Professor Pia Ednie-Brown

Professor Pia Ednie-Brown

Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Pia Ednie-Brown is an architectural theorist, researcher and creative practitioner. Her research projects have investigated the significance of mutual relationships between digital technologies, emergence, ethics and innovation in architecture. She has been involved in projects funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), all of which have employed creative practice research as a mode of investigation. She has a creative research practice, Onomatopoeia (onomatopoeia.com.au), and leads the cross-institutional Affective Environments Laboratory (ael.org). Her creative work and writing have been published widely in international contexts, and she has edited two books: Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT Press, 2009), and The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality (AD, Wiley, 2013).

Since 2013, Pia has played significant roles in the area of Higher Degrees, specifically PhDs through creative practice research. She coordinated, developed and taught the cross-disciplinary Creative Practice Research Strategies subject at RMIT University for six years. For two and a half years she Chaired the internationally renowned Practice Research Symposia (PRS) in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. In 2018 she was recipient of the ACRG National Award for Excellence in Graduate Leadership, after the 2017 RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership.  She has supervised 19 Creative Practice PhD candidates through to completion. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Western Australia

Keywords

  • Architectural Aesthetics
  • Architectural Theory and Philosophy
  • Creative Practice Research
  • Ethics and Creative Practice
  • Innovation and Architecture
  • Theories of Emergence and Creativity

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120101 Architectural Design 50
120103 Architectural History and Theory 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2016 - 30/07/2018 Chair, Practice Research Symposium (Chair, PRS) RMIT University
School of Architecture and Design
Australia
1/01/2013 - 31/12/2015 HDR Coordinator RMIT University
School of Architecture and Design
Australia
1/01/2001 - 31/12/2009 Senior Lecturer RMIT University
School of Architecture and Design
Australia
1/01/1999 - 31/01/2000 Telstra Home Team PhD Scholar RMIT University
Interactive Information Institute
Australia
2/01/1997 - 31/12/1998 Lecturer RMIT University
School of Architecture and Design
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/06/1995 - 31/07/1996 Graduate of Architecture Buchan Group Architects
Australia
30/06/1991 - 30/07/1992 Graduate of Architecture Donaldson Warn Architects
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 ACRG National Award for Excellence in Graduate Leadership
ACGR Australian Council of Graduate Research
2018 RMIT Award for Excellence – Graduate Research Leadership
RMIT University

Nomination

Year Award
2008 RIBA President’s Award for Research - Outstanding Thesis award.
RIBA

Recognition

Year Award
2005 Prix Ars Electronica 2005
Ars Electronica

Research Award

Year Award
2013 RMIT University Research Supervision Excellence ECR Award
RMIT University
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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
2009 Brown PE, Plastic Green Designing for Environmental Transformation, RMIT Publishing, Melbourne, VIC, 181 (2009)

Chapter (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ednie-Brown P, 'A Vital, Architectural Materialism; a house-person s escape from the anthropocentric', Architectural Materialisms Nonhuman Creativity, New Materialisms, Edinburgh 111-131 (2018)
2017 Ednie-Brown P, 'When Words Won t Do: Resisting the impoverishment of knowledge', Practice-based Design Research, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, UK 131-140-131-140 (2017)
2016 Ednie-Brown P, 'Architectural Animality: The Studio-ology of Play', Studio Futures: Changing Trajectories in Architectural Education, Uro Publications, Melbourne, VIC 83-92 (2016)
2014 Bolt B, MacNeil K, Ednie-Brown P, 'Creative practice, research ethics and the doctoral thesis', Doctoral Writing in the Creative and Performing Arts, Libri Publishing, Oxfordshire, UK 79-96 (2014)
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Creaturely Collectives: parametricism and getting to the afterparty', The Design Collective An Approach to Practice, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 16-34 (2012)
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Supervising Emergence: Adapting Ethics Approval Frameworks toward Research by Creative Project', Supervising Practices for Postgraduate Research in Art, Architecture and Design, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam 103-116 (2012)
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Supervising emergence: Adapting ethics approval frameworks toward research by creative project', Supervising Practices for Postgraduate Research in Art, Architecture and Design 103-116 (2012)
DOI 10.1007/978-94-6209-019-4
Citations Scopus - 1
2010 Ednie-Brown P, 'Feeling Green: Plastic Transformability and Generative Critique', Sustain and Develop 306090, Princeton Architectural Press, Hudson, NY 271-279 (2010)
2006 Ednie-Brown P, 'All-Over, Over-All: biothing and Emergent Composition', Programming Cultures Architecture, Art and Science in the Age of Software Development, Academy Press, London, UK 73-81 (2006)
2006 Ednie-Brown P, Mewburn I, 'Laughter and The Undeniable Difference Between Us', Intimate Transactions Art, Exhibition and Interaction Within Distributed Network Environments, ACID, QUT (2006)
2006 Ednie-Brown P, Andrasek A, 'CONTINUUM; a self engineering creature-culture', Collective Intelligence, Architectural Design Academy Editions, UK 18-25 (2006)
2001 Ednie-Brown P, 'Animation and Architecture', The Will to Animation, Architectural Design Academy Editions, London, UK 64-73 (2001)
2000 Ednie-Brown P, 'Falling into the Surface', Hypersurface Architecture II, Academy Press, London, UK 8-11 (2000)
2000 Ednie-Brown P, 'Style, Science and the Secret of Architecture', Re-framing Architecture Theory, Science and Myth, Archadia Press, Sydney, NSW 61-68 (2000)
2000 Ednie-Brown P, 'The Texture of Diagrams', Diagrammania: Daidalos, FISEC, Berlin 72-79 (2000)
1995 Ednie-Brown P, 'Patricia Tonello; The Quiet Altar', Interventions: Collected Essays, UWA, Perth, WA (1995)
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Journal article (19 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Stead N, Ednie-Brown P, Watson F, Rhodes K, 'Exhibiting the Workaround', Journal of Architectural Education, 73 193-201 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/10464883.2019.1633199
2015 Ednie-Brown P, 'Architecture of the occasion', Architectural Design, 85 100-105 (2015)
DOI 10.1002/ad.1907
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Ednie-Brown P, 'Architectural Coexistence: Twins, Logs, and the Ecology of Things', Log, 30 14-28 (2014)
2014 Ednie-Brown P, 'Critical Passions: Building Architectural Movements Toward a Radical Pedagogy (in 10 steps)', Radical Pedagogies: Inflexions 8, 8 20-48 (2014)
2013 Ednie-Brown P, 'The ethics of the imperative', Architectural Design, 83 18-23 (2013)

The bald desire to innovate is not sufficient in itself. To go beyond mere technical invention and make a positive difference, innovation requires an engagement with overall ethic... [more]

The bald desire to innovate is not sufficient in itself. To go beyond mere technical invention and make a positive difference, innovation requires an engagement with overall ethical intent. Here, Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown espouses a design ethos that values an open-ended approach to architectural innovation. She illustrates the ethical impact of implementing new technologies with two opposing paradigms - one dark and one affirmative - as exemplified by two classic films from 1968: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Barbarella. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1519
2013 Ednie-Brown P, 'Innovation at the storefront: The practice of Eva Franch i Gilabert', Architectural Design, 83 34-37 (2013)

An event and exhibition space opening on to the sidewalk of New York City's SoHo, Storefront is dedicated to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture and desig... [more]

An event and exhibition space opening on to the sidewalk of New York City's SoHo, Storefront is dedicated to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture and design. It seeks 'to simultaneously shake and question the current state of affairs'. Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown discusses with the Catalan architect, Eva Franch i Gilabert, her role as Director of Storefront, and specifically how she has promoted active, generative engagement through humour, disruption and innovation. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1521
2013 Ednie-Brown P, Burry M, Burrow A, 'The innovative imperative: Architectures of vitality', Architectural Design, 83 8-17 (2013)
DOI 10.1002/ad.1518
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Ednie-Brown P, 'Strange vitality: The transversal architecture of MOS and new territories/R&Sie(n)', Architectural Design, 83 62-69 (2013)

Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown provides a foil to Mario Carpo's discussion of digital innovation. She argues for an emerging 'strange vitality' in contemporary comput... [more]

Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown provides a foil to Mario Carpo's discussion of digital innovation. She argues for an emerging 'strange vitality' in contemporary computational design that is highly innovative: being disruptive rather than incremental in the manner in which it seeks out innovation. She specifically describes how MOS (Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample) and New Territories/R&Sie(n), led by François Roche, are reinventing digital design in architecture by reconnecting it through a variety of media to broader cultural and social issues. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1526
2013 Ednie-Brown P, 'On a fine line: Greg Lynn and the voice of innovation', Architectural Design, 83 44-49 (2013)

Architectural innovators often work on the cusp of what is feasible, acceptable and convincing. Practising futuristically can also mean risking going down a blind alley. Over the ... [more]

Architectural innovators often work on the cusp of what is feasible, acceptable and convincing. Practising futuristically can also mean risking going down a blind alley. Over the last two decades, Greg Lynn has been one of the leading figures in innovative practice, demonstrating an instinct for the meaningfully inventive. One of his major contributions has been cross-fertilisation of technologies, introducing the likes of animation and robotics from other disciplines into architecture. Having interviewed Lynn in April 2012, Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown reflects on the specific characteristics of his work and mode of operation. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1523
2013 Ednie-Brown P, 'BioMASON and the speculative engagements of biotechnical architecture', Architectural Design, 83 84-91 (2013)

In the last decade, biotechnical architecture has become one of the most fertile areas for speculative architecture. Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown traces the recent lineage of this... [more]

In the last decade, biotechnical architecture has become one of the most fertile areas for speculative architecture. Guest-Editor Pia Ednie-Brown traces the recent lineage of this field, highlighting the work of Ginger Krieg Dosier and Michael Dosier of Vergelabs, which has pushed biotechnical architecture further towards actualisation; their company bioMASON specialises in the biomanufacture of building material and its architectural applications. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1529
Citations Scopus - 3
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Architecture on Wire: Resilience Through Vitality', Log, 25 15-22 (2012)
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Falling into the Surface (toward a materiality of affect)', The International Journal of Screendance, 2 99-106 (2012)
DOI 10.18061/ijsd.v2i0.6951
2012 Ednie-Brown P, 'Vicious architectural circles: Aesthetics, affect and the disposition of emergence', Architectural Theory Review, 17 76-92 (2012)

Theories of emergence are intrinsically concerned with how things are generated or created. Such a theoretical model would seem clearly relevant to creative design practices and q... [more]

Theories of emergence are intrinsically concerned with how things are generated or created. Such a theoretical model would seem clearly relevant to creative design practices and questions of aesthetics, but the discourse on emergence has been predominantly held within frameworks belonging to modern science. Implicit, historical connections between emergence and both architectural composition and aesthetics become indicators of other potential, with Greg Lynn as a key historical reference point regarding how architectural composition might offer important insight into the aesthetics of emergence. This article argues, drawing on Manuel DeLanda's keynote essay, that the potential of these connections has been hidden behind the mystical glow surrounding missing causal explanations. By connecting emergence and aesthetics through the concept of affect, they can become productive, mutually transformative allies. © 2012 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/13264826.2012.661747
2009 Ednie-Brown P, 'Rising Out of the Affective Sea: Emergence and Architectural Composition', Architectural Design Research, 3 271-279 (2009)
2008 Ednie-Brown P, 'Plastic Super Models', Fibreculture Journal: Models, Metamodels and Contemporary Media, (2008)
2006 Ednie-Brown P, Andrasek A, 'Continuum: A self-engineering creature-culture', Architectural Design, 76 (2006)
Citations Scopus - 3
2006 Ednie-Brown P, 'All-over, over-all: Biothing and emergent composition', Architectural Design, 76 (2006)
Citations Scopus - 3
2000 Ednie-Brown P, 'The Texture of Diagrams', DAIDALOS, 72-79 (2000)
1998 Ednie-Brown P, 'Getting Things out of Perspective', Antithesis, 9 74-82 (1998)
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Chapman M, George B, Ednie-Brown P, 'Full Tilt: architectural enrichment in Claude Parent s Living Laboratories', Deakin University (2019)
Co-authors Michael Chapman

Creative Work (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 George B, Chapman M, Mullen K, Ednie-Brown P, Surrogate Drawing, Deakin University (2019)
Co-authors Michael Chapman
2017 Ednie-Brown P, Avery Green: a house-person, Thornbury, Victoria, Melbourne (2017)
2014 Ednie-Brown P, Citizen of the Future, Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture, NYC, New York City (2014)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $2,915,027

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


20161 grants / $436,117

Design and Architecture Practice research: contemporary PhD (DAP_r)$436,117

Funding body: Office of Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office of Learning and Teaching
Scheme Department of Education OLT
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20151 grants / $215,238

Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research (iDARE)$215,238

Funding body: Office of Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office of Learning and Teaching
Scheme Department of Education OLT
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20121 grants / $2,083,644

Immediations: Media, Art, Event$2,083,644

Funding body: SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Funding body SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Project Team

Prof. Erin Manning (lead CI), Concordia University; Prof Brian Massumi, University of Montreal & 22 researchers across 14 institutions and 17 community partners across Canada, Denmark, Nether- lands, Switzerland, Australia, USA

Scheme Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding International - Competitive
Category 3IFA
UON N

20091 grants / $180,028

Ethics and aesthetics as criteria for innovation: A design research study of biological art and digital architecture$180,028

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Scheme ARC Discovery
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding C1200 - Aust Competitive - ARC
Category 1200
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed18
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2019 PhD Interruptions PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD The Attentive Maker: foregrounding the interrelationality of thing, material, environment and maker. Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2018 PhD Facilimaking ornamental events - makeshift co-elaborations of jewellery juh - oul - lurh - ree Creative Arts, RMIT University Co-Supervisor
2018 PhD A commoning creative practice: tending to mutuality in spaces of engagement Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD Forms and ideas materialise: the material agency of the design medium in Architectural practice Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2017 PhD In pursuit of puzzlement: how architecture can pose questions Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Architectural judo:relational techniques for building events Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Care Making: Practices of Gleaning, Using and Future Fashioning Fashion Design, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Ark: Pursuing qualities of relation through a provisional compositional taxonomy Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Behavioral Formation: Multi-Agent Algorithmic Design Strategies Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD [A]DRESSING DEATH: Fashioning Garments for the Grave Fashion Design, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2013 PhD Manufacturing Urbanism : An architectural practice for unfinished cities Arch & Urban Environment, RMIT University Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Transformations: A Project-Based Investigation into the Impact of Creative Design Computation on Architectural Practice Architecture, RMIT University Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD Sponging the Chair: Diagramming Affect Through Architecture and Performance Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2012 PhD The Emergent Holographic Scene: Compositions of movement and affect using multiplexed holo- graphic images Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2011 PhD Objects in Flux: the consumer modification of mass-produced goods Creative Arts, RMIT University Co-Supervisor
2010 Masters through a glass darkly: Reflections on the Affectivity of Mirrored Composition Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2009 Masters The Skin Project Fashion Design, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2006 Masters Performing the Art of Life: Four projects Creative Arts, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
2006 Masters Digital Architectures and the Presence of the Virtual Architecture, RMIT University Principal Supervisor
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Research Projects

Affective Environments Laboratory 2013 -

Grants

Immediations: Media, Art, Event

Funding body: SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Funding body SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Scheme Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant

Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research (iDARE)

Funding body: Office of Learning and Teaching

Funding body Office of Learning and Teaching
Scheme Department of Education OLT

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Professor Pia Ednie-Brown

Position

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

Contact Details

Email pia.edniebrown@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8119

Office

Room A112
Building Architecture
Location Callahan

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