Dr Rebecca McLaughlan

Dr Rebecca McLaughlan

ARC DECRA

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Rebecca McLaughlan is a Lecturer in Architectural History/ Theory and Design. Her research takes place at the intersections of architecture, medicine, pedagogy and practice. Driving her work is an interest in how architecture can express empathy with its inhabitants and be sufficiently captivating to reframe expectations; healthcare environments provide a useful vehicle for investigating these questions. Beyond the immediate experience of these buildings, McLaughlan’s research aims to understand the complexities that influence how healthcare projects take shape including: changing models of patient care, evolving technology, procurement models, stakeholder expectations, networks of influence, and the political environment in which these buildings are constructed.

McLaughlan was the recent recipient of a three-year DECRA research fellowship from the Australian Research Council to investigate the spaces in which palliative care is delivered. This project will extend her existing body of work that has investigated the architectural responses created for mental healthcare, oncology and paediatric healthcare. By extension, her research is also interested in how we educate architects for a profession required to address problems of ever-increasing complexity. 

McLaughlan is a New Zealand registered architect and maintains strong links to practice through ongoing collaborations with Melbourne’s NTC Architects and Parallel Practice. She recently guest edited an edition of Architect Victoria (with Parallel Practice) and is a current committee member of the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. 


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Bachelor of Architecture, University of Auckland - NZ
  • Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne

Keywords

  • Architectural design, history & theory
  • Architectural pedagogy
  • Empathetic design
  • Ethics of architectural and research practice
  • Healthcare environments
  • Palliative care
  • Transdisciplinary practice

Fields of Research

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

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2018 - 1/02/2019 Lecturer in Architectural Design University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Australia
4/05/2015 - 31/12/2017 Research Fellow : Design for Wellbeing ARC-linkage project with Lyons Architects University of Melbourne
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2018 Best Research Paper, European Healthcare Design Conference 2018
European Healthcare Design Awards
2012 Postgraduate Research Excellence Award
Victoria University of Wellington
2001 Most Worthwhile Contribution to Studio Work & Student Affairs
The University of Auckland

Recognition

Year Award
2007 Awards Jury, invited member, New Zealand Institute of Architects, Canterbury / Westland Regional Awards
New Zealand Institute of Architects

Scholarship

Year Award
2011 Kathleen Stewart Postgraduate Scholarship
Victoria University of Wellington
2011 Doctoral Scholarship
Victoria University of Wellington
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Publications

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


Journal article (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 McLaughlan R, Sadek A, Willis J, 'Attractions to Fuel the Imagination: Reframing Understandings of the Role of Distraction Relative to Well-Being in the Pediatric Hospital', HERD-HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH & DESIGN JOURNAL, 12 130-146 (2019)
DOI 10.1177/1937586718810878
2019 McLaughlan R, Williams K, 'Haunting', FABRICATIONS-THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, 29 1-3 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2018.1539944
2019 McLaughlan R, Lodge JM, 'Facilitating epistemic fluency through design thinking: a strategy for the broader application of studio pedagogy within higher education', TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 24 81-97 (2019)
DOI 10.1080/13562517.2018.1461621
2018 McLaughlan R, Liddicoat S, 'Evidence and affect: employing virtual reality to probe what s missing from evidence-based design research', Design for Health, 2 285-304 (2018)
DOI 10.1080/24735132.2018.1541432
2018 McLaughlan R, Annear M, Pert A, 'Dementia, ageing, and the city: learning from the streets of Melbourne', ARQ-ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCH QUARTERLY, 22 105-114 (2018)
DOI 10.1017/S1359135518000350
2018 McLaughlan R, Pert A, 'Evidence and speculation: reimagining approaches to architecture and research within the paediatric hospital', MEDICAL HUMANITIES, 44 146-152 (2018)
DOI 10.1136/medhum-2017-011285
Citations Web of Science - 1
2018 McLaughlan R, 'Psychosocially Supportive Design: The Case for Greater Attention to Social Space Within the Pediatric Hospital', HERD-HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS RESEARCH & DESIGN JOURNAL, 11 151-162 (2018)
DOI 10.1177/1937586717731739
Citations Web of Science - 2
2018 McLaughlan R, 'Towards an Ethic of Reciprocity: The Messy Business of Co-creating Research with Voices from the Archive', CULTURAL STUDIES REVIEW, 24 39-55 (2018)
DOI 10.5130/csr.v24i2.5896
2017 McLaughlan RJ, 'In Defence of Theodore Gray: Architecture as a Vehicle for Re-evaluating a Doctor's Commitment to Patient Care', HEALTH AND HISTORY, 19 20-43 (2017)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2017 McLaughlan R, 'Learning from evidence-based medicine: exclusions and opportunities within health care environments research', Design for Health, 1 210-228 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/24735132.2017.1386923
2017 McLaughlan R, 'Re-contextualising Criticisms of Colonial Asylum Building in the Mid to Late Nineteenth Century: The Case of Lawson's Seacliff Asylum', FABRICATIONS-THE JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND, 27 22-46 (2017)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2016.1258960
2015 McLaughlan R, 'Corrupting the Asylum: The Diminishing Role of the Architect in the Design of Curative Environments for Mental Illness in New Zealand', ARCHITECTURAL THEORY REVIEW, 20 180-201 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/13264826.2016.1146316
2014 McLaughlan R, 'Editing for Public Consumption: The Use of Documentary Film in the Promotion of New Zealand s Mental Hospitals', Forum: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture and the Arts, Special Issue 1-18 (2014)
2012 McLauglan R, 'Post-rationalisation and Misunderstanding: Mental Hospital Architecture in the New Zealand Media', Fabrications, 22 232-256 (2012)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2012.733162
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Review (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 McLaughlan R, 'Book review: Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body (2019)
DOI 10.1080/10331867.2019.1572295

Conference (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 McLaughlan R, Liddicoat S, 'Agency in the paediatric hospital: Architectural strategies to support independence and empowerment', European Healthcare Design Conference Proceedings, Royal College of Physicians, London (2018)
2017 McLaughlan R, Liddicoat S, 'Boler's Pedagogy of Discomfort: Examining a Turn of the Century Idea for Contemporary Architectural Education', Architectural Science Association Conference Proceedings, Wellington (2017)
2017 McLaughlan R, Pert A, Goad P, 'Evidence and borrowing: Conversations with eight architects on the use of evidence and innovation in contemporary healthcare facilities', Design 4 Health Conference Proceedings, Melbourne (2017)
2016 Cauldwell C, McLaughlan R, 'Discursive Decay: Informalised Architectural History', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold, Melbourne (2016)
2015 McLaughlan R, 'The Role of Professional Marginalisation in the Development of New Zealand s Mental Hospital Architecture 1927-1971', Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change, Sydney (2015)
2013 McLaughlan R, 'Conflicts in the Control of Fear: from the Archives of the New Zealand Mental Hospitals Department', Conference Proceedings: 7th Global Conference of Fear, Horror and Terror, University of Oxford (2013)
2012 McLaughlan R, 'Farewell to the Bad Old Days: Architecture s Curtain Call on the Myths of Mental Health Care', Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series: Myth in Design Theory and Practice (2012)
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Other (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 McLaughlan R, 'Post Occupancy Evaluation and Methodological Straightjackets', ( issue.Parallel Practices pp.16-17). Melbourne: AIA, Victoria Chapter (2017)
2017 McLaughlan R, Pert A, 'Review of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre', ( issue.2 pp.24-32) (2017)
2016 McLaughlan R, 'The Past Awaits: An Open Letter to the Rebuilders of Christchurch', ( pp.32-35): New Zealand Institute of Architects (2016)
2003 McLaughlan R, 'Requiem for an Icon: Peter Beaven s 1974 Commonwealth Games Stadium', ( pp.102-103): New Zealand Instiute of Architects (2003)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $504,237

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20191 grants / $418,937

Designing for early engagement and wellbeing in palliative care$418,937

Facing death, either one's own or that of a close family member, is one of life's most difficult experiences. This project will generate design guidelines for architects working in the healthcare sector with a focus on understanding how design can be used to better support patients, their family members and health care teams through end-of-life events. Architecture has the capacity to facilitate better communication, social support and safe, efficient patient care.

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Doctor Rebecca McLaughlan, Doctor Rebecca McLaughlan
Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G1900192
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20172 grants / $40,400

The Transdicisplinary Design Studio: Piloting a Framework for Epistemic Fluency$20,600

This grant funded a pilot subject that bought together students from three different disciplines to work in teams to propose new solutions for the field of palliative care. It utilised interdisciplinary, collaborative, peer-directed teaching and learning to expose students to different disciplinary understandings and ways of working; aimed to improve their communication and collaboration skills; and drew upon the existing strengths of the studio environment in equipping students to make better evaluative decisions.

Funding body: The University of Melbourne

Funding body The University of Melbourne
Project Team

Dr Rebecca McLaughlan, Associate Professor Jason Lodge, Professor Jennifer Philip, Mr Stefano Scalzo, Dr Mark Boughey, Professor Julie Bernhardt, Professor Alan Pert, Professor Tamara Kohn, Dr Rachel Marsden

Scheme Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

Resourcing Sessional Teachers to Deliver Exceptional Architectural Studio Teaching$19,800

This project captured the teaching practices of eight high-performing architectural studio leaders the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. This data is currently being used to create a professional development programme for sessional teaching staff and will be published within academic journals to contribute applied knowledge regarding best teaching practice to the field of architectural pedagogy. 

Funding body: The University of Melbourne

Funding body The University of Melbourne
Project Team

Dr Rebecca McLaughlan, Professor Alan Pert, Professor Don Bates, Associate Professor Chi Baik

Scheme Learning and Teaching Initiatives Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20161 grants / $24,900

Overcoming the Current Limitations of Evidence Based Design Research Using Virtual Reality$24,900

This pilot project capitalised on the increasing accessibility of virtual reality technology to advance the research methods currently available in the field of Evidence Based Design. The intent was to better understand subjective responses of non-architects to the environments that architects create.

Funding body: The University of Melbourne

Funding body The University of Melbourne
Project Team

Rebecca McLaughlan

Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N

20151 grants / $20,000

Australian Youth Humanities Forum$20,000

This grant funded a two-day event for seventy-five VCA students interested in studying in the humanities with the aim of combating inequalities in access to higher education and furthering the discourse regarding the value of a humanities degree.

Funding body: The University of Melbourne

Funding body The University of Melbourne
Project Team

Dr Bridget Vincent, Dr Rebecca McLaughlan

Scheme Equity Innovation Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN
UON N
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Dr Rebecca McLaughlan

Position

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

Contact Details

Email rebecca.mclaughlan@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 405 53016
Fax (02) 492 16913

Office

Room AG15
Building Architecture
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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