Dr Carl Douglas

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Lecturer

Email: carl.douglas@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8374-5838

Academic appointments:

  • Curriculum Leader, Spatial Design, AUT University (2019 - ongoing)
  • Lecturer, AUT University (2007 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, Auckland University of Technology
  • MArch, University of Auckland
  • BArch, University of Auckland
  • BAS, University of Auckland

Research interests:

Carl researches in the fields of spatial design, architecture, and urban design. He focuses on public space (particularly informal, amateur, ad-hoc, and illicit spacemaking), and procedural design techniques (particularly cartography, drawing, and scripting). Other research themes include infrastructure, concepts of place, technologically-mediated environments, distributed or networked spaces, theory and practice of spatial representation, architectural drawing, interior design, immersion and atmosphere.

Teaching summary:

Carl teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students working in all areas of spatial design and related fields, especially those that engage contemporary permutations of place and critically explore tools and techniques of spatial representation. Carl’s undergraduate teaching centres on studio, assisting students to develop a rigorous and reflective design practice. He also teaches Spatial Theory and Digital Techniques.

Fields of research:

  • Architecture
  • Architectural History and Theory
  • Interior Design
  • History and Theory of The Built Environment (Excl. Architecture)
  • Urban Design

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • MEMBER of enigma: he aupiki Charitable Trust, enigma: he aupiki Charitable Trust (2019 - ongoing)
  • ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER in Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces Research Cluster, Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces Research Cluster (2017 - ongoing)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • JUDGE for Architectural Designers New Zealand National Design Awards, Architectural Designers of New Zealand (2019)
  • REVIEWER for Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts and IDEA Journal, Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts (2013 - ongoing)
  • EXTERNAL EXAMINER for University of Auckland MArch theses., University of Auckland School of Architecture and Planning (2013 - 2020)

Facilitation, networking and collaboration

  • CO-CHAIR of 'Recounting Alternative Modes of Action and Design in Public Spaces in the Pacific', Conference of the Association for Social Anthropology in the Pacific, 13-16 Feb, 2019 (2019 - ongoing)
  • CHAIRED 'Local Surface', a session of 'Surface/Pattern. A Pursuit of Material Narratives.' Interstices Under Construction Symposium. 2-4 June, 2017., 'Local Surface', a session of 'Surface/Pattern. A Pursuit of Material Narratives.' Interstices Unde (2017 - ongoing)
  • CHAIRED 'Embodying', a session of 'Moved: On Atmospheres and Affects.' Interstices Under Construction Symposium. 22-24 November, 2013., 'Embodying', a session of 'Moved: On Atmospheres and Affects.' Interstices Under Construction Sympo (2013 - ongoing)

    Other professional recognition

    • STUDENTS AWARDED and finalists at DINZ Best Awards, Designers Institute of New Zealand (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Douglas, C. (2018). Strange Relations. A design inquiry into infrastructure as topological place.. (AUT University, Auckland, NZ). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/11645

  • Douglas, C. (2014). Inorganic collections: Atmospheric distributions of the sensible and regimes of public space. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 15. Retrieved from http://interstices.aut.ac.nz/ijara/index.php/ijara/article/view/197

  • Douglas, C. (2011). Off the Grid: Infrastructure and transformational space. Access: critical perspectives on communication, cultural and policy studies.

  • Douglas, C. (2009). Contract, Crowd, Corpus and Plasma. Architectural and Social Assemblages. Interstices, 10.

  • Douglas, C. (2007). Barricades and Boulevards. Material Transformations of Paris, 1795-1871. Interstices, 8.

Journal articles

  • Douglas, C. (2014). Inorganic collections: Atmospheric distributions of the sensible and regimes of public space. Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 15. Retrieved from http://interstices.aut.ac.nz/ijara/index.php/ijara/article/view/197

  • Douglas, C. (2011). Against Recycling Nature. Block. The Broadsheet of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, (06).

  • Douglas, C. (2011). Off the Grid: Infrastructure and transformational space. Access: critical perspectives on communication, cultural and policy studies.

  • Douglas, C. (2010). Tensions. Design proposals for the Confucius Institute at the University of Auckland. George Fraser Gallery, Auckland, 24-29 August 2010. Interstices, 11.

  • Douglas, C. (2009). Afternoon House II: Radical/Conservative. Architecture New Zealand, (6 Nov/Dec).

  • Douglas, C. (2009). Transformative Experience. Architecture New Zealand, (6 Nov/Dec).

  • Douglas, C. (2009). Contract, Crowd, Corpus and Plasma. Architectural and Social Assemblages. Interstices, 10.

  • Gatley, J., & Douglas, C. (2008). Introduction. Expats: Places/Spaces/Baggage. Interstices, 9.

  • Douglas, C. (2008). Soho Square, Grey Lynn / Deloitte Centre, Auckland City. Architecture NZ, (6 Nov/Dec).

  • Douglas, C. (2008). arc/sec: Reactive architecture. St Paul St Gallery, AUT University, 12 September – 4 October 2008. Interstices, 9.

  • Douglas, C. (2007). Barricades and Boulevards. Material Transformations of Paris, 1795-1871. Interstices, 8.

  • Douglas, C. (2006). Collectivity. Modos, (06. Collection).

  • Douglas, C. (2006). Recalcitrant Figures. Delineation and the Archaeologist's Encounter with the Ground. Fabrications: the journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, 16(2).

  • Douglas, C. (2006). Latecomers. Interstices, 7.

Creative works

  • Douglas, C., & Jansen, M. (2019). Kuku Drafts: Te Waituhi-ā-Nuku / Drawing Ecologies (No. Of Pieces: Works by Carl Douglas: Cattle Grate 1 (charcoal on gallery floor, 400x1200mm, seven days); Cattle Grate 2 (charcoal on gallery floor, 1600x4800mm, six days). Works by Monique Jansen: Tipping Point (pencil on paper, 5000x700mm); Folded Char Net (charcoal on paper, 4000x1500mm; seven days); Drawings and monoprints (pencil, charcoal, ink, carbon on paper, various sizes)) [Artefact]. Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, Auckland: Drawing Open Collective / AUT / Corban Estate Arts Centre. Retrieved from https://ceac.org.nz/events/gallery-activity/onsite-exhibition-kuku-drafts

  • Douglas, C., Gallagher, S., O'Hara, E., Patel, R., & Tapuni, M. (2019). Silvering (slowly). Spatial Design Work (No. Of Pieces: 'Elevations (from the ground looking back)': Ink on paper; 3x500x650mm / '1000-line dwelling': knotted silver hair, silver chain, variable lengths / 'Night Stand / 2019 Lunar Index': poplar, clay, glaze, palladium, text; dimensions variable / 'Heavens and Earths': pencil on permatrace; 1x300x840, 2x590x841 / 'code-switching: (M+B) @ruff cuts 005': mixed media )) [Artefact]. St Paul St Gallery 3. 63 Wellesley Street, Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology. Retrieved from https://stpaulst.aut.ac.nz/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/2019

  • Gallagher, S., & Douglas, C. (2018). POINT OF INFLECTION Spatial Design Work (No. Of Pieces: 2 installation works, (1) found scoria rock, pine and aluminium tripod (400 x 400 x 1300mm), two-screen digital animation; (2) steel-casting wax-bronze, 100 rods, 101 posts (4000 x 9000mm)) [Artefact]. 63 Wellesley St East, Auckland, New Zealand: AUT.

  • Young, E., Davis, M., Douglas, C., Ceelen, V., Stevens, B., Phuong, D. K., . . . Chou, W. (2007). Dynamic Geometries. Te Wero Bridge as a Pacific Monument. [Artefact]. Old Post Office, Britomart Quarter, Auckland, NZ.

  • Douglas, C. (2006). Streaming. An Intelligence Agency for an Unspecified City in a Hot Climate. Competition Entry for Auckland Architecture Association Cavalier Bremworth Awards 06 [Artefact]. Britomart Quarter, Auckland, NZ..

  • Douglas, C. (2006). The Barricades Commission (No. Of Pieces: 3 x 840x597mm) [Artefact].

Book chapters

  • Douglas, C. (2013). Off the grid. Left out and over. In L. Lambert (Ed.), The Funambulist papers. Volume 1 (pp. 133-137). Brooklyn, NY: Punctum books. Retrieved from http://punctumbooks.com/titles/the-funambulist-papers-vol-1/

  • Douglas, C. (2011). Against nature: public space and the outside. In M. Davis, & C. Douglas (Eds.), Ultralocal. Design Proposals for the Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre. 10-20 October 2011. St Paul St Gallery Three. (pp. 4). Auckland, NZ: Auckland, NZ: School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland [Exhibition Catalogue].

Conference contributions

  • Douglas, C. (2019). DO NOT SCALE. Monique Jansen's 'Overcast' (2017). In C. Schnoor (Ed.), AAANZ 2019 Ngā Tūtaki: Encounter/s (pp. 20). Auckland: Auckland, NZ: School of Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology. Retrieved from http://aaanz.info/

  • Douglas, C. (2017). Superficial immersion: Flat ontologies and the picture plane. In Surface/Pattern: A Pursuit of Material Narratives. Interstices Under Construction Symposium. Auckland.

  • Douglas, C. (2014). Strange agencies: Speculative infrastructures for the māngere inlet. In Exchange / Whakawhiti Whakaaro. AUT University School of Art & Design Postgraduate Research Conference. Auckland.

  • Douglas, C. (2013). Inorganic collections. In Moved: On Atmospheres and Affects. 2013 Interstices Under Construction Symposium. Auckland.

  • Douglas, C. (2009). Previous Enrolments. Drawing as Collective Formation. In Interstices Under Construction Symposium: The Traction of Drawing. Auckland.

  • Douglas, C. (2008). The Contracted Joint. In 'On Adam's House in the Pacific. Symposium in Honour of Joseph Rykwert' (pp. 11). Auckland: Auckland, NZ: University of Auckland.

  • Douglas, C. (2007). Accident + Emergency: Risky Intervals in the Design Studio. In Inhabiting Risk. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference of the Interior Design / Interior Architecture Educators Association (pp. 44-51). Wellington: WelTec, Victoria University and Massey University.

Reports

  • Douglas, C., Ryoo, Y., & Davis, M. (2011). Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre: Project Analysis.. Auckland, NZ: Auckland, NZ: Department of Spatial Design, School of Art and Design, AUT University.

Theses

  • Douglas, C. (2018). Strange Relations. A design inquiry into infrastructure as topological place.. (AUT University, Auckland, NZ). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10292/11645

Other outputs

  • Douglas, C. (2020). Why I walk. In Home (pp. 160-161). Bauer Media. Retrieved from https://www.homestolove.co.nz/

  • Douglas, C. (2019). Seeing ourselves and others as 'public'. In Medium. Reimagining the Civic Commons. Retrieved from https://medium.com/

  • Douglas, C. (2019). Marian Macken Binding space: The book as spatial practice. In Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts (Vol. 19, pp. 103-105). doi:10.24135/ijara.v0i0.560

  • Douglas, C. (2019). How to turn Auckland's inner city streets into public spaces people can enjoy. In The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/

  • Douglas, C. (2018). Epizeuxis. Point / Cloud. In C. Jindal (Ed.), Into the Underworld Exhibition 2018 (pp. 4-7). Auckland, NZ: Auckland, NZ: Chirag Jindal.

  • Douglas, C. (2018). Deviations. In S. Mulla, A. Paterson, & K. Paton (Eds.), Prenumbral Reflections (pp. 81-87). Auckland, NZ: Objectspace.

  • Douglas, C. (2015). Strange Agencies. Infrastructure and Projective Drawing. Presentation for confirmation of PhD candidature, Friday 24 April, 2015. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/