Sam Ridgway

Dr Sam Ridgway

Associate Professor

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of the Professions


Sam Ridgway is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture & Built Environment. He has a B. Arch. (Hons) and a M. Arch. (research) from The University of Adelaide and a PhD from The University of Sydney. He is a specialist in architectural construction and design, with over 25 years of experience in research, teaching and architectural practice. He has taught and delivered lectures nationally and internationally including at the Universities of Sydney, Edinburgh, and Hong Kong, at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (Virginia Tech) and Carleton University in Ottawa.

He has held senior leadership positions including Acting Head of School (2010 – 2011), Coordinator of the Master of Architecture (2008 – 2015), and member of the School’s Executive Committee (2013 – 2015). Sam has been a registered architect in South Australia since 1988.

Sam’s research focuses on the fundamentals of architectural design theory, on the way designs are conceived and buildings are constructed to enhance their occupants’ well-being. Key areas of interest include architectural representation, and the relationship between buildings and the human body. This builds on his earlier research in the field of the history, theory, practice and pedagogy of architectural construction. In 2015 he published a book in which he explored the relationship between the theory, drawings and buildings of the remarkable architectural teacher, theorist and architect, Marco Frascari.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Associate Professor The University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2015 Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1996 - 2006 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    1990 - 1992 Lecturer Level A The University of Adelaide
    1988 - 1989 Contract Architect (Rod Roach Architects, Hassell Architects, Housing Trust of South Australia)
    1984 - 1987 Graduate Architect (Ancher Mortlock and Woolley Architects, Sydney; Woods Bagot Architects, Adelaide and Launceston; Ha
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Sydney Australia PhD (2010)
    University of Adelaide Australia M.Arch. (1996)
    University of Adelaide Australia B.Arch. (1984)
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    1988 Registered Architect The Architectural Practice Board of South Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Designing Culturally Appropriate, Affordable Housing for the Urban Poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Sadia Afrin
    2017 Principal Supervisor Redefining Housing Affordability and Sustainability in Saudi Arabia through the Implementation of Flexible Architecture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Abdulaziz Dakhel M Alshabib
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2002 - 2002 Principal Supervisor NOMADOLOGY IN ARCHITECTURE; EPHEMERALITY, MOVEMENT AND COLLABORATION Master of Architecture Master Part Time Mr Gregory John Cowan
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135836
  • Email: sam.ridgway@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4377
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 4
  • Room: 4 72
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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