Stephen Loo

Professor of Interdisciplinary Design and Art
Professor

For more than 25 years, Professor Stephen Loo has researched, taught and practiced in the transdisciplinary nexus of design, philosophy, art, performance and science. He has published widely in architecture and design theory, biophilosophy, posthumanist ethics, ecological humanities and experimental computational and digital thinking. He holds a PhD in architecture and philosophy from the University of Sydney. Recent books include Deleuze and Architecture (ed. with Helene Frichot 2012) and Poetic Biopolitics (ed. with Peg Rawes and Tim Mathhews 2016) and is currently working on Speculative Ethologies (with Dr Undine Sellbach) on the relationship between entomology, psychoanalysis and ethics.

Stephen is a founding partner of award-winning design, architecture, interpretation and exhibition practice Mulloway Studio, whose projects have featured in the Venice Biennale in 2008 and 2014. He has a performance-philosophy based art practice and has shown internationally in Paris, Berlin, London, Sydney and Adelaide, and is part of an international collective, The Food Project.

Stephen has played a key role in national and international policy settings in architecture and design education. From 2010-2016 he was Chair of the National Education Committee, Australian Institute of Architects (AIA); and President of the Australian Deans of the Built Environment and Design (ADBED) from 2013-2016. Stephen was Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and External Examiner at Goldsmiths College London.

publications

Creative Works (non-textual)
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Loo S, 2020, Careful Whispers with the Autonomous Meridian Sensory Orchestra, Bruised Food: A Living Laboratory, RMIT Gallery, 20 February 2020 - 24 May 2019, medium: edible food, electronic and found sounds, dining setting and makeshift kitchen, at: https://rmitgallery.com/events/bruised-food-a-living-laboratory/
2020
Loo S, 2020, Co-PIVOT (Solo Exhibition 5 works), CO-PIVOT, The Space, Sawtooth ARI, Launceston Tasmania, 25 September 2020 - 26 October 2020, medium: Mixed media on canvas, discarded shirt, acrylic, thread, printed paper, pen and ink, at: https://www.sawtoothari.com/the-space-archive
2020
Journal articles
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Teal R; Loo S, 2018, 'A Pedagogy of the Concept: Rereading an Architectural Convention through the Philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari', International Journal of Art and Design Education, vol. 37, pp. 211 - 220, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jade.12095
2018
Loo S; Sellbach U, 2015, 'Insect affects: the big and small of the entomological imagination in childhood', Angelaki, vol. 20, pp. 79 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2015.1065125
2015
Duff C; Jacobs K; Loo S; Murray S, 2013, 'The role of informal community resources in supporting stable housing for young people recovering from mental illness: key issues for housing policy-makers and practitioners', AHURI Final Report Series, vol. 199, pp. 1 - 92, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/82746
2013
Loo S; Sellbach U, 2013, 'Eating (with) insects: insect gastronomies and upside-down ethics', Parallax, vol. 19, pp. 12 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13534645.2013.743290
2013
Loo S; Sellbach U, 2013, 'A picture book of invisible worlds: semblances of insects and humans in Jakob von Uexküll’s laboratory', Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, vol. 18, pp. 45 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2013.783441
2013
Loo S; Malpas J, 2012, 'Interstices 13: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts', Interstices 13: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/81710
2012
Loo S, 2012, 'Introduction: Technics, memory and the architecture of history', Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, vol. 13, pp. 4 - 9, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/81711
2012
Loo S, 2012, 'Emergent molarities: resistances on the molecular plane of biology and digital architecture', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 17, pp. 60 - 75, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13264826.2012.667869
2012
Duff C; Murray S; Alic N; Loo S; Jacobs K, 2011, 'The role of informal community resources in supporting independent housing for young people recovering from mental illness', AHURI Positioning Paper, vol. Online, pp. EJ - EJ, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/74809
2011
Loo S, 2011, 'the business of being a university', Architecture Bulletin, Learning Curves, vol. Nov - Dec 2011, pp. 8 - 9, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/76730
2011
Loo S; Hinds MJ, 2010, 'A Weekend Away: Tasmanian Architectural Narratives Weekend', Architecture Australia, vol. 99, pp. 15 - 16, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/68317
2010
Loo S, 2010, 'School of fine Furniture', Architecture Australia, vol. 99, pp. 80 - 84, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/68313
2010
Loo S, 2010, 'Summoning Daena: drawing the parallel', Interstices: A Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, vol. 11, pp. 40 - 48, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/68319
2010
Loo S; Gibson R, 2009, 'The Given (Interior) World', IDEA, Journal of the Interior Design/Interior Architecture Educators Association, vol. 2009, pp. 72 - 83, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62229
2009
Loo S, 2008, 'Aldo Iacobelli: From time to time we talk to the moon', Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 28, pp. 90 - 90, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/63671
2008
Loo S, 2008, 'Irigaray for Architects', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 13, pp. 119 - 122, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/54142
2008
Loo S, 2007, 'Bringing art, research and people together, Anne and Gordon Museum of Art, University of South Australia', Artlink: Australian Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 7, pp. 72 - 73, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61425
2007
Loo S, 2007, 'Cinematic Multitude, Indeterminate Urbanism', Kerb: RMIT Journal of Landscape Architecture, vol. 2007, pp. 60 - 65, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/63174
2007
Comber B; Nixon H; Ashmore L; Loo S; Cook J, 2006, 'Urban Renewal from the Inside Out: Spatial and Critical Literacies in a Low Socioeconomic School Community', Mind, Culture and Activity, vol. 13, pp. 228 - 246, http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15327884mca1303-5
2006
Loo S, 2006, 'Possible words: The Architecture of the Imagination, Architecture Symposium', Architecture Review Australia, vol. 096, pp. 32 - 34, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61711
2006
Loo S, 2005, 'Other Small Ecologies: Troppo Architects, Adelaide Affordable Eco-Housing Competition', Architecture Australia (official national journal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects), vol. 94, pp. 25 - 28, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61501
2005
Loo S, 2005, 'The Dance of the Terrace and the Confidence of a City: North Terrace Redevelopment Stage 1', Place (official journal of the SA Chapter of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects), vol. 1, pp. 26 - 27, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61490
2005
Loo S, 2005, 'The anxiety of relations: risk in Heidegger’s experience with language for architecture and philosophy', The International Journal of the Humanities, vol. 3, pp. 51 - 58, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62270
2005
Loo S, 2005, 'AnUneven Social Topography: State Library of South Australia, Guida Moseley Brown and Hassekk Architects', InDesign, vol. 20, pp. 164 - 173, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61508
2005
Loo S, 2005, 'Multi-Function Citizenship: Mawson Centre and Garth Bloomer Building, UniSA, Russell & Yelland and Guida Moseley Brown Architects', InDesign, vol. 23, pp. 184 - 191, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61504
2005
Loo S, 2004, 'A State of Small Architectures', The Adelaide Review, vol. July 2004, pp. 24 - 25, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62248
2004
Loo S, 2004, 'Educational Grid: Kurrajong Precinct Pultney Grammar School', Monument, vol. 60, pp. 84 - 88, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61545
2004
Loo S, 2004, 'Exquisite Pragmatism: Scholz Vinall', InDesign, vol. 2004, pp. 32 - 32, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62250
2004
Loo S, 2004, 'Extra Ordinary: Sarah Wigglesworth, Architect, London', Monument, vol. 2004, pp. 18 - 19, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62249
2004
Loo S, 2003, 'Introduction: Reviewing Architectural Theory', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 240, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61579
2003
Loo S, 2001, 'Belonging and Time: Technology, Heidegger’s ’Event of Appropriation,’ and New Dutch Architecture', Architectural Theory Review, vol. 6, pp. 40 - 55, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62256
2001
Book Chapters
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Sellbach U; Loo S, 2018, 'The blind & deaf highway woman', in Hilevaara K; Orley E (ed.), The Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 123 - 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315561059
2018
Loo S; Sellbach U, 2016, 'Mistress O and the bees: biopolitics and the performance of a makeshift poetics', in Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, I.B. Taurus and Co., Ltd., pp. 81 - 104, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/109440
2016
Sellbach U; Loo S, 2015, 'Insects and other minute perceptions in the baroque house', in Deleuze and the Non/Human, pp. 103 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137453693.0010
2015
Loo S; Sellbach U, 2015, 'A Picture book of invisible worlds: semblances of insects and humans in Jakob von Uexküll's laboratory', in Broglio R; Young F (ed.), Being Human: Between Animals and Technology, Routledge, London; New York, pp. 42 - 61
2015
Sellbach U; Loo S, 2015, 'Insects and other minute perceptions in the Baroque House', in Deleuze and the Non/Human, Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 103 - 121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137453693_7
2015
Loo S, 2015, 'De-signing as bio-technological endosymbiosis', in De-signing Design: Cartographies of Theory and Practice, Lexington Books, pp. 163 - 177, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/106811
2015
Loo S, 2013, 'Design-ing ethics: The good, the bad and the performative', in Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice, pp. 10 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203123973
2013
Loo S, 2013, 'Abstract Care', in Deleuze and Architecture, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 245 - 261, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/88931
2013
Frichot H; Loo S, 2013, 'The Exhaustive and the Exhausted - Deleuze AND Architecture', in Deleuze and Architecture, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1 - 11, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/89567
2013
Loo S, 2012, 'Design-ing ethics', in Design and Ethics: Reflection on Practice, Routledge, pp. 10 - 19, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/89585
2012
Loo S, 2011, 'The (Not So) Smooth Flow Between Architecture and Life', in Architecture in The Space of Flows, Routledge, pp. 199 - 214, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203721018
2011
Loo S, 2007, 'Responding by Mimicry, or Three Frames Towards Becoming a Visual Animal', in Visual Animals: Crossovers, Evolution and New Aesthetics, edn. 2007, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, pp. 161 - 189, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/63173
2007
Loo S, 2004, 'Choose Technology, Choose Economics: The Ethico-Aesthetic Obligation of the Arts and Humanities', in Innovation and Tradition: Arts, Humanities and the Knowledge Economy, Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, pp. 58 - 70, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61530
2004
Books
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Rawes P; Loo S; Mathews T, 2016, Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts, I. B. Tauris
2016
2013, Deleuze and Architecture, Frichot H; Loo S, (ed.), Edinburgh University Press, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/88922
2013
Conference Papers
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Bones V; Loo S, 2014, 'Sound interpretation - acoustic ecologies and urban history', in M Gjerde EP (ed.), Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference, Australasian Urban History/Planning History Group and Victoria University of Wellington, Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference (UHPH 14): Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History, pp. 31 - 46, Australasian Urban History Planning History Conference (UHPH 14): Landscapes and Ecologies of Urban and Planning History, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/99097
2014
King SA; Chatterjee A; Loo S, 2012, '29th SAHANZ Conference 2012 Conference Proceedings', in King S (ed.), Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage, Society of Architectural Historians, The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, pp. 1294 - 1294, The 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/78723
2012
Van den Berg K; Loo S; King S, 2011, 'The ’Fusion of Horizon’s’: affect and the learning subject in architectural history and theory', in H Elkadi LX; Coulson J (ed.), Proceedings of the 2011 International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, School of Architecture & Building, Deakin University, Architecture @ the Edge, pp. 407 - 417, Architecture @ the Edge, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/73455
2011
Booth PC; Loo S, 2009, 'Beyond Equilibrium', in Smitheram J; Wood P (ed.), Sustainable Theory: Theorizing sustainability, Association of Architecture Schools in Australasia, AASA, pp. 1 - 11, AASA, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61550
2009
Loo S, 2009, 'Digital phenomenology and post-humanist ethics in architecture', in Kyoto EFEORCI (ed.), Architecture and Phenomenology, Kyoto Seika University, Architecture and Phenomenology International Conference, pp. 50 - 50, Architecture and Phenomenology International Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62259
2009
Loo S; Nolan G; Sequeira SA, 2009, 'Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment: Sustainability Research Across Disciplines', in Stephen Loo FS (ed.), 2009 ANZAScA, School of Architecture & Design, TAS, 2009 ANZAScA Conference, pp. 1 - 58, 2009 ANZAScA Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62278
2009
Loo S, 2009, 'The Transverse Face: Architecture X Culture', in Gatley J (ed.), Cultural Crossroads: SAHANZ 2009, The University of Auckland, NZ, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, pp. 39 - 39, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62265
2009
Loo S; Potter E, 2008, 'Ecology and the Poetics of Brine', in Dr Rosemary Hawker APRW (ed.), alpha alpha alpha november zulu, Griffith University, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, pp. 73 - 73, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/54140
2008
Loo S, 2008, 'The end of a metaphor and the collapse of the thinking subject', in Karl Jormkka EL (ed.), Building Designing Thinking: 3rd International Alvar Aalto Meeting of Modern Architecture, Alvar Aalto Academy, International Alvar Aalto Meeting of Modern Architecture, pp. 69 - 74, International Alvar Aalto Meeting of Modern Architecture, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/54135
2008
Loo S, 2007, 'Biological Life: The Pedagogy of an Architectural Concept', in Orr K; Grady SK-O (ed.), Techniques and Technologies, Transfers and Transformations, University of Technology Sydney, AASA, pp. 144 - 149, AASA, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61303
2007
Loo S; Bartsch K, 2007, 'Panorama to Paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architecture and Urban History and Theory', in Stephen Loo KB (ed.), Panorama to paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory, SAHANZ, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, pp. 77 pages plus CD rom - 77 pages plus CD rom, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61422
2007
Loo S, 2007, 'Strangely Familiar (working title)', in Mary Knights D (ed.), Strangely Familiar (working title), SASA Gallery, Strangely Familiar (working title), pp. 21 - 21, Strangely Familiar (working title), http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61434
2007
Loo S, 2006, 'Contesting Design in the General Terrain of Contemporary Public Space', in Terrance Mc Minn DSB (ed.), Contested Terrains (SAHANZ 2006), The Society of Architectural Historians, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, pp. 309 - 315, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62272
2006
Loo S, 2005, 'The Professional Life: the Educable Body on the Convergence of Film and Architecture', in Sanders KH-DP (ed.), Drawing Together: Convergent Practices in Architectural Education, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, AASA, pp. 1 - 10 Web proceedings, AASA, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61524
2005
Loo S, 2005, 'Cinematic Sustainability: Film, Architecture and Ecological Production', in Skates H (ed.), Fabricating Sustainability, chool of Architecture & Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Architectural Science Association Conference, pp. CD rom - CD rom, Architectural Science Association Conference, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61511
2005
Loo S, 2003, 'Governing Architecture: Theory, Technology, and the Rise of Architectural Science Discourse in Australia 1953-1965', in Hayman S (ed.), The Diversity of Architectural Science, Faculty of Architecture, University of Sydney, 37th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, pp. 404 - 411, 37th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61564
2003
Loo S, 2002, 'Dutch Courage, Asian Know How: East-West Theoretical Crossings in Contemporary Urban Studies', in Errol Haarhoff EA-R (ed.), Southern Crossings: Whaka whitiwhiti au Tonga, The University of Auckland, NZ, Sixth Australasian of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 391 - 404, Sixth Australasian of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61687
2002
Loo S, 2002, 'Koolhaas’s Generic and Melancholic Indeterminacy', in John Macarthur AM (ed.), Additions to Architectural History, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (inc. SA), Brisbane, AUS, XIXth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, pp. 1 - CD rom, XIXth Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61693
2002
Loo S, 2002, 'Languaging: Digital Diagrams and the ’Show and Tell’ of Design', in Luther M (ed.), The Modern Practice of Architectural Science: From Pedagogy to Andragogy, School of Architecture + Building, Deakin University, Geelong, VI, 36th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, pp. 277 - 284, 36th annual conference of the Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61697
2002
Loo S, 2002, 'Wild Invention, Urban Belonging: Wilderness as Proposition in the City', in Blythe R (ed.), Wild Cities/Urban Wilderness, The University of Tasmania, Launceston, Wild Cities/Urban Wilderness Symposium, pp. 51 - 60, Wild Cities/Urban Wilderness Symposium, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/61690
2002
Other
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Loo S, 2012, Small Protests Against Forgetting, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/81712
2012
Loo S; Yuen M, 2009, k2-02, http://ecite.utas.edu.au/62230
2009