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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 directs the Master of Architecture course and teaches in the major projects studio and advanced architectural analysis streams. Immediately prior to joining the University, A/Prof Jasper was a Partner in Cooper Robertson & Partners (2002-2011), a prominent New York architecture and urban design firm. Jasper is broadly 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 – Academic Board, Outside Studies Committee - and across the Faculty of Arts and Design. He is an associate member of the Faculty’s Centre for Creative and Cultural Research. He chaired a working group to develop and advocate for a new National Architecture Research Prize to be launched in 2018 and administered by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. He is Deputy Chair of the National Education Committee, a peak national advisory body on architecture education policies and accreditation procedures, and a member of the five-person national Accreditation Management Committee 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 Director of the Alastair Swayn Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to the advancement of Australian design and architecture, and a member of the National Capital Design Review Panel, the peak advisory group to the National Capital Authority and ACT Government on development proposals in the Canberra’s city renewal precinct.


Between 2002 and 2011 Jasper was Partner in the New York architecture firm of Cooper Robertson & Partners where he led 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 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. His clients included 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.


A/Prof Jasper’s international and national research contributions rest on a large portfolio of work that investigates three strands in the practice and theory of 20th century and contemporary architecture. 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. He was Visiting Scholar (2015) at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Visiting Artist (2013) at the American Academy in Rome. He has published extensively in peak academic journals and presented in key international and national conferences. He is the author of Architectural Aesthetic Speculations, Deleuze on Art and the forthcoming books Potential Architecture Futures: On Peter Eisenman and Trajectories in Architecture. Jasper is an Assessor for the Australian Research Council.

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. He has led the internationalization of the UC Architecture program, initiating and securing funding for a series of overseas research studios in Beijing, Venice, and Tokyo.  The Tokyo-based postgraduate studio celebrated its fourth consecutive year in 2018 and is now an established part of the curriculum.

External positions

Director, Alastair Swayn Foundation

1 Mar 2016 → …

Deputy Chair, National Eduction Committee, Australian Institute of Architects

15 Aug 2015 → …

Chair, Chapter Education Committee, Australian Institute of Architects

1 Sep 2013 → …

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Projects 2011 2016

Research Output 2012 2018

Ports and harbors
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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Architectural design

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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Chemical analysis

On and around the El

JASPER, M. 29 Aug 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition

Open Access
Anthony Caro
Donald Judd
Research Projects

Plastic Temperaments: Notes on the Historical Project of Peter Eisenman following Bruno Zevi

JASPER, M. 6 May 2018 In : Esempi di Architettura. 5, 1, p. 99-107 9 p.

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