Academic Staff

Elizabeth Aitken Rose

Senior Lecturer (Co-director)

Research Interests
  • Arts and cultural policy
  • Heritage
  • Children’s policy
  • Community and local economic development
  • Planning history
  • Public management

Julia Gatley

Associate Professor (Co-director)

Research Interests
  • Modern and postmodern architecture
  • New Zealand architecture
  • Conservation of significant 20th century buildings

Elham Bahmanteymouri

Senior Lecturer (Co-Founder of HTHub)

Research Interests
  • Planning theory
  • The application of critical logic to planning
  • Urban, regional and land economics
  • Housing policy and urban growth
  • Planning pedagogy

Andrew Barrie


Research Interests
  • Contemporary Japanese architecture
  • Contemporary practice and design
  • Design as research
  • Architectural representation

Anthony Brand


Research Interests
  • Haptic phenomenology
  • Atmosphere and affect
  • Architecture and neuroscience
  • Multisensory and synaesthetic perception
  • Enaction and embodiment

Deidre Brown


Research Interests
  • Maori art and architecture
  • Pacific art and architecture
  • Cultural and intellectual property rights
  • Human and animal studies
  • Digital culture and Indigenous peoples

Andrew Douglas

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests
  • Philosophy and architecture
  • Cultural studies approaches to space and materiality
  • Urban histories and para-literatures
  • Education philosophies
  • Gender and sexuality

Farzaneh Haghighi

Senior Lecturer 

Research Interests
  • Political philosophy of Michel Foucault
  • Architecture and politics Intersection of urban space and event
  • Iranian modern architecture and urbanism
  • Architecture of the act of trade

Bill McKay

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests
  • New Zealand architectural history
  • Maori architecture
  • South Pacific architecture
  • Social housing
  • War memorials
  • Auckland urban design issues
  • Contemporary architectural criticism
  • Contemporary practice and design

Mohsen Mohammadzadeh

Senior Lecturer

Research Interests
  • Critical urban theory – Society of control
  • Urban discontent and planning
  • Smart city and the ethics of big data
  • Driverless cars and their impacts on the built environment

Current History/Theory Doctoral Projects:

Tony Barnes

‘The Architectural Expression of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Auckland’s Houses (1900-1925)’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisor: Deidre Brown.

Weian Chen

‘The Nascence of Presence: A Pilgrim’s Journey through the Sensuous in Architecture’.

Supervisor: Andrew Douglas. Co-supervisors: Anthony Brand and Becca Weber.


Saeed Haghnia

‘Architecture of the Residential Care Environments in Tehran, Iran’.

Supervisor: Farzaneh Haghighi. Co-supervisor: Andrew Douglas.


Lena Henry

‘Tino Rangatiratanga and Maori Representation on Local Authority Boards’.

Supervisor: Deidre Brown. Co-supervisor: Lee Beattie.


Jiang Jing

‘Architectures of Transitions: An Investigation on Emerging Spatialities in the Age of Experiential Augmentation’. 

Supervisor: Manfredo Manfredini,  Co-supervisor: Farzaneh Haghighi.


Mugdha Kulkarni

‘A Study of the Maratha Sea Forts in Konkan Region of India’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisor: Paola Boarin.

 Dongxue Liu

‘Cultural Heritage and Planning for a Multicultural Society: A Case Study of Auckland, New Zealand’.

Supervisor: Elizabeth Aitken Rose. Co-supervisor: Kai Gu.

Xiaoli Liu

‘Placing Nothingness: An Investigation of Cross-Cultural Philosophical Encounters Centered on the Architecture of Courtyards’.

Supervisor: Andrew Douglas. Co-supervisor: Ross Jenner.

Annabel Pretty

‘Sublime Follies: Spatial Poetics of Follies and Architectural Photography’.

Supervisor: Manfredo Manfredini. Co-supervisor: Andrew Douglas.

Alfredo Ramos

‘The Place of the Body without Organs in Porto Maravilha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’.

Supervisor: Farzaneh Haghighi. Co-supervisor: Manfredo Manfredini.

Maqsood Rezayee

‘Architectural Concept and Urban Planning Approach to Overcome the Problems of Informal Settlement in Kabul City’.

Supervisor: Deidre Brown. Supervisor: Elham Bahmanteymouri.

Candida Rolla

‘Where the Natural and Cultural Unite: New Zealand’s Place in the International Development of Cultural Landscape Identification and Preservation’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisor: Paola Boarin.

Amber Ruckes

‘Te Ao o Hinepūkohurangi: The Construction of Indigenous Architecture through Māori Knowledge’.

Supervisor: Deidre Brown. Co-supervisor: Anthony Hoete.

Azra Shabbir Ahamed

‘Sustainable Social Housing Design in India: An Integrated Approach’.

Supervisor: Farzaneh Haghighi. Co-supervisor: Paola Boarin.

Nicola Short

Heritage Law and Planning, Heritage Ontologies and Cultural Heritage Landscapes in Aotearoa New Zealand’.

Supervisor: Elizabeth Aitken Rose. Co-supervisor: Deidre Brown.

Recent History/Theory Doctoral Completions:

2022: Joy Park

‘Heritage Interpretation in the Urban Regeneration of Britomart, Auckland, New Zealand’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisors: Kai Gu and Farzaneh Haghighi.

2020: Phillip Hartley

‘Thoroughly Modern Heritage: Preserving the Mid-Century Architectural Heritage of New Zealand; How an Understanding of Modernist Materiality, Form and Planning Engages with Established Conservation Philosophy and Practice’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisors: Paola Boarin, Jeremy Treadwell.


2020: Milica Madanovic

‘Architectural Historicism Revisited: The Case of the 20th-Century Traditionalist Architecture in Queen Street, Auckland’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisor: Michael Milojevic.


2020: Jeremy Treadwell

‘Tuia Te Whare: The Culture of Maori Architectural Technology’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisor: Ngarino Ellis; advisor: Mike Austin.


2020: Stacy Vallis

‘Unreinforced Masonry Precincts in New Zealand: History, Heritage, and Seismic Retrofit’.

Supervisor: Julia Gatley. Co-supervisors: Jason Ingham, Michael Milojevic.