About Architecture Vacancy Lab

Architecture Vacancy examines real and critical gaps in the knowledge and practice of architecture and architectural education, sites of debate as well as the imaginative possibility, towards defining architecture’s role in the 21st century. Vacancy evokes an approach to this research focus which can be poetic, practical, and provocative/intellectual, but importantly its strength is an intensity and architectural intent.  

Architecture Vacancy engages the discipline’s body of knowledge – the work of architects, the hierarchies of architectural judgement, architectural histories and theories, and architectural creative processes – with new perspectives. Architecture Vacancy addresses traditions, hierarchies, canons and histories from sites of change, radicality, uncertainty, possibility and imagination – towards new and alternate knowledge, practice, pedagogy.

The projects loosely align with three focal areas:

  • Responses to vacant spaces – industrial, urban, rural. Research methods include architectural fieldwork (empirical, quantitative), innovative digital and image-based techniques, with ethnographic and archival methods. These methods highlight experimentation and reflection on data collection through observation and its documentation, through representation and counter-representational data, through experimental design, through propositional projects, and via provocative works.

(Codes: 120101 – Architectural Design; 120102 – Architectural Heritage and Conservation; 120201 – Building Construction Management and Project Planning; 120504 – Land Use and Environmental Planning)

  • Critical vacancy in architecture as a discipline. Drawing on critical expertise including image theory, affect theory, sociocultural theory, economic and management theory, missing/unwritten histories and framings (migration, Asian, global, heritage) towards new knowledge, new perspectives and new positions. Interdisciplinary intersections between architecture and critical discourses.

(Codes: 120103 – Architectural History and Theory; 120301 – Design History and Theory)

  • Linking the innovation in our teaching and practice to research, including design research, architecture pedagogy (design, history/theory). Architectural drawing methods, architectural design process methods, extra-architectural methods – modes of narrating and representing architecture to a broader public. Learning architecture.

(Codes: 120101 – Architectural Design; 120302 – Design Innovation; Education 040101)

Depending on the project Architecture Vacancy research is intellectually charged, practice-based, community-centred, and contributes to both traditional and non-traditional academic research.

Director: Dr Mirjana Lozanovska, Associate Professor, has successfully led the cross-faculty Vacant Geelong research team (2016-2020), the school socio-cultural ecology cluster (2013-2015). She is CI on ARC DP (with other institutions), she is a member of Deakin strategic research ADI Citizenship and Globalisation, where she leads an interdisciplinary research team, with a project, “Architecture of Belonging”. In this capacity, she has sustained research production, attracted and sustained external research funding, generated strong industry partnerships, managed and supervised RAs and RFs, managed budgets – and generated high standard and high-quality outputs. Mirjana has expertise in grant application and success, a strong publication track record, effective links to the architecture profession, community organisations, and industry.

Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code 00113B (VIC)