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Mr Chris Tucker

Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Architecture)

Career Summary

Biography

Chris Tucker is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, program convenor for the Master of Architecture, coordinator of the final year design program and director of the architectural practice Herd. Chris has been awarded regional, state and international prizes for architecture and his buildings and designs have been widely exhibited and published. In 2006 he became the first Australian to win the Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition, the 41st year the prize has been awarded. He has been awarded over $100,000 for his research concerning the social sustainability of residential streetscapes and the analysis of the visual characteristics of buildings using computer and robotic software. He is also a research associate for an ARC grant worth $300,000 awarded in 2007 for visual analysis of buildings.

Research Expertise
Research areas include; analysis of residual space within urban streets. urban housing within the residual space of urban streets. 'ageing in place' and social housing. 'cuttings' within buildings to be demolished. M.Phil. Developing Computational Image Segmentation Techniques for the Analysis of the Visual Properties of Dwelling Facades within a Streetscape. PhD (current) The Mapping and Occupation of Residual Space within the Urban Streets of Newcastle for Housing

Teaching Expertise
Prior Teaching in the B.Design(Architecture) program ARBE2220 Architectural Design 2a ARBE2201 Architectural Design 2b ARBE1101 Construction Technology1 ARBE2100 Construction Technology2 Prior Teaching in the M.Arch ARBE6220 Architectural Design 4a ARBE6221 Architectural Design 4b Current Teaching in the Master of Architecture program ARBE6222 Architectural 5a ARBE6230 Architectural 5b While teaching the second year design program, actual design projects were preferred for design problems; for the students this provides an insight into the problems that face a practicing architect, while the community groups benefit by having their design problem creatively explored. Teaching design in the final year of the Master of Architecture program prepares students for the professional practice of architecture with an emphasis on self-directed research and learning. The elective design project allows students to research architectural issues and situations in response to the roles that architects are undertaking in natural and urban environments. Critical to this is an understanding of the history and theory of architecture and its relationship to the physical, social, cultural and financial environment.

Administrative Expertise
Program Convenor for the Master of Architecture Program Convenor for the Master of Architecture (Post Graduate entry) FEBE Faculty Progress and Appeals Committee (School representative)

Collaborations
Collaborations include; School of Computer Science; visual algorithms for analysing architecture Department of Family and Community Services; Social Housing Newcastle City Council; Social Housing UoN Think Space; Interactive architecture and projection Herd Pty Ltd; architectural practice


Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Architecture), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Agency within the Built Environment
  • Architectural Design
  • Health and Housing
  • Small urban houses
  • Urban residual space

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120101Architectural Design70
120508Urban Design20
190205Interactive Media10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2007 - Member of the CCC Affordable Housing External Reference GroupCessnock City Council
Australia
1/01/2006 - Member of the Hunter Development Corporation Design Review PanelHunter Development Corporation
Australia
1/01/2005 - Membership - The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/1997 - DirectorHerd Pty Ltd
Architectural Practice
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2010Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Creative Works
University of Newcastle
2006Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition
Unknown
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2007Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, Residue: Architecture as a Condition of Loss, RMIT University Press, Melbourne, Victoria, 285 (2007) [A1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald

Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Ostwald-Tucker-Chapman', Homo Faber: Modelling, Identity and the Post Digital, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL), RMIT, Melbourne, VIC 66-71 (2010) [B2]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2010Ostwald M, Chapman MJ, Tucker CC, 'Cardboard architecture/paper architecture: Rethinking the load-bearing capacity of the model', Homo Faber: Modelling, Identity and the Post Digital, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria 28-41 (2010) [B1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2008Ostwald M, Vaughan JL, Tucker CC, 'Characteristic visual complexity: Fractal dimensions in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier', Nexus VII: Architecture and Mathematics, Kim Williams Books, Turin, Italy 217-231 (2008) [B1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Josephine Vaughan

Journal article (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Brewer GJ, Parkinson L, Tucker C, Landorf C, 'Socially sustainable suburbia: Linking neighbourhood characteristics to health outcomes in an ageing population', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 8 1-18 (2014)
Co-authorsL Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2014Brewer GJ, Parkinson L, Tucker C, Landorf C, 'Socially sustainable suburbia: Linking neighbourhood characteristics to health outcomes in an ageing population', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, 8 1-18 (2014) [C1]

With populations ageing across the developed world, there is increasing interest in the impact of the urban environment on the capacity of people to age in place. This is a significant issue not only for the quality of life of older people but also for the longer-term sustainability of cities and neighbourhoods. This paper presents findings from a cross-disciplinary pilot research study that addresses the link between health in older Australians and urban sustainability. The paper details a unique neighbourhood assessment method that explores associations between subjective and objective measures of neighbourhood characteristics and health for community dwelling people aged 55 years and over. The results reveal that health is a major pre-occupation for the study group but social interaction and the built environment are major influences on quality of life. It is anticipated that the pilot study will lead to the development of guidelines for the design of sustainable urban environments that respond to the health needs of an increasingly diverse ageing population.

Co-authorsGraham Brewer, L Parkinson
2013Tucker CC, 'Response to 'Educational decline'', Architecture Bulletin, 3-3 (2013)
2013Tucker C, 'Deconstructing the Children¿s Art Pavilion', Open Arts Journal, 1-16 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2013w17ct
2012Tucker CC, 'From little things, big things can grow', Newcastle Morning Herald, 12 (2012)
2010Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Re-tracing history: Drawing the anti-monument', Interstices, 11 99-103 (2010) [C2]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2005Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'The Fort', Architectural Design Research, 1 7-18 (2005) [C1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
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Conference (24 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Tan L, Bille R, Lin Y, Chalup SK, Tucker C, 'Software Development in the City Evolutions Project', Fun and Games: Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interactive Entertainment, Newcastle, NSW (2014) [E1]
DOI10.1145/2677758.2677773
Co-authorsStephan Chalup, Yuqing Lin
2012Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Visualizing place as the suburbs become the 'nearly urban'', Proceedings of the Conference - Designing Place (2012), Nottingham, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman
2012Tucker CC, 'Mapping urban residual space and exploring opportunities for the re-use of existing buildings', Book of Proceedings. 5th International Urban Design Conference, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E1]
2010Parkinson L, Tucker CC, Brewer GJ, Leigh L, Landorf C, 'Ageing and neighbourhood: Linking indicators of healthy ageing and urban sustainability', 2010 Australian Association of Gerontology Rural Conference. Presentations, Ballina, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authorsL Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2010Tucker CC, Parkinson L, Brewer GJ, Landorf C, 'Ageing and streetscape: Linking indicators of healthy ageing with the design of residential urban space', On the Edge. Conference Papers of the 44th Annual Conference of ANZAScA, Auckland, NZ (2010) [E1]
Co-authorsL Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2009Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chalup SK, 'Line segmentation: A computational technique for architectural image analysis', ACADIA 09: reForm (): Building a Better Tomorrow: Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), Chicago, IL (2009) [E1]
Co-authorsStephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2007Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, Ostwald M, 'Homosexuality and the Star Hotel: Exploring the traces of Queer Space in Newcastle in the 1970s', Conference Proceedings - Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2007Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Developing quantitative analytical techniques for investigating the visual character of dwellings', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2007Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Calculating characteristic visual complexity in the built environment: An analysis of Bovill's Method', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2007Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Reconsidering Bovill's method for determining the fractal geometry of architecture', Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: Progress, Practice, Performance, People. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2007Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Marshall JP, Chalup SK, 'The visual qualities of liveable streets', Towards Solutions for a Liveable Future: Progress, Practice, Performance, People. Proceedings of the 41st Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2007Chalup SK, Clement RM, Marshall JP, Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Representations of Streetscape Perceptions Through Manifold Learning in the Space of Hough Arrays', Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (CI-ALife 2007), Honolulu, Hawaii (2007) [E1]
DOI10.1109/alife.2007.367818
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2007Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Measuring architecture: Questioning the application of non-linear mathematics in the analysis of historic buildings', Techniques and Technologies: Transfer and Transformation: IVth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia 2007, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2007Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Using algorithms to analyse the visual properties of a building's style', Techniques and Technologies: Transfer and Transformation: IVth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia 2007, Sydney (2007) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2007Chalup SK, Clement RM, Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Modelling Architectural Visual Experience Using Non-linear Dimensionality Reduction', Progress in Artificial Life: Third Australian Conference; ACAL 2007 Gold Coast, Australia, December 4-6, 2007 Proceedings, Gold Coast, QLD (2007) [E1]
DOI10.1007/978-3-540-76931-6
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsStephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2006Chapman MJ, Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Deconstructing Las Vegas: Scientific Frictions in Venturi, Scott Brown and Izenour', Challenges for Architectural Science in Changing Climates: Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, Adelaide, Australia (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2006Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Chalup SK, Marshall JP, 'Sustaining Residential Social Space: A Visual and Spatial Analysis of the Nearly Urban', Challenges for Architectural Science in Changing Climates: Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA, Adelaide, Australia (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2006Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Dwelling and City', U A L International Housing Conference 2006: reHousing Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2005Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Sustaining Streetscape Character: Assessing the Visual Qualities of a a Dwellings style', Fabricating Sustainability: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Architectural Science Association, Wellington, NZ (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2005Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Paper Architecure; Design Thinking and Research', Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education, Brisbane (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2005Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Spatial Configuration Within Residential Facades', 5th International Space Syntax Symposium Proceedings, Delft, Netherlands (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2005Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Chalup SK, Marshall JP, 'A Method for the visual analysis of the streetscape', 5th International Space Syntax Symposium Proceedings Volume II, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2005) [E1]
Co-authorsStephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2004Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Chalup SK, 'A Method for the Visual Analysis of Streetscape Character using digital image processing', Contexts of Architecture, Launceston, Tasmania (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2004Chapman MJ, Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Semiotics, Interpretation & Political Resistance in Architecture', Contexts of Architecture, Launceston, Tasmania (2004) [E1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
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Design (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Tucker CC, Deconstructing Elladale (2012)
2006Tucker CC, Conversion of existing architecture for living in the city, Schinkenchiku-Sha Pty Ltd, Japan (2006) [H1]

Creative Work (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Tucker CC, Projects 2013, Sydney (2013) [J3]
2013Tucker CC, City Evolutions: Threlkeld Speak, Watt Street, Newcastle, Newcastle (2013) [J2]
2013Chapman MJ, Tucker C, Mediocracy, The University Gallery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J1]
Author URLSupanova
Co-authorsMichael Chapman
2013Tucker CC, City Evolutions: Boom + Bust, Watt Street, Newcastle, Newcastle (2013) [J1]
Supanova
2013Chapman MJ, Bingo, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman
2013Tucker CC, Projects 2013, Sydney (2013) [J3]
2012Tucker CC, The Window, Art Systems Wickham, Wickham, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012Tucker CC, Prime Cuts, Art Systems Wickham Gallery, Wickham, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2008Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Nearly urban affordable housing project, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2008) [J2]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2008Tucker CC, There's Always More, Australian Institute of Architects, Barton, ACT (2008) [J2]
2008Tucker CC, Sugar Suite Hair Salon: Realised Architectural Project, Best New Salon Design, Sugar, Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle (2008) [J1]
Supanova
2008Tucker CC, Vanna3: Realised Architectural Project, Australian Pavilion, Venice, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J1]
Supanova
2004Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Chapman MJ, Lichen Street Pole, Images Publishing, Brisbane + Melbourne (2004) [J2]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2003Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, Tracings, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
Co-authorsMichael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants9
Total funding$512,080

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20131 grants / $262,430

City Evolutions Project - Watt Street$262,430

Funding body: Newcastle City Council

Funding bodyNewcastle City Council
Project TeamMr Chris Tucker, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Ning Gu, Mr Ramsey Awad, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201004
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Local
Category2OPL
UONY

20122 grants / $12,750

Deconstructing Elladale$11,250

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding bodyNewcastle Innovation
Project TeamMr Chris Tucker
SchemeAdministered Research
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1300970
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Designing Place - International Urban Design Conference, Nottingham UK, 2 - 3 April 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamMr Chris Tucker
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200561
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20081 grants / $17,500

Ageing and neighbourhood: Linking indicators of healthy ageing and urban sustainability$17,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamConjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Mr Chris Tucker, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
SchemePilot Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0189050
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20061 grants / $100,000

Developing computational and algorithmic analytical techniques for investigating urban space$100,000

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding bodyNewcastle Innovation
Project TeamProfessor Michael Ostwald, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Mr Chris Tucker
SchemeAdministered Research
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2006
GNoG0188830
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20053 grants / $109,400

Developing Quantitative Analytical Techniques for Investigating Urban, Neighbourhood and Regional Character.$100,000

Funding bodyUnknown
Project Team
SchemeUnknown
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Applications in computer visualisation: assessing the visual qualities of architectural style$7,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMr Chris Tucker
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185685
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

5th International Space Syntax Symposium,13-17 June 2005$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamMr Chris Tucker
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2005
Funding Finish2005
GNoG0185344
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20041 grants / $10,000

A Method for the Visual Analysis of Streetscape Character Using Digital Image Processing$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project Team
SchemeCross School Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2005
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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News

Anthony Parsons' design

Institute of Architects honour University of Newcastle students

June 19, 2013

Three students from the University of Newcastle's School of Architecture and Design have won medals at the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects' 2013 NSW Graduate and Student Awards.

Mr Chris Tucker

Position

Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Architecture

Contact Details

Emailchris.tucker@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4921 5774
Fax(02) 4921 6913

Office

RoomA113
BuildingArchitecture
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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