Dr Neena Mand

Dr Neena Mand


School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary


Dr Mand has extensive practice experience, a commitment to research, a wide academic knowledge base and a thorough understanding of essential drivers in architectural education and practice in Australia and its positioning in the international arena. Prior to commencing work at Newcastle at the end of 2009, Neena taught at Sydney University over a 5 year period during her doctoral studies. At Newcastle she teaches at both at undergraduate and graduate level. She is the coordinator for first year design studio (2010-2015) and History and Theory 1 (2014-15). She is the stream leader for Matter and Memory design studio (M.Arch Y1, Sem2, 2015). Dr Mand also supervises numerous postgraduate (Hons) research students at the school (2010 -2015). She has held various academic administrative posts in the school at University of Newcastle. She is the former Head of Discipline (Architecture) (2011 and 2012) a; former member of NSW Architecture Education Committee (2011-2013), and the Industry Advisory Group (2011-2012), former member of  RAIA NSW architecture cultural Committee (2014) and RAIA Sydney Architecture Festival committee. She also has held the position of Undergraduate Program Convener (2010- 2011) and membership of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee and is also currently member of Faculty board (2011-2013, 2015-). In her multiple roles at Newcastle she is concerned with creating a dialogic space for the local and global practice in the design studio teaching.

Practice, Administration and Teaching Expertise

The specific expertise that Dr Mand brings to both her research and teaching at Newcastle is her extensive practice experience having worked on variety of projects with prominent international practices in India, England, Japan and Malaysia.  In India, she worked with S.D. Sharma in Chandigarh, who at the time of its construction was a key member of Le Corbusier’s design team, In England, she gained invaluable experience working in both large scale private practice (Building Design Partnership) and with the local government (Hackney Borough Council and Mersey Regional Health Authority), contrasting the diverging agendas of the role and responsibilities of the architect.  In Japan, she had the opportunity to work with Kisho Kurokawa the leading exponent of the Japanese Metabolist movement, the significant catalyst in modern Japanese architecture. In Malaysia, Dr Mand worked with Hijjas Kasturi the ‘father’of modern Malaysian architecture. In private practice she was also the principal of MA Design, Australia and MM Design, England.

Neena has worked on various scales of architectural projects ranging from multi-million dollar urban development to modest budget, individual houses and community projects. She has expertise in a variety of typologies including; performance art centre, educational institutes, commercial and multi dwelling residential developments, corporate headquarters, integrated transport interchange and resort, social, private and housing for the elderly. She also continues to provide pro bono community architectural advice.  

The expertise gained in managing large architectural project was useful in her role as Head of Discipline. Dr. Mand led the Architecture discipline’s accreditation process and the school successfully achieved five years accreditation in 2012. In her role as Head of Discipline her key contributions in addition to the successful five year accreditation has been to jointly facilitate the appointment and day-to-day management of five fractional professors who are all Gold Medallists. She was also responsible for the formal establishment and management of weekly Open Lecture series since 2011 and the school has hosted an impressive number of national and international educators and practitioners.

Dr Mand’s approach to the teaching of architecture is founded on her local and international experience, taking inspiration from literary critic Gayatri Spivak translating her philosophy as a perspective on education that has been formulated by journeys outside and inside the teaching machine. Dr Mand believes that architectural education is critical for the advancement and welfare of societies and promotes the following personal vision: teaching and research that will facilitate a critical re-think about three interrelated realms that is the inter-cultural/interpersonal, the public urban realm, and the eco-environmental realm, underlying the three are the ethical issues that architecture needs to address in practice, pedagogy and research.

Research Expertise

Dr Mand research interests include post-colonial and feminist theories, Modernity and Identity and Cinema, Asian architecture and urbanism, Matter and Memory in the public realm and transport infrastructure, and the international practice of architecture.   She was awarded her PhD titled; Constructing Architecture and interpreting Identity. The thesis researched the relationship between modernity, identity and architecture in Japan and India from 1945 to the present, a significant period marking the beginning of territorial decolonisation to each country forging its own modernity specific to its historical context. The intention has been to position this thesis at the threshold of a new form of architectural interpretation.

In addition to the university grants to support her research, she was awarded NSW pilot linkage research grant to study intercultural collaboration that builds on her experience of international cross cultural practice. 

Dr Mand is currently expanding her research relating to themes explored in her PhD thesis on Asian architecture to urban morphology of Asian cities. She conducted research tour of Indian cities as part of her sabbatical in 2013-14.The results of her research has led to series of national and International exhibitions

 Collaborative Expertise

Skills that have been developed in practice (collaboration between multidisciplinary consultants) have been applied to develop research links between academia (defining the relevance of research) and industry (establishing the critical agendas of discourse).  The challenge of collaboration is both interdisciplinary and intercultural.   Through engagement with industry and research, the two key area of current collaborative interest are the design and construction of infrastructure projects and the cross cultural practice of architecture with the following focus:

  • Collaborative research on the impact of transport interventions and its relationship to matter and memory in the public domain  and complexity of critical infrastructure projects and developing and achieving the desired objectives through collaboration between divergent agencies has lead to series of  research papers with industry partner. This has also enabled further research topics to emerge related to rail passenger experience, Matter and Memory along rail corridors and railway stations reflecting the current redevelopment and investment in Rail projects.
  • Intercultural collaboration from the perspectives of both Australian, and Asian architects that builds on her experience of cross-cultural practice and collaboration
  • She is currently developing links with international researcher on modernity and Identity in Architecture and urbanism


  • PhD, University of Sydney
  • Master of Science, University College, London
  • Diploma in Architecture, University College, London


  • Postcolonial and Feminist Theories
  • Urban Design Models and Theories
  • Asian Architecture and Urbanism
  • Modernity and Identity in Architecture
  • Cinema and Role of Architecture
  • Local and Global Architectural Practice


  • Punjabi (Mother)
  • Hindi (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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


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

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Mand H, Swanson-Wood M, 'Postmodern (De)Constructions: Arata Isozaki and Japanese Dialogues on Beauty', Cosmetic, Aesthetic, Prophetic: Beyond the Boundaries of Beauty, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 109-119 (2016) [B2]
2015 Mand H, Swanson-Wood M, 'Productive Nothingness', Philosophies of Beauty on the Move, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford 103-122 (2015) [B1]

Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Mand H, Mand S, 'The Design Collective: An Emergent Model of Collaboration', The International Journal of Design Management and Professional Practice, 6 13-23 (2013) [C1]
2013 Mand H, 'Asia: Identity, architecture and modernity', Journal of Architecture, 18 59-78 (2013) [C1]

This paper argues the need to widen the discourse of modern architecture through an exploration of modern(ities) in Asia, and posits that modern(ities) of East and West are intert... [more]

This paper argues the need to widen the discourse of modern architecture through an exploration of modern(ities) in Asia, and posits that modern(ities) of East and West are intertwined. The constructed and contested nature of identities, through the medium of colonial exhibitions, is discussed. Using Japan and India as examples, the paper examines the notion of one, none or many modernities and argues that there are multiple alternative modern(ities) that need to be theorised for different locations. The alternative modernities and their dilemmas are posited as being linked to postcolonial constructions of identities, albeit in different ways and in different Asian contexts. The Asian architect, while being both the product and subject of different types of historical lineages and power constellations, has been a key agent in the manifestations of modernity in different locations. © 2013 The Journal of Ar chitecture.

DOI 10.1080/13602365.2012.751801
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
2013 Mand H, 'Developing a Model of Collaboration for Intercultural Architectural Practice', Architectural Bulletin, 16-16 (2013)
2013 Mand H, Cilliers S, 'Hospitable Urban Spaces and Diversity', Hospitality and Society, 3 211-228 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1386/hosp.3.3.211_1
2012 Mand H, 'After images: solidarity and soul', Architecture Australia, 101 97-97 (2012) [C3]
2005 Mand H, 'Learning from Denise Scott Brown: The Depth and Breath of Architecture', Detail, Japan, 92-93 (2005)
1995 Mand H, 'Interview with Architect Tan Pei Ing', Majalah Arkitek, 14-16 (1995)
1995 Mand H, 'Interview with Architect Fawizah Kamal: Adaptability Is Proportional to Intelligence', Majalah Arkitek, 17-20 (1995)
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Conference (24 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Mand H, 'Pragati Maidan and the Imagination of Architecture and Urbanism', https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/aas/aas16/index.php?cmd=Online+Program+View+Paper&selected_paper_id=1071760&PHPSESSID=fq2a4mn3tf552n0cu152c9v355, Seattle, USA (2016) [E3]
2015 Mand H, 'Behind the National: The Seminar on Architecture and Debate on Architectural Expression in India, 1959', Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference 2015, Chicago (2015) [E3]
2014 Mand H, 'Collage and Fumihiko Maki¿s Creative Place Making', Arte-Polis 5 Intl Conference ¿ Reflections on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place, Bandung (2014) [E1]
2014 Mand H, Mand S, 'Puducherry Postcolonial Public Place-Making Through Four Frameworks', Arte-Polis 5 Intl Conference ¿ Reflections on Creativity: Public Engagement and the Making of Place, Bandung (2014) [E1]
2014 Mand H, 'Modernity and Postcolonialism in Cinematic Representations of Delhi', Film and Media 2014: Visions of Identity: Global Film & Media, London (2014) [E3]
2014 Mand H, Jackson I, '(Post) Colonial Indian Museums: Between Appropriation, Mimicry , and Reinvention of Architectural traditions', Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Kuala Lumpur (2014) [E3]
2014 Mand H, 'Constructions of Tradition(s): Power and Cultural Imaginary in the Delhi Book', Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Kuala Lumpur (2014) [E3]
2013 Mand H, 'Boundary of (post) colonial Australian architecture: Mediations and mediation on place and disciplinary formations', Architecture at the Ragged Edge of Empire: Race, Place, Taste and the Colonial Context Proceedings, Brisbane (2013) [E3]
2013 Mand H, 'Averting the external gaze: Japanese dialogues on beauty and productive space of Ma', Beauty: Exploring Critical Issues, Oxford (2013) [E3]
2013 Mand H, 'Making the postcolonial Indian modern: Mandala as metaphor in the museums of Correa', Museum Metaphors, Nottingham (2013) [E3]
2013 Mand H, 'The hermaphroditic city: Postcolonial Delhi as the third sex', Transgression, Bristol (2013) [E3]
2013 Mand H, 'Critique and Cinematic Projections of Postcolonial Delhi', Critique 2013 Conference Proceedings, Adelaide (2013) [E1]
2012 Mand H, 'Creating Japanese discursive space: The politics and mythology of tradition and modernity in metabolist proposals', IASTE Working Paper Series, Portland, Oregon (2012) [E1]
2012 Mand H, 'Postcolonial fabulations: 'Mandala' and 'Manusha' in Correa's work', 29th SAHANZ Conference 2012 Conference Proceedings, Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, Launceston (2012) [E1]
2012 Mand H, Cilliers S, 'Jane Jacob and designing diversity: Investigating gastronomic quarters and food courts of shopping malls and vitality of public spaces', Conference Proceedings. International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food, London (2012) [E1]
2012 Mand H, 'Decolonizing universalism: Critique and agency of Kisho Kurokawa', 9th International Conference of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), London (2012) [E3]
2011 Mand H, Mand S, 'Rail transport interventions as key genrators of sustainable urban space', Global Visions: Risks and Opportunities for the Urban Planet: 5th Conference of International Forum on Urbanism: Conference Proceedings, Singapore (2011) [E1]
2010 Mand S, Mand H, 'Case studies in transport infrastructure interventions: Connection/reinforcement/enhancement of urban fabric in Sydney', 3rd International Urban Design Conference. Accepted Abstracts, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E3]
2010 Mand H, Mand S, 'Studies in collaboration: North Sydney and Chatswood Stations in Sydney', Arte-Polis 3 International Conference - Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place. Abstracts, Bandung, Indonesia (2010) [E1]
2005 Mand H, 'Alternative Modernities: Representing the Subaltern in (Post) colonial India', Re-thinking and re-constructing modern Asian architecture, Istanbul, Turkey (2005)
2005 Mand H, 'Globalizing the Village in the city: Correa¿s Craft Museum in Delhi', Istanbul, Turkey (2005)
2004 Mand H, 'Architecture and identity: Strategies in Contemporary Asian Design', Global Environment and Diversity of Asian architecture, Matsue, Japan (2004)
2004 Mand H, 'Importing Technology, Constructing identity in a Global World; Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Malaysia', Globalisation and Construction 2004¿, Bangkok, Thailand (2004)
2004 Mand H, 'Constructing Modern Japaneseness: Kurokawa¿s Nakagin Capsule Tower', Safeguarding and Revitalizing Local Heritage, Shanghai (2004)
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Creative Work (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mand H, Kaleidoscope of Indian Cities: Invisible Connections, SGSS community Centre,Hounslow, Middlesex London (2015) [J2]
2015 Mand H, Mand H, Mand S, Mand X, Mand J, Neel Raga, University Gallery, Newcastle, Australia (2015) [J2]
2015 Mand H, Mand H, Mand S, Mand X, Kaleidoscope of Indian Cities: Invisible Connections (No. Of Pieces: 11) [Photographic Exhibition]. University Of Newcastle, NSW 22 July - 8 August 2015, University Gallery, Newcastle (2015) [J2]
2014 Mand H, Kaleidoscope of Indian Cities: Invisible Connections, Royal Institute of Australian Architects, Tuscullum (2014) [J2]
2014 Mand H, Kaleidoscope of Indian Cities: Invisible Connections (2014) [J3]
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Report (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Mand H, 'Developing a Model of Collaboration for Intercultural Architectural Practice', NSW Architecture Registration Board, 29 (2013) [R1]

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2010 Mand H, Constructing Architecture, Interpreting Identity: The Making of Postcolonial Modern Architecture of Japan and India, University of Sydney (2010)

Grants and Funding


Number of grants 3
Total funding $16,200

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20122 grants / $11,200

Pilot Linkage: Developing a Model of Collaboration for Intercultural Practice$10,000

Funding body: NSW Architects Registration Board

Funding body NSW Architects Registration Board
Project Team Doctor Neena Mand, Associate Professor Jamie MacKee, Professor Anthony Williams, Professor Lawrence Nield, Mr Satvir Mand
Scheme Project Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200855
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS

9th AHRA Architecture and Paradoxo Dissidence, London, 15 - 16 November 2012$1,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Neena Mand
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201112
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20101 grants / $5,000

Global & Local Imaging in Architecture & Urbanism$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Neena Mand
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000618
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Generating and Reviving Architectural Culture in Historic City Centres: An Analysis of Public Art and Place Making PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Neena Mand


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

Contact Details

Email neena.mand@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 5787


Room A 1-08
Location Callaghan Campus
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308