Professor John Macarthur
John Macarthur is Dean and Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, where he conducts research and teaches in the history and theory of architecture and also teaches architectural design. He is Director of the research centre ATCH (architecture.theory.criticism.history). He is a past President of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (2001-3), and chaired its Editorial Board from 2004-9.John graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor (Hons 1st) and Master of Design Studies degrees (1984) before taking a doctorate at the University of Cambridge (1989) where he studied with Joseph Rykwert and later with Mark Cousins while teaching design in the studio of Colin St J Wilson.His research in history and theory of architecture has focused on the conceptual framework and the history of picturesque aesthetics. His major work The Picturesque: architecture, disgust and other irregularities, was published by Routledge in 2007. He is currently working on projects on the Baroque in the 20th century, on architectural aesthetics and on a synopsis of the history of the architecture of Queensland. John has edited four books and published over 100 papers including contributions to the journals Assemblage, Transition, Architecture Research Quarterly, Oase and the Journal of Architecture.