Associate Professor Sam Spurr

Associate Professor Sam Spurr

Associate Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Sam Spurr is an architectural theorist, critic and designer. Her current research on Mining Ideology and Coal Capitalism, examines the agency of architecture to make legible the complex forces at play in the age of the Anthropocene. Through this research Sam is exploring feminist theories of care and collective political subjectivity, ecological systems and indigenous cosmologies in the Australian context of Country.

Sam has focused her attention over the last five years on the agency of architecture and the need for disciplinary transformation in a rapidly changing contemporary world. This was the central focus for the 2016 Australian Institute of Architects National Conference, How Soon is Now? which she co-curated with Ben Hewett (Deputy Government Architect NSW) and Cameron Bruhn (Dean of Architecture, University of Queensland).

Sam is a co-founder of the collective group N, where the topic of conversation and its impact on art, architecture, and design has been unpicked and entangled through various modes that include exhibitions, symposia, studios, and projects. Her doctorate titled Performative Architectures completed in 2008 looked at how strategies from performance could be imported into digital design processes. This interest in performativity as an emergent and relational form of engagement continues today. 

Sam has taught in Architecture, Design and Fine Arts faculties since 2001 and has been regularly invited as a guest critic, external examiner, doctoral assessor and curriculum reviewer.

She has had extensive international experience, completing her doctoral research with a DAAD scholarship in Berlin and presenting studios, workshops and exhibitions at international design and art biennales around the world.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Architecture Design
  • Architecture Theory
  • Design Research
  • Extraction/ Mining
  • Integrated Strategic Design
  • New Materialist Philosophy
  • Performance Theory

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
160514 Urban Policy 20
120103 Architectural History and Theory 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
15/06/2015 - 1/01/2019 Senior Lecturer The University of New South Wales
Art and Design
Australia
2/06/2008 - 1/01/2013 Senior Lecturer University of Technology Sydney
Design, Architecture and the Built Environment
Australia
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Spurr S, 'Curating Architecture', The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design, Routledge, Oxon, Cambridge (2018)
2013 Spurr S, Lahoud A, 'Architecture of the Aftermath', Visions and Revisions Performance, Memory, Trauma, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen 199-213 (2013)

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Spurr S, 'Problems of Scale and Translation A Design Project in 8 Acts', INFLEXIONS-A JOURNAL FOR RESEARCH CREATION, 274-278 (2015)
2013 Spurr S, Kwok E, 'Skywalking in Hong Kong: Disrupting flows in the consumerist wonderland', Revista Lusofona de Arquitectura e Educacao, 8-9 387-406 (2013)
2010 Spurr S, 'After the event: Speculative projects in the aftermath', Architectural Design, 80 50-57 (2010)

Working on speculative architectural projects in the aftermath of traumatic events requires both fearlessness and sensitivity on the part of the designer. Samantha Spurr describes... [more]

Working on speculative architectural projects in the aftermath of traumatic events requires both fearlessness and sensitivity on the part of the designer. Samantha Spurr describes how architecture studios organised by the University of Technology, Sydney, held in Shenzhen, Berlin and Beirut, have brought students into direct contact with these issues and fragile sites. © 2010 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/ad.1133
2009 Spurr S, 'Drawing the body in architecture', Architectural Theory Review, 14 322-332 (2009)

The assumed presence of the body in architecture has conventionally allowed for its absence in the architectural drawing, a reliance on the occasional smudge or representational s... [more]

The assumed presence of the body in architecture has conventionally allowed for its absence in the architectural drawing, a reliance on the occasional smudge or representational squiggle to denote people. Living bodies are an aspect that comes post-construction, that must "fit in" to what has been designed. Today architectural representation is immersed in rapid change and with the growth of computational drawing systems and virtual environments the question of the body is magnified. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.

DOI 10.1080/13264820903341670
Citations Scopus - 3
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Spurr S, Kairuz E, 'Open Cut (DATA) Mining; Multi-Scalar Complexity and Critical Spatial Practice', Critical Practice in an Age of Complexity, conference proceedings, Arizona (2018)
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Holistic Building Information Modeling (HoBIM) PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
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Associate Professor Sam Spurr

Position

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

Contact Details

Email sam.spurr@newcastle.edu.au
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