architect-designed houses in Western Australia from 1955 to 1965 - a cultural and historical evaluation’, [with D Richards] Australian Research Council small grant funded in 1996.
1995 - presentResearching and compiling material for a book on the English architects, Alison and Peter Smithson, 1995 – current.
1992A Report to the Office of the Family, Western Australian Government:
Sector 4 Housing, 1992
- introducing equity housing co-operatives to Perth(co-authors, Dolin and McQuoid)
1988 - 1989State Government Task Force:
A Preliminary Social and Physical Impact Investigation for the Placement of The University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle, Western Australi
(Centre for Urban Research, funded 1988-89)
1987AAGrad.Dip. thesis: Architectural Association, London,
New Brutalism Revisited: An Examination of the theoretical challenges to the canons of Modern Architecture in the 1950s, 1987
1985Co-ordinated pilot study for medium density housing strategies in Perth:
Medium Density Report, Centre for Urban Research
1982Paper, Building Co-operatives in Western Australia, Perth, 1982,
based on development (with R. Drexel) of first example of terminating housing co-operative in Perth: thirteen unit complex completed 1980
1981 Grad.Dip thesis: Western Australian Institute of Technology,
Clement Greenberg - the Eye of Modernism, 1981
1978 - 1983As manager of the Housing Research Information Centre (a joint venture by the Schools of Architecture at The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Institute of Technology), instigated, programmed and directed research in a number of projects, including:
- Preparing initial proposal for study of housing density, undertaken by the Centre with the Australian Institute of Urban Studies, for the Metropolitan Region Planning Authority, and published as Housing Policy in the Perth Region: Density & Form, Australian Institute of Urban Studies, 1983
- An analysis of residential setbacks in Perth and how the setbacks affected suburban land use, and published as Residential Setbacks, Housing Research Information Centre, 1981
- Preparation of information packages for recipients and counsellors in the Australian Government's Housing Allowance Voucher Experiment, commissioned by the Department of the Environment, Housing and Community Development, 1979
- A review of literature on housing users for the Australian Housing Research Council, and published as one of a series of reviews of housing research, User Studies, Centre for Environmental Studies, The University of Melbourne, 1978
Industrial relevance

Victorian Government Architect

Government Architect, 2004 - 2008

Work essentially concerned with group and single housing, and co-operative housing strategies, but have also consulted on art gallery designs, restoration and conversion of old buildings, and urban design projects.


Work concerned with medium density and single housing, conversion of warehouses into housing, preparation of urban design guidelines, and the initiation of housing co-operatives.

Manager, Perth.

1978 - 1981Exhibited as PRINTMAKER:

1981- Print Council of Australia,
Touring Exhibition of Graduating Students' Work

1978, 1979- Fremantle Print Award

1978 - 1981- Print Council of Western Australia, group exhibitions

1980- Western Australian Institute of Technology Degree Show

which included short-term contract work in a number of architectural offices, and as self-employed designer, 1972


- Special Projects Architect, 1974
- Member of Housing Study Group, 1974
- Assistant architect for the North-West, 1971

2008Member of Review Panel, School of Architecture, University of Canberra.

2007Chair of Review Panel, Louis Laybourne Smith School of Architecture & Design, University of South AustraliA.

2006External member of Review Panel for Department of Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

2003Reviewer of Design Teaching in the Architecture program at the University of Melbourne.

2001External member of Review Panel for Department of Architecture, University of Queensland.

Curtin University of Technology PhD thesis.

RMIT Masters candidates by design and thesis.

The University of Melbourne MArch and PhD theses.

The University of Western Australia MArch thesis.

The University of Adelaide MArch and PhD theses.

1992The University of Adelaide Department of Architecture
- history and theory teaching and research.


2007 – 2008Member of Major Stadium Steering Committee, Western Australian Government

2007 - 2008Member of Perth Waterfront Taskforce, Western Australian Government

2008 – continuingMember of City of Fremantle Urban Design Committee and Heritage and Special Places Committee

2008Consultant to Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority, Hobart, reviewing development proposals for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

2007Member of Jury, Proposition 6707, Architectural Review Australia

2007Chair of Hobart International Waterfront Competition Review Panel, Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority, Hobart

2007Chair of Jury, Hobart International Waterfront Competition

2006 - continuing - Chair, Leighton Design Review Committee for LandCorp and the City of Fremantle

2006 - continuing - Convenor of design workshops and peer design reviews for major Western Australian Government infrastructure projects

2006Member of Jury, Proposition 3047, Architectural Review Australia

2006 - continuing - Member of New Perth Performing Arts Venue Steering Committee

2005 - continuing - Member of numerous Western Australian Government selection committees for architectural procurement

2005 - Member of Jury, National Portrait Gallery, Commonwealth Government, Australia

2005 - Chair of Jury, New Performing Arts Venue International Architectural
Competition, Perth

1999, 2000 - Chair of Juries, Architecture Design Awards,Royal Australian Institute of Architects (W.A.)

1994 - 1997 - President
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA)

1996 - 1999 - Member of Urban Design Strategy Committee,City of Fremantle

Contributing Editor to the following journals:
Architecture Theory Review
Architecture Australia

1997, 1992,
1991, 1990, 1986 Assessor for annual Architecture Design Awards,
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (W.A.)

1996 - 1998Member, Advisory Board, Western Australian School of Art and Design

1995 - 1996Chair, Committee of Heads of Architecture Schools of Australasia

1993 - 1996Member of the Executive,
Committee of Heads of Architecture Schools of Australasia

1995Invited juror for the 1995 Engineering Awards of Excellence,
Institution of Engineers, WA

1994 - 1997Chair, Selection Panel for John Flower Fellowship
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA),

1993Assessor for 'Unbuilt Project Awards'
Architecture Australia

1992 - 1996Member of Management Committee
Fremantle Arts Centre

1992 - 1994Reviewer of architectural books for West Australian Newspaper

1990 - 1994Vice-President (Education)
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA)

1990 - presentMember of Organising Committee,
Architectural Association Asia

1990 - currentWestern Australian Representative,
London Goodenough House Trust

1990Chair of Jury, and representative of the
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (WA),
Western Australian Civic Design Award

1990 - 1993Member of Transport Strategy Committee on Future Perth,
Department of Transport, Western Australia

1989 - 1991Member of Central Perth Built Form Consultative Committee, City of Perth

1989 - 1994Member of Education Committee,
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (W.A.)

1989 - 1990Member of President's Advisory Committee,
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (W.A.)

1988 - 1998Member of Chapter Council,
Royal Australian Institute of Architects (W.A.)

1988 - 1990Architectural columnist,
West Australian Newspaper

1986 - 1989Member of Parliamentary Precinct Committee,
Government of Western Australia

1986 - 1990Representative of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and Assessor for Civic Design Award, promoted by Government of Western Australia

1985Assessor for Youth Housing Competition for
International Youth Year

1985 - 1987Member of conference organising committee,
PAPER (People and Physical Environment Research)

1984 - 1986Member of America's Cup Advisory Committee,
Fremantle City Council

Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Architectural Association, London

Member of College of Experts, Australian Research Council
Honours and awards

2007Joint Sisalation Prize Winner (with Simon Anderson), Royal Australian Institute of Architects

2005Life Fellowship, Royal Australian Institute of Architects

2004Ambassador, Year of the Built Environment

1983James Cruthers Fellow, New York

1982Joint prize winner in Australia-wide. Transition Architectural Design Competition

1967Basil Richards Memorial Prize

Architectural Design
Art Practice
Theory/Criticism of Architecture and Art
History of Architecture and Art

2001Grant for development of web-based teaching in architectural history and theory, Centre for Advanced Teaching and Learning
The University of Western Australia

1999Co-author of major course revisions for the Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental degrees

1993/4, 2003Organised design studio for BArch, BEnvDes, and BFA students in Sri Lanka and India, summer 1993/94 and 2003

1992Developed (with J. Betteridge and W. Taylor) an overseas study program for Level Two and Three architecture students, 1991.

The initial program was conducted by W Taylor in Campiglia, Italy in semester one.

1991Developed (with S. Anderson and Australian
Institute of Landscape Architects) new course for four year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.

1991Developed (with D. Bromfield) new course for three year Bachelor of Fine Arts.

1988Developed (with P. Burgess) new course structures for three year Bachelor of Environmental Design Degree, five year Bachelor of Architecture Degree and Master of Architecture Degree by advanced study and research.

Developed joint teaching in history and theory with the Department of Fine Arts at The University of Western Australia, through the units, Twentieth Century Art and Architecture (1984), The History and Practice of Western Art and Architecture (1986), Theory and Practice of Drawing (1991), Postmodernism in Art and Architecture (1992)

In conjunction with the Department of Fine Arts, UWA, organised study tours for students to Canberra and Melbourne (1984), and to Europe (1985, 1988, 1990).

1983Revision of architectural History and Theory streams of teaching.

1983Revision of first year architectural design unit, allowing the introduction of more advanced teaching strategies.

1983Development of microfiche system of architectural drawing storage and associated computer based retrieval system.

BArch Honours dissertations

Final Year research electives1988 - current
Master of Architecture theses1987 - current
Master of Fine Art theses1998 - current
PhD theses1987 - current
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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