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William Taylor

Professor William M Taylor

Professor
Design, UWA School of

Contact details
Address
UWA School of Design
The University of Western Australia (M433)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Australia
Phone
+61 8 6488 2580
Fax
+61 8 6488 1082
Email
Bill.Taylor@uwa.edu.au
Qualifications
BArch Louisiana, GradDipAA(Hist. & Th.) ArchAssocGS(Lond.), PhD W.Aust.
Biography
Professor William M (Bill) Taylor obtained a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from Louisiana State University (1984) and a Graduate Diploma (History & Theory) from the Architectural Association (London 1987). He obtained a PhD from the University of Western Australia (1994). He has been a member of staff at UWA since May 1989, becoming Professor in August 2007. He has been a Registered Architect in the State of Florida, USA since 1986.

Bill is a founding member of the Visual & Building Cultures (V&BC) research group in the School of Design at UWA.

He conducts research in the following key areas.
Key research
History and theories of the built environment (interdisciplinary and humanities research)
Buildings in social and political contexts
Philosophy and architecture
Architecture, ships and the sea
Disaster
Publications
William M Taylor (sole author unless otherwise indicated)

AUTHORED BOOKS

William M. Taylor and Michael Levine, Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture (London: Routledge, March 2011), pp. 214+x.

The Vital Landscape: Nature and the Built Environment in Nineteenth-Century Britain (London: Ashgate Press, October 2004), pp. 264+xvii.

EDITED BOOKS

William M. Taylor, Michael P. Levine, Oenone Rooksby and Joely-Kym Sobott, editors, The ‘Katrina Effect’: On the Nature of Catastrophe, (Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015), pp. 347+xiv.

Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully and William Taylor, editors, Out of place (Gwalia): occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition, (UWA Publishing, 2014), pp. 312+xii.

Philip Goldswain and William Taylor, editors, An everyday transience: the urban imaginary of Goldfields photographer John Joseph Dwyer (Western Australia, 1896-1917), (Perth: UWA Press, February 2010), pp 199.

William M. Taylor, editor, The Geography of Law, Landscape and Regulation (Onati, Spain and Oxford: IISL and Hart Publishing, Oxford, January 2006), pp. 146+viii.

EDITED JOURNAL ISSUES

William M. Taylor and Michael Levine, editors, National Identities 17:2, ‘Investigating catastrophe: cultures of commemoration, accountability and national records of disaster’ (Taylor and Francis, 2015), including introduction (see below).

Andrew Leach, Lee Stickells, and William M. Taylor, editors, Architectural Theory Review 18:1, ‘Architecture, Evidence and “Evidentiality”’ (Routledge, 2013); including jointly authored introduction ‘Architecture, Evidence, and “Evidentiality”’, pp. 1-7.

Michael Levine, Kristine Miller and William M. Taylor, editors, The Philosophical Forum 35:2, ‘Ethics and Architecture’ (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2004) including jointly authored introduction, ‘What is Architecture and Ethics About?, pp. 103-115.

William M. Taylor, editor, National Identities 5:1, 'Antipodean Landscapes and the Law', (London: Taylor & Francis, 2003) includes introduction (pp. 3-6) and refereed article written by William M. Taylor (detailed below)

BOOK CHAPTERS

‘Ports and pilferers: London’s Georgian era docks (1799-1815+) as settings for evolving material and criminal cultures’, in Brad Beaven, Karl Bell and Robert James, editors, Port Towns & Urban Cultures: International Histories of the Waterfront 1700 to 2000 (Palgrave, London, 2016), pp. 135-58.

William M. Taylor and Michael Levine, ‘Catastrophe and the “Katrina Effect”’, in William M. Taylor, Michael Levine, Oenone Rooksby and Joely-Kym Sobott, editors, The ‘Katrina Effect’: On the Nature of Catastrophe, (Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015), pp. 1-24.

‘Architecture after Katrina: Lessons from the past or designs for someone else’s future?’, in William M. Taylor, Michael Levine, Oenone Rooksby and Joely-Kym Sobott, editors, The ‘Katrina Effect’: On the Nature of Catastrophe, (Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015), pp. 255-286.

‘Introduction to Australian places, place-making and the politics of displacement in a transient society’, in Phil Goldswain and Nicole Sully, and William M. Taylor, editors, Out of place (Gwalia): occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition, (UWA Publishing 2014), pp. 1-14.

‘The moral economy of prefabrication: the curious cases of the Brown Hill mine building and Kalgoorlie Health Laboratory, ca1899-1923’, in Philip Goldswain et al., editors, Out of place (Gwalia): occasional essays on Australian regional communities and built environments in transition, (UWA Publishing 2014), pp. 45-72.

‘Archaeology and useful knowledge: Pasargadae, the ethics of digging ‘real’ places’, invited contribution in Ali Mozaffari, ed., World Heritage in Iran: Perspectives on Pasargadae (Ashgate, 2014).

‘The Architecture and Exhibits at Australian Maritime Museums: Changing Views at the Water’s Edge from Sydney and Perth’ invited contribution in Tricia Cusack, ed., The Water’s Edge: Art, Culture and Politics at the Margins of River and Sea (Ashgate, 2012), pp. 69-85.

‘The culture of ‘environmentality’ and the exceptionality of the countryside’, invited contribution in Martin Hewitt, ed., The Victorian World (Routledge, 2012), pp. 259-275.

‘Science adrift in an enterprise culture: finding facts and telling stories in the maritime museum’ in Anastasia Filippoupoliti, ed., Science Exhibitions: Curation and Design (Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc, 2010), pp. 444-473.

William Taylor and Phil Goldswain, ‘Introduction’, in Philip Goldswain and William Taylor, editors, An everyday transience: the urban imaginary of Goldfields photographer John Joseph Dwyer (Western Australia, 1896-1917), (Perth: UWA Press, February 2010), pp. 1-7.

‘Dark portraiture: social and environmental contexts for Dwyer’s Kalgoorlie night-time and mine scenes’, in Goldswain and Taylor, editors, ‘An everyday transience: the urban imaginary of Goldfields photographer John Joseph Dwyer (Western Australia, 1896-1917)’, (Perth: UWA Press, February 2010).

‘The WA Maritime Museum, the Swan Bell Tower and the lure of the sea’, invited contribution to Steven Fleming and Michael J. Ostwald, eds, Museum, Gallery and Cultural Architecture in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region: Essays on Antipodean Identity (Wales: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007), pp. 39-52.

‘Visualising Comfort: Aspect, Prospect and Controlling Privacy in The Gentleman's House (1864)’, The Geography of Law, Landscape and Identity (Onati, Spain and Oxford: IISL and Hart Publishing, January 2006), pp. 16.

‘The Stones of Ireland: Wilkinson’s Practical Geology and Ancient Architecture’, Louis de Paor, ed., Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics (Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2004), pp. 321-331.

‘The piety of rust: thoughts on Australian place-making,’ Guiseppi Leone, ed., Workshop Internazionale Topografia della forma della cittá – Favara, Castello dei Chiaramonte (Palermo, Italy: Libreria Dante Editrice, 2004), pp. 45-56, in Italian.

'Monuments to imagination: the tower as symbolic type in modernist literature,' M. Ostwald and R. Moore, eds., Re-Framing Architecture: Theory, Science and Myth (Sydney: Arcadia Press, 2000), pp. 175-188

'"It Must Have Been the Irish", Irish Character and Colonial Engineering, the Life (and Tragic Suicide) of C. Y. O'Connor,' Tadhg Foley, ed., Irish-Australian Studies: Papers Delivered at the Ninth Irish-Australian Conference (Sydney: Crossing Press, 2000), pp. 233-256.

'Building the Invisible City,' John MacArthur, ed., Knowledge and/or/of Experience: The theory of space in art and architecture (Brisbane: Institute of Modern Art, 1994), pp. 171-182.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

‘Assembling Ruin: Rubble Photography of the 1908 Messina Earthquake’, Transformations 28: Special Issue ‘The Ruin, the Future’ (2016), 5000 words. URL: http://www.transformationsjournal.org/journal.

‘War remains: the administrative contributions of the Imperial War Graves Commission and the Australia War Records Sections to material and national cultures of conflict and commemoration’, National Identities 17: 2 (2015), pp. 217-40.

‘Investigating catastrophe: cultures of commemoration, accountability and national records of disaster’ (with Michael Levine), National Identities 17: 2 (2015), pp. 105-16.

‘Can e-planning make for better communities? The parallel case of architecture, ethics and New Urbanism’ (with Michael Levine), International Journal of E-Planning Research 3:4 (2014), pp. 62-76.

‘Everyday war memorials to the end of all wars: building cemeteries and collecting war trophies in a culture of commemoration’, special issue on ‘Forward Thinking: Utopia and Apocalypse’, Southerly 74:1 (2014), pp. 105-126.

‘Iron, Engineering and Architectural History in Crisis: following the Case of the River Dee Bridge Disaster, 1847’, Architectural Histories: The open access journal of the EAHN (European Architectural History Network) 1 (2013), 9600 words. URL: http://journal.eahn.org/collections/special/culture-of-crisis

Michael Levine and William M Taylor, “Disaster and the Imagination 50 Years On”, M/C Journal (A Journal of Media and Culture) 16: 1 (March 2013).. URL: http://journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/viewArticle/586

‘Home ports and fast sailing ships: maritime settlement and seaborne mobility in forming the “Comparative Wests”’, Occasion 5 (Stanford University, 2013). URL: http://arcade.stanford.edu/journals/occasion/

‘Typologies of Katrina: mnemotechnics in post-disaster New Orleans’, Interstices 13 (December 2012).

Michael Levine and William M. Taylor, ‘War as Catastrophe: Jacques Callot’s “Miseries of War” as Moral Meditation’, special issue on art and disaster of Art Journal (Seoul, Korea, 2012), pp. 1-27.

‘Bound by sea and pressed for time: geographical and transient dimensions of sea-faring heritage in two Australian maritime museums’, special issue on maritime museums of International Journal of Heritage Studies 18: 4 (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 400-417.

‘Building on the moment: transience, tolerance and the subjective dimensions of technology’, inaugural issue of Ultima Thule 1:1 (2011).

‘Composing Catastrophe: Robert Polidori’s Photographs in “After the Flood” and Comparative Visual Records of Post-Katrina New Orleans’, special issue of Invisible Culture (Rochester, NY, 2011). URL: http://www.rochester.edu/in_visible_culture/Issue_16/articles/taylor/taylor.html

‘Misplaced identities: cultural and environmental sources of heritage for the ‘settler society’ along the Swan River, Perth’, invited contribution to special ‘Riverscapes’ issue of National Identities (London: Taylor and Francis, June, 2007), pp. 143-161.

‘Urban Disasters: visualising the fall of cities and the forming of human values’, invited contribution to special issue of Journal of Architecture 11:5 (London: Routledge, Autumn, 2006), pp. 603-612.

‘Lest we forget: the Shrine of Remembrance, its redevelopment and the heritage of dissent’, Fabrications 15:2 (Melbourne, December 2005), pp 95-111.

'Building on The stones of Ireland, Wilkinson’s Practical Geology and Ancient Architecture’, Etudes Irlandaises 30: 1 (Paris, Spring 2005), pp. 151-175.

'Rivers too cross: river beautification and the settlement of Western Australia’, National Identities 5:1 (London: Taylor & Francis, 2003), pp. 25-38.

William Taylor and Daniela Simon, ‘‘Monument to Happiness in a New Land: The politics of national identity in the Italian Club of Western Australia', Fabrications 12:2 (December 2002), pp. 35-50.

'Characterizing the Inhabitant in Robert Kerr’s The Gentleman’s House, 1864’, Design Issues 18:3 (Summer, 2002), pp. 27-42.

'Deserts of Industry, Gardens of Desire: Landscape Transformation and Enterprising Character in a Western Australian Town,' a special Australian edition of Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 21, no. 1 (January-March, 2001), pp. 33-40.

'"A contrivance for life": The garden cemetery and nationalism in 19th century Britain', National Identities I, no. 1 (1999), pp. 53-72.

'The Cultivation of Reason: Functionalism and the Management of Nature,' Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes 18, no. 2 (Summer, 1998), pp. 130-144.

'The Invisible City,' Exedra: Architecture, Art & Design 6, no. 1 (1996), pp. 35-38.

'The House of Epicurus: An Architecture of Ritual,' Exedra: Architecture, Art & Design 6, no. 1 (1996), pp. 39 - 42.

'Living in Glasshouses: Vegetality and the Curvilinear Forcing Houses of the Early Nineteenth Century,' Journal of Garden History 15, no. 4 (Winter, 1995), pp. 207-220.

'TheVerdant Coffin: Curvilinear glasshouses of the 19th century & the collapse of mechanism,' Transitions, nos. 44/45 (1994), pp. 36-47.

'Exploring Design Games,' Architect/South Australia (February 1990), pp. 25-27.

REFEREED CONFERENCE PAPERS IN PUBLISHED PROCEEDINGS

‘Digging and Pilfering: Spatio-Juridical and Moral Economies of Gold Stealing in Western Australia (c1906)’, proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 33rd annual conference ‘Gold’ (Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, July 2016), pp. 670-677. URL: http://sahanz2016.msd.unimelb.edu.au/papers/Taylor_Digging-and-Pilfering.pdf

‘Assembling disaster and the urban imagination: collections of rubble photography and the Messina (1908) earthquake’, in S. Adorno, G. Cristina, & A. Rotondo, eds, Visibile / Invisibile: Percepire la citta tra descrizioni e omission (Catania: Scrimm Edizioni, 2014) for the Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU) VI Congress (Catania, Italy, 12-14 2013), pp. 1878-1887.

‘Wrack and ruin, rust and rot: sketch for an alternative account of ‘character’ and the Australian colonial prefabricated building’, refereed paper for the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 29th annual conference ‘Fabulation’ (Launceston, The University of Tasmania, July, 2012), pp. 1098-1112.

‘Doubtful launches: modernism and the aesthetics of ship architecture’, refereed paper for the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) 28th annual conference ‘Audience’ (Brisbane, The University of Queensland/Queensland University of Technology, 7-9 July 2011), pp.

‘Bound by sea and tied up in knots: Australia’s maritime museums and the sea-faring imaginary’, refereed paper for the SAHANZ 27th annual conference ‘Imagining’ (Newcastle, NSW, The University of Newcastle, 30 June – 2 July 2010), pp 425-430.

‘Building on Transience: Operational Tolerance and the Subjective Dimensions of Technology’, refereed paper for the Association of Architectural Schools of Australasia (AASA) annual conference (Sydney, University of Technology, September 2007), online proceedings.

‘Composing catastrophe in After the Flood: Robert Polidori’s photographs of New Orleans’ plenary refereed paper for the SAHANZ annual conference (Adelaide, University of South Australia, September 2007), printed abstract with paper on CD ROM, 13 pages.

William Taylor and Michael Levine, ‘Visualising Disaster: Environmental Anxiety and the Urban Imaginary,’ refereed paper of ‘Dancing with Disorder: Design, Discourse & Disaster’, the 7th International Conference of the European Academy of Design (Izmir, Turkey, April, 2007), paper on CD ROM, 6000 words.

‘Between a River and the Deep Blue Sea: Perth’s Maritime Legacy and the Design of Recent Projects along the Swan River, refereed proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) conference ‘Contested Terrains’, Fremantle (September/October, 2006), pp 537-542.

‘A Natural Impulse: Unearthing Architecture’s Biological Roots’, refereed proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) conference, Melbourne (October, 2004), pp. 467-472.

‘A great and noble labour: the architecture and asceticism of John Hawes, 1915-1938’, refereed proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) conference, Brisbane (October, 2002), pp. 13.

'Identity, Wilderness and Diaspora: Australian place making as an ascetic experience', refereed proceedings of the ‘Wild Cities/Urban Wilderness conference, Launceston, Tasmania (March, 2002), pp. 126-136.

'Architecture's Ascetic Imperative: Philosophy and Environmentality as Frames of Meaning,' refereed proceedings of the 'Double Frames' conference, University of New South Wales (June, 2000).

'Reticulation,' refereed proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) conference, University of Tasmania (September, 1999).

OTHER PRINTED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

William Taylor with Daniela Simon, 'Keeping the Wolf at the Door: Migrancy and the Italian Club in Perth,' proceedings of the 'Building, Dwelling, Migrancy' conference, University of Melbourne (June, 1997), pp. 337-344.

'The Nature and/or Culture of Architecture,' proceedings of ACCESSORY/ARCHITECTURE conference, University of Auckland (July, 1995).

OTHER JOURNAL ARTICLES, BOOK AND CRITICAL REVIEWS

Book Review ‘Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-1975,’ edited by John Macarthur, Deborah van der Plaat, Janina Gosseye and Andrew Wilson, in Fabrications 27:2 (2017).

Architectural project review, ‘Attic in the Dolomites by SODAA in association with Studio MQAA’, design by Daniela Simon and Nicola Chiaverelli (Trento, Italy), Houses 94 (October 2013), pp. 36-40.

Book Review ‘Philosophy for Architects,’ by Branko Mitrović (Princeton University Press, 2011), in Fabrications 23:1 (2013), pp. 132-33.

Book Review ‘The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945–1975,’ in Architectural Theory Review 16:3 (2011), pp. 323-25.

‘From theory to practice – 39 opinions’, in Anthony Williams and Michael Ostwald, Creativity, Design and Education. Theories, Positions and Challenges (Sydney: ALTC, 2010), pp. 134-7.

‘Writings: Duncan & Oline Richards’, The Architect (WA) (Perth, August, 2009), pp47-48.

Book review ‘Stirring the pot with The Picturesque, architecture, disgust and other irregularities,’ by John Macarthur (Routledge, 2007), in The Eight Lamp: Ruskin Studies Today (Adelaide, 2008); URL: http://www.oscholars.com/Ruskin/index.htm.

‘Bill-bored’, review of ‘The Architects Project’ installations for the Perth International Arts Festival, 2008, Architecture Australia 97:3 (May/June, 2008), pp. 35-36.

‘Finding pleasure in the tyranny of distance: the Simon house at Bremer Bay, Western Australia’, Habitus 1:1 (Sydney, 2008).

‘No. 1 Pump Station renovation and exhibit, Mundaring Weir, Western Australia’, Artichoke 12 (2005), pp. 82-87.

‘The Piety of Rust: thoughts on Australian place-making’, Architecture Australia 94:3 (May/June, 2005), pp. 47-50.

‘No. 1 Pump House: Mullway Studio’s work on WA’s Golden Pipeline,’ Architecture Australia 92:5, Memory & Interpretation special edition (Sept/Oct, 2003), pp. 88-90.

Book review 'Between Design and Devotion,’ by John Taylor, Monument (Aug/Sept, 2001), p. 111

'Malcolm Street Project, Fremantle,' project by Daniela Simon, in Monument, the Residential Special Edition (May, 2001).

'The Taylor House,' The Architect (December, 1995).

'Vegetables and forcing-houses,' TEN 3, a catalogue of work completed in the School of Architecture and Fine Arts (Spring, 1994).

INVITED LECTURE AND SEMINAR PAPERS

‘Commemorative sculpture in the contracted political field’, invited lecture to HERE&NOW15 public talk at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery (Perth, UWA 11 June 2015).

‘Australian places, placemaking and placelessness’, invited lecture to ‘Regional Australia in Transition’ session of the ‘Disrupted Festival of Ideas’ (Perth, State Library of WA / Writing WA, 31 Oct – 2 November, 2014).

‘Everyday war memorials to the end of all wars: building cemeteries and collecting war trophies in a culture of commemoration’, invited keynote lecture to School of Arts and Sciences Research Conference, Notre Dame University (Fremantle, 25-26 September, 2014).

‘The weight of earth: landscape design and commemoration’ (‘Il peso della terra: progettazione del paesaggio e commemorazione’), invited keynote lecture to the International Seminar: Light Architecture for war landscapes (Architettura leggera per paesaggi di guerra), University of Studies, Brescia, Department of Civil Engineering, Land, Environment and Mathematics (Brescia, Italy, 25-26 March, 2014)

‘A sociology of buoyancy: a (brief) essay on architecture, ships and the sea’, invited public lecture for UWA Research Tasting Night – An Intellectual Tapas (Perth, 28 August 2013).

‘The photogenic city: New York and street photography’, invited public lecture and roundtable discussion for The Bureau of Ideas / Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth, 22 February 2013).

‘The moral economy of prefabrication and the curious case of the Brown Hill mine building and Kalgoorlie Health laboratories’, invited public lecture Western Australia Museum (Kalgoorlie WA, 25 September 2012).

Home ports and fast sailing ships: maritime settlement and seaborne mobility in forming the “Comparative Wests” invited workshop participant in the ‘Comparative Wests’ workshop, Stanford University (Stanford, January 2012).

‘Architectural typologies and the mnemotechnics of rebuilding in recent post-disaster scenarios’ plenary lecture for ‘Interstices under construction: Technics, memory and the Architecture of history’ (Launceston, November, 2011)

‘Composing Catastrophe: Robert Polidori’s Photographs in “After the Flood” and Comparative Visual Records of Post-Katrina New Orleans’ invited talk for SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at UWA (6 May, 2011)

‘An Everyday Transience’, invited talk with Philip Goldswain for the ‘Literary Lunch’ series, sponsored by the UWA University Club (27 August, 2010).

‘Judgment of Cambyses’, invited talk for the ‘Architecture; Critical and Clinical’ workshop sponsored by Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney (15-16 July, 2010).

‘Obama and Katrina: lessons in urban and political disasters’, invited presentation for ‘The Obama Effect: A Public Roundtable on Barack Obama as President and Icon’, sponsored by the UWA American Studies Research Group (27 May, 2009)

‘Views of a vital landscape: aesthetic dimensions of environmental sensibilities’, invited lecture to RMIT (3 October, 2008)

‘Ships and fools of various kinds: naval architecture and representations of human identity, character and values’, invited keynote address to the Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH) Research Group at the University of Queensland (26 September, 2008)

‘Architectural history, interdisciplinarity and ethics’ invited paper for the ‘What is Architectural History?’ seminar series on behalf of the ATCH Research Group at the University of Queensland (24 September, 2008).

‘Composing catastrophe in After the Flood: Robert Polidori’s photographs of New Orleans’ invited plenary address for the SAHANZ annual conference (Adelaide, University of South Australia, September 2007).

‘Wilderness, Migrants and Australians along the Swan River, Perth’, invited paper for conference panel and rountable ‘Riverscapes and the Formation of National Identity’ for the 120th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (Philadelphia, 5-8 January, 2006). Co-panelists included Tricia Cusack, University of Birmingham; Rachel Havrelock, University of Illinois at Chicago; Ari Kelman, University of California at Davis; and Anne Rademacher, Yale University.

‘'Environmentalism and philosophical speculation on architecture, aesthetics and dwelling', invited paper for conference panel ‘Philosophy and Architecture’ for the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetics (Houston, 27-30 October, 2004).

‘Material culture in a time of environmental awareness’ for the workshop ‘Law, landscapes, architecture and ethics’ at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) (Oñati, Spain, 9-11 June, 2004).

‘The piety of rust’, invited paper for the Symposium on the Drawing associated with the ‘Architecture Symposium' of Artists’ Week in the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2004 (Adelaide, 2-3 March, 2004).

‘The piety of rust: thoughts on Australian place-making,’ invited keynote address to the design workshop Topografia della forma della cittá - Favara (Sicily, Italy, April 22-26, 2003).

‘Urban Disasters’, invited lecture forming part of a series of lectures associated with the exhibition of the work of artist Susan Norrie, The Laurence Wilson Gallery (UWA, Perth, April, 2003).

'St Brendan in the Antipodes: the architectural work and ascetic ideal of John Hawes,' invited paper delivered to School of Architecture, National University of Ireland (Dublin, October, 2000).

'Rivers too cross: river beautification and the settlement of Western Australia,' invited keynote address to Habitus 2000: a Sense of Place international conference (Perth, September, 2000).

‘Foucault among the architects: the environmentalist tenor of Pyrrhonism’, invited paper to workshop at the IISL (Oñati, Spain, October, 1999).

'Venice and the Cartographic Imagination' invited paper presented to 'Art and Meaning: A Seminar with Peter Porter' a seminar sponsored by The Centre for Studies in Australian Literature in association with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the School of Music (7 May, 1999).

'Comfort' seminar presented to the Sociology Staff/Postgrad Seminar Programme, Murdoch University (29 April, 1999)

'"A contrivance for life": The garden cemetery and nationalism in 19th century Britain,' invited paper for the ‘National Identities’ conference , The Institute for Contemporary British History (London, 20-22 April, 1998).

‘Venice and the Cultivated Landscape’, guest lecture for the UWA Extension programme ‘A Spring Day in Venice’ coordinated by Maria-Cristina White-da Cruz (Spring, 1997).

‘Environmentalism’ and ‘Designing for Life’, two invited lectures delivered to the School of Architecture, The University of Adelaide (8, 10 April, 1996)

‘The Fabrication of Architecture’, invited seminar presentation for honours and masters students in studio practice and the Visual Culture Theory Unit, Curtin University (16 August, 1995)

‘The Walls of Lucca’, invited public lecture for the ‘Cities of Italy’ lecture series organized by the Italian Department, UWA, (May, 1995)

‘This…(Architecture) is not a book’, invited presentation on the teaching of architectural theory presented to the ‘Teaching Theories/Architectural History’ seminar, Department of Architecture, The University of Adelaide (5 December, 1993).

‘Living in glasshouses’, invited seminar presentation for staff and postgraduate students in the Sociology and Women’s Studies Programme, Murdoch University (2 November, 1993)

'The Fabrication of Architecture,' invited paper delivered to The History of the Present Group, London School of Economics (12 May, 1993).

‘Living in Glasshouses: architecture and the emergence of life science’, invited lecture for the ‘Bodies of Knowledge’ symposium organised by the Faculty of Arts, UWA (29 September, 1993)

‘Noxious Vacuums and Verdant Coffins: Nature & Culture in the 19th Century Glasshouse’, invited lecture for the ‘Texts and Contexts, An Interdisciplinary Shoestring Symposium’ organised by Professor Norm Etherington and the History Department, UWA (10 October, 1993).

CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PAPERS (Additional to those resulting in printed conference proceedings and invited papers)

‘A Vital Landscape revisited’, paper for workshop on ‘Writing environmental histories of architecture’, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney (10 March 2017).

‘Keeping commerce afloat and thieves at bay: Ireland’s ‘wet docks’ as sites of 19th century intertidal infrastructure and social engineering’, paper for 6th annual conference of All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG), Department of Architecture, Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland, 27-28 January 2017).

‘A sociology of buoyancy: ceremonial launches and ‘sallying ship’ at the end of the age of sail’, paper for the 7th International Congress of Maritime History (ICMH): Old Worlds, New Worlds? Emerging themes in maritime history, Murdoch University (Perth, 27 June – 1 July 2016).

‘Public Memory and everyday memorials: work of the Commonwealth (Imperial) War Graves Commission’, paper for 2014 Design History Annual Conference: Design for War and Peace, University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education, 4-6 September, 2014.

‘Assembling disaster and the urban imagination: collections of rubble photography and the Messina (1908) earthquake’, paper for Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana (AISU) VI Congress (Catania, Italy, 12-14 September 2013).

‘Stowage, stevedores and pilferers: port towns as settings of material culture’, paper for Port Towns & Urban Cultures Conference, University of Portsmouth/The National Museum of the Royal Navy (Portsmouth, UK, 25-27 July 2013).

‘Memory Remains”, paper for ‘'Investigating Catastrophe: Commemoration, Accountability and the Public Record of Disaster'’ workshop, UWA Institute for Advanced Studies (Perth, 5-7 June 2013).

‘The moral economy of prefabrication and the curious case of the Brown Hill mine building and Kalgoorlie Health laboratories’, paper for the Out of Place, Gwalia workshop (Gwalia/Leonora WA), 25-28 September 2012).

‘A sociology of buoyancy: ceremonial launches and “sallying ship” and the end of the age of sail’, paper for the Conference on Community and the Sea in the Age of Sail (Aalborg, Denmark, 24-25 May 2012).

‘Ships and fools of various kinds: naval architecture and representations of human identity, character and values’, paper for The British Comparative Literature Association XI International Conference (London, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2-5 July 2007).

‘Transience, building tolerance and identity: the case of maritime architecture’, paper for ‘Quality’ a conference at the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff, July 2007).

‘The evidence of flows: Robert Polidori’s witness to Hurricane Katrina in After the Flood’ abstract accepted for ‘Architecture in the Space of Flows’ conference (Newcastle, UK, University of Newcastle, June 2007).

‘Dark portraits: social and environmental contexts for Dwyer’s Kalgoorlie night-time and mine scenes’, Photography and the City conference (Dublin, Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin, 29 June – 1 July, 2006).

‘Underground at the Shrine of Remembrance: the architecture and ethics of monument renovation’, Commemoration, Monuments and Public Memory conference (Canberra, ANU Humanities Research Centre, 2-4 August, 2005).

‘Urban Disasters: visualising the fall of cities and the forming of human values’, Visualizing the City conference (Manchester, University of Manchester, 26-28 June, 2005).

‘Our (dys) functional environment: thoughts on environmentalism in the 21st century’, Philosophy and Architecture: Design and the Built Environment in the 21st Century (London, Tate Gallery, June, 2003).

‘The stones of Ireland, Wilkinson’s Practical Geology and Ancient Architecture’, The Twelfth Irish Australian Conference ‘From Youghal Harbour to Moreton Bay: Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics’, Centre for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway (19-22 June, 2002)

'Configuring the home in Robert Kerr's The Gentleman's House: Characterisation and the regulation of domestic space in 19th century England,' The Geography of Law, Landscape and Identity workshop, International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Onati, Spain, May, 2001).

'St Brendan in the Antipodes: the architectural work and ascetic ideal of John Hawes,' 11th Irish-Australian Studies Conference, Murdoch University (Perth, April, 2000).

'Monuments to imagination: the tower as symbolic type in modernist literature,' Re-Framing Architecture: Theory, Science and Myth symposium, University of Newcastle (Newcastle, NSW, June, 2000).

'A View with a Room: military architecture, defensible space and imagination in Ulysses and the poetry of W. B. Yeats,' Third Galway Conference on Colonialism: 'Defining Colonies' (Galway, Ireland, 17-20 June, 1999).

'A Silent and Decent Abode: the English garden cemetery and the cultivation of memory,' The Association of Art Historians (UK) annual conference (Exeter, 3-5, April, 1998).

'"It must have been the Irish..." Irish character and colonial engineering: the heroic life (and tragic suicide of C.Y.O'Connor,' 9th Irish-Australian Conference (Galway, Ireland, 1-4 April, 1997).

'This...(Architecture) is not a book', Teaching Theories/Architectural History seminar, Department of Architecture, The University of Adelaide (4-5 December, 1993).

'Noxious Vacuums and Verdant Coffins: Nature & Culture in the 19th Century Glasshouse,' Texts and Contexts, an interdisciplinary shoestring symposium, UWA (Perth, 9 October, 1993).

'Living in glasshouses: architecture and the emergence of life science', Bodies of Knowledge seminar, Curtin University of Technology (Perth, 29 September, 1993).

'Building the Invisible City,' Space, Meaning & Metaphor symposium sponsored by the School of Architecture, UWA (Perth, August '91) and subsequently presented as ‘Typecasting Architecture’ to the Architecture and Urban Form section of the Australian Sociological Association annual conference (Perth, December '91).

'The Irrational Planning of Cities,' Knowledge & Experience conference (Brisbane, June '91).

'Typecast Upon the Limbo of Modernity,' Rethinking Modernism and Modernity conference at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, '90).

Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Professor Taylor has served as his School's first Discipline Chair (Architecture), Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Associate Dean (Research and Research Training), Graduate Research Coordinator, and as a member of the University Promotions and Tenure Committee
Research profile
Research profile and publications
 

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