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Michael Jasper is an architect, educator, and scholar based in Australia. He is currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Canberra where he teaches in the major projects studio and advanced architectural analysis streams. Immediately prior to joining the University, Jasper was a Partner in Cooper Robertson & Partners (2002-2011), a prominent New York architecture and urban design firm. Jasper is deeply engaged with higher education and the architecture profession locally, nationally, and internationally. He has served on standing and ad hoc committees for the University of Canberra, including Academic Board, Outside Studies Committee, SAGE the University task force on gender equity, and across the Faculty of Arts and Design. He is an Associate Member of the Faculty’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. He was Chair of a national working group (2015-2017) to develop and advocate for a new National Architecture Research Prize to be launched in 2019 and administered by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. He is Deputy Chair of the National Education Committee (2015-), a peak national advisory body on architecture education policies and accreditation procedures, and a member of the 5-person National Accreditation Management Committee (2017) charged with providing advice to the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia on the implementation of accreditation procedures for Australian and New Zealand schools of architecture. He is a standing panel member for the national accreditation procedures for schools of architecture and served on the National Visiting Panels to RMIT (2016) and UNSW (2017). He is founding Director (2016) of the Alastair Swayn Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to research in and advancement of Australian design and architecture. Jasper is a Detail Assessor for the Australian Research Council, a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government and the primary source of advice to the Government on investment in the national research effort. He is an inaugural nominated member (2018) of the National Capital Design Review Panel, the peak advisory group to the Australian Government and ACT Government on major development proposals in areas of significance in Canberra as Australia’s national capital.

 

EXECUTIVE ROLES - 

Between 2002 and 2011 Jasper was Partner in the New York architecture firm of Cooper Robertson & Partners where he directed the firm’s major urban design and complex architecture projects. Different from most commercial firms, Cooper Robertson focuses on government and institutional clients at strategic planning, program development, policy formulation, feasibility, and institutional planning phases. Brought into the firm and made Partner as part of a corporate succession plan, Jasper oversaw with other partners growth of the firm including doubling of architecture staff from 60 to 120 full-time salaried staff and 240 contracted sub-consultants, an office annual operating budget increase from $10 to $18 million USD, with annual billing including sub consultants of $35 million USD, and diversification of project type. His change management responsibilities extended to diversification of project types and expansion of geographic reach resulting in assignments undertaken across the United States, and out to Canada, South America, several European Union countries, the Middle East, and Africa. With other partners, Jasper oversaw commensurate business systems growth in design, technology, marketing, human resource management, and finance. He held executive leadership roles in corporate management and marketing committees in addition to project director responsibilities on complex institutional, government, and urban scale projects. While at Cooper Robertson Jasper directed many of the firms major institutional and urban scale projects. His clients included mayors and government agencies, as they sought to address aging infrastructure, poorly designed public realms, changing land use, and new cultural programs. He counts among his clients Baltimore Development Corporation, City of Detroit, City of Miami, City of Sarasota, and Washington DC Office of City Planning. He directed projects for university presidents and their boards as they sought to imagine and plan for their futures including Presidents Richard Levin, Yale University; Jean-Lou Chameau, California Institute of Technology; Lee Bollinger, Columbia University; John DeGioia, Georgetown University; Samuel Stanley, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Donna Shalala, University of Miami; Ronald Peterson, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

 

RESEARCH –

A/Prof Jasper is a specialist in 20th-century European and American architecture.  He approaches architecture as a conceptual and material enquiry and his international research contributions rest on a large portfolio of work that investigates three strands in architectural practice and theory. The first strand engages in the critical analysis and re-interpretation of modernist architectural discourses with a particular emphasis on the second half of the 20th century. The second focuses on theories of architecture composition at multiple scales and temporal settings: from individual buildings, to group form, to precinct and city scales. The third strand concerns the conceptualisation and delivery of complex architectural and urban scale projects. This research performance is expanded by contributions to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge through architectural teaching in international and national settings and through academic and professional engagement activities. International and national refereed publications, grants, conference presentations, and committee work in peak bodies with national policy impact demarcate these contributions and ensure their impact.

He was Visiting Scholar (2015) at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Visiting Scholar (2013) at the American Academy in Rome. He has published extensively in the discipline’s peak academic journals and lectured broadly giving peer-reviewed papers in academic conferences in Abu Dhabi, Adelaide, Antwerp, Auckland, Brussels, Canberra, Copenhagen, Ghent, Helsinki, Launceston, Melbourne, New York City, Paris, Seoul, Stockholm, Sydney, Tampere, València, Venice, and Wellington. He is the author of Architectural Aesthetic Speculations, Deleuze on Art and the forthcoming Architectural Possibilities in the Work of Peter Eisenman (under contract with Routledge in the Research in Architecture series), Penser l’architecture, and Trajectories in Architecture. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team initiating an investigation into the long-term rehabilitation of those in the Australian justice system and others suffering long-term debilitating illnesses. He is currently working on several long-term projects including a revised account of modernist architectural knowledge, a history of the plan as conceptual device, and investigations into resilient urban scale form with a focus on multi-unit housing,

 

EDUCATION –

Jasper’s teaching practice has been delivered in a body of work distinctive for its intellectual rigor, scholarly depth, and discipline impact. In the period 2012-18 his teaching has been organised in the following areas: - advanced architecture studios; - major project urban-scale studios; - advanced seminars in architecture composition. He has also led and taught in the professional practice and elective studies streams. A/Prof Jasper’s teaching develops translational knowledge across three domains: form generation, architecture knowledge, and complex urban-scale design. In the period 2017-2018 his teaching received an averaged overall satisfaction with unit quality InterFace Student Experience Questionnaire score of 93.6%, well above the 78.5% UC average.

Starting in 2011, he has led the internationalization of the UC Architecture program, initiating and securing funding for a series of postgraduate overseas research studios based in Beijing (2011, 2012), Venice (2014), and Tokyo (2015-). The Tokyo-based postgraduate unit celebrated its fourth consecutive year in 2018 and is now an established and distinguishing part of the curriculum. He was Master of Architecture Course Convenor (2016-2018) and in that capacity led the course in the implementation of a revised  curriculum in 2016 and over the national accreditation reporting period of Semester 2 2016 through Semester 1 2018. In the October 2018 national visiting panel review, the Master of Architecture course received one of the best accreditation outcome in the school’s history, receiving the maximum five-year accreditation. He currently leads the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture courses as Acting  Discipline Lead Architecture.

External positions

Member, Accreditation Management Committee, Architects Accreditation Council of Australia

1 Nov 2018 → …

Standing Panel Member, National Capital Design Review Panel

1 Nov 2018 → …

Director, Alastair Swayn Foundation

1 Aug 2016 → …

Deputy Chair, National Eduction Committee, Australian Institute of Architects

15 Aug 2015 → …

Member, Griffin Lecture Committee, Royal Australian Institute of Architects

1 Sep 2014 → …

Chair, Chapter Education Committee, Australian Institute of Architects

1 Sep 2013 → …

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Projects 2011 2016

Research Output 2012 2019

From Composite Building to Partial Figure

JASPER, M., 15 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cahiers de la recherche architecturale urbaine et paysagère . 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Studios
Teaching
Composite materials
Chemical analysis
Students

Teaching Resilience: Aspects of a univeresity urban design curriculum for 21st century cities

JASPER, M., 29 Jan 2019, In : Architecture Media Politics Society. 13, p. 187-197 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Curricula
Teaching
Education
Studios
Sustainable development
Ports and harbors
Lenses
Chemical analysis

Composing the Whole Thing: Design Research in Peter Eisenman’s Recent Studio Teaching

JASPER, M., 8 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18). Maxwell, D. (ed.). Sydney: University of Sydney, p. 687-697 11 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Open Access
Studios
Teaching
Agglomeration
Architectural design
Students

Diagonal Work: Diagonal Work 1, Diagonal Work 3

JASPER, M., 8 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 1st Annual Design Research Conference (ADR18). Maxwell, D. (ed.). 1st ed. Sydney: University of Sydney, p. 61-63 3 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Open Access
Diamonds
Painting
Plastics
Chemical analysis
Experiments