Dr Sing D'Arcy

Interior Architecture, Research Cluster Staff, Urban Typologies

PhD (USYD); B.Arch (USYD); B.Sc (Arch) (USYD).

My passion is interior architecture and I’m particularly interested in making sure the interior space is recognised as a vital agent for change in 21st-century urban areas.


As cities evolve and urbanisation increases people are spending up to 90% of their time indoors. When looked at from this perspective, we should really be thinking from the inside out. Interior architecture is as critical a profession as urban planning and architecture.


From my research background as an architectural historian, I try to contextualise the impact of historic interiors on our lives today. Central to this is the question, what can we learn from the past in order to understand and improve our interior spaces into the future?

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Sing realised his undergraduate architectural studies at the University of Sydney, where he later returned to complete his PhD in architectural history.

His primary research interests relate to:

the role of music in the configuration of sacred and ritualised spaces, the architecture of the Early Modern Ibero-American realms (Spain, Portgual, their European possessions, the Americas & Asia 1450 - 1800), and in particular those of the Baroque period.

historic Australian interiors

contemporary Australian interiors

architecture and music

He is also a regular contributor to industry journals providing reviews on contemporary Sydney interiors, especially on innovative workplace design and hospitality.

Research Activities: 

Sing’s research focus concerns architecture and interior spaces of early-modern Europe, focussing on the Iberian Peninsula, Southern Italy, and Latin America; ecclesiastical and sacred spaces and their configuration through ritual and the nexus between architectural space and music.

In 2013 he was appointed as an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe 1100-1800, Performance Program.

He also conducts research into the history and development of Australian interiors from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

In addition to historical research Sing also engages with current issues relating to contemporary interiors and the 21st-century city such as workplace design and temporary interiors.



d'Arcy, Sing. 2014. UNSW FBE Faculty Research Grant Program. 'Infill interiors: taking advantage of oversupply in Sydney CBD commercial tenancies'. 

d'Arcy, Sing. 2013. ARC Centre for Excellence for the History of Emotions. 'Space, music and emotion: architecture and the organ in the Spanish Baroque'.

d'Arcy, Sing and Zamberlan, Lisa. 2013. UNSW Research Link Grant Program. 'Creative Districts: Surry Hills, Sydney'.

d'Arcy, Sing and Watson, Bruce. 2012. UNSW BE Learning + Teaching Action Research Grant 2012, 'Signposting feedback and critical reflection in the design studio'.

Teaching & Supervision: 

Sing is currently the coordinator of 4th year and is studio leader for Design Practices 7: Research and Design Practices 8: Graduation Studio

Graduation Studio 2014: Course convenor Sing d'Arcy

Graduation Studio 2013: Course convenor Sing d'Arcy

Graduation Studio 2012: Course convenors Sing d'Arcy and Bruce Watson

Graduation Studio 2011: Course convenors Sing d'Arcy and Bruce Watson

Interior Technologies stream 1 - 4: 2011 - 2014: Course convenor Sing d'Arcy

Supervision Area: 

Architectural history

Design history

History of interiors

Contemporary interiors

Architecture and music

Book Chapters

D'Arcy S, 2018, 'The Allegory of the Cave: Speculations between Interior and Landscape for the Barangaroo Headland Cultural Facility', in Sparke P; Brown P; Lara-Betancourt P; Lee G; Taylor M (ed.), Flow. Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity, Bloomsbury, London, pp. 57 - 65

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Cathedral organs in Spain and Latin America', in Courtwright N (ed.), Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press,

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Configuring and Reconfiguring Cathedral Space in the Spanish Atlantic: From Cathedral-Mosque to Baroque Machine', in Corringa J (ed.), Religion, Space and the Atlantic World, University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carloina, pp. 201 - 228,

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Church Interiors', in Broomhall S (ed.), Early Modern Emotions An Introduction, Routledge,

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Temples of Commerce: Banking and Insurance Chambers', in O'Callaghan J; Hogben P; Freestone R (ed.), Sydney's Martin Place. A Cultural and Design History, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, pp. 87 - 104

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Espacio, música y emoción: la arquitectura y el órgano en la España barroca', in Tomas P (ed.), El libro de la 53 SMRC, Fundacíon Patronato Semana de Música Religiosa de Cuenca, Cuenca,

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Sky-high ambitions: Sydney’s restaurants', in Hogben P; O'Callaghan J (ed.), Leisure Space: The Transformation of Sydney, 1945-1970, edn. 1, Newsouth Books, Sydney, pp. 92 - 107,

Zamberlan L; D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Creative Districts: Surry Hills, Sydney', in Marques L; Richards G (ed.), Creative Districts Around the World, NHTV, Breda, pp. 203 - 208,

D'Arcy SL, 2013, 'Painted cloth and the transformation of Seville Cathedral for the 1671 festivities of the canonization of Saint Ferdinand III', in Costaras N; Young C (ed.), Setting the Scene. European Painted Cloths from the fourtheenth to the twenty-first century, Archetype Publications, London, pp. 85 - 91,

Journal articles

D'Arcy S, 2018, 'Matraville Residence by Tzannes', Houses, pp. 102 - 105

D'Arcy S, 2018, 'Binary House by Christopher Polly Architect', Houses, pp. 118 - 123

D'Arcy S, 2018, 'Bellevue Hill House IV by Popov Bass', Houses, pp. 44 - 50,;dn=478338396175973;res=IELHSS

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Cleaveland Rooftop by SJB', Houses, pp. 24 - 30

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Crown 515 by Smart Design Studio', Houses, vol. 115, pp. 64 - 70,;dn=782657768489368;res=IELHSS

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Dropbox Sydney by Gensler', Artichoke, vol. 58, pp. 66 - 73

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'McLeod House by Ian Moore Architects', Houses, vol. 114, pp. 55 - 60

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'EDG Forum by Archer Office', Artichoke, vol. 57, pp. 98 - 104

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Artichoke Night School', Artichoke, pp. 48 - 48,;dn=869865760167879;res=IELHSS

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Fairlight Houses by Marston Architects', Houses, pp. 82 - 89

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Deepwater by Tobias Partners', Houses, pp. 48 - 55

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'So 9 by Brandworks', Artichoke, pp. 28 - 35

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Upsilon House by MCK Architects', Houses, vol. 110, pp. 114 - 121

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Novartis Head Office', Architecture Australia, pp. 42 - 48

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Novartis Head Office', Architecture Australia, pp. 42 - 48

D'Arcy SL, 2015, 'Charles Perkins Centre', Artichoke, vol. 50, pp. 60 - 67

D'Arcy SL, 2015, 'House in Double Bay by Tribe Studio Architects', Houses, pp. 84 - 90

D'Arcy SL, 2015, 'Orama by Smart Design Studio', Houses, pp. 98 - 103

D'Arcy SL, 2015, 'Horizon Apartment by MA Architects with Maria Danos', Houses, pp. 102 - 107

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Ecclesiastical Architecture and the Castilian Crisis of the Seventeenth Century: Seville Cathedral and the Church of the Sagrario.', Architectural Histories, vol. 2, pp. 27,

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Australia Post Sydney', Artichoke, pp. 102 - 108

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Clemenger BBDO by Hassell', Artichoke, pp. 85 - 91

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Camperdown Childcare', Artichoke, vol. 48, pp. 86 - 93,

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'An 'Unbecoming' Cohabitation? Reconsidering the narrative of the Cathedral-Mosque of Córdoba', IDEA Journal, vol. 2013, pp. 114 - 129,

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Herbert Smith Freehills', Artichoke, vol. 46, pp. 78 - 85

D'Arcy SL, 2013, 'Jackson Teece Sydney Office', Artichoke, vol. 44, pp. 80 - 86,

d Arcy S, 2013, 'Goodman Unit B4', Artichoke, vol. 42, pp. 32 - 40

D'Arcy SL, 2012, 'The Darling by DBI Design and Cox Richardson', Artichoke, pp. 34 - 40

Sing D, 2011, 'The Double-Facade Mirror Organ: The Nexus of Architecture and Music in the Hispanic Baroque', Hispanic Research Journal, vol. 12, pp. 397 - 417,

D'Arcy S, 2010, 'The Magna Hispalensis and the twin organs of Frey Domingo de Aguirre and Luis de Vilches: Eighteenth-Century Seville and its Mirror of Wonder', Music in Art: international journal for music iconography, vol. 34, pp. 218 - 232

Conference Papers

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Gold in Spanish and Spanish-American Ecclesiastical Interiors of the Early Modern', in Goad P; Brennan A (ed.), Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand Vol. 33, SAHANZ, Melbourne, pp. 144 - 156, presented at SAHANZ 2016, Melbourne, 06 July 2016 - 09 December 2016,

D'Arcy S, 2011, 'Designing for a Modern Audience: George McRae, Arthur Hill, and the debate over Sydney Town Hall's "other" facade.’', 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, presented at Audience, Brisbane, 07 July 2011 - 10 July 2011

D'Arcy S, 2010, 'The Dream of Reason: Architectural Monsters in Enlightenment Spain', in imagining...:Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, SAHANZ, Newcastle, NSW, pp. 101 - 106, presented at Imagining...:27th International SAHANZ Conference, University of Newcastle, 30 June 2010 - 02 July 2010

D'Arcy S, 2007, 'The Organ as Architecture: Scopic and Sonice Regimes of the Ibero-American Baroque', in SAHANZ Conference, SAHANZ Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, pp. 1 - 17, presented at SAHANZ Conference, Adelaide, Sth Aust, 17 July 1997 - 20 July 1997

Conference Presentations

D'Arcy SL, 2017, 'Heavenly Voices, Earthly Bodies: the physical presence of music making in the architectural space of Versailles', presented at Enchanted isles, fatal shores: Living Versailles, Canberra, 17 March 2017 - 18 March 2017,

D'Arcy SL, 2016, 'Space of Spectacle: Music, Architecture and Interiors of the Baroque', presented at Brisbane Baroque 2016, Brisbane, Australia., 08 August 2016 - 16 August 2016

D'Arcy SL, 2015, 'The Place of the Organ in Contemporary Catholic Design', presented at God is in the Detail. Making architecture and art for Catholic worship, Melbourne, 11 March 2015 - 13 March 2015,

D'Arcy SL, 2014, 'Performing the 'period interior': considerations on architecture, music and emotions.', presented at The Voice and Histories of Emotion: 1500-1800, Sydney, 29 September 2014 - 01 October 2014,

D'Arcy SL, 2013, 'Espacio, música y emoción: la arquitectura y el órgano en la España barroca', presented at Academia de Órgano Julián de la Orden, Cuenca, Spain, 06 September 2013 - 10 September 2013

D'Arcy SL, 2011, 'Architecture and the organ: Music, liturgy and design in contemporary Catholic space', presented at Modern Catholic Space, London, 09 December 2011 - 11 December 2011

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