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Professor Mark Taylor

Dept Chair, Architectural and Industrial Design


Professor Mark Taylor teaches and researches in the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology (Australia). Previously he held teaching positions at University of Newcastle, Australia (Head of School), Queensland University of Technology (Head of Interior Design), the School of Architecture at Victoria University Wellington, NZ (Head of Interior Design), and at Manchester Metropolitan University (Coordinator MA Interior Design). His research is widely published in journals and books and he has taught history and theory courses alongside design studios that utilise digital and analogue techniques and processes.


Design work has been published in, British Architecture, The Architects’ Journal, Designers Journal, World Architecture, Building Design and The RIBA Journal. His work has been exhibited at The Royal Institute of British Architects and The Royal Academy of Arts where in 1986 he received a Bovis/Architects’ Journal Award for Architecture, for work exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. Recently Mark had work exhibited at Melbourne Museum as part of the “Homo Faber: Modelling Ideas” exhibition (2007), and the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, Australian Pavilion – Abundant, Venice (2008).


Mark has held several competitive grants and currently holds and ARC Discovery Grant for Place and Parametricism: Provocations for the Rethinking of Design, with Mark Burry, Jeff Malpas, Gini Lee, and Stanislav Roudavski. He recently completed an OLT (Office of Learning and Teaching Grant) for Developing Pedagogical Solutions to Linguistic and Cultural Barriers in Design Education, and was a member of an ALTC (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Priority Grant, with Michael J. Ostwald, Tony Williams and others for, Assessing Creativity: Strategies and Tools to support Teaching and Learning in Architecture and Design (2009-2011). Mark also held an ARC Discovery Grant, with Margot Brereton, Laurie Buys and Paul Roe for, Cooperation and reciprocity at the local scale enabled by social and mobile technologies: an empirically derived theoretical framework. $210,000.00 (DP110105127, 2011-2013).


Mark was a director of Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association (2007-2011) and is editorial board member for Architectural Design Research, and Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture. He regularly reviews manuscripts and book proposals for international publishers, and was external examiner Interior Design, UiTM, Malaysia (2009-2012), and is currently external examiner Department of Architecture and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China. He is co-author Moments of Resistance (2002), editor Surface Consciousness (2003), Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader (2006), Interior Design & Architecture: Critical & Primary Sources, 4 vols. (2013), Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (2015), and Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity (2018).  He has book chapters in Diagrams of Architecture (2010), Performance Fashion and the Modern Interior (2011), Domestic Interiors: Representing Homes from the Victorians to the Moderns (2013), The Handbook of Interior Design (2013), Oriental Interiors (2015), and Architectures of Display (2018). 

He is currently working with Georgina Downey and Terry Meade on a book entitled Domesticity Under Siege: When Home is Not Safe.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Also published as: Taylor, Mark; Taylor, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: ARC Training Centre for Next-Gen Architectural Manufacturing *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2018: Developing pedagogical solutions to linguistic and cultural barriers in design education supporting Asian architecture students  *; Office for Learning and Teaching Innovation and Development Program

* Chief Investigator

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