People

Dr Peter Kohane

Architectural Studies, Architecture, Urban Typologies

PhD (Penn), BArch(Melb), MArch (Melb), MSc (Penn) 

Throughout my teaching and research, I seek to communicate a cogent interpretation of historical and theoretical ideas about architecture. As my work deals with ideas that can be complex, my role is to make them comprehensible to students, architects and the wider public. This involves delivering lectures within and outside the university. 

As an historian I’m not concerned with the past for its own sake. I’m interested in interpretations of the past that are stimulated by problems in the present. The role of history is not just to present students with a list of achievements, but to recognise that, as practitioners, they must base their thinking on what has gone before.

My research field is an essential component to creating socially just and stable cities where the health and wellbeing of its people are paramount. Present day cities are facing several serious problems, and reconsidering aspects of historical architecture is one of the most valuable ways of addressing them. 

Room: 
2011
Building: 
Red Centre
Phone: 
02 9385 6775
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 4507
Research Activities: 

Peter’s work examines the relationship of the individual to the collective in the making of modern society; decorum as a principle relevant to understanding institutions and buildings; space defined in terms of its fluidity or limits; the relationship of ornament to structure; and the human body valued as a type worthy of imitation in architecture. The significance of these topics is illuminated through historical research, involving the interpretation of the buildings, cities and architectural treatises from antiquity to the present. 

Completed research projects: (it would be great if these were linked to the research reports)

·         the nineteenth century British architectural debate between Fergusson, Cockerell and Ruskin on the human body in architectural production;

·         Cockerell’s theories of empathy, decorum and history as outlined in his unpublished Royal Academy lectures;

·         the urban vision implemented in Sydney by James Barnet;

·         the nineteenth century development of Melbourne;

·         Louis Kahn’s defence of spatial limits;

·         issues of ornament and urbanism in current Australian architecture.

Work in Progress:

·         Publications on Louis Kahn and “The Room”.

·         Research on C. R. Cockerell’s architectural theory and practice.  

Grants: 

Faculty Research Project Grant, UNSW 2007: ‘Doors and Windows’, $20,000.

ARC Discovery Grant 2002-2005: ‘Decorum as an Idea in Architecture, Renaissance to the Present’, $150,000.

 

Awards: 

Faculty Research Excellence Award, Faculty of the Built Environment, 2012

Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award, University of New South Wales 2007.

John Yu Fellowship, University of New South Wales 2003.

Teaching & Supervision: 

Areas of specialisation: architectural history, theory and design.

Peter’s teaching focuses on past buildings and treatises, as well as their interpretation in contemporary contexts. His teaching methods favour open learning, as well as an approach to design that encompasses both respect for the past and the need for invention.

Peter is available to supervise student research projects. 

Engagement: 
Memberships
  • President of the Society of Architectural Historian of Australia and New Zealand 2007- 2009
  • Member of Editorial Board or Advisory Board, Architectural Theory Review 1995-2015
  • Member of Editorial Board of Fabrications 2003-2011
  • ARC Board Nominated Referee, ARC Large/Discovery Grant Applications, 1998-
Exhibitions

CONFERENCES CONVENED

  • The Decorum of Doors and Windows, jointly sponsored by RAIA (NSW Chapter) and the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW, June 2005 (Conference organiser)
  • On Monumentality: Place, Representation, and the Public R.ealm, jointly sponsored by RAIA (NSW Chapter), Universities of Sydney and NSW, November 2002 (Member of the organising committee, convenor of sessions and speaker)
  • Romaldo Giurgola Symposium, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW, November 2000 (Member of the organising committee, convenor of sessions and speaker)
  • A City in Four Acts: Theories of the City, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW and University of Sydney, July 1995 (Conference organiser, convenor of sessions and speaker)
Publications:
Books

Johnson C; Bingham-Hall P; Kohane PM, 2000, James Barnet, the Universal Values of Civic Existence, Pesaro, Sydney

Book Chapters

Kohane P, 2018, 'Learning from Kahn and Scarpa: Rigour and Ornament in the Ana Kindergarten', in Micheli S; Macarthur J (ed.), Italy/Australia Postmodern Architecture in Translation, Uro Publications, Melbourne, pp. 90-103

Kohane PM, 2016, 'James Barnet's Gateway to Sydney', in Gibson R; O'Callaghan G (ed.), Jonathan Jones Barrangal Dyara (skin and Bones), Thames & Hudson, Sydney, pp. 117-125, http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/project-32-jonathan-jones?gclid=Cj0KEQjw2fLGBRDopP-vg7PLgvsBEiQAUOnIXNcS2lR84njYs8r-s_8Ev5RVyWCnJ4h287eUxphfNboaArbY8P8HAQ

Kohane PM; Stiles M, 2016, 'The Beginnings: James Barnet and the General Post Office', in O'Callaghan J; Hogben P; Freestone R (ed.), Sydney's Martin Place - A Cultural and Design History, edn. 1, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW, Australia, pp. 1-18, https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/general-books/history/Sydneys-Martin-Place-Edited-by-Judith-OCallaghan-Paul-Hogben-and-Robert-Freestone-9781760293628

Kohane PM, 2014, 'Rational Complexity: James Fergusson’s Theory of Ornament', in Chatterjee A (ed.), Surfaces and Deep Histories: Critiques and Practices in Art, Architecture and Design, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, pp. 111-127, http://www.cambridgescholars.com/surface-and-deep-histories-7

Kohane PM, 2011, 'Boom Style', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 97-98

Kohane PM, 2011, 'Classical Tradition', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 151-153

Kohane PM, 2011, 'French Second Empire', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 263-264

Kohane PM, 2011, 'James Barnet', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 67-69

Kohane PM, 2011, 'Richard Leplastrier', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 404-405

Kohane PM, 2011, 'Swetik Korzeniewski', in Goad P; Willis J (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, edn. First, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, pp. 390-390

Kohane PM, 2009, 'James Fergusson’s Theory of Architecture and the Phonetic Arts', in Leach A; Macarthur J (ed.), Architecture, Disciplinarity, and the Arts, edn. Original, A & S Books, pp. 45-60

Kohane PM, 2007, 'Agreement and Decorum: Conversations withih the Architecture of Louis Kahn', in Ruan X; Hogben P (ed.), Topophilia and Topophobia: Reflections of Twentieth-Century Human Habitat, edn. First, Routledge Press, London, pp. 62-91

Kohane PM, 2006, '`Huihua yu Jianzhu [Painting and Architecture]`', in Jianzhu Shi [The Architect], edn. Original, in China Architecture and Building Press, china, pp. 82-83

Kohane PM, 2004, 'Creating a Gothic Paradise: Pugin in the Antipodes', in Architectural History, edn. Original, Society Architect Hist Great Brit, London, England, pp. 15-16

Kohane PM, 2004, 'Framing Art', in Architecture Australia, edn. Original, pp. 55-60

Kohane PM, 2004, 'Vale Rory Spence', in Architecture Australia, edn. Original, pp. 52-52

Kohane PM, 2000, 'Louis Kahn and the "spiritual aura" of architecture', in Re-framing architecture. Theory, science and myth, edn. Original, Arcadia Press, Sydney, pp. 101-105

Kohane PM, 2000, 'The Garden Palace in James Barnet's urban vision', in Colonial City/Global City: Sydney`s International Exhibition of 1879, edn. Original, Crossing Press, Sydney, pp. 37-52

Kohane PM, 1999, 'A Lesser World: Anatomy and Proportion in Renaissance Art', in Michelangelo to Matisse. Drawing the Figure, edn. Original, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, pp. 50-53

Journal articles

Hill M; Kohane P, 2015, '‘The Signature of Architecture’: Compositional Ideas in the Theory of Profiles', Architectural Histories, vol. 3, 10.5334/ah.cu

Kohane PM, 2013, 'James Barnet: a Pathway Through His City', Architecture Bulletin, pp. 18-18, http://www.architecture.com.au/docs/default-source/nsw-journal/spring-2013.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Hill M; Kohane P, 2011, 'Porticoes and churches: Episodes in thematic decorum', Architectural Research Quarterly, vol. 15, pp. 149-163, 10.1017/S1359135511000571

Kohane PM, 2009, 'Louis Kahn and the art of drawing a room', A + U - Architecture and Urbanism, pp. 171-174

Kohane PM, 2009, 'Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Recital Hall. The Creative Process: Two New Arts Venues by Ashton, Raggatt and McDougall', Architecture Australia, vol. 87, pp. 36-53

Kohane PM, 2008, 'Honorary Members of Sahanz', Fabrications. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, vol. 18:2, pp. 132-132

Kohane PM, 2007, 'Art Meets Architecture', InDesign, vol. 29, pp. 76-79

Kohane PM; Hill MR, 2006, 'The Decorum of doors and windows, from the 15th to the 18th century', ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly, vol. 10, pp. 141-156

Kohane PM, 2001, 'Louis Kahn`s Theory of Inspired Ritual And Architectural Space', Architectual Theory Review, vol. 6, pp. 87-95

Kohane PM; Hill MR, 2001, 'The eclipse of a commonplace idea: decorum in architectural theory', ARQ Architectural Research Quarterly, vol. 5, pp. 63-77

Kohane PM, 2000, 'Unravelling a modern masterpiece: David McGlashan¿s Heide House', Transition, pp. 114-121

Kohane PM, 1999, 'Order and Variety in the Work of Charles Robert Cockerell', Fabrications. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, vol. 10, pp. 100-114

Kohane PM, 1997, 'Interpreting past and present: an approach to architectural history.', Architectual Theory Review, pp. 30-37

Kohane PM, 1996, 'Ashton Raggatt and McDougall`s imitative architecture: real and imaginary paths through Storey Hall', Transition, pp. 8-15

Conference Papers

Kohane PM, 2017, 'Columns of Light', in Hartoonian G; Ting J (eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ, Canberra, Australia, pp. 308-313, presented at 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, Australia, 05 - 08 July 2017, http://www.canberra.edu.au/about-uc/faculties/arts-design/newsandevents/upcoming-fad-conferences/sahanz-2017/papers/documents/SAHANZ-Front-Matter.pdf

Kohane PM, 2016, 'Louis Kahn's First Unitarian Church: Light and the making of a monumental room', in Brennan A; Goad P (eds.), Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand: Gold, SAHANZ, Melbourne, pp. 358-363, presented at Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne, 06 - 09 July 2016, http://sahanz2016.msd.unimelb.edu.au/papers/Kohane_Louis-Kahns-First-Unitarian-Church.pdf

Kohane PM, 2015, 'Charles Robert Cockerell's Formation of Architectural Principles', in Hogben P; O'Callaghan J (eds.), Architecture Institutions and Change: Proceedings of the Societyof Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand Vol 32, Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Sydney, pp. 310-318, presented at Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand 2015, Sydney, 07 - 10 July 2015, http://sahanz2015.be.unsw.edu.au/papers/Kohane_Charles-Robert-Cockerell....pdf

Kohane PM, 2013, 'Structure and its Representation as Ornament: An Introduction to James Fergusson’s 1855 Drawing of Facades', in Brown A; Leach A (eds.), Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Conference: 30, Open, SAHANZ, Gold Coast, Queensland, pp. 475-486, presented at Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Conference: 30, Open, Gold Coast, Queensland, 05 - 07 July 2013, http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/536256/S11_01_Kohane_Structure-and-its-Representation.pdf

Kohane PM, 2011, 'C.R. Cockerell and the critical function of architecture', in Audience Proceedings of the XXVIIIth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Austalia and New Zealand, Society of Architectural Historians, Austalia and New Zealand, Brisbane, pp. 305-315, presented at Audience, Brisbane, 07 - 10 July 2011

Kohane PM, 2009, 'Movement and arrest: vaulted space in antiquity and the work of Louis Kahn', in Cultural crossroads : proceedings of the 26th International SAHANZ conference, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, presented at Cultural Crossroads: 26th Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 01 January 2009

Kohane PM, 2008, 'James Liberty Tadd, Louis Kahn and the act of Drawing', in Proceedings of 25th International Conference of the society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand - History in Practice, 25th International Conference of the society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand - History in Practice, Geelong, Victoria, presented at 25th International Conference of the society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand - History in Practice, Geelong, Victoria, 03 - 06 July 2008

Kohane PM, 2007, 'The Human Figure by the Window: Louis Kahn`s Theory of Structure and Space', in XXIVth International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 23rd International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, presented at 23rd International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Freemantle, Australia, 29 September - 02 October 2006

Hill MR; Kohane PM, 2005, 'Site decorum in renaissance architecture and later theory', in 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, presented at 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, 24 - 27 September 2005

Kohane PM, 2004, 'Conversation and Agreement: Louis Kahn`s Kimbell Museum&Philips Exeter Academy Library', in Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 26 - 29 September 2004

Hill MR; Kohane PM, 2004, 'Porticos and the Ideal Christian Church', in Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Limits: 21st Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 26 - 29 September 2004

Kohane PM; Hill MR, 2003, 'The Language and Decorum of profiles in Architectural Theory', in TASA 2003, TASA 2003, Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, presented at TASA 2003, Faculty of Architecture University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 03 - 05 October 2003

Kohane PM; Hill MR, 2002, 'The Decorum of Doors and Windows', in Additions to Architectural History, Additions to Architectural History, Brisbane, Qld, presented at Additions to Architectural History, Brisbane, Qld, 04 - 07 October 2002

Kohane PM, 2002, 'The Space of Human Agreement: Louis Kahn and the Room', in Universal versus Individual, Universal versus Individual, Tyvaskyla, presented at Universal versus Individual, Tyvaskyla, 30 August - 01 September 2002

Kohane PM; Hill MA, 2000, 'Decorum in architectural theory, fifteenth ¿ nineteenth century', in Formulation fabrication: the architecture of history, Formulation fabrication: the architecture of history, Wellington, New Zealand, presented at Formulation fabrication: the architecture of history, Wellington, New Zealand, 13 - 17 November 2000

Kohane PM, 1999, 'Louis Kahn and the Classical Tradition', in 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston and Hobart, presented at 16th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Launceston and Hobart, 28 September - 01 October 1999

Kohane PM, 1998, 'C.R. Cockerell`s dream of history', in 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, Melbourne, presented at 15th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand, Firmness commodity de, Melbourne, 28 September - 01 October 1998

Kohane PM, 1998, 'The role of boundaries in Louis Kahn`s theory of architecture and the city', in Robert Freestone (ed.), 8th International Planning History and the 4th Australian Urban Histiory Conference, 8th International Planning History and the 4th Australian Urban Histiory Conference, University of New South Wales, pp. 195-199, presented at 8th International Planning History and the 4th Australian Urban Histiory Conference, University of New South Wales, 15 - 18 July 1998

Kohane PM, 1997, 'The sources of James Fergusson`s orientalist history of world architecture', in Building dwelling drifting: migrancy and the limits of architecture Conference, Building dwelling drifting: migrancy and the limits of architecture Conference, Melbourne, pp. 163-170, presented at Building dwelling drifting: migrancy and the limits of architecture Conference, Melbourne, 26 - 29 June 1997

Conference Proceedings (Editor of)

Kohane PM, (ed.), 2002, 'On Monumentality', On Monumentality, Sydney, presented at On Monumentality, Sydney, 11 - 12 October 2002

Recorded / Rendered Creative Works

Kohane PM, 2004, Haussmann and the redevelopment of Paris, The Impressionists Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Video, Published: 01 January 2004, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works