Dr Laura Harper

Dr Laura Harper

Dr Laura Harper


Department of Architecture

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Laura Harper is a practicing architect and lecturer in Architecture. Laura's research is both architectural and urban, studying material and construction through their systematic connection to wider processes, structures and histories of the both the built and natural worlds. Laura completed her PhD, The Urbanism of Material, at Monash Univeristy in 2018.

Laura is part of the Monash Urban Lab where her current research focuses on understanding the influence of geology and extraction on the urban environment Notable publications on this subject include Goldrush Urbanism (2016), Urban Fringe Quarries (2018) and the Afterlife of Mines (2019), The Undergrounds’ Underground (2020). Laura has worked on funded projects for City of Melbourne, National Trust of Victoria, the Building 4.0 CRC, and a recently funded ARCLP, Repair of Memory and Place in collaboration with the Boon Wurrung Foundation, Melbourne Water, local Government Port Phillip and City of Bayside, and Melbourne Museums.

Laura has over 10 years' experience in practice including at DTA Architects (Dublin), Lyons Architects, and NMBW Architecture Studio. Notable projects working in these offices include the Santry Demense Social Housing, Dublin (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). Laura currently practices in collaboration with Roland Snooks and their work explores the application of new material processes and advanced manufacturing to shift both architecture and urbanism.

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20-Minute Neighbourhoods: Living Locally Research Project

Creating 20-minute resilient neighbourhoods and building community connectedness in Melbourne’s outersuburban growth areas.

Repairing Memory & Place

An Indigenous-led approach to urban water design.