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Dr Tessa Morrison

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Architecture)

Reconstructing history

Dr Tessa Morrison has recreated Isaac Newton's vision of an ancient architectural masterpiece and provided a rare glimpse into the complex mind of the genius.

Tessa Morrison in front of the Helenic Community and Cultural Centre of Newcastle  

The chance discovery of an obscure manuscript by Sir Isaac Newton set architectural history researcher Dr Tessa Morrison on a path of discovery that has revealed a little-known side of the great scientist's personality.

Morrison's research shows Newton had a fascination with the fabled Temple of Solomon for more than 50 years and a much deeper knowledge of architectural principles than previously documented. It also provides new insight into Newton's religious beliefs and his interest in biblical symbolism.

Morrison, whose background is in fine arts, mathematics and philosophy, completed a PhD on labyrinthine structures at the University of Newcastle in 2004. Her interest in architectural history developed while she was working as a research assistant for Professor Michael Ostwald in the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

After receiving a five-year research fellowship from the University in 2007, Morrison embarked upon studies on utopian cities. In the course of that research, she came across the circa-1680s Newton manuscriptin the digital archives of the Babson Library in Massachusetts. The manuscript contained a detailed architectural description of Solomon's Temple, which is said in the Old Testament to have stood on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and Morrison used it to construct, for the first time, a model of the building as envisaged by Newton.

"Newton's interest in the Temple of Solomon is well-documented but this manuscript had in the past tended to be dismissed by scholars. It warranted only a passing mention in literature because it didn't fit comfortably with the science of Isaac Newton," Morrison explains. "But it represents much more than a fleeting interest for him. Newton saw the temple as a hieroglyph for the universe and it was an important and central theme for him for much of his life. He actually wrote this manuscript at the same time he was working on the Principia, which is one of his seminal works."

The 85-page text was written in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, with just a single paragraph in English. Morrison drew on an acquired knowledge of ancient languages, garnered over the years from her multi-faceted academic studies, to translate the manuscript.

Her novel work attracted Australian Research Council funding and produced a monograph comprising the translation, commentary and diagrams of the reconstruction. It was published last year under the title Isaac Newton's Temple of Solomon and his Reconstruction of Sacred Architecture.

Morrison designed a computerised reconstruction of Newton's Temple of Solomon using the architectural modelling program ArchiCAD. With the assistance of colleague Ben Percy, a technical assistant in the School of Architecture, she translated the computer representation into an imposing physical model more than two metres square with over 1000 columns and 1200 window grids.

Despite the manuscript containing only one image – a simple floor plan – Morrison believes her reconstruction is true to the way Newton imagined the building based on his biblical readings.

"I feel very confident I have been able to produce what he was seeing in his mind because the level of detail he provided is so comprehensive."

The researcher contends that Newton used the temple as a memory model, a mnemonic device employed by ancient orators. She has embarked on new research into the ways he and his intellectual contemporaries engaged such techniques and how it influenced their philosophies on architecture.

Morrison's research into Newton's Temple of Solomon has attracted attention from many quarters. Her model of the temple was exhibited at The University Gallery, on the Callaghan campus, as well as at the University of Sydney. Publications arising from her research have appeared in journals spanning the disciplines of history, architecture and mathematics.

"This research has two aspects that fascinate people: Isaac Newton and Solomon's Temple," Morrison states. "The building is a significant international symbol, yet it is an enigma because we don't know if it existed – and we can't excavate to look for evidence of it because the site is a highly sensitive one important to three of the big global religions.

Nevertheless, Solomon's Temple is a significant representation of sacred architecture and to be able to see this model of it, and travel through it, gives us not only a greater appreciation of that world, but a rare glimpse into the mind of Isaac Newton."

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Tessa Morrison at the Hellenic Community and Cultural Centre of Newcastle

Reconstructing history

Dr Tessa Morrison has recreated Isaac Newton’s vision of an ancient architectural masterpiece and provided a rare glimpse into the complex mind of the genius.

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Career Summary

Biography

I have continued to develop a reputation in the area of architectural history. I have a sustained and long term research program with international outputs. In March 2007, I began a five year contract as a Research Fellow in Architectural History and in March 2008 I begun a ARC Discovery Grant 2008-2010. Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship entitled 'Isaac Newton s Temple of Solomon and his analysis of sacred architecture: An interpretation and discussion of Babson Manuscript 0434.' Babson Manuscript 0434 on Solomon's Temple was written by Isaac Newton in c1680. It is written in four languages: English, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. This research has resulted in a monograph entitled 'Isaac Newton's Temple of Solomon and his Reconstruction of Sacred Architecture," published by Birkhauser in 2011. A current research project on utopia cities has developed from this grant. This project is examining and reconstructing utopia cities from the 16th- 17th centuries, that were motivated by the religious wars and oppressive political situations, and cities from the 19th century, that were motivated by social, economic and health problems which were caused by the industrial revolution. My research is multi-disciplinary and incorporates a number of research areas including philosophy, mathematics and the history of architecture. It also is multi-skilled research as far as it requires palaeography, graphic skills ie ArchiCAD as well as traditional archival research and analysis. My translation skills, palaeography in Medieval and Early Modern Latin, enable me to translated manuscripts that have not been researched before. I have also been nominated for the Early Research Leaders program at the University of Newcastle in 2012.

Research Expertise
My research is multi-disciplinary and incorporates a number of research areas including philosophy, mathematics and the history of architecture. It also is multi-skilled research as far as it requires palaeography, graphic skills (ie ArchiCAD, Artlantis & 3D Studio Max) as well as traditional archival research and analysis. My translation skills, palaeography in Medieval and Early Modern Latin, enable me to translate manuscripts that have not been researched before. Currently researching 16th-19th utopian cities, that have never been built but have had significant influence through the centuries.

Collaborations

In addition in the last year I have been researching how the architectural historian can use mobile technologies to enhance historic and design research. I am currently collaborating with Dr Helen Giggins on a project entitled ‘Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle through Augmented Reality and Mobile Technology.’ This project reconstructs Victorian Newcastle using Augmented Reality and Mobile Technology. The project has two levels, both public and academic: 1) the reconstruction– the viewer will be able to see Victoria photographs of the building site in-situ along with the historical information 2) embedded data – there will be an extra layer of information for each site this will consist of the changes in the propose of the building, its architecture, voting patterns, ethnicity, etc. This will enable a full study of the city and its development. This is a pilot grant and will eventually be extended beyond the Victorian era. ’


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • 17th and 18th Sacred Architecture
  • Architectural History
  • Computer Modelling
  • Research in the Built Environment
  • Space Sintax
  • Urban Studies
  • Utopian Cities

Languages

  • Latin (Fluent)

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120199Architecture not elsewhere classified75

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2015 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2012 - 31/12/2015Membership - The Society of Utopian StudiesThe Society of Utopian Studies
Australia
1/03/2008 - 1/03/2010Australian Research Council post-doctoral fellow University of Newcastle
Academic Division
Australia
1/02/2008 - 1/02/2011Fellowship APD (level A)University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/02/2007 - 1/02/2012Research Fellow in Architectural HistoryUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia
1/01/2007 - Membership - The Australan and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern StudiesThe Australan and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Australia
1/01/2006 - Membership - The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New ZealandThe Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Australia
1/01/2004 - Membership - The Australian Early Medieval AssociationThe Australian Early Medieval Association
Australia
1/01/2002 - Senior LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Membership

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
Project Officer and Book Review EditorThe Australian Early Medieval Association
Australia

Awards

Research Award

YearAward
2012Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Creative Works 2012
Unknown
2009Pro Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence
Unknown

Invitations

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2012Isaac Newton and the Temple of Solomon
Organisation: Griffith University Gold Coast Description: Invited to give a seminar on my work on Isaac Newton's Solomon's Temple, at the school of architecture, at Griffith University Gold Coast
2012Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle
Organisation: Newcastle regional Museum Description: Public lecture at the Museum of Newcastle, Honeysuckle, on 07/11/12 and repeated on 11/11/12 – to coincide with an exhibition entitled Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle
2009Saltiar na Rann: Cosmos and the Celestial city
Organisation: Celtic Studies Foundation, Sydney University Description: Public Lecture for the Celtic Studies Foundation, Sydney University, Saltiar na Rann: Cosmos and the Celestial city 24th April 2009. The audience was a mixture of academic and non-academic.The invitation was from the Celtic Studies Foundation by Associate Professor Susanne Jameson
2008A Medieval Riddle VII from VIII equal VI,
Organisation: Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Description: The 2nd International Conference on the Science of Computus, National University of Ireland, Galway, Moore Institute, July 18-20
2008Villalpando's Sacred Architecture in the light of Isaac Newton's Commentary
Public Lecture or the Sydney Medieval and Renascence Group, Villalpandos Sacred Architecture in the light of Isaac Newtons Commentary, 20/02/2008. The audience was predominately academic. The invitation was from the president of the association, Dr Antony Howe, Sydney Universty.
2007The Image of the Medieval Utopian City
Organisation: The University of Leeds, England Description: Invited Internateral Conference Panels - at The International Medieval Congress, Panel: Cities, Myths and Literature
2007Architectural Precedence of Rosslyn Chapel
Organisation: Sydney Medieval and Renascence Group Description: Public Lecture for the Sydney Medieval and Renascence Group, Sydney on 18/04/2007 the paper was entitled Architectural Precedence of Rosslyn Chapel. The audience was predominately academic. The invitation was from the president of the association Emeritus Associate Rosemary Huisman, Macquarie University.
2006Examining the design foundations (fact and myth) of Rosslyn Chapel
Organisation: Celtic Studies Foundation Description: Public Lecture - for the Celtic Studies Foundation held at Sydney University on 24/11/2006 The paper was entitled Examining the design foundations (fact and myth) of Rosslyn Chapel. The audience was a mixture of academic and non-academic.The invitation was from the Celtic Studies Foundation at the suggestion of Emeritus Associate Professor Sybil Jack
2005History on the Art of Mosaics
Organisation: Australian Early Medieval Association, The Australian National University, Canberra Description: Introductory lecture for for a Practical Session for the Second Annual Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association
2005The Art and History of the Celtic Spiral
Organisation: Italian-Celtic Festival Description: Public Lecture for Italian-Celtic Festival, Italian Forum, Leichardt, Sydney on 02/10/2005 at the paper was entitled The Art and History of the Celtic Spiral. The audience was predominately non-academic. The invitation was from the organisers of the festival at the suggestion of the History Department of Sydney University.
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Publications

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


Book (4 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Morrison T, The Origins of Architecture: An English Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century Perspective, Common Ground, Champaign, Illinois, 172 (2014) [A1]
2011Morrison T, Isaac Newton's Temple of Solomon and his Reconstruction of Sacred Architecture, Springer, Basel, 186 (2011) [A1]
2009Villalpando JB, Morrison T, Juan Bautista Villalpando's Ezechielem Explanationes: A Sixteenth-Century Architectural Text, Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 612 (2009) [A2]
2009Morrison T, Labyrinthine Symbols in Western Culture: An Exploration of Their History, Philosophy and Iconography, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 311 (2009) [A1]
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Chapter (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Morrison T, 'Villalpando¿s Sacred Architecture in the Light of Isaac Newton¿s Commentary', Architecture and Mathematics from Antiquity to the Future, Volume II, Springer, Basel 184-194 (2015)
DOI10.1007/978-3-319-00143-2_1
2013Morrison T, ''The Canny Scot' Rev. John Dunmore Lang and the Largs Controversy', Celts and Their cultures at Home and Abroad: A Festschrift for Malcolm Broun, University of Sydney, Sydney 213-227 (2013) [B1]
2009Morrison T, ''Seeing' the Apocalyptic City in the fourteenth century', End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity, McFarland & Company, Inc, Jefferson, North Carolina 67-86 (2009) [B1]
2008Ostwald M, Morrison T, 'Architecture as concept: The case of the artist's model', Homo Faber: Modelling Ideas, Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, Melbourne, Victoria 176-185 (2008) [B1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2008Morrison T, 'Villalpando's sacred architecture in the light of Isaac Newton's commentary', Nexus VII: Architecture and Mathematics, Kim Williams Books, Turin, Italy 79-91 (2008) [B1]
2004Morrison T, 'The Dance of the Angels, the Mysteries of Pseudo-Dionysius and the Architecture of Gothic Cathedrals', Analecta Husserliana - The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research - Metamorphosis, Kluwer Academic Publishers, USA 299-320 (2004) [B1]
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Journal article (49 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Rubin JM, Morrison T, 'Individual differences in individualism and collectivism predict ratings of virtual cities¿ liveability and environmental quality', The Journal of General Psychology, 141 348-372 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1080/00221309.2014.938721Author URL
Co-authorsMark Rubin
2014Morrison T, 'Albrecht Dürer and the Ideal City', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 31 137-160 (2014) [C1]
2014Morrison T, 'The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 13 177-179 (2014) [C3]
2014Morrison T, 'The fruits of liberty: Political Culture in the Florentine Renaissance by Scott Nicholas, 1480 ¿ 1550 [Book Review]', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 31 139-140 (2014) [C3]
2014Morrison T, '¿Celestial Wonders in Reform Germany' by Ken Kurihara', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 131 189-190 (2014) [C3]
2014Morrison T, 'Imaginary cities of the 16th and 17th century: an exploration on the utopian cities of Albrecht Dürer, Johann Valentin Andreae and Tommaso Campanella', The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, 12 1-19 (2014) [C1]
2014Morrison T, 'The Vitruvian Stonehenge: Inigo Jones, William Stukeley and John Wood the Elder', The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 11 1-13 (2014) [C1]
2013Morrison T, 'The built narrative as architectural history', International Journal of Literary Humanities, 10 1-18 (2013) [C1]

The city authorities of Sao Paulo, Brazil have approved the construction of a temple that is claimed by church officials to be the replica of Solomon's Temple. It is intended, by church officials, to be the most dominant religious monument of Brazil and will be twice the height of Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue. However, it is not built to the Biblical proportions of the Temple of Solomon nor does it have any of the features of Solomon's Temple specified in the Bible. The planned temple is in fact very similar to the temple of Herod, which was built over 550 years after the Temple of Solomon; yet, the church officials continue to call it a replica of Solomon's Temple and do not acknowledge Herod in any way. This paper first examines the plan of the temple to be built in Sao Paulo by comparing it to the Biblical description of the Temple of Solomon. Second, the paper considers two examples of a narrative being written into the plan of the Temple of Solomon, from the sixteenth century, Juan Bautista Villalpando and then from the eighteen century a reconstruction from John Wood of Bath. Both Villalpando and Wood 'manipulated' the Biblical plan of Solomon's Temple to 'write' a narrative into the ground plan of the Temple. Thus the architecture of the Temple became entwined with that narrative. Finally, the paper considers the built narrative as architecture in light of the Sao Paulo's 'replica.' © Common Ground, Tessa Morrison, All Rights Reserved.

2013Morrison T, morrison T, Morrison, 'Bitter honey: recapitulating the medical and scientific context of Bernard Mandeville by Philip Hilton', Parergon: Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 30 245-246 (2013) [C3]
2013Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton and Solomon's Temple: A Fifty Year Study', Avello Publishing Journal: Principia Mathematica, 3 1-28 (2013) [C1]
2013Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton and the Architectural Models of Solomon's Temple', Avello Publishing Journal: Principia Mathematica, 3 1-20 (2013) [C1]
2012Morrison T, 'Solomon's temple, Stonehenge, and divine architecture in the English enlightenment', Parergon, 29 135-163 (2012) [C1]
2012Morrison T, 'Structuring spaces: Oral poetics and architecture in early medieval England [Book review]', Parergon, 29 208-210 (2012) [C3]
2012Morrison T, 'Edward II [Book review]', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 8 126-127 (2012) [C3]
2012Morrison T, 'Persecution, Plague, and Fire: Fugitive Histories of the Stage in Early Modern England by Ellen MacKay [Book Review]', Parergon, 29 276-277 (2012) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton, architect', Seventeenth Century, 26 130-148 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2011Morrison T, '[Book Review] Cameron, Euan, Enchanted Europe: Superstition, Reason, & Religion, 1250-1750', Parergon, 28 208-209 (2011) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Book Review: Paracelsus's Theory of Embodiment', Parergon, 28 251-252 (2011) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Reinventing the past: John Wood the Elder', International Journal of the Humanities, 9 43-58 (2011) [C1]
2011Morrison T, 'Book review: Pietarinen, Juhani, and Vilijanen, Valtteri (eds), The World as Active Power: Studies in the History of European Reason', Journal of the Australian Earls Medieval Association, 7 157-158 (2011) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Book review: Salisbury, Joyce E.The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages', Journal of the Australian Earls Medieval Association, 7 160-162 (2011) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Book review: Turner, Ralph V. Eleanor of Aquitane', Journal of the Australian Earls Medieval Association, 7 166-168 (2011) [C3]
2011Morrison T, 'Book review: Benham, Jenny, Peacemaking in the Middle Ages: Principles and Practice', Journal of the Australian Earls Medieval Association, 7 123 (2011) [C3]
2010Morrison T, 'The body, the temple and the Newtonian man conundrum', Nexus Network Journal, 12 343-352 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00004-010-0029-1
2010Morrison T, 'Juan Bautista Villalpando and the nature and science of architectural drawing', Nexus Network Journal, 12 63-73 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s00004-010-0017-5
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2010Morrison T, 'Langermann, Y. Tvisi, ed., 'Avicenna and his Legacy: A Golden Age of Science and Philosophy'', Parergon, 27 244-246 (2010) [C3]
2010Morrison T, 'The Paradox of the Divine Architecture in Dante's La Divine Commedia', The International Journal of the Humanities, 8 295-309 (2010) [C1]
2010Morrison T, 'A Medieval Gesture Riddle - 'To take VII from VIII and have VI left'', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6 25-40 (2010) [C1]
2010Morrison T, 'Colish, Maria L., 'The Fathers and Beyond: Church Fathers Between Ancient and Medieval Thought'', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6 104-106 (2010) [C3]
2010Morrison T, 'Gambetti, Sandra, 'The Alexandrian Riots of 38 C.E. and the Persecution of the Jews: A Historical Reconstruction'', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6 124-125 (2010) [C3]
2010Morrison T, 'Maclean, Simon, 'History and Politics in Late Carolingian and Ottonian Europe: The Chronicles of Regino of Prum and Adalbert of Magdeburg'', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6 128-129 (2010) [C3]
2010Morrison T, 'Wood, Susan, 'The Proprietary Church in the Medieval West'', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 6 140-141 (2010) [C3]
2009Morrison T, 'Architectural planning in the early medieval era', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 5 147-164 (2009)

In the early middle ages the cathedral was the height of human achievement; it embodied the whole of Christian knowledge and attempted to mimic the divine. It was the ritual, spiritual, economic and physical centre of the city. These vast edifices welcomed pilgrims and strangers; they arose from the ground and seemed to reach the heavens. As the cathedrals grew larger and larger because of the demand of the pilgrims, there was a need for better building planning to cater for this demand. Yet little is known about the planning of these massive buildings. Vitruvius, who is considered the father of architecture, was discussed at the court of Charlemagne, and copies of his ten books on architecture survived throughout the libraries of Europe in the middle ages. However, although Vitruvius outlined a theory of planning and explained how the architect was to convey his plans to his masters and labourers, he was vague on the details regarding how this was to be carried out. This paper considers architectural planning of the early medieval era by looking at surviving plans and considering whether there was a consistent theory of planning, and, if so, whether it differed from Vitruvian theory.

2009Morrison T, 'Architectural planning in the early medieval era', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 5 147-163 (2009) [C1]
2009Morrison T, 'Late antique and medieval art of the Mediterranean world', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 5 204-205 (2009) [C3]
2009Morrison T, 'Macrina the Younger, philosopher of God', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 5 213-214 (2009) [C3]
2008Morrison T, 'Juan Battista Villalpando: Solomon's Temple and the architectural metaphor', The International Journal of the Humanities, 6 203-212 (2008) [C1]
2008Morrison T, 'The songs of Peire Vidal', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 4 233-235 (2008) [C3]
2007Morrison T, 'The enigma of Isaac Newton: Scientist, theologian, alchemist and prophet', International Journal of the Humanities, 5 137-144 (2007) [C1]
2007Morrison T, 'Bede's De Tabernaculo and De Templo', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 3 243-257 (2007) [C1]
2006Morrison T, 'The Architectures of Paradise', International Journal of the Humanities, 4 117-126 (2006) [C1]
2006Morrison T, 'The Symbol of the City', International Journal of the Humanities, 3 93-104 (2006) [C1]
2006Morrison T, 'The Art of Early Medieval Number Symbolism', Journal of The Australian Early Medieval Association, 2 169-181 (2006) [C1]
2005Morrison T, 'Behind the Patterns and Designs That Cross Cultural Boundaries: Towards a Holistic Approach', International Journal of the Humanities, 2 119-127 (2005) [C1]
2005Morrison T, 'Computus Digitorum For the Calculation of Easter', Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, 1 85-98 (2005) [C1]
2005Morrison T, 'The Labyrinthine Path of Pilgrimage', Peregrinations: International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art, 1 online (2005) [C1]
2002Morrison T, 'The Mnemonics of the Cretan Labyrinth', Symmetry: Culture and Science, 2 203-218 (2002) [C1]
2002Morrison T, 'Roman Identity and the Labyrinth Symbol', Inter-Cultural Studies, 2 98-108 (2002) [C1]
2001Morrison T, 'The Geometry of History; 032147658', Visual Mathematics Art and Science Electronic Journal, Vol. 3 No. 4 http://www.mi.sanu.a (2001) [C1]
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Conference (37 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Morrison T, Giggins H, foulcher N, 'Preserving Lost Industrial Heritage: Newcastle Australia', Selected Papers from the 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference (Perth, WA, 25-28 March 2013 ), The University of Western Australia (2015)
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2015Morrison T, rubin M, 'Understanding and Living the Past and the Future: 3D Modelling and Interactive Surveys as a Research and Teaching Methodology', Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Managements Studies, Valletta Malta (2015)
Co-authorsMark Rubin
2014Morrison T, Giggins H, Goddard K, 'Preserving the Cultural Heritage of iconic Newcastle hotels', Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, Guimaraes, Portugal (2014) [E1]
DOI10.14575/gl/heritage2014
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2014Morrison T, Rubin M, 'Using Visualisation to Test Historical Utopian Cities on a Modern Audience', EVA London 2014: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, Covent Garden, London (2014) [E1]
Co-authorsMark Rubin
2013Morrison T, 'Utopian Cities from 15th to 19th Century Literature: A Philosophical Investigation through 3-D Visualisation', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013), London (2013) [E1]
2013Morrison T, 'An Examination of the Philosophy and Architecture of Andreae's and Campanella's Utopian Cities', Proceedings of ANZAMEMS 9th Biennial Conference, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Giggins H, Morrison T, Foulcher N, 'Bringing Together the Present with the Industrial past: the Newcastle Digitalised Heritage Project', Tourism and the Shifting Values of Cultural Heritage: Visiting Pasts, Developing Futures, Taipei city (2013) [E2]
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2013Morrison T, 'The Architecture of Andreae's Christianopolis and Campanella's City of the Sun', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 30, Open, Gold Coast (2013) [E1]
2013Morrison T, Giggins H, Foulcher N, 'Timeline Newcastle: Reconstructing Industrial Newcastle - Implementation and Exhibition', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA London 2013), London (2013) [E1]
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2012Morrison T, Giggins HP, Foulcher NC, 'Evolving architectural history and digital intangible heritage', NODEM 2012: Archiving and Visualization of Intangible Heritage, Hong Kong (2012) [E3]
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2012Morrison T, Gu N, Foulcher NC, 'Applying augmented reality to preserving industrial heritage', Proceedings. EVA London 2012: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, London, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authorsNing Gu
2011Morrison T, Gu N, 'What architectural historians can learn from augmented reality technologies?', Proceedings of Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA) London 2011, London, UK (2011) [E1]
Co-authorsNing Gu
2010Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton and Architecture', The Cultural Role of Architecture Conference, Lincoln, UK (2010) [E3]
2010Morrison T, 'William Stukeley and the origins of architecture', Imagining ... Proceedings of the 27th Annual SAHANZ Conference, Newcastle, NSW (2010) [E1]
2010Morrison T, 'Imperial Roman elements in the architecture of the city in Saltair na Rann', Celts in Legends and Reality: Papers from the Sixth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies, Sydney (2010) [E1]
2009Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton: The exoteric and esoteric knowledge of the Principia', XXIII International Congress of History of Science and Technology: Ideas and Instruments in Social Context: Book of Abstracts & List of Participants, Budapest, Hungary (2009) [E3]
2009Morrison T, 'The evolution of planning in the Middle Ages', International Medieval Congress 2009: Congress Programme, Leeds, UK (2009) [E3]
2008Morrison T, 'A medieval gesture riddle: Take VII from VIII and have VI left', 2nd International Conference on the Science of Computus: Abstracts, Galway, Ireland (2008) [E3]
2008Morrison T, 'Planning to welcome the pilgrims of the Middle Ages', Fifth Annual Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association: Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2008) [E3]
2008Morrison T, 'Isaac Newton: The Principia and the Temple of Solomon', Seventh Biennial International Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Abstracts, Hobart, TAS (2008) [E3]
2007Morrison T, 'The evolving image of the new Jerusalem in early medieval art and architecture', 4th Annual Conference Conversion and Cultural Transformation. Abstracts, Sydney (2007) [E3]
2007Morrison T, 'An examination of the blessing hand in Insular art', Making and Meaning in Insular Art: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Insular Art, Trinity College, Dublin (2007) [E1]
2006Morrison T, 'Bede and the Temple of Solomon', Australian Early Medieval Association : Conquest and Continuity - 3rd Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E3]
2006Morrison T, 'Celestrial Differences and Similarities', Us and Them: Perceptions, Depictions and Descriptions of Celts Abstracts, Melbourne, Australia (2006) [E3]
2005Morrison T, 'The Symbol and the City: Utopian Symmetry', Humanities Conference 2005, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (2005) [E3]
2005Morrison T, 'Spiral Patterns in Irish Decoration From Newgrange to the Tenth Century', Exile and homecoming : papers from the fifth Australian Conference of Celtic Studies, Sydney (2005) [E1]
2005Morrison T, 'Into The Fourth Dimension And Impossibility with Dante and Beatrice', ANZAMEMS:, Auckland, New Zealand (2005) [E3]
2005Morrison T, 'The Art of Early Medieval Number Symbolism', Text and Transmission: Australian Early Medieval Association Second Annual Conference, Canberra, Australia (2005) [E3]
2005Morrison T, 'An Examination Of Hand and Body Gestures in Insular Art', The Fifth International Conference on Insular Art, Dublin, Ireland (2005) [E3]
2004Morrison T, 'The hidden reflections of the interlaced borders of the Book of Kells', Remembered Nations, Imagined Republics: Proceedings of the Twelfth Irish-Australian Conference, Galway, Ireland (2004) [E1]
2003Morrison T, 'The Influence of Pseudo-Dionysius on Gothic Baslicas and Mnemonic Patterns of the Ancient Mysteries', ANZAMEMS Memory & Commemoration (2003) [E3]
2003Morrison T, Burgess R, 'Museum as a Resource for Doctoral Studies in Fine Art', Defining the Doctorate: Doctoral Studies in Education and the Creative and Performing Arts AARE Mini-Conference. Program and Abstract Book, Newcastle, NSW (2003) [E3]
2001Morrison T, 'The Evolving and Revolving Problem of an Ancient Mystery', Theory and Practice: Evolving or Revolving, University of Otago, New Zealand (2001) [E2]
2001Morrison T, 'The Typology of the Meandering Symbol and an application of this Typology to the Cretan Labyrinth', Symmetry: Art and Science Intersections of Art and Science, University of New South Wales (2001) [E4]
2000Morrison T, 'The Women of the pre-Hellenic 'book with no text'', 7th Inter Disciplinary Gender Studies Conference 2000, The University of Newcastle (2000) [E3]
2000Morrison T, 'Would Arthur Evans's concept of Minos Priest-King of Knossos recognise pre-Hellenic Crete?', School of Fine Art, Post Graduate Symposium, The University of Newcastle (2000) [E3]
2000Morrison T, 'The Evolving and Revolving Problem of an Ancient Mystery', Theory and Practice- Evolving or Revolving?, University of Otago, NZ (2000) [E3]
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Creative Work (41 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Morrison T, Isaac Newton and the Temple of Solomon, The Bathurst regional Gallery (2013) [J2]
Author URL
2012Morrison T, Foulcher NC, Giggins HP, Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle, Newcastle Museum (2012) [J1]
Co-authorsHelen Giggins
2011Morrison T, Isaac Newton and the Temple of Solomon, The University Gallery (2011) [J1]
2010Morrison T, Ex libris John Burgess, Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna w Gliwicach, Gliwice, Poland (2010) [J2]
2008Morrison T, Lighthouse, Second International Biennial Ex Libris 2008Lighthouse, Pancevo, Serbia (2008) [J2]
2007Morrison T, Untitled 1 - 4, Municipal Public Library, Gliwice (2007) [J2]
2006Morrison T, Ostwald M, Homo Faber: Shifting Dimensions - The Architectural Model in History, Melbourne Museum (2006) [J1]
Co-authorsMichael Ostwald
2003Morrison T, 23e Mini Print Internacional de Cadaques, -, Spain, (2003) [J2]
2003Morrison T, Festivalul International al Aetelor Grafice, -, Cluj-Napoca, Unknown (2003) [J2]
2003Morrison T, Medunarodna Izlozba - Covjek I Riba (Man and Fish), -, Susak, (2003) [J2]
2003Morrison T, Biennale van de Kleingrafiek, -, Sint-Niklaas, Unknown (2003) [J2]
2003Morrison T, Collection of Brunico''s Civil Museum, -, Alto Adige, Unknown (2003) [J2]
2003Morrison T, V Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Graficzny na Ekslibris, -, w Gliwicach, Unknown (2003) [J2]
2002Morrison T, Biennale Internation d''art Miniature, Quebec, Canada (2002) [J2]
2002Morrison T, European Cities, Cluj-Napoca, (2002) [J2]
2002Morrison T, Mini Graphic & Painting World Wide Show (2002) [J2]
2002Morrison T, Centre Culturel Francais De Belgrade, Belgrage, (2002) [J2]
2001Morrison T, International Exlibriswedstrijd - Ballonvaart, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (2001) [J2]
2001Morrison T, Festivalul International al Artelor Grafice, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2001) [J2]
2001Morrison T, Spring and Celtic Festival, Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre (2001) [J2]
2001Morrison T, Ex-Libris, The Lovett Gallery Newcastle Regional Library (2001) [J2]
2001Morrison T, Printmakers Perception of the Past one Hundred years of Federation, Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland (2001) [J2]
2001Morrison T, Culture and Spirit of Kazakhatan, Department of Culture, Aktobe, Kazakhstan (2001) [J2]
2000Morrison T, Biennale International d'art miniature, Salle Augustin-Chenier, Quebec, Canada (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, International Mini Print: Mikalojus KonstantinasCiurlioniui-125, Lietuvos Nacionaline Martyno Mazvydo Biblioteka, Lithuania, Vilius, Lithuania (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, International Ex Libris: Homage to the Poet, Ovidiu Petca, Romania, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, Qingdao International Biennial Print Exhibition 2000, Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, Qingdao, China (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, And So..., Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, Concorso Internazionale Exlibristico "Giubileo 2000", Comume Di Pescara, Pescara, Italy (2000) [J2]
2000Morrison T, International exhibition of Ex-libris and small graphic. "Culture and spirit of Kazakhstan", Department of culture Aqtobe city, Aqtobe, Kazakhstan (2000) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Book Prints, Stadt Museum fur Grafik, Brunico, Italy (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Digital Decade 'Spirals of Life' 'Ribbons of Time' 'The Royal Game of Ur' 'Cretan Drafts' 'The Temporal and the Infinite' 'Deconstucting a Dodecahedron' 'Unity and Fragmentation' 'Delusion' 'Vienna' 'Eye and Me', Lake Maquarie City Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Kudaibergan Zhubannov, Universitet im Zhaksygarina, Aktobe, Kazakhhstan, Aktobe, Kazakhstan (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, III Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Graficzny, Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna, Gliwice, Poland, Gliwice, Poland (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Ex-Libris, Vassills Zergorlis, Athen, Greece, Athens, Greece (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Save the Children Exhibition 'Strategy' and 'Cretan Drafts', Krshna Luchoomun Save the Children Fund, Vacoas, Mauritius, Mauritius (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Do You Remember? 'Next Stop, Victoria Street' and 'Tickets Please', Maitland City Art Gallery, Maitland, Maitland (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, 'Infinite Tunnel of turtles' and 'The third Man', Het Stedelijk Museum, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Artist in Residence for the Digital Decade, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, A Star in a Stone Boat 'The cat and the sphere', 'Afternoon Coffee in Trendo', 'Trojaborg', 'Ariadne's Paradox', 'Four Kings', 'Futures Past', 'Deceptive Strategy', 'Delusion', John Painter Gallery, Newcastle (1999) [J2]
1999Morrison T, Miedzynarodowy Konkurs Graficzny Na Ekslibris Gliwice '99 'Jane Fisher', 'Julie Lee', 'Sharon Tompkins', Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna, Gliwice Poland (1999) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$305,675

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20151 grants / $1,500

14th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies ECRM, Malta, 11-13 June 2015$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500186
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20141 grants / $1,500

The 15th International Conference of Utopian Studies Society Europe, Charles University, Prague, 2-5 July 2014$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400404
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20132 grants / $11,124

Kupa-impari or ‘talking to’ communities: Improved design and maintenance protocols to support resilient Indigenous housing$9,624

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Dennis Foley, Doctor Jamie MacKee, Doctor Tessa Morrison, Mr Trevor Hilaire
SchemeLinkage Pilot Research Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300988
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

EVA - Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, The British computer Soceity, 28 -31 July 2013$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300181
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20121 grants / $15,000

Reconstructing Victorian Newcastle through Augmented Reality and Mobile Technology$15,000

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison, Doctor Ning Gu
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200314
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20111 grants / $15,000

Emerging Research Leaders Program 2011$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeEmerging Research Leaders Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNoG1101055
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20091 grants / $1,500

International Medieval Congress, Leeds, England, 13-16 July 2009$1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2009
Funding Finish2009
GNoG0190261
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20083 grants / $250,076

Isaac Newton s Temple of Solomon and his analysis of sacred architecture: An interpretation and discussion of Babson Manuscript 0434 $242,576

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding bodyARC (Australian Research Council)
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeDiscovery Projects
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0187505
Type Of FundingAust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category1CS
UONY

Commentary and translation of Villalpando's 'De Templi Gloria' in De Postrema Ezechielis Prophetae Visione$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188488
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Nexus 2008: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California USA, 23/6/2008 - 26/6/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2008
GNoG0188640
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20071 grants / $9,975

Villalpando's Sacred Architecture in the light of Isaac Newton's Commentary$9,975

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Tessa Morrison
SchemeEarly Career Researcher Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNoG0187740
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015The Applicability of a 'Peaceful or Meditative' Derived Asian Landscape 'For a Mega Region Apartment Complex' Using a Heritage Context
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2015The Adaptation of Gothic Revival Architecture to Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2015The Australian Landscape in the Enlightenment World
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2014Key Elements of Sustainability in Iran Architecture
Building, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
2012Assessment of Tiki Elements in the Architecture and Changing Cultural Landscape of Pacific Oceania Between 1776 and 1976
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Principal Supervisor
2010Measuring Fallingwater
Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Tessa Morrison

Position

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

Focus area

Architecture

Contact Details

Emailtessa.morrison@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 492 15773
Fax(02) 492 16913

Office

RoomAG.30
BuildingArchitecture
LocationCallaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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