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DR ARI SELIGMANN

Head of Department (Architecture)

Associate Professor Ari Seligmann (PhD) is a critic, historian and designer engaged in studies of contemporary architecture and urbanism, Japanese architecture, and relations between architecture and media.

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He is currently Head of Department (Architecture), Bachelor Program Coordinator and History/Theory stream coordinator developing our integrated operative history program. His current research examines Japanese architecture, architectural photography, and architectural education. He is a regular contributor to the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand with a suite of studies of the discursive construction of Japanese architecture. His Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015, Developments and Dialogues (2016) is one of the first English language surveys of modern Japanese architecture produced in almost 30 years. Ongoing research includes documenting and analysing the evolution of the Kumamoto Artpolis Program (1988-present), which is the longest running public architecture program in the world and a litmus of the development of contemporary Japanese architecture. He has published in prominent journals such as Architecture and Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Journal of Architectural Education.

Current projects include Japanese Architecture & Urbanism and Architecture and Media.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015: Developments and Dialogues

The Crowood Press
Hardback: 128 pages, 246 × 189 mm
ISBN: 9781785002489

Published in 2016, Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015 uses a series of thematic lenses to explain the rich history of Japanese architectural developments from the 1920s foundation of modern architecture to contemporary permutations of modern and post-modern architecture.

The book introduces the diversity of Japanese architecture and traces the evolution of Japanese architecture in the context of domestic and international developments. It examines the relationship between architecture and nature, and explores various approaches to craft and material. Finally, this new book considers tensions between refinement and ostentation in architectural expression.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
H House, REdesignS
2009

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Dr Ari Seligmann with Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, Niigata Performing Arts Centre
1999

Tokyo Japan

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Ryoji Suzuki Material Experiences
2016

MADA Gallery

The first comprehensive assemblage of Suzuki's work outside of Japan, explicated and expanded experience of Suzuki’s material. The exhibition coordinated analyses of the evolution of key design strategies informing investigations, of the orchestration of elements forming a distinctive lexicon in his work, of the details and sequences developed to create architectural experiences and of the diverse multimedia repertoires of representation employed in his explorations.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=21pzitMKaoQ

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
MIX©ITIES
2015

MADA Architecture

Challenging default assumptions, this exhibition interrogated underlying issues and forms of mixing to develop robust approaches to shaping the built environment. The exhibition spatialised a matrix of mixing strategies illuminating a range of potential approaches.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Pointing Forward
2014

MADA Gallery

Pointing Forward collected the outcomes of a creative consortium mobilised to speculate on future possibilities for (sub)urban Melbourne. One-kilometer radius nodes located around the future train stations of the proposed Rowville Metro line (forthcoming circa 2046) provided a fertile context for developing powerful images, strategic urban approaches and stimulating design interventions.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
A/cute Tokyo Exhibition
2009

UCLA AUD Gallery, Los Angeles 2009.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
“Reading and Writing the Seattle Central Library, New Regimes of Architectural Representation”
2012

From Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture, edited by Naomi Stead, 2012.

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
Dr Ari Seligmann with Tohru Horiguchi, Takeshi Oe, Flick Studio, eds. International Architectural Education Summit (IAES) Documents vol 1.
2010

Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
"Curating Contemporary Architecture: Touring the Bilbao Guggenheim and the Seattle Central Library.”
2009

From Curating Architecture and the City, edited by Sarah Chaplin and Alexandra Stara, 2009.


Dr Ari Seligmann, Head of Department (Architecture)
“More Lines.”
2008

From After the Crash: Architecture in Post-Bubble Japan, edited by Thomas Daniell, 2008.

MADA’s teaching & research staff are creative professionals, leading practitioners and renowned researchers who are at the top of their game, nationally and internationally.

Professor Shane Murray

Monash University
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