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Biography

Cathy is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and the Programme Convener of the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at the University of Newcastle (UoN), Australia, where she teaches contemporary history and theory, and architectural design. She is a currently elected member of the Faculty Board, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, UoN. Prior to her appointment at UoN, she was a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Queensland, Australia (2008-2013), where she taught architectural design and timber construction and technology. Cathy also taught in the disciplines of Architecture and Interior Design at the Queensland University of Technology (1996-2008). Cathy is a registered architect in Queensland, and has practised in Brisbane.

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Book chapter:

  • Cathy Smith, ‘Remembering in Red', Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, ed. Naomi Stead (Melbourne: Uro Media, 2012), 152-159.

  • Catherine Smith, ‘The 'spectacular everyday': experimental making and living’, Absolutely Public: Crossover: Art and Architecture, ed. Steffan Lehmann (Mulgrave, Victoria: Images Publishing, 2005), 56-59.

Journals and publications:

  • Cathy D. Smith, ‘Handymen, Hippies and Healing: Social Transformation through the DIY Movement (1940s to 1970s) in North America’, in Architectural Histories, 2(1): 2, (2014) pp. 1-10, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ah.bd</li>

  • Cathy Smith, ‘Drawing labour: the politics of materials and making in architecture, in Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts 14: Immaterial Materialities, ed. Sandra  Loschke and Nicole Gardner (2013), 59-67

  • Cathy Smith, ‘Essay: Corners and Ceilings: Investigating small spaces’, Artichoke, 32 (September-November 2010), 66-67.

  • Cathy Smith, ‘A Primer for Germinant Practice’, Architectural Theory Review: Special Edition Flows, ed. Chris L. Smith and Andrew Ballantyne (Abingdon, England: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2008), Volume 13 Issue 3, ISSN 1326-4826, 306-319.

  • Cathy Smith, ‘Spaces of Architectural Overcoming’, IDEA Journal 2005: Inside-Out, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, 6,1 (2005), ISSN 1445-5412, 51-59.

  • Cathy Smith, ‘inside-out: speculating on the interior’, IDEA Journal 2004, Brisbane: Queensland University of Technology, 2004, 93-102.

Refereed conferences, presentations and associated publications:

  • Cathy Smith, ' Living histories: engaging Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti project though the notion of ‘History/Becoming’’,' in “Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 30, Open," ed. Andrew Leach and Alexandra Brown [Available http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/536255/S10_01_Smith_Living-Histories.pdf">http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/536255/S10_01_Smith_Living-Histories.pdf</a> ] (Gold Coast: Griffith University, 2-5 July, 2013), vol. 2, p 435-445

  • Cathy Smith, 'Architectural Followings: 1998-2010,' Fifth International Deleuze Studies Conference, 2012: Deterritorializing Deleuze (New Orleans: Southeastern Louisana University, Department of History and Political Science, Tulane University, Department of Philosophy, June 25-27, 2012).

  • Cathy Smith and Andrew D'Occhio, ' The Architecture and Surfaces of Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia,' in “Fabulation: 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand," ed. Stuart King, Anu Chatterjee and Stephen Loo [Available CD-Rom] (University of Tasmania, Launceston, 2012), ISBN: 978-1-86295-658-2, 1004-1015.

  • Cathy Smith, 'Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of itineration and Ant Farm’s inflatable architecture’, Fourth International Deleuze Studies Conference "Creation, Crisis, Critique” (Copenhagen: Copenhangen Business School, 27-29 June, 2011).

  • Cathy Smith, 'The Silty Imaginings of Paolo Soleri’, Imagining: Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, ed. Michael Chapman & Michael Ostwald (Newcastle: Society of Architectural Historians, 30 June-2 July 2010), 384-390.

  • Cathy Smith, 'Ant Farm: DIY Sensibilities and Collective Practice [online]. In: Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective - Past, Present & Future: Symposium Proceedings 2010 (Melbourne, Vic.: RMIT University: Design Research Institute, 9 - 10 July 2010), 205-215.

  • Cathy Smith, ‘IKEA Hacker/ ARCHIHACKER’, Pecha Kucha, Vol. 11, (Brisbane: Turbine Hall, Brisbane Powerhouse, June 3, 2009), http://pechakuchabrisbane.org/nights/12">http://pechakuchabrisbane.org/nights/12</a>.</li>

  • Catherine Smith, '(a)rchitecture at the hardware store’, Techniques and Technologies: Transfer and Transformation, The Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA), ed. K. Orr & S. Kaji-O'Grady, ebook, http://hdl.handle.net/2100/501 (2007), 240-246.

Creative works:

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Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Sydney, 13/11/2012
  • Master of Applied Science (Research), Queensland University of Technology, 11/03/2009
  • Bachelor of Built Environment (Interior Design), Queensland University of Technology, 27/03/1992
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), Queensland University of Technology, 21/03/1997

Research

Research keywords

  • Architecture and Philosophy
  • DIY and Architecture
  • Design-build and architecture
  • Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari
  • Neomaterialism, Poststructuralism and Architecture
  • Timber-framing, tectonics and architecture

Research expertise

Cathy’s research focuses on the relations between architectural theory and practice, with a specific concentration on poststructuralist philosophy, theories of neomaterialism and the geophilosophical writings of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Her doctoral thesis, completed at the University of Sydney in 2012, develops a theoretical account of DIY architecture: deploying Deleuze and Guattari’s philosophical notion of the artisan to explore and engage the DIY manuals of North American architects Ant Farm and Paolo Soleri. More recently, Cathy’s research focuses on the relation between notions of labour / making, architecture and identity. . Her research has been published both internationally and internationally.

Summary of key areas of interest:

  • DIY urbanism: the relation between architecture, urban identity / expression, and the notion of 'participatory or

contributory economies', with a particular interest in temporary urban projects

  • Architecture and philosophy; the relation between post-structuralism, geophilosophy and neo-materialism
  • DIY architecture and procurement methodologies: the blurred relation between the designing, making and occupation,

1:1 scale prototyping and design-build; and material repurposing and recycling;

  • Timber-framing as it relates to the notion of tectonics and the attendant expressiveness of construction
  • Site-specific installation and interdisciplinary practice

Fields of Research

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Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Australian Institute of Architects
  • Member - Board of Architects of Queensland: Registered Architect N: 003179

Awards

Distinction.

1997QUT Academic Medal
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Australia)
Academic performance (for BArchitecture course)
1991QUT Academic Medal
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Australia)
Academic performance (for BBE undergraduate course)

Recognition.

2011Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, Univers 'Teaching Excellence Award’
University of Queensland (Australia)
UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, 'Teaching Excellence Award’, 2011
1996Royal Australian Institute of Architects QIA Medallion
Australian Institute of Architects (Australia)
Academic performance
1996UDIA Student Award for Excellence (inaugural)
Urban Design Institute of Australia (UDIA) (Australia)
Design project submission

Research Award.

2000QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Initiative
Queensland University of Technology (QUT) (Australia)
Funding support for postgraduate research and training
2000Australian Post Graduate Research Award
Australian Federal Giovernment / QUT (Australia)
Funding support for postgraduate training and research

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Academic staff member on Faculty Board, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, School of Architecture and Built Environment 2014-2015

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Design Education
  • Dissertation supervision
  • Studio-based teaching

Teaching expertise

With professional degrees in both architecture and interior design, Cathy is particularly interested in the ways in which interdisciplinary thinking and materials-focused practices can challenge habitual modes of architectural production and occupation. Her studio teaching focuses on the relations between project sites, ideas, architectural form and space, and materiality; and involves 1:1 scale experimental prototypes and installations, as well as speculative architectural propositions.

Current teaching at The University of Newcastle includes:

ARBE3200 HIST & THEORY IN BUILT ENV 3: Course Coordinator, Lecturer, Tutor

ARBE6221 ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN 4B: Lecturer, Tutor

ARBE4121A& B RESEARCH IN THE BUILT ENV B: Dissertation Supervisor

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Highlighted Publications

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2008Smith CDA, 'A Primer for Germinant Practice', Architectural Theory Review, 13 306-319 (2008) [C1]
2012Smith CDA, 'Remembering in Red', Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, URO Media, Melbourne, Australia 152-159 (2012) [B1]

Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Smith CDA, 'Remembering in Red', Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, URO Media, Melbourne, Australia 152-159 (2012) [B1]
2005Smith CDA, 'The 'spectacular everyday': experimental making and living', Absolutely Public: Crossover: Art and Architecture, Images Publishing, Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia 56-59 (2005) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

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2014Smith C, 'A Clinic for the Exhausted: In Search of an Antipodean Vitality: Edmond & Corrigan and an Itinerant Architecture', Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 24 299-301 (2014) [C3]
2014Smith CD, Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Handymen, Hippies and Healing: Social Transformation through the DIY Movement (1940s to 1970s) in North America', Architectural Histories, 2 (1) 1-10 (2014)
2013Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Labour matters: The politics of materials and making in architecture', Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 14 59-67 (2013) [C1]
2010Smith CDA, 'Essay: Corners and Ceilings: Investigating small spaces', Artichoke, 32 66-67 (2010)
2008Smith CDA, 'A Primer for Germinant Practice', Architectural Theory Review, 13 306-319 (2008) [C1]
2005Smith CDA, 'Spaces of Architectural Overcoming', IDEA Journal, 6 51-59 (2005) [C1]
2004Smith CDA, 'inside-out: speculating on the interior', IDEA Journal, 2004 93-102 (2004) [C1]
2003Smith CDA, 'Between-ness: Theory and Practice within the Margins of Excess', IDEA Journal, 1 131-144 (2003) [C1]
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Review (2 outputs)

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2004Smith CDA, 'Tactics of practice: slippages between art, space and the everyday (2004)
2001Smith CDA, 'K:\012044 and the Space of Betweenness (2001)

Conference (12 outputs)

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2014Smith CDA, Smith CD, Smith C, 'Beyond Fractured Earths: Machinic Processes, Artisans and the DIY Urbanism of Renew Newcastle', 7th Deleuze Studies Conference Istanbul 2014: "Models, Machines and Memories", Istanbul, Turkey (2014)
2013Smith CDA, 'Living histories: engaging Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti project though the notion of 'History/Becoming'', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand 30, Open, Gold Coast: Griffith University (2013) [E1]
2012Smith CDA, D'Occhio A, 'The Architecture and Surfaces of Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia', Fabulation: 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, University of Tasmania, Launceston (2012) [E1]
2012Smith CDA, 'The surfaces and spaces of a sentient planet: the geophilosophy and geoethics of Reza Negarestani's Cyclonopedia: complicity with anonymous materials', Affecting Deleuze: A Conference on the Ethics of Gilles Deleuze (published refereed abstract), The University of Auckland (2012) [E3]
2012Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Architectural Followings: 1998-2010', Fifth International Deleuze Studies Conference, 2012: Deterritorializing Deleuze(published refereed abstract), Tulane University, New Orleans (2012) [E3]
2011Smith CDA, 'From Dad to 'Dropper:' the Evolving Readership of the DIY Manual in Post-war North America', Audience: Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, University of Queensland (2011) [E1]
2011Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Deleuze and Guattari's notion of itineration and Ant Farm's inflatable architecture', Fourth International Deleuze Studies Conference "Creation, Crisis, Critique" (published refereed abstract), Copenhagen Business School (2011) [E3]
2010Smith CDA, 'The Silty Imaginings of Paolo Soleri', Imagining: Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, Newcastle, Australia (2010) [E1]
2010Smith CDA, 'Ant Farm: DIY Sensibilities and Collective Practice', Alternative Practices in Design: The Collective - Past, Present & Future : Symposium Proceedings, Melbourne (2010) [E1]
2007Smith CDA, '(a)rchitecture at the hardware store', Techniques and Technologies: Transfer and Transformation, The Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA), Sydney (2007) [E1]
2001Smith CDA, 'Other Architectural Spaces', SAHANZ 18th Annual conference. In the Making: Architectures Past, proceedings, Darwin (2001) [E1]
2000Smith CDA, 'In-Between experience, designing, making: challenging subject-object duality', Designing Minds, Proceedings of the Designing Minds Symposium held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide July 21-22, 2000, Adelaide: University of South Australia, Louis Lay (2000) [E1]
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Creative Work (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2008Smith CDA, germinant: avebury, Australian Pavillion, la Biennale de Venezia, Barton, Canberra (2008) [J1]
2008Smith C, Smith C, Smith C, Smith CD, DIY architecture: Avebury St. 2000-2008, Brisbane, Australia (2008) [J1]

Other (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Cultivating Critical, Synthetic and Divergent Thinking', nnovations and Best Practice in EAIT Teaching and Learning. Brisbane: EAIT Faculty, University of Queensland (2012)
2011Smith CDA, Smith C, 'West End: Deleuze & Guattari, DIY architecture and urban itinerancies,' The Right to the City symposium, Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning, University of Sydney', (2011) [O1]
2011Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Cathy Smith, Inflatables Illustrated, PhD Research', ( pp.40-40). Sydney: Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney (2011)
2008Smith CDA, Smith C, Dixon M, 'Avebury St', (2008)
2004Smith CDA, Brisbin C, Smith C, Dixon M, Paine A, 'What is the value of home? NOT FOR SALE - West End interventions', (2004)
2000Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Behind the Boundary', (2000)
2000Smith CDA, Smith C, 'Boundary', . Brisbane: QUT Art Museum (2000)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Smith CDA, Smith CD, Smith C, Productive Matters: the DIY Architecture Manuals of Ant Farm and Paolo Soleri, University of Sydney (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$21,254

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2014 (2 grants)

Between the analogue and digital: DIY urbanism as a procurement methodology for small-scale architectural practice involving design-build assembly and the portable digital printer$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:185352771

New Staff Grant$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Cathy Smith
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:G1400992

2010 (1 grants)

An Investigation of the DIY Architectural Aesthetic in Australia$11,254
Funding Body: University of Queensland

SchemeRole
new staff research grantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$11,25420102011
GNo:184679291
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.25

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132015M Philosophy (Architecture)Co-SupervisorThe Adaptation of Gothic Revival Architecture to Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle
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Dr Catherine (Cathy) Smith

Work Phone(02) 4921 5805
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/cathy-d-smith
Linkhttp://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/cathy-d-smith