Architecture and industry: the migrant contribution to nation-building, 1945-1979.

This project aims to explore the post-war architectural, rural and industrial landscapes of Australia as shaped by the labour of displaced persons. Migrants after the Second World War were critical to the spatial making of modern Australia. Major federally-funded industries driving post-war nation-building programs depended on the employment of large numbers of war-displaced persons. While the immigrant contribution to nation-building in cultural terms is well-known, its everyday spatial, architectural and landscape transformations remain unexamined. This project aims to bring to the foreground post-war industry and immigration to comprehensively document a how Australia has uniquely shaped its built environment.


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Project: Architecture and Industry: The migrant contribution to nation-building (

ARC Discovery Program: Discovery Program | Australian Research Council


(above) Image of BHP Steel Works Port Kembla


ARC Discovery Project, $344,741

Project Team:

Anoma Pieris (University of Melbourne), Mirjana Lozanovska (Deakin University), Andrew Saniga (University of Melbourne), David Beynon (University of Tasmania), Alexandra Dellios (Australian National University).