1. "Publish or Perish"?: Disseminating Research in Architecture
    University of Technology Sydney
    03.22.16 – 03.22.16

    “Publish or Perish”?: Disseminating Research in Architecture

    Organised by Jennifer Ferng and Charles Rice

    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016
    Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
    University of Technology Sydney
    Building 6, Room 638
    702-730 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW 2007

    The old adage “publish or perish” remains highly contested in the humanities. In light of increasing pressures from universities and institutions, academics are required to research more intensively and publish more frequently to be deemed successful. There is now greater accountability for performance in the face of the increasing costs of higher education and dwindling resources. Academic journals have proliferated under these mounting pressures. Commercial publishers in particular have capitalised on these demands with enhanced tools to measure citations and impact. At the same time, traditional models of publishing are being challenged by new platforms which encourage collective scholarship and public engagement.

    In this context, the symposium seeks to revise our contemporary understanding of the relation between research and publishing. Through six keywords, we will discuss and debate how significant developments have impacted architectural scholarship, and how academics today are negotiating these challenges. The event format will encourage a critical approach to these issues, and allow for a range of perspectives to plot the future of publishing and research.


    Opening remarks, 9:00–9:15

    Peer Review, 9:15–10:15
    Jonathan Massey, California College of the Arts
    Jennifer Ferng, University of Sydney
    Moderator: Anoma Pieris, University of Melbourne

    Access, 10:15–11:15
    Daniel Barber, University of Pennsylvania
    Charles Rice, UTS
    Moderator: Judith O’Callaghan, UNSW

    Break, 11:15–11:30

    Discourse, 11:30–12:30
    Nancy Levinson, Places Journal
    Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, University of Queensland
    Moderator: Sam Spurr, UNSW

    Roundtable #1, 12:30–1:00

    Lunch, 1:00–2:00

    Design Research, 2:00–3:00
    Tijana Vujosevic, University of Western Australia
    Urtzi Grau, UTS
    Moderator: Miguel Rodriguez Casellas, Ordinal

    Promotion, 3:00–4:00
    Andrew Leach, Griffith University
    Anthony Burke, UTS
    Moderator: Diego Ramirez-Lovering, Monash University

    Break, 4:00–4:30

    Impact, 4:30–5:30
    Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Victoria University of Wellington
    Lee Stickells, University of Sydney
    Moderator: Mathew Aitchison, University of Sydney

    Roundtable #2, 5:30–6:00

    Places are limited. To register your attendance, please email:

    Supported by:
    Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney
    Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney
    Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington