School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
My research examines how human mobility shapes the built environment, specifically Islamic architecture. The emergence and diffusion of Islam can be traced along routes of migration, pilgrimage, trade, or travel in pursuit of knowledge. Given this context of mobility and the cultural encounters that it engenders, the goal of my research is to interpret the complexity and diversity of Muslim communities that is materialised in the built environment, with increasing emphasis on the Australian context. Thus, my research is interdisciplinary, reaching beyond conventional discourses of architecture, to obtain rich insights from cultural geography, world systems theories, postcolonial theory, and the history of travel. This approach enables a critical understanding of the production and transformation of the predominantly hybrid architecture of Muslim communities.
My PhD examined the Aga Khan Award for Architecture which required critical scrutiny of hundreds of projects that have been nominated or awarded. Of these, two key project themes continue to resonate in my research: Contemporary projects informed by the history of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design in the Islamic world; and, Humanitarian projects focusing on underprivileged communities. These two themes continue to influence my research and the HDR topics that I supervise:
1. Human mobility (migration, displacement, pilgrimage, diaspora) and the ways that this shapes architecture, landscapes and settlements, historically and today.
2. A humanitarian focus on migration (rural>urban, displacement, resettlement [forced and voluntary]) and settlement in the context of large scale infrastructure projects or urbanisation.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Interim Head of School University of Adelaide 2022 - ongoing Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2018 - 2021 Associate Head, School of Architecture and Built Environment University of Adelaide 2014 - 2021 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 2005 - 2013 Lecturer University of Adelaide 1997 - 1997 Graduate Architect Philips and Pilkington Architects 1995 - 1998 Graduate Architect Cielens and Partners 1994 - 1995 Architect Intern Abhikram 1994 - 1994 Architect, Intern Lapsys and Keam Architects
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2014 Research Award ARC Linkage Grant Australian Research Council Australia 2013 Fellowship Faculty Women’s Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia $15,000 2007 Teaching Award Executive Dean of the Professions’ Prize for Excellence in UG Teaching University of Adelaide Australia $2000 2006 Award Innovation Funding Bid University of Adelaide Australia 2005 Research Award Small Faculty Research Grant University of Adelaide Australia $6500 2003 Research Award Brenda Nettle Grant: Australian Federation of University Women Australian Federation of University Women Australia $1000 2003 Research Award Samuel H. Kress Foundation Society of Architectural Historians United States $1000 2002 Research Award Clive E. Boyce Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia $2500 2001 Research Award Adelaide University Research Abroad Scholarship University of Adelaide 1999 Award The Kenneth and Hazel Milne Travelling Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia $8000 1998 Research Award Australian Postgraduate Award University of Adelaide Australia
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Italian Can read, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title University of Adelaide Australia PhD University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Architecture (Hons I) University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Year Citation 2022 Wang, Y., Tang, Y., Zuo, J., & Bartsch, K. (2022). Exploring rumor combating behavior of social media on NIMBY conflict: Temporal modes, frameworks and strategies. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 96, 106839.
2022 Wang, Y., Li, Q., Zuo, J., & Bartsch, K. (2022). How Did Balance Loss Occur? A Cross-stakeholder Analysis of Risk Misallocation in a Sponge City PPP Project. Water Resources Management, 16 pages.
2021 Wang, Y., Shen, C., Bartsch, K., & Zuo, J. (2021). Exploring the trade-off between benefit and risk perception of NIMBY facility: A social cognitive theory model. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 87, 1-10.
DOI Scopus10 WoS8
2021 Wang, Y., Cai, J., Zuo, J., Bartsch, K., & Huang, M. (2021). Conflict or consensus? Stakeholders' willingness to participate in China's Sponge City program. Science of The Total Environment, 769, 1-13.
DOI Scopus7 WoS7
2021 Bartsch, K. (2021). The British Mosque: An Architectural and Social History, Shahed Saleem (2018). International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 10(2), 495-497.
2020 Ibrahim, A., Bartsch, K., & Sharifi, E. (2020). Green infrastructure needs green governance: lessons from Australia's largest integrated stormwater management project, the River Torrens Linear Park. Journal of Cleaner Production, 261, 121202-1-121202-14.
DOI Scopus18 WoS17
2020 Wang, Y., Gao, M., Zuo, J., & Bartsch, K. A. (2020). Social capital and social integration after project-induced displacement and resettlement: exploring the impact on three life stages in the Three Gorges Project. The Social Science Journal, 1-19.
2020 Li, H., Lv, L., Zuo, J., Bartsch, K. A., Wang, L., & Xia, Q. (2020). Determinants of public satisfaction with an Urban Water environment treatment PPP project in Xuchang, China. Sustainable Cities and Society, 60, 13 pages.
DOI Scopus17 WoS14
2018 Malaque, I., Bartsch, K., & Scriver, P. (2018). Thriving in the slums: progressive development and empowerment of the urban poor to achieve secure tenure in the Philippines. Architectural Science Review, 61(5), 313-318.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2
2017 Bartsch, K. A. (2017). Mutable Architecture. Transfers: International Journal of Mobility, 7(2), 132-134.
2016 Scriver, P., Bartsch, K., & Rashid, M. (2016). The space of citizenship: drifting and dwelling in “imperial” Australia. Fabrications, 26(2), 133-157.
2015 Bartsch, K. (2015). Building identity in the colonial city: the case of the Adelaide Mosque. Contemporary Islam, 9(3), 247-270.
2014 Bartsch, K., & Rashid, M. (2014). Historical Fabulation: A Framework to Rethink The Islamic Architecture Outside Islamic World. International Journal of Architectural Research, 8(1), 120-132.
2014 Bartsch, K., & Kamleh, E. (2014). Karbala in Lucknow: an itinerary of architectural mobility. International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 3(2), 267-302.
2014 Rashid, M., & Bartsch, K. (2014). Architecture of the Adelaide mosque: hybridity, resilience and assimilation. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, 25(2), 65-75. 2014 El Ashmouni, M., & Bartsch, K. (2014). Egypt's age of transition: unintentional cosmopolitanism during the reign of Muhammad ‘Alī (1805–1848). Arab Studies Quarterly, 36(1), 43-74.
2006 Bartsch, K. (2006). Tectvs realises a Corbusian vision on the park. Place, 1(6), 14-16. 2006 Bartsch, K. (2006). Cult of the Fountainhead and the Culture of our Architectural Community [2006 RAIA Architecture Awards; Critique].. Place, 2(1), 12-14.
Year Citation 2022 Bartsch, K., Rashid, M. M., & Scriver, P. (2022). The First Aussie Mosques: Mediating Boundaries despite the ‘White Australia’ Policy. In F. Karim (Ed.), Boundary, Flows and the Making of Modern Muslim Selves through Architecture. Intellect. 2019 Bartsch, K. A., & Scriver, P. (2019). The House of Stars: Astronomy and the architecture of new science in early modern Lucknow (1831-49). In S. Akkach (Ed.), 'Ilm: Science, Religion and Art in Islam (pp. 59-77). Adelaide, South Australia: University of Adelaide Press.
2016 Kamleh, E., & Bartsch, K. (2016). Karbala in Lucknow: An itinerary of architectural mobility. In C. Gruber (Ed.), Islamic Architecture on the Move (pp. 26-59). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 2009 Bartsch, K. (2009). Roots or routes? Exploring a new paradigm for architectural historiography through the work of Geoffrey Bawa. In J. Traganou, & M. Mitrasinovic (Eds.), Travel, Space, Architecture (pp. 167-188). Surrey, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
Year Citation 2019 Ibrahim, A., Bartsch, K., & Sharifi, E. (2019). Green Infrastructure and Green Governance: A Retrospective Analysis of Flood Mitigation at Adelaide’s Linear Park. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2021 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, Future Builders: Collaborative Design in the Yangtze Delta. $66,000.
Australian Research Council, Special Research Initiative. The Australian Mosque Today: Architectural Collaborations, 2020-2023. $280,000 Chief Investigators Dr Katharine Bartsch, Dr Md Mizanur Rashid (Deakin), A/Prof Maryam Gusheh (Monash) and Dr Dijana Alic (UNSW) and Dr Majdi Faleh [Aga Khan Fellow (Alumnus) MIT], Senior Research Officer.
Australian Research Council Linkage Grant. The Architecture of Australia's Muslim Pioneers, 2014-2017. $180,000 Chief Investigators Dr Peter Scriver and Dr Katharine Bartsch with Research Associate Dr Mizanur Rashid, University of Adelaide, with Partner Investigator Dr Philip Jones, South Australian Museum, and Partner Investigator Dr Abdul Razak Sapian, International Islamic University of Malaysia.
I teach courses in Design and the Environment, History and Theory of Architecture and Landscapes, and Design Studio.
I am the Academic Coordinator of our Joint Program between the University of Adelaide (School of Architecture and Built Environment) and Nantong University, Jiangsu, China, approved by the Ministry of Education, China.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Co-Supervisor Beyond ‘Sydney School’: NSW Architects and Asian Transnational Networks, 1950s-80s Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anna Louise Corkhill 2020 Principal Supervisor Aiming to establish an innovative and sympathetic way to undertake issues of abandonment in neglected heritage buildings. The objective is to overcome the barriers which have instigated these buildings to become dormant un-utilised and undeveloped. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Madeline Louise Nolan 2020 Principal Supervisor The houses of the architectural practice of F. W. Dancker & Son (1880-1944): An international perspective and the search for a South Australian style. Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Kenan Reece Henderson 2019 Principal Supervisor Towards A Socially Sustainable Educational Space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Farjana Rahaman 2019 Principal Supervisor An Other Regionalism: A Design Investigation into an Adelaide Architecture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time APrf Francesco Bonato 2018 Principal Supervisor Managing Flood Risks: Exploring Dynamics Between Green and Grey Infrastructure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alhassan Ibrahim 2017 Principal Supervisor Building Modern Sri Lanka: New Town and Mahaweli Architectural Unit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nirodha Kumari Meegahakumbura Dissanayake 2017 Co-Supervisor Relearning the Limits of Growth: An Inter-disciplinary Coherence of Urban Planning and Water Cycles in Dhaka City Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mehbuba Tune Uzra 2017 Principal Supervisor Building Modern Sri Lanka: New Town and Mahaweli Architectural Unit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nirodha Kumari Meegahakumbura Dissanayake 2017 Co-Supervisor Relearning the Limits of Growth: An Inter-disciplinary Coherence of Urban Planning and Water Cycles in Dhaka City Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Mehbuba Tune Uzra 2016 Co-Supervisor Urban Bioregionalism in Policy and Practice at Willunga Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Pragathi .
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Governance of Waterways and Flood Adaptation: Implementing Sustainable Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Ghana Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alhassan Ibrahim 2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Evaluating New Towns in the Context of Mega Projects: A Case Study of the Mahaweli Architectural Unit, Sri Lanka (1983-1989) Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Nirodha Kumari Meegahakumbura Dissanayake 2013 - 2016 Co-Supervisor The Rise of Modern Urbanity (tamaddun) in the Arab World Education, Journalism, and Enlightenment Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Kinda Alsamara 2013 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Botanic and Poetic Landscapes: A Reading of Two Persian Texts on Early Safavid Gardens Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Zahra Ranjbari 2012 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Gardens of Damascus: Landscape and the Culture of Recreation in the Early Modern Period Master of Landscape Architecture Master Full Time Miss Georgina Hafteh 2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Multi-step Transition in Housing Provision and Progressive Development of Urban Settlements: Case of Davao City, Philippines Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Isidoro III Malaque 2010 - 2013 Principal Supervisor The Rationale of Architectural Discourses in Post-Independence Egypt: A Contrapuntal Reading of `Alam Al-Bena'a (1980-2000) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Marwa Moustafa El-Ashmouni 2008 - 2010 Co-Supervisor Sustainable Water Management in Semi-Arid India: Learning from the Gond and Kohli Indigenous Communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Namrata Vishwasrao 2008 - 2012 Co-Supervisor Architectural Exchange in the Eighteenth Century A Study of Three Gateway Cities: Istanbul, Aleppo and Lucknow Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Elise Kamleh 2008 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Conservation of Heritage Curtilages in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nadiyanti Mat Nayan 2007 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Warning, patrons ahead! A development assessment framework for public space for landscape architects drawing on lessons from the Festival City of Adelaide, Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Janelle Arbon
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Member Uniting Communities Redevelopment Steering Committee Uniting Communities Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2013 - ongoing Member Australian Institute of Architects Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Member International Journal of Islamic Architecture Intellect Books United Kingdom
Connect With Me