Dr Laura Harper
Laura Harper is a practising Architect, a Lecturer in the Architecture department and the current James Cox PhD Scholar. Laura's research is both architectural and urban, studying material and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes and structures of the city. Laura is part of the Urban Laboratory and co-director of the Regional/Rural research group.
Current research projects include the Atlas of the Underground, which studies the connection between urban form and the natural and/or artificial infrastructures and systems that underly the city; The Theory of Holes looking at the systematic re-use of ex-mining sites over time; and Goldrush Urbanism which looks at recurring urban patterns which emerged specifically in goldfields towns in Victoria.
Laura has over 15 years' experience in both international and local architectural practice and currently works with NMBW Architecture Studio where she is an associate. Notable architectural projects include the Santry Demense Social Housing, Dublin with DTA Architects (RIAI Silver Medal for Housing 2009/2010), Box Hill Gardens (AIA award for Urban Design 2014) and Point Lonsdale House (AIA Architecture Award for New Residential, 2016) with NMBW Architecture Studio.