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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, Head of Discipline (Architecture) and principal 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 $500,000 for his research concerning the visual analysis of the street, and more recently considering the public occupation of urban vague within the street.

Research Expertise

  • The architecture of street space
  • The architecture of the nearly-urban
  • The vague qualities of contemporary urban planning - urban vague
  • Practice based research 

Teaching Expertise

Teaching has included the course coordination of architecture studio's across all five years of the architecture programs, and the coordination of construction based courses in both architecture programs.  As the Master of Architecture Program Convenor, and course coordinator of the final year Architecture Studio course from 2010-2016, the graduating studio program was renewed to become more responsive to the diversity and potential of architectural practice. In the process the student's self directed architectural project was encouraged to become more responsive to the student’s own ethical action toward the built environment. Developing architecture as research within the program also enabled students to explore the cultural and urban fabric of Newcastle, engaging with its post-industrial heritage and its conditions of social equity - a characteristic driving both a public discourse and professional awareness of the architecture program at the University of Newcastle.

Administrative Expertise

  • Head of Discipline (Architecture) from 2016
  • Program Convenor for the Master of Architecture program from 2010-2016
  • Program Convenor for the Master of Architecture (PG entry) program from 2011-2015
  • FEBE Teaching and Learning Committee from 2016
  • FEBE Faculty Progress and Appeals Committee from 2012-2015
  • FEBE Marketing Committee 2006-2009
  • Student Academic Conduct Officer in 2008 and 2010

Collaborations

Research collaborations include leading the City Evolutions project with Newcastle City Council, a project involving 30 researchers across 3 Faculties. Other urban research projects have collaborated with the School of Computer Science, NSW Department of Family and Community Services; NSW Urban Growth, Transport NSW and Newcastle Now. 


Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Architectural Design
  • Health and Housing
  • Nearly urban
  • Small urban houses
  • Urban vague

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

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
Unknown
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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 Ostwald, Michael Chapman

Chapter (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Ostwald M, Vaughan J, Tucker C, 'Characteristic Visual Complexity: Fractal dimensions in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier', Architecture and Mathematics, From Antiquity to the Future, Springer, Cham: Switzerland 339-354 (2015)
Citations Scopus - 2
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Josephine Vaughan
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 Chapman, Michael Ostwald
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
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Journal article (6 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) [C1]

© Common Ground, Graham John Brewer, Lynne Parkinson, Chris Tucker, Chris Landorf All Rights Reserved. With populations ageing across the developed world, there is increasing int... [more]

© Common Ground, Graham John Brewer, Lynne Parkinson, Chris Tucker, Chris Landorf All Rights Reserved. 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.

Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors L Parkinson, Graham Brewer
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 (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) (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 (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 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Graham Brewer, L Parkinson
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 (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Graham Brewer, L Parkinson
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) (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
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 (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
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 (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 (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 (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 (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) (2007) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/alife.2007.367818
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Stephan Chalup, Michael Ostwald
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 (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 (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 (2007) [E1]
DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-76931-6
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (2005) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
2005 Tucker CC, Ostwald M, 'Spatial Configuration Within Residential Facades', 5th International Space Syntax Symposium Proceedings (2005) [E1]
Citations Web of Science - 1
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 (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 (2004) [E1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Stephan Chalup
2004 Chapman MJ, Ostwald M, Tucker CC, 'Semiotics, Interpretation & Political Resistance in Architecture', Contexts of Architecture (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 (2006) [H1]

Creative Work (25 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Tucker CC, Public-House: Tony Abbott (2016)
Supanova
2016 Tucker CC, Rail Land (2016)
Supanova
2015 Tucker CC, Children's Art Pavilion: Deconstruction, Newcastle (2015)
Supanova
2014 Tucker C, UnMade, Newcastle (2014)
2013 Tucker CC, Projects 2013, Sydney (2013) [J3]
2013 Tucker CC, City Evolutions: Threlkeld Speak, Newcastle (2013) [J2]
2013 Chapman MJ, Tucker C, Mediocracy, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J1]
Supanova
Co-authors Michael Chapman
2013 Tucker CC, City Evolutions: Boom + Bust, Newcastle (2013) [J1]
Supanova
2013 Chapman MJ, Bingo, Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2013) [J2]
Co-authors Michael Chapman
2013 Tucker CC, Theatre Lane: Model of Crack (2013)
2013 Tucker CC, Chalup S, Lin Y, Haasnoot W, Bille R, Brackenbury J, et al., City Evolutions: Shanghai (2013)
Supanova
Co-authors Yuqing Lin, Stephan Chalup
2013 Tucker CC, Theatre Lane, The University Gallery (2013)
Supanova
2013 Tucker CC, Chalup S, Lin Y, Haasnoot W, Bille R, Brackenbury J, et al., City Evolutions: Major Morisset, Watt Street, Newcastle (2013)
Co-authors Stephan Chalup, Yuqing Lin
2013 Tucker CC, Dangar's Plan (2013)
Supanova
2013 Tucker CC, Projects 2013, Sydney (2013) [J3]
2012 Tucker CC, The Window, Wickham, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012 Tucker CC, Prime Cuts, Wickham, NSW, Australia (2012) [J2]
2012 Tucker CC, Haasnoot W, Guthrey E, Elladale Constructed (2012)
Supanova
2012 Tucker CC, Haasnoot W, Children's Art Pavilion: One Of These Days, Newcastle Region Art Gallery (2012)
Supanova
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, Barton, ACT (2008) [J2]
2008 Tucker CC, Sugar Suite Hair Salon: Realised Architectural Project, Sugar, Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle (2008) [J1]
Supanova
2008 Tucker CC, Vanna3: Realised Architectural Project, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [J1]
Supanova
2004 Tucker CC, Ostwald M, Chapman MJ, Lichen Street Pole, Brisbane + Melbourne (2004) [J2]
Co-authors Michael Chapman, Michael Ostwald
2003 Ostwald M, Tucker CC, Chapman MJ, Tracings, Newcastle (2003) [J2]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Michael Chapman
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Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Guthrey E, Tucker CC, 'Herd Architects', (2016) [O1]
2015 Tucker CC, 'New Newcastle', (2015) [O1]
2013 Tucker CC, Minichiello M, 'City Evolutions: Presentation', (2013) [O1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $522,831

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20162 grants / $10,751

Newcastle Urban and Sustainable Transport Project$9,000

Funding body: Transport for NSW

Funding body Transport for NSW
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600928
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON Y

Newcastle Urban Laboratory$1,751

Funding body: Newcastle Now

Funding body Newcastle Now
Project Team Mr Chris Tucker
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1600988
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

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, Dr 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 2007
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

Michael Ostwald

Scheme Unknown
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

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

Stephan Chalup

Scheme Cross School Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2005
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD The Agility of Architecture: Design Build Practices in Contemporary Australian Architecture. PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Exploring the Orientation of Tiki Houseposts in Protohistoric Pacific Oceania M Philosophy (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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News

Medal winners

UON graduate wins top design gong

May 31, 2017

UON graduates have starred at 2017 Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Graduate and Student Awards, taking out two of the most prestigious honours.

Chris Tucker

Architecture exhibition constructs new concepts for Newcastle’s former rail corridor

November 1, 2016

Dreams of urban transformation have inspired the University of Newcastle (UON)’s third-year Architecture program students to develop concepts for Newcastle’s former heavy rail corridor.

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
Link Personal webpage

Office

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