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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

Code Description Percentage
120101 Architectural Design 70
120508 Urban Design 20
190205 Interactive Media 10

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2007 -  Member of the CCC Affordable Housing External Reference Group Cessnock City Council
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Member of the Hunter Development Corporation Design Review Panel Hunter Development Corporation
Australia
1/01/2005 -  Membership - The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1997 -  Director Herd Pty Ltd
Architectural Practice
Australia

Awards

Research Award

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

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (1 outputs)

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

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2010 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2008 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Ostwald, Josephine Vaughan

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Brewer 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-authors L Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2014 Brewer 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 signif... [more]

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-authors Graham Brewer, L Parkinson
2013 Tucker CC, 'Response to 'Educational decline'', Architecture Bulletin, 3-3 (2013)
2013 Tucker C, 'Deconstructing the Children¿s Art Pavilion', Open Arts Journal, 1-16 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.5456/issn.2050-3679/2013w17ct
2012 Tucker CC, 'From little things, big things can grow', Newcastle Morning Herald, 12 (2012)
2010 Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Re-tracing history: Drawing the anti-monument', Interstices, 11 99-103 (2010) [C2]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2005 Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'The Fort', Architectural Design Research, 1 7-18 (2005) [C1]
Co-authors Michael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Tan 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]
DOI 10.1145/2677758.2677773
Co-authors Stephan Chalup, Yuqing Lin
2012 Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Visualizing place as the suburbs become the 'nearly urban'', Proceedings of the Conference - Designing Place (2012), Nottingham, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Chapman
2012 Tucker 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]
2010 Parkinson 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-authors L Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2010 Tucker 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-authors L Parkinson, Graham Brewer
2009 Ostwald 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-authors Stephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2007 Tucker 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-authors Michael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2007 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2007 Chalup 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]
DOI 10.1109/alife.2007.367818
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2007 Ostwald 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2007 Chalup 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]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-76931-6
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Stephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2006 Chapman 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-authors Michael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2006 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2006 Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Dwelling and City', U A L International Housing Conference 2006: reHousing Conference Proceedings, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
2005 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald
2005 Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, 'Paper Architecure; Design Thinking and Research', Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education, Brisbane (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2005 Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Spatial Configuration Within Residential Facades', 5th International Space Syntax Symposium Proceedings, Delft, Netherlands (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald
2005 Tucker 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-authors Stephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
2004 Tucker 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-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2004 Chapman MJ, Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Semiotics, Interpretation & Political Resistance in Architecture', Contexts of Architecture, Launceston, Tasmania (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
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Design (2 outputs)

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

Creative Work (14 outputs)

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

Summary

Number of grants 9
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 body Newcastle City Council
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker, Professor Mark Balnaves, Doctor Ning Gu, Mr Ramsey Awad, Professor Mario Minichiello, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Doctor Keith Nesbitt
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1201004
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Local
Category 2OPL
UON Y

20122 grants / $12,750

Deconstructing Elladale$11,250

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Administered Research
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1300970
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200561
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $17,500

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Conjoint Associate Professor Lynne Parkinson, Mr Chris Tucker, Associate Professor Graham Brewer
Scheme Pilot Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189050
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $100,000

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

Funding body: Newcastle Innovation

Funding body Newcastle Innovation
Project Team Professor Michael Ostwald, Associate Professor Stephan Chalup, Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Administered Research
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0188830
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20053 grants / $109,400

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

Funding body Unknown
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185685
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185344
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

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 body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Cross School Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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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

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

Office

Room A113
Building Architecture
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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