School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Peter Scriver is a founding member of the Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) at the University of Adelaide, where he has taught Modern Architectural History, Theory and Design and directed postgraduate research since 1996. Scriver is a critical authority on the architectural history of modern India. His theoretical interests focus on cultural and cognitive relationships between architecture, building, planning and urban design, and the institutional frameworks and professional networks in which these disciplines operate. In addition to his pioneering work on postcolonial India, Scriver is also an expert on colonial modernity. His extensive historical research on the British Indian Department of Public Works has examined its instrumental role in the propagation and institutionalization of modern architectural and engineering knowledge in colonial India and beyond. His on-going work on transnational professional networks and exchanges of architectural knowledge and expertise -- between Australia and Asia in particular -- continues to contribute to critical scholarship on colonial and modern architectural history, and the broader cultural, institutional and political-economic frameworks of its production.
Year Citation 2022 Sobti, M. P., & Scriver, P. (2022). Personal Journey or Tectonic Practice: Thick Descriptions of ‘Curated’ Residential Interiors by Four Indian Architects. Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. 2022 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2022). Review of Balkrishna Doshi: Writings on Architecture & Identity, edited by Vera Simone Bader; and One Continuous Line: Art, Architecture and Urbanism of Aditya Prakash, by Vikramaditya Prakash,. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 2021 Scriver, P. (2021). Sovereignty, Space and Civil War in Sri Lanka: Porous Nation. Fabrications, 31(1), 144-146.
2021 Lozanovska, M., Kulić, V., Gzowska, A., Bujas, P., Scriver, P., Srivastava, A., . . . Zimmerman, C. (2021). Forum: Cold War Architecture Historiography. Fabrications, 31(2), 279-294.
2020 Scriver, P. C. (2020). Critical Historiographer. Veranda: Interdisciplinary Journal of the Sushant School of Art and Architecture, 2(1), 63-74. 2019 Scriver, P. C., Srivastava, A., & Lu, D. (2019). Re- Asia : Architecture as Tactic. Architecture Theory Review, 22(3), 301-308.
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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.
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2018 Scriver, P. (2018). Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire. Fabrications, 28(2), 285-288.
2017 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2017). Monuments to a nation’s journey. Indian Express. 2017 Scriver, P., Srivastava, A., & Westbrook, N. (2017). Architecture as method: A report on the adelaide congress 2017. Fabrications, 27(3), 425-428.
2017 Ismail, M. N., Sapian, A. R., Scriver, P., & Rashid, M. (2017). Translation of social citizenship to architecture and built environment: A methodological review. Planning Malaysia, 15(1), 235-244.
2016 Scriver, P., Bartsch, K., & Rashid, M. (2016). The space of citizenship: drifting and dwelling in “imperial” Australia. Fabrications, 26(2), 133-157.
2016 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2016). Building Utopia: Fifty Years of Auroville. Architectural Review, 239(1431), 98-104. 2015 Scriver, P. (2015). Digital Archetypes: Adaptations of Early Temple Architecture in South and Southeast Asia. Fabrications, 25(2), 292-294.
2010 Scriver, P. (2010). Constructing colonial and contemporary South Asia: A view from Down Under. Fabrications, 19(2), 35-57. 2007 Tombesi, P., Dave, B., Gardiner, B., & Scriver, P. (2007). Rules of engagement: testing the attributes of distant outsourcing marriages. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 3(1), 49-64.
2006 Scriver, P. (2006). Statements of Intent: Folio/05-Transitions, Final Project, Adelaide University, School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Place, 1(6 - Feb / Mar), 20. 2006 Scriver, P. (2006). Placing in-between: Thinking through architecture in the construction of colonial-modern identities. National Identities, 8(3), 207-223.
2006 Scriver, P. (2006). Possible Worlds - Peter Scriver reviews this year's Architecture Symposium at the Adelaide Festival of the Arts, which gave the opportunity to reflect on radical projections of the future. Architecture Australia, May/June, 27-28. 2004 Scriver, P. (2004). Mosques, ghantowns and cameleers in the settlement history of colonial Australia. Fabrications, 13(2), 19-41.
2003 Tombesi, P., Bharat, D., & Scriver, P. (2003). Routine production or symbolic analysis? India and the globalisation of architectural services. The Journal of Architecture, 8(1), 63-94.
2003 Scriver, P., & Wyeld, T. (2003). Exploring Architectural Discourse and Form through Game-like On-line Learning Strategies. International Journal of Design Computing, 5, www 1.
2002 Scriver, P. (2002). Geometries of power: imperial cities of Delhi. Architecture Australia, July/Aug. 2001 Scriver, P. (2001). Imperial progress: On the impracticality of problem-solving in colonial Indian building. Fabrications, 11(2), 20-45.
1997 Scriver, P. (1997). Naming and framing: Design thinking between cultures. CHASA Refereed Designs 1995 and 1997, 1996 Edition, 51-54. 1993 Scriver, P. (1993). Building in a Global Garden”. review of Building in the Garden: The architecture of Joseph Allen Stein in India and California by Stephen White. Design Book Review, (29/30), 70-75. 1991 Scriver, P. (1991). An Imperial Vision by T.R. Metcalf, The Tradition of Indian Architecture by G.H.R. Tillotson, and The Indian Metropolis by Norma Evenson. Design Book Review, (20), 65-69. 1987 Bhatt, V., & Scriver, P. (1987). Contemporary Indian Architecture: An Assessment. Spacio e Societa / Space and Society, (38), 112-135. — Scriver, P. (n.d.). Whither Internationalism?. ABE Journal, (14-15).
Year Citation 2015 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2015). India: Modern Architectures in History. University of Chicago Press. 2007 Scriver, P. (Ed.) (2007). The scaffolding of empire : 4th International Symposium of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture. University of Adelaide. 2007 Scriver, P., & Prakash, V. (Eds.) (2007). Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon. Routledge.
2002 Frampton, K., & Mehrotra, R. (2002). World Architecture 1900-2000: A Critical Mosaic. Springer. 2000 Akkach, S., Fung, S., & Scriver, P. (Eds.) (2000). Self, place & imagination : cross-cultural thinking in architecture. Centre for Asian & Middle Eastern Architecture, University of Adelaide. 1997 Society of Architectural Historians, A. A. N. Z. C. (1997). On what Ground(s)? SAHANZ 97. 1990 Bhatt, V., & Scriver, P. (1990). After the masters. Univ of Washington Pr.
Year Citation 2022 Scriver, P., & Moulis, A. (2022). Open Form and Design Thinking in the Early Andrews Practice, 1964–1967. In P. Walker (Ed.), John Andrews: Architecture. Boston: Harvard Design Books. 2022 Scriver, P. (2022). Innovation and the prospect of the ‘post-national’ in the Architecture of Expo’67. In C. Moyse, & S. Palmer (Eds.), Expo67 and its World: Staging nations in the crucible of globalization (pp. 213-236). McGill-Queens U Press. 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. 2022 Scriver, P. (2022). Placing In-between: Thinking through architecture in the construction of colonial modern Identities. In S. Pandya (Ed.), Architecture, Nation, Difference. Routledge. 2022 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2022). Infrastructure and Industry. In M. Stierli, A. Pieris, & S. Anderson (Eds.), The Project of Independence: Architectures of Decolonization in South Asia, 1947–1985 (pp. 216-221). New York: MoMA. 2022 Scriver, P., Srivastava, A., & Guedes, P. (2022). Neo-Gothic in India: Autonomy, Fusion, Exuberance. In B. Borngässer, & B. Klein (Eds.), Global Gothic: ‘Gothic’ Architecture in the 20th and 21st Century (Vol. 20, pp. 98-109). Leuven: Leuven University Press. 2021 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2021). Discourse and Development in Postcolonial Indian Architecture. In D. Lu (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Contemporary Architectural History. Routledge. 2020 Srivastava, A., & Scriver, P. (2020). Transnational Tactics: A View from across the Indian Ocean. In P. Meuser, & A. Dalbai (Eds.), Theorising Architecture in Sub-Saharan Africa: Perspectives, Questions and Concepts (pp. 258-261). Berlin: DOM Publishers. 2020 Srivastava, A., Scriver, P. C., & Nash, J. (2020). Religion as conceptual scaffolding for architecture. In P. Babie, & R. Sarre (Eds.), Religion Matters: The Contemporary Relevance of Religion (pp. 245-261). Singapore: Springer.
2019 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2019). Cultivating Bali Style: A Story of Asian Becoming in the Late Twentieth Century. In J. -H. Chang, & I. B. Tajudeen (Eds.), Southeast Asia's Modern Architecture: Questions of Translation, Epistemology and Power (pp. 85-106). Singapore: National University of Singapore Press. 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.
2018 Scriver, P., & Srivastava, A. (2018). Brutalism in South and South East Asia. In O. Elser, P. Kurz, & P. C. Schmal (Eds.), SOS Brutalism: A Global Survey (1st ed.). Frankfurt: Park Books. 2014 Srivastava, A., & Scriver, P. (2014). Internationalism and architecture in India after Nehru. In E. Haddad, D. Rifkind, & S. Deyong (Eds.), A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture: 1960-2010 (1 ed., pp. 379-400). Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 2007 Scriver, P., & Prakash, V. (2007). Between materiality and representation: Framing an architectural critique of colonial South Asia. In P. Scriver, & V. Prakash (Eds.), Colonial Modernities Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (pp. 3-25). USA: Routledge.
2007 Scriver, P. (2007). Empire-building and thinking in the Public Works Department of British India. In P. Scriver, & V. Prakash (Eds.), Colonial Modernities Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (pp. 69-92). USA: Routledge.
2007 Scriver, P. (2007). Stones and texts: The architectural historiography of colonial India and its colonial-modern contexts. In P. Scriver, & V. Prakash (Eds.), Colonial Modernities Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon (pp. 27-50). USA: Routledge.
2002 Scriver, P. (2002). On place. In De-placing difference: architecture, culture and imaginative geography (pp. 3-8). Adelaide: Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture, the University of Adelaide.
Year Citation 1994 Scriver, P. (1994). Rationalization, Standardization, and Control in Design: A cognitive historical study of architectural design and planning in the Public Works Department of British India, 1855-1901. (PhD Thesis, Delft University of Technology).
Peter Scriver is a multiple grant recipient, currently leading an ARC Linkage project with the South Australian Museum and International Islamic University of Malaysia that examines the impact of ‘Afghan’ cameleers on the settlement history of colonial and early 20th century Australia:
ARC Linkage Project (2014-2017): The Architecture of Australia’s Muslim Pioneers (with K. Bartsch (CI), P Jones (PI), M Rashid (PI),)
Other completed projects include:
ARC Discovery Project (2012-2014): Making architectural identity: the architecture of John Andrews (with P. Walker, P. Goad, A. Moulis, M. Lobsinger, and P. Scrivano)
ARC Discovery Project (2005-2006): Digital Outsourcing in Architecture: Opportunities for Australian Firms, or Perils for Australian Workforce?. (with P. Tombesi, B. Dave, and B. Gardiner),
Courses taught (Undergraduate & Professional Degree Programs, Adelaide U.)
Courses (seminar/tutorial based)
2014- History Theory 3 (B. Arch Studies 3rd yr)
Coordinator, principal Lecturer
2013- Designing Research (MArch/MLArch/MPlanning professional degree programs)
Coordinator, principal Lecturer, tutor
2009-12 Masters Seminar A (MArch/MLArch professional degree programs)
Coordinator, principal Lecturer, tutor
2009-11 State of the City (Masters of Planning program)
Co-Coordinator and Lecturer
2009-11 Architectural Histories and Theories in the Modern Era II/IV
Coordinator, and principal Lecturer
2006-08 Cultures, Histories and Designed Environments in the Modern Era II/IV
Coordinator, and principal Lecturer
2000-02, 04-05 20th Century Architecture and Landscapes II/IV
Coordinator, and principal Lecturer
1997-2002 Arts and Cultures of Asia II/III
1997-2011 Colonial and Contemporary Issues in South Asian Architecture II/III
Coordinator, and principal Lecturer
1996 Asian Architecture and Landscapes II/III
Coordinator, sole Lecturer and Tutor
1996 Image / Text / Architecture I
Coordinator and principal Lecturer.
2014- Studio Cultures (M.Arch 1st yr)
2012-13 Studio Architecture (M.Arch 2nd yr)
2009-11 Design Studio (2nd yr)
Coordinator and unit leader: “Movements/Models/Masters”
2001, 2002, 2012, Offshore Studio:
2014 (2014) Designing Between Cultures: Java and Bali
(2012) Designing Between Cultures: Malaysia and Singapore
(2002) Placing in-between, Calgary, Canada
(2001) Post-earthquake re-construction, Bhuj and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Coordinator and principal tutor
1997-2000, 2004-5 Final Project: Arch. IIIC, Arch. Project II, L. Arch. Project II
Coordinator and/or Tutor
1997 Thinking Between Cultures: Architecture IIIA
Coordinator and sole Tutor
1996 Shanghai 2000: Architecture IIIC (U. Adelaide, 1996).
Supervisor/tutor. Final studio project (BArch):
1996 Naming and Framing: Architecture IIIB.
Coordinator and principal Tutor (*Citation, CHASA Refereed Design Scheme)
Postgraduate Design Studio
1994-95 Strategies and issues in squatter settlement up-grading: Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Co-Coordinator and tutor, Studio and seminar, MArch/MdipArch (Miniinum-Cost Housing Program, McGill University)
2000-2002 Strategies and Issues in Design Thinking in the Digital Age.
Coordinator and Tutor. Seminar, MArch (Digital Media))
2006-2007 Advanced Studies in Architecture/Landscape Architecture. Coordinator
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2021 Principal Supervisor Beyond ‘Sydney School’: NSW Architects and Asian Transnational Networks, 1950s-80s Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Anna Louise Corkhill 2021 Co-Supervisor Designing Culturally Appropriate, Affordable Housing for the Urban Poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sadia Afrin 2017 Co-Supervisor Building Modern Sri Lanka: New Town and Mahaweli Architectural Unit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nirodha Kumari Meegahakumbura Dissanayake 2017 Principal 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 Co-Supervisor Building Modern Sri Lanka: New Town and Mahaweli Architectural Unit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nirodha Kumari Meegahakumbura Dissanayake 2017 Principal 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
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Space, Gaze and Femineity: Representation of Women in Architectural Spaces in Persian Miniature Painting (Timurid to Safavid eras) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sareh Abooali 2013 - 2016 Co-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 2012 - 2017 Co-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 2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor To Flow, or to Fortify? Water, Development, and Urbanism in Building a Deltaic Metropolis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fahmid Ahmed 2011 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Pattern, Contingency and Lifestyle: The Houses of Troppo Architects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Jessica Huang 2010 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Conservation of Heritage Curtilages in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Nadiyanti Mat Nayan 2009 - 2013 Co-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 2007 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Romaldo Giurgola in Australia and the ‘Other’ Modern Tradition Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Stephen Schrapel 2006 - 2012 Principal 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 2006 - 2009 Principal Supervisor Encountering Materials in Architectural Production: The Case of Kahn and Brick at IIM Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Amit Srivastava 2005 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Social Housing for Culturally Diverse Groups: A Users' and Providers' Perspective Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Michael David Findlay 2005 - 2005 Co-Supervisor Re-Thinking Islamic Architecture A Critique of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Through the Paradigm of Encounter Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Katharine Bartsch 2004 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Maps and Meanings: Urban Cartography and Urban Design Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Julie Nichols 2003 - 2008 Principal Supervisor 'Indian Architecture' and the Production of a Postcolonial Discourse: A Study of Architecture + Design (1984-1992) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shaji Kannanchira Panicker 2002 - 2006 Principal Supervisor A Study of Ottoman Narratives on Architecture: Text, Context and Hermeneutics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Selen Morkoc 2000 - 2002 Principal Supervisor Maintaining Cultural Significance: An Interpretive Analysis of Architectural Conservation in South Australia Master of Architecture Master Full Time Ms Kirsty Loveys 1999 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Communicating Design Using 3D Collaborative Virtual Environments and Online Chat Master of Architecture Master Full Time Mr Theodor Wyeld 1998 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Mediterranean Influences on Horticultural and Garden Developments in South Australia between 1836 and 1938 Master of Landscape Architecture Master Part Time Mr Trevor Nottle
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