Professor Mark Taylor
School of Architecture and Built Environment
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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.
Taylor'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 brought 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".
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
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.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours)(Architecture), University of Portsmouth - UK
- Diploma in Architecture, Portsmouth Polytechnic - UK
- Architectural history
- Architectural theory
- Design History
- Design studio
- Interior design
Fields of Research
|120103||Architectural History and Theory||20|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Professor||University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/2012 -||Visiting Professor||Universiti Teknolgi Mara
|1/01/2010 -||Editorial Board||Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture
|1/01/2008 -||Editorial Board||Architectural Design Research
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Book (5 outputs)
|2015||Taylor M, Lasc AI, Downey G, Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, Bloomsbury, London, 234 (2015) [A3]|
|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 (17 outputs)
|2015||Downey G, Taylor M, 'Impolite Reading and Erotic Interiors in Eighteenth-Century France', Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media, Bloomsbury, London 13-28 (2015) [B1]|
|2015||Lasc AI, Downey G, Taylor M, 'French Connections: The Modern Interior and Mass Media', Designing the French Interior The Modern Home and Mass Media, Bloomsbury, London 1-10 (2015) [B1]|
Taylor M, Ostwald MJ, 'The Excessive Trompe lÂ¿Oeil: The Saturated Interior in Tears of the Black Tiger', Oriental Interiors, Design, Identity, Space, Bloomsbury Academic, London, New York 78-89 (2015) [B1]
|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]|
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Journal article (8 outputs)
Taylor M, 'Time Matters: Transition and Transformation in Architecture', Architectural Design, 86 42-49 (2016) [C1]
Shih YT, Sher WD, Taylor M, 'Understanding creative design processes by integrating sketching and cad modelling design environments: A preliminary protocol result from architectural designers', Archnet-IJAR, 9 76-92 (2015) [C1]
Â© 2015 Archnet-IJAR.This paper presents the results of a preliminary protocol study of the cognitive behaviour of architectural designers during the design process. The aim is to... [more]
Â© 2015 Archnet-IJAR.This paper presents the results of a preliminary protocol study of the cognitive behaviour of architectural designers during the design process. The aim is to better understand the similarities and differences in cognitive behaviour using Sequential Mixed Media (SMM) and Alternative Mixed Media (AMM) approaches, and how switching between media may impact on design processes. Two participants with at least one-year's professional design experience and a Bachelor of Design degree, and competence in both sketching and computer-aid design (CAD) modelling participated in the study. Video recordings of participants working on different projects were coded using the function-behaviour-structure (FBS) coding scheme. Participants were also interviewed and their explanations about their switching behaviours were categorised into three types: SÂ¿C, S/CR and CÂ¿S. Preliminary results indicate that switching between media may influence how designers identify problems and develop solutions. In particular, two design issues were identified. These relate to the FBS coding scheme, where structure (S) and behaviour derived from structure (Bs), change to documentation (D) after switching from sketching to CAD modelling (SÂ¿C). These switches make it possible for designers to integrate both approaches into one design medium and facilitate their design processes in AMM design environments.
Taylor M, Buys L, 'Ageing in Suburbia: Designing for Demographic Change in Australia and New Zealand', Architectural Design, 84 54-59 (2014) [C1]
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Conference (5 outputs)
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 (2013) [E1]
|2012||Taylor M, 'Radiant beauty: Mary Haweis's thoughts on beauty, body and interior space', Archtheo '12 Conference Proceedings (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 (2010) [E1]|
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Creative Work (1 outputs)
|2014||Taylor M, Lodge on the Lake, Barton, ACT (2014) [J3]|
Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||3|
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20161 grants / $229,001
Developing pedagogical solutions to linguistic and cultural barriers in design education supporting Asian architecture students.$229,001
Funding body: Office for Learning and Teaching
|Funding body||Office for Learning and Teaching|
|Project Team||Doctor Juhyun Lee, Dr NING Gu, Professor Michael Ostwald, Professor Mark Taylor, Associate Professor Jane Burry, Dr Richard Tucker, Professor Robin Drogemuller|
|Scheme||Innovation and Development Program|
|Type Of Funding||Aust Competitive - Commonwealth|
20111 grants / $210,000
Cooperation and reciprocity at the local scale enabled by social and mobile technologies: an empirically derived theoretical framework$210,000
Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)
|Funding body||ARC (Australian Research Council)|
|Type Of Funding||Aust Competitive - Commonwealth|
20081 grants / $48,210
SWEAT: The Subtropical Imaginary $48,210
Funding body: Queensland Government
|Funding body||Queensland Government|
|Scheme||Arts Queensland Sector Project|
|Type Of Funding||Other Public Sector - State|
Number of supervisions
Total current UON EFTSL
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2015||PhD||The Braun Identity: The Emergence and Development of Braun Design in the 1950s||PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle||Principal Supervisor|
|2013||PhD||Designing Care Homes For Dementia: How Can the Layout of Care Homes Improve the Quality of Life of People With Dementia?||PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle||Principal Supervisor|
|2013||PhD||The Tale of Two Schools: Design Technology, Digital Mediation and Aesthetic Dispositions within Architectural Design Education||PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|2012||PhD||Kafka and the Crisis of the Emerging Modern Interior||PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|2012||PhD||Understanding the Changes of Designers' Behaviour in Mixed Media Design Environments||PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
January 19, 2016
The University of Newcastle (UON) has achieved success in the latest round of Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) funding for innovation and development projects.