PhD project by Jessica Hsiao-Li Huang
Jessica’s research investigates how the work of the award-winning Australian firm of Troppo Architects over three decades from the 1980s demonstrates relationships between the form patterns they use and regional social-cultural, institutional, and environmental contexts. The research material includes interviews with founders and associated stakeholders, original drawings and other documents, and studies of built works from various sources. The general aim is to better understand interconnections between the contingency of architecture, architects’ values, and patterns found in design processes and products, all in the context of contemporary concerns for sustainability. An insight into these interconnections is provided by analysing Troppo’s work through a theoretical framework that links Christopher Alexander’s concept of a pattern language (eg. Form Pattern 1: In-between, pictured) with Warwick Fox’s concept of responsive cohesion. Outcomes may assist architects to recognise and develop a personalised pattern language in their own sustainable practice in response to place, people, culture, and environment. Furthermore, they may also offer architecture students a reference to start thinking about design with consciousness for built environments and to develop a simple pattern of built forms in expressing their interpretations of a responsive practice.