AASA - Providing leadership and advocacy for architectural education in Australasia

University of Queensland

School of Architecture

The University of Queensland’s School of Architecture is a national leader in architectural education and research.

UQ Architecture seeks to be the locus of architectural research, learning, debate and speculation in its academic and professional communities. The University of Queensland is a research-intensive University and we aspire to share our expertise and design intelligence with colleagues in other disciplines, strongly contributing to UQ’s international profile and research standing. We work to enrich the local profession and advance the discipline of architecture internationally.

Our eminent research centres, Architecture Theory Criticism and History (ATCH) and the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre (AERC), exemplify the quality of research for which we are renowned. Most significantly, our research fuels our teaching. The School is highly reputed for its progressive and studio-centred pedagogy and its historical and ongoing engagement with the climatic, geographic and social conditions that bear upon our location. We aim to prepare graduates for a dynamic professional environment in which continual learning and innovative practice is essential, so they have the skills to confront the most urgent intellectual and practical questions facing the design of our cities and environments.

In all our activities we are committed to the improvement of the built environment for the broadest spectrum of society and for future generations. Our geographical location affords us critical distance, yet our outlook is international. Experience and partnerships for staff and students abroad are encouraged and supported through a range of programs. The School actively engages with a crosssection of industry partners, diverse communities and a range of professions in its research and learning so that its activities can have meaning impact beyond the University and be enriched by the issues and debates confronting societies globally.



  • Is this one room tower the future of inner-city living?  »

    AN AWARD winning house in Brisbane could be the answer to increasing density in our inner-city suburbs without destroying character.

    The One Room Tower is a creative extension built next to a character home in Brisbane’s West End.

    The clever design and creative use of the small amount of space resulted in the team behind it winning the 2018 Brisbane House of the Year at the Australia Institute of Architects’ 2018 Queensland Regional Architecture Awards.

    The design and construction was the work of researchers and alumni from UQ Architecture and Phorm architecture+design.

    The home was a historic Queenslander.

    The home was a historic Queenslander.

    Associate professor at University of Queensland Antony Moulis said creative solutions would be needed as more people move to the inner-city.

    “We call it an infill development, it is about finding these spaces in the city where elements can be added in discreet ways,” Mr Moulis said.

    It was built to the side of a corner block home in Brisbane’s West End on an interwar period house that is protected by a character overlay.

    The ‘One room’ design is an open layout so that people can find many different uses for the space to suit their needs.

    “It could be a studio, it could be a recreational space, it could be a home office,” he said.

    While there are protections on the development on many historic inner city homes in Australia’s capital cities, many historic Queenslander homes have been raised up to increase space.

    While this might be allowed even under restrictive protections and character overlays, he said it changed the look of historic homes.

    “What the raising of the house does is it tends to drastically change the form of the house and create a full two storey home,” he said.

    “It is not necessarily keeping the character of the Queenslander house.”

    The infill developments could be used as a way to increase the space on a property, while still keeping historic homes in their original form.

    The One Room Tower was built last year and since its construction it has been used to inspire builders and architects on the possibilities in the inner city.

    (Photos courtesy of Christopher-Frederick-Jones)

    Custom teaser image: 
    Article summary: 
    AN AWARD winning house in Brisbane could be the answer to increasing density in our inner-city suburbs without destroying the character. The One Room Tower is a creative extension built next to a character home in Brisbane’s West End.
    Feature on front page: 
    Link to full article/read more: 
    Links directly to original article: 



Exhibition Opens: Shopping Towns Europe 1945-1975

On April 25th, the ‘Shopping Towns Europe 1945-1975’ exhibition opened in the Flanders Architecture Institute (VAi) in Antwerp, Belgium. This exhibition was co-curated by Janina Gosseye, post-doctoral research fellow at the UQ School of Architecture and Tom Avermaete, Professor of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Public Lecture - New Indigenous architecture of the Pacific Rim at the University of Queensland

The University of Queensland’s Indigenous Design Place network and School of Architecture have brought together a rare confluence of three influential Indigenous architects from three Pacific Rim nations who will discuss their ideas on contemporary Indigenous architecture.

John Macarthur honoured for humanities research at at the University of Queensland

The UQ School of Architecture’s Professor John Macarthur has been honoured by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for the impact of his decades of scholarship in architectural humanities.