Dr Amit Srivastava

Senior Lecturer
Dr Amit Srivastava
  Org Unit School of Architecture & Built Environment
  Email amit.srivastava@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 5742
  Location Floor/Room 4 62 ,  Horace Lamb Building ,   North Terrace

2005 – 2009
Ph.D. in Architecture
School of Architecture, Landscape Arch. & Urban Design (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
1996 – 2001
Bachelor of Architecture
T.V.B. School of Habitat Studies, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Art, Design & Architecture (Oslo, 2010)
University Medal nomination for Ph.D. Thesis (2009)
Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) (2005 – 2009) 
T.V.B. Institutional Grant (1996 – 2001)
Govt. of India - National Prize (1996)

I have been involved with teaching Architectural History and Theory to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2006. My main areas of interest include 19th and 20th century history and theory with special focus on intellectual networks concerning perception of architectural materials, including branches of historicism, rationalism, and phenomenology. 

Courses I coordinate: History Theory I (1st Year core); Construction I (1st Year core); Design Studio IV (2nd Year core) ; Critical Historical Practices (M.Arch)

Other courses I teach: History Theory II (2nd Year core); Masters Seminar A & B (Masters Research Methods); Colonial and Contemporary Issues in Asian Architecture (Elective); Islamic Architecture and Gardens (Elective).   

As a member of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) I am involved in the historiography of Post-Colonial Architecture in South and South East Asia, with special focus on the socio-political condition generated by the intersection of de-colonizing and nationalist policies. My work also deals with issues of Human Rights and Social Ethics within the extended field of architecture. In addition to this, my long standing intellectual pursuit engages the works of Martin Heidegger and Bruno Latour to discuss the problems of Materiality as confounded by the subject-object dichotomy.

Books:

Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, India, Modern Architectures in History (London: Reaktion, Forthcoming 2014).

This forthcoming publication will offer a critical study of architecture, modernity and de-colonisation in India from the mid 19th century to the present.

Antony Radford, Amit Srivastava and Selen B. Morkoc, The Elements of Modern Architecture: Understanding Contemporary Buildings (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014).

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Book Chapters:

Amit Srivastava and Peter Scriver, "Internationalism and Architecture in India after Nehru," in A Critical History of Contemporary Architecture [1960-2010], eds. E. Haddad and D. Rifkind (London: Ashgate, 2014): 379-400. 

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Conference Papers:

Amit Srivastava and Peter Scriver, “Australians and Africans in a Post-Colonial Asian Empire: Transnational operations of the Oberoi Hotel Group in the 1960s-70s,” paper presented at Mobilities of Design: Transnational Transfers in Asian Architecture and Urban Planning, 1960 - Present, Singapore, November 20-21, 2013).

Amit Srivastava, "Hijjas Kasturi, and Harry Seidler in Malaysia: Australian-Asian Exchange and the Genesis of a “Canonical Work”," in OPEN: 30th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, eds. Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach, (Gold Coast: SAHANZ, 2013).

Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, “Australian Educated Architects and the Professionalization of Practice & Training in Malaysia in the 1960s and 70s,” paper presented at the 66th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, New York, April 10-14, 2013).

Amit Srivastava, "Speaking to the East: Wright and Kahn in Cold War Asia," in Audience: 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, eds. Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, (Brisbane: SAHANZ, 2011).

Peter Scriver and Amit Srivastava, "Building a new university in Cold War Asia: The Colombo Plan and Architecture at UNSW in the 1950s and 60s," in Audience: 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, eds. Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, (Brisbane: SAHANZ, 2011).

Amit Srivastava, “In Dialogue with a Brick: Materials, Narrative and Architectural Historiography,” in Panorama to Paradise: Proceedings of SAHANZ 24th Annual Conference, Adelaide, September 21-24, 2007, eds. Stephen Loo and Katharine Bartsch, (Adelaide: SAHANZ, 2007).

Amit Srivastava, “Kahn in India and the Narrative of Materials,” in Contested Terrains: Proceedings of SAHANZ 23rd Annual Conference, September 29-October 2, 2006, eds. Terrance McMinn, Dr. John Stephens and Dr. Steve Basson, (Perth: SAHANZ, 2006).

 

2009
Project Consultant
“Building Cold War Asia” (Pilot project)
ARC Grant Support Funded Project, University of Adelaide, Australia
2009
Research Assistant
“Islam and Secular Urban Culture in Early Modern Middle East”
ARC Discovery Project (2009-2012) : Prof. Samer Akkach (CAMEA)
2007 – 2008
Research Assistant
“India and the Globalization of Architectural Services”
ARC Discovery Project (2006-2009) : Tombesi, Dave, Gardiner, Scriver

2013 Program Coordinator - Bachelor of Architectural Design
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide, Australia
2013 Contributing Editor - ATR
Architectural Theory Review - A Routledge Journal
2012 Program Coordinator - Master of Architecture
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
2011 Associate Head, Learning and Teaching
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
2011 Member, Faculty Curriculum Committee (Professions)
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
2009 Regional Advisor for India
Phaidon Atlas of 20th Century World Architecture, Phaidon Press.
2008 Member, Research Excellence Committee
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
2007 Assistant Editor – 24th SAHANZ Conference
Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
2007 Planning Assistant – 4th CAMEA Symposium
Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture, Adelaide
2006 – 2007 Student Member – School Board
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia
2006 – 2007 Research Postgraduate Student Representative
School of Architecture (SALUD), University of Adelaide, Australia

Affiliations
Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA)
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
Society of Architectural Historians, Australia & N Zealand (SAHANZ)
Registered Architect - Council of Architecture, India (CoA)

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