Researcher

Dr Paola Favaro

My Expertise

I am an expert in critically examining the history of built environment to validate how looking back at the past is relevant for achieving architecture and urban design excellence in the contemporary city. I have a long-standing interest in examining the work of Australian architects with European origins like Aldo Giurgola, Enrico Taglietti and Harry Seidler. I am an expert in concrete architecture history and I am now researching the historical and contemporary collaboration between architect and engineer in their visionary integration of formal, spatial and structural design decisions.

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Architectural history, theory and criticism, Architectural design, Urban design, History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)

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Biography

I am a Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Built Environment and Senior Lecturer in the Architecture Program at UNSW. I am a graduate in architecture from the IUAV University of Venice, Italy and I completed my PhD at the UNSW Sydney. At UNSW I have been HDR postgraduate research coordinator, acting Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design, Coordinator Tongji/UNSW Dual Degree Program in Architecture , Coordinator...view more

I am a Postgraduate Research Coordinator for the School of Built Environment and Senior Lecturer in the Architecture Program at UNSW. I am a graduate in architecture from the IUAV University of Venice, Italy and I completed my PhD at the UNSW Sydney. At UNSW I have been HDR postgraduate research coordinator, acting Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design, Coordinator Tongji/UNSW Dual Degree Program in Architecture , Coordinator International Design Studio Venice, Italy. I have a particular interest in architecture history and urban history and their importance in solving design problems related to the contemporary city.


My Grants

Australia-Korea Foundation Grant Program

Industry Grant

Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant: Feasible delivery of research seminar for HDR candidates  (with Prof Robert Freestone and Associate Professor Riza Sunindijo)

Faculty Research Grant ‘Concrete Ambitions for Sydney’

UNSW Completion PhD Scholarship


My Qualifications

Master in Architecture IUAV, Venice Italy (First Class)

PhD in Architecture UNSW Sydney

Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching The University of Newcastle, Australia

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Management, Enterprise in Building Sector and Sustainable Architecture European Commission on Status of Women in the Profession-Venice, Italy

Postgraduate Certificate in History of Architecture on Andrea Palladio’s work International Architecture Centre "A. Palladio" Vicenza, Italy

Professional Registration at the Italian Institute of Architects


My Awards

 

Architecture and Urban Design Competitions

1992                International Architecture Competition: New German Parliament Spreebogen Area Berlin, Germany

1992                National Competition: New Venues for the Cinema?, Italy

1991                European Competition: The Mosaic as Architectural Language, Italy

1991                European Competition Europan 2, Re-qualification of Urban Spaces, Winning Scheme for an urban re-development

                        of an industrial area in the historic town of Padua, Italy

1988                An idea/installation for underground passages in Toronto, Canada

1987                Vancouver Re-vision. Urban Design ideas for a specific precinct of Vancouver, Canada following Roma Interrotta 

                         1980s competition 


My Research Activities

I am passionate about architecture history and urban history and their importance in solving design problems related to the contemporary city. My research examines the architecture and urban design paradigms of the 1950s CIAM and their legacy; urban morphology and urban typology; concrete urban architecture from the 1950s. I have a long-standing interest in examining the work of Australian architects with European origins like Aldo Giurgola, Enrico Taglietti and Harry Seidler. I am an expert in concrete architecture history in Sydney and I am now researching the historical and contemporary collaboration between architect and engineer in their visionary integration of formal, spatial and structural design decisions.

 

 

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I have a particular interest in architecture history and urban history and their importance in solving design problems related to the contemporary city.


Currently supervising

Currently Supervising the following research projects

Kamila Soh (Masters of Research) Monumental Aspirations: understanding Sydney Opera House as a monument in the Public Realm

Hao Wang (PhD) Density and Urban Housing: a historical study of housing forms in Shanghai 1843-1949

Sugandha (PhD) Smart Cities and Social Sustainability: A critical analysis of the Indian Smart CitIes Mission

Deepthie Perera (PhD) Socio-spatial role of outdoor transitional spaces in contemporary urban houses of Sri Lanka

Saul Deane (PhD) Processes and drivers of foreshore dis/possession: a spatial-temporal study: North Harbour esp. Little Manly 1770 - 2020

 

Completed

2021 Philip Drew (PhD) The fire in the stone: The Life and Architectural Sculpture of Thomas Vallance Wran, 1832-1891

2019 Eleonora D’Ascenzi (Masters of Research) The changing role of the architects over the last ten years in Italy

 


My Engagement

HDR Postgraduate Research Coordinator, acting Director of the Master of Urban Development and Design, Coordinator Tongji/UNSW Dual Degree Program in Architecture, Coordinator International Design Studio Venice, Italy


My Teaching

In my teaching I write design briefs for architecture and urban design and consult with local, state and national government and industry bodies to include the City of Sydney, Transport for New South Wales, RAIA ACT and NSW and architecture professional bodies. In my teaching I help students cultivate an ‘educated imagination’ through the integration of research and critical thinking.

I lecture in architecture and urban design studio, architecture and urban history for undergraduate and postgraduate 

.   testing innovative teaching methods by cultivating in the students an “educated imagination” through the integration of research, critical thinking and a structured system of analysis and design assessment tasks 

.   nurturing students’ ability to develop complex integrated design solutions

·   leading master and under graduate students to develop design solutions relevant to current local and International design problems 

In 2012 as course convener for the Master in Architecture my postgraduate students submitted a winning scheme to the International Canberra CAPITheticAL Competition based on the RAIA ACT Chapter competition for celebrating Canberra in its first century as capital city. Design submission was selected as one of the 20 projects out of 115 to progress to a second stage. Final Project was displayed in a prestigious exhibition in Canberra at the Gallery of Australian Design (May 2012). 

 

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Location

Red Centre, Room 4012

Contact

+61 2 9385 5270