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Professor Mark Taylor

Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Interior architect

Professor Mark Taylor's primary research focus is the history and theory of the modern architectural interior with an emphasis on cultural and social issues.

Professor Mark TaylorTaylor's research encompasses a range of areas including the interior in literature and film, nineteenth-century decorative advice, and innovative approaches to housing for an ageing population.

Taylor has authored and edited over 100 publications comprising books, book chapters and papers. He recently edited, Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources (2013), a four-volume anthology that collates historical and contemporary essays and papers from Asia, Europe, Australia and North America that are considered important to understanding both the past and future directions of interior design.

This publication ranges from disciplinary origins in decoration and furnishing through to the design of digital interactive spaces and computer game environments. A range of historical, theoretical and methodological approaches expose the social formation and spatial arrangements of interiors as they change to reflect the intent of the designer. The work is ordered thematically and covers four key thematic frameworks of design awareness, sensory expectation, cinematic engagement and public interaction, that aim to broaden and legitimise the discipline's understanding of its knowledge base, and builds upon Taylor's earlier volume Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader (2006)

Taylor's most recent book Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, will be published in September 2015, This volume addresses the intertwined relationship between media, decoration and design, and focuses on the interiors of one country and one culture, France, because of its central importance to the study of the modern interior.

Taylor's 2014 paper 'Ageing in suburbia: Designing for demographic change in Australia and New Zealand', printed in the journal Architectural Design, concludes that there are currently relatively few innovative approaches to housing for older people. The paper is underpinned by a 2011 research study indicating that 94% of Australians aged 65 and over were living within the community in private dwellings. His proposal supports the need people have to continue to live independently well into old age in either an adapted home or within community-based shared housing and proposes that a range of homes should be specifically designed to support their independence for as long as possible. The benefit of this work is bring to public attention how proposals for independent living tend to focus on standards and regulatory provisions rather than engaging issues of age and disability in a creative manner that will support people's needs as they age.

In an interesting change of focus, Taylor's chapter in the book Domestic Interiors: Representing Homes from the Victorians to the Moderns (edited by Georgina Downey) discusses the 'morbid secrets and threatening discoveries' that houses may hide, where typical images of the home as a refuge and a nurturing environment are turned on their head by a very different role as a murder site and a place to conceal bodies. He examines the domestic interior in terms of its spatial arrangement of locked areas, hidden rooms and secret passages that can induce a state of fear, but which also reflect the lair of the protagonist's mind.

Taylor's research in the domestic interior is often coupled with an analysis of literature from different eras. He proposes that works of fiction can illustrate the relationship between literature and architecture, where characters create and shape their dwellings while domestic spaces in turn can shape the inhabitants. Taylor explains that, "Many designers are drawn to literary narratives for both design inspiration and new interpretations of settings and environment, understanding that the novelists' space is an active contributor to the discourse of the interior".

Professor Mark Taylor

Interior architect

Professor Mark Taylor’s primary research focus is the history and theory of the modern architectural interior with an emphasis on cultural and social issues. Hi

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Career Summary

Biography

Dr Mark Taylor is Professor of Architecture at University of Newcastle, Australia. He has twice held visiting professor positions at UiTM Malaysia, as external examiner and research facilitator. His research on the designed interior is widely published in books and journals, and he has convened several conferences on the modern interior. Design work has been published in both professional and scholarly journals and exhibited nationally and internationally including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, Melbourne Museum, Australia and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion – Abundant, Venice. He has also contributed an essay to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Mark is an editorial board member for Architectural Design Research, and Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, and editor Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader (John Wiley, 2006), and  editor Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources, 4 vols. (Bloomsbury 2013). He is currently editing Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury, 2015) and FLOW: Between Interior and Landscape (Bloomsbury 2017).

He held an ARC Discovery Grant, with Margot Brereton, Laurie Buys and Paul Roe for, Cooperation and reciprocity at the local scale enabled by social and mobile technologies: an empirically derived theoretical framework (2011-2013). Following a period as Acting Head of School Architecture and Built Environment (2013-2015), he is currently Associate Dean Research (Acting) in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

Research Expertise
History, theory, and design of the modern interior

Collaborations
I collaborate on research concerned with the modern interior and am currently working with Dr Anca Lasc (Pratt, USA) and Dr Georgina Downey (Adelaide) on 'Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media.' This is a ground-breaking publication described by one reviewer as: "an innovative contribution to an under-regarded area of study ... no such work exists, the ideas are scattered throughout various literature. A part of the strength is that here the ideas are brought together for the first time." I am also collaborating with Professor Penny Sparke, Professor Patricia Brown (Kingston University, UK), and Professor Gini Lee (Melbourne) on 'FLOW: Between Interior and Landscape.' This project is the result of two conferences (2011 and 2012) that investigated historical and theoretical approaches to the relationship between interior and landscape.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Architecture), University of Portsmouth - UK
  • Diploma in Architecture, Portsmouth Polytechnic - UK

Keywords

  • Architectural history
  • Architectural theory
  • Design History
  • Design studio
  • Interior design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120101 Architectural Design 60
120103 Architectural History and Theory 20
120106 Interior Design 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Visiting Professor Universiti Teknolgi Mara
Malaysia
1/01/2010 -  Editorial Board Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Editorial Board Architectural Design Research
Australia
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Publications

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


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Taylor M, Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 2. Sensory Engagement, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 412 (2013) [A3]
2013 Taylor M, Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 3. Cinematic Expectation, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 359 (2013) [A3]
2013 Taylor M, Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 4. Public Interaction, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 322 (2013) [A3]
2013 Taylor M, Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources. Volume 1. Design Awareness, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 294 (2013) [A3]
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Chapter (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Taylor M, 'Hidden Spaces: Cavities, Attics and Cellars - Morbid Secrets and Threatening Discoveries', Domestic Interiors: Representing Homes from the Victorians to the Moderns, Bloomsbury Academic, London 147-158 (2013) [B1]
2013 Taylor M, 'Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources - Design Awareness', Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 1. Design Awareness, Bloomsbury Academic, London xvii-xxix (2013) [B1]
2013 Taylor M, 'Diagramming the Interior', Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 1. Design Awareness, Bloomsbury Academic, London 259-264 (2013) [B2]
2013 Taylor M, 'Sensory Engagement', Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 2. Sensory Engagement, Bloomsbury Academic, London ix-xx (2013) [B1]
2013 Taylor M, 'Cinematic Expectation', Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 3. Cinematic Expectation, Bloomsbury Academic, London viii-xvii (2013) [B1]
2013 Taylor M, 'Public Interaction', Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources. Volume 4. Public Interaction, Bloomsbury Academic, London ix-xix (2013) [B1]
2013 Taylor M, 'Literary Narratives', The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design, Bloomsbury Academic, London and New York 481-494 (2013) [B1]
2011 Taylor M, 'Frederic Leighton's 'Narcissus' Hall: Sensation and Interior Description in Nineteenth-century London', Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, Berg, Oxford, UK 31-43 (2011) [B1]
2011 Taylor M, 'No Sweat:Reimaging the Male Construction Worker', Sweat: The Subtropical Imaginary, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD 54-63 (2011) [B1]
2010 Taylor M, 'Diagramming the Interior', The Diagrams of Architecture, John Wiley, Chichester, UK 134-141 (2010) [B1]
2010 Taylor M, 'Patterns', Interior Wor[l]ds, Umberto Allemandi & Co, Torino, Italy 228-233 (2010) [B1]
2008 Taylor M, 'Hertzian Space: Modelling Spatial Presence', Homo Faber: Modelling Ideas, Archadia Press, Sydney, Australia 148-153 (2008) [B1]
2007 Taylor M, 'On Walden Pond: Thoreau's House as Architectural Model', Homo Faber, Archadia Press, Sydney, Australia 36-41 (2007) [B1]
2007 Taylor M, Burry MC, 'Hertzian Space', Thinking Inside the Box: A Reader in Interiors for the 21st Century, Middlesex University Press, London, UK 155-164 (2007) [B1]
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Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Taylor M, Buys L, 'Ageing in Suburbia: Designing for Demographic Change in Australia and New Zealand', Architectural Design, 84 54-59 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1002/ad.1728
2011 Taylor M, 'Planting for Pleasure: The Eighteenth-Century Erotic Garden', Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, 2 357-370 (2011) [C1]
2009 Taylor M, 'Relentless Patterns: The Immersive Interior', Architectural Design, 79 42-47 (2009) [C1]
2008 Taylor M, 'm3architecture', Architectural Design, 78 122-127 (2008) [C1]
2007 Charleson A, Preston J, Taylor M, 'Architectural Expression of Seismic Strengthening', Earthquake Engineering Practice, 1 115-124 (2007) [C1]
2007 Taylor M, 'Hertzian Space: Material Response to Spatial Presence', Architectural Design, 77 149-151 (2007) [C1]
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Sher WD, Shih Y-T, Taylor M, 'Using FBS Ontology to Analyse and Compare Designers' Reasoning Processes in SMM and AMM Design Environments a Pilot Study with Architectural Designers', The 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) CUTTING EDGE, Hong Kong (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2012 Taylor M, 'Radiant beauty: Mary Haweis's thoughts on beauty, body and interior space', Archtheo '12 Conference Proceedings, Istanbul, Turkey (2012) [E1]
2010 Downey G, Taylor M, 'Curtains and Carnality: Processural Seductions in Eighteenth Century Text and Space', Imagining: Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, Newcastle (2010) [E1]
2010 Taylor M, Lee G, Lindquist M, 'Interior Spaces in Other Places', Interior Spaces in Other Places: 2010 IDEA Symposium, Brisbane (2010) [E1]
2009 Taylor M, 'Working Diagrammatically: Instrumentalising Interior Space', Occupation: Negotiations With Constructed Space, Brighton, UK (2009) [E1]
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Creative Work (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Taylor M, Lodge on the Lake, Australian Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2014, Barton, ACT (2014) [J3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $258,210

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20111 grants / $210,000

Cooperation and reciprocity at the local scale enabled by social and mobile technologies: an empirically derived theoretical framework$210,000

The advent of social, mobile and locative technologies make it possible to enable far greater self-organising and sharing behaviours in local communities. And global imperatives such as food, water, energy and social cohesion require solutions at local levels. Yet historically use of ICT at the local level has met with little success. This project draws upon theories of community informatics and social capital, coupled with design interrogation and social research in local communities to build a new theory of ICT enabled local cooperation. The theory will draw together aspects of use, relationships, location and methods of bridging to build critical mass. In addition new forms of technologies to support local sharing will be produced.

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team
Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20081 grants / $48,210

SWEAT: The Subtropical Imaginary $48,210

Funding body: Queensland Government

Funding body Queensland Government
Project Team
Scheme Arts Queensland Sector Project
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current8

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters0.87
PhD1.75

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Consuming Mortality: Cultural Manifestations of Death in Architecture and Urbanity
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2014 Social High-Rise Housing in Britain Between 1940 and 1980
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 Lessons From the Counterculture: Interior Architecture for Altered Perceptions
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2013 Designing Care Homes For Dementia: How Can the Layout of Care Homes Improve the Quality of Life of People With Dementia?
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2013 Going Digitally Native: An Ethnographic Study of Digital Technology in Architectural Education
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012 Kafka and the Crisis of the Emerging Modern Interior
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012 Understanding the Changes of Designers' Behaviour in Mixed Media Design Environments
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012 Assessment of Tiki Elements in the Architecture and Changing Cultural Landscape of Pacific Oceania Between 1776 and 1976
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Professor Mark Taylor

Position

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

Contact Details

Email mark.taylor@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5783
Fax (02) 4921 6913
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