The Centre for the History of European Discourses was incorporated in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in August 2015.

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Professor John Macarthur is Director of the research centre for Architecture, Theory, Criticism and History

(ATCH) at the University of Queensland where he also teaches architectural design. He was Dean and

Head of School from 2009 to June 2013. He is a past President and a Life Member of the Society of

Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (2001-3). He is a member of the Australian Research

Council’s College of Experts. John graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor (Hons 1st)

and Master of Design Studies degrees (1984) before taking a doctorate at the University of Cambridge

(1989) where he studied with Joseph Rykwert and later with Mark Cousins while teaching design in the

studio of Colin St J Wilson. His research in history and theory of architecture has focused on the

conceptual framework and the history of picturesque aesthetics. His book The Picturesque: architecture,

disgust and other irregularities, was published by Routledge in 2007. John has edited a further four books

and published over 100 papers including contributions tothe journals Assemblage, Transition, Architecture

Research Quarterly, Oase and the Journal of Architecture. With colleagues he is an editor of two

forthcomingbooks, Hot Modernism: Queensland Architecture 1945-75 with Artifice, and The Baroque in

Architectural Culture 1880-1980 with Ashgate. His current project is a sole authored book on the relation

of architecture, art and aesthetics.


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