Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture
Research Assistant, School of Architecture
Tarsha Finney is an architect and an urbanist. Her research interests cross several areas: domesticity and the problem of multi-residential housing with specific knowledge of the cities of New York, Beijing and Sydney; architectural typology and notions of disciplinary specificity and autonomy; and the architectural urbanism of innovation in cities. In 2003, whilst completing a Masters degree in Housing and Urbanism at the Architectural Association London, Tarsha won the Michael Ventris Memorial Award which enabled her to conduct primary research in China looking at the Danwei Live work unit implemented by the Communist government following the 1949 revolution. In 2004 Tarsha commenced doctoral studies at the Architectural Association with the Thesis: Repetition and Transformation: The Housing Project and the constitution of the Urban Field. New York 1935-1971. Supervisors Architectural Association: Lawrence Barth (AA) and Dr. Nikolas Bullock (Cambridge University). This work has now been transferred to UTS Supervisors Dr Sandra Kaji-O’Grady.(UTS) and Dr Charles Rice (UTS).
Community Involvement and Practice
In 2009 Tarsha curated Urban Futures: Ideas of the City at the UTS gallery, an exhibition of the work of Diploma Unit 6 at the Architectural Association, London. She also convened a concurrent symposium Urban Futures: Architectural Type and the Urban Plan held at Customs House in Sydney. Since 2007 she has been a guest Juror at UNSW, the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, Nottingham University, the Architectural Association London and throughout the School of Architecture at UTS. Tarsha frequently writes for practice journals such as Monument. Prior to commencing postgraduate study in the UK in 2002, Tarsha ran an architectural practice in Sydney focused on residential and small commercial projects. In 2000 Tarsha won the National Association of Women in Construction NSW Chapter Mallesons Stephen Jacques Merit Scholarship for outstanding student.
11514 MArch Design Studio: Urban projections. Adelaide: Urban Domestic.
11247 Architectural Histories and Theories, current events and debates. The Architectural Event.
11307 Special Project – The Western Desert Art Institute, Alice Springs.
11215 Architectural Design: Making
Senior Research Assistant with Dr Sandra Kaji-O’Grady, Head of School and with Dr Martin Kornberger of the School of Marketing at UTS on an ARC Industry Linkage The Architecture of Academic Research. During her time in the doctoral program at the Architectural Association Tarsha was involved in a number of small focused research groups across the field of architecture and urbanism – including ‘Transformation and urban change’ (2007 led by Lawrence Barth), ‘Rethinking Architectural Urbanism’ (2005, 2006 led by Lawrence Barth), ‘Size and Scale’ (2005 Led by Marina Lathouri and Mark Cousins).
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'Centrality and Dispersal: Domesticity and the City' in Flores, Ricardo; Prats, Eva (eds), Through the Canvas: Architecture Inside Dutch Paintings, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, pp. 116-119.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Guest Editorial: Human Capital, Not just a Gender Issue', Architecture Bulletin, vol. -, no. Sept-Oct.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Landscape Architecture China, vol. 5, no. 25, pp. 52-57.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Urban Change', Architecture Australia, vol. 101, no. 1, pp. 70-72.
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'The Infrastructure of Instability: Afghanistan', Post Traumatic Urbanism: Architectural Design, vol. 80, no. 5, pp. 64-69.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Challenger Workplace.', Monument Magazine, vol. 89, no. Feb/Mar.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'Review: Depot Beach House by Stutchbury Pape', Monument Magazine, vol. 90, no. April/May.
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York', Journal of Architecture, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 515-518.
Finney, T.L. 2006, 'Review: Artificial nature 1: Transcapes, digitally mediated Environments', Architecture Review (AR) Australia, vol. -, no. December.
Finney, T.L. & Reinmuth, G. 2013, 'Agency, Redirected', Designing/ Education: 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Melbourne, October 2013 in Designing/ Education: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of The Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, ed Ramirez-Lovering, D; Alexander, J; Fairley, A., The Association of Architecture Schools of Australia, Melbourne, pp. 406-425.
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'The Architecture of Academic Research: Symposium', Customs House, Sydney, October 2009.
Finney, T.L. 2008, 'The Question of the New', Architectural Association, London, May 2008.
Original Creative Works
Finney, T.L. 2009, 'URBAN FUTURES', URBAN FUTURES: Ideas of the City and URBAN FUTURES: Architectural Typology and the Urban Plan., nil, UTS Gallery.
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Other research activity
Finney, T.L. 2010, 'CO-ISOLATED', Shed 29 South Sydney Corporate Park, Burke Road Alexandria, Australian Galleries, http://datasearch.uts.edu.au/dab/news-events/eventarchive-detail.cfm?ItemId=20899.
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Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Love Thy Neighbour', Multi-Residential Housing and Changing Cities, Landscape Architecture China, Beijing, pp. 52-57.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'Provocative Architecture', By Design, ABC Radio National.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'SHARE MORE SPACE', TEDx Sydney 2012, Live Event, Carriageworks. Web Streamed live.
Finney, T.L. 2012, 'SHARE MORE SPACE', Pecha Kucha, City of Sydney.
Finney, T.L. 2011, 'Apartment Living', Radio National: Australia Talks, ABC Radio.