research gallery talk:

Empire, Education and Nationalism:the School Architecture of William Edmund Kemp, 1880-1896

Kirsten Orr is currently supported by a UTS Early Career Researcher Grant to investigate the nineteenth century school buildings designed by William Edmund Kemp, Architect for Public Schools in New South Wales from 1880-1896.  Her research includes detailed on-site investigation of Kemp’s school buildings and analysis within the context of late-nineteenth century school-building practice, theBritish-Australian system of pupil-teacher primary education, and the broader quest to develop an ‘Australian style’ of architecture.  The research will be used to develop heritage inventories for Kemp’s significant school buildings and to nominate new listings on the NSW State Heritage Register or registers of local government and state agencies.  A book is also planned examining Kemp’s oeuvre and its contribution to the development of the Federation Style.  By interrogating architectural history, the project aims to provide new frameworks for contemporary critical analysis and design, leading to an understanding of the broader cultural significance of Kemp’s designs that derives from the social, political and economic circumstances of their conception and important functional, environmental and hygiene considerations.

Dr. Kirsten Orr is a Senior Lecturer, Associate Head of School and Course Director for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture and Master of Architecture Degree, at the School of Architecture, UTS.

Wednesday, 10th August 2011 – 5:30pm
Interactivation Studio, Level 4 Courtyard
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, UTS
702-730 Harris St, Ultimo 2007

*Also, don’t forget to join us afterwards at 6:45pm start for the opening of the School’s Spring Lecture Series upstairs in the level 5 Architecture Studios for the public lecture by Dr. Pavlos Philippou