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Mathew Aitchison


Wrangelstr 90
10997 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0) 30 611 5320


"Visual Planning and Exterior Furnishing: A Critical History of the Early Townscape Movement, 1930-1949."

Lebenslauf / Curriculum Vitae

Place of Birth:  Glen Innes, N.S.W. Australia
Date of Birth:   22-02-1974


Currently enrolled and studying for a Ph.D in Architecture at the University of Queensland in conjunction with the Technische Universität Berlin – expected completion in March 2007.Title: "Visual Planning and Exterior Furnishing: A Critical History of the Early Townscape Movement, 1930-1949."

University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Bachelor of Architecture with honours.

Technische Universität Berlin (TU), Germany
Three semesters of study under an exchange program.

University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia. Bachelor of Design Studies.


Forthcoming Conference, “Concealing the Designer: The Illusion of the Natural City in the 20th Century.”
Currently engaged as initiator and organiser of the forthcoming international architectural and urban planning conference in conjunction with Prof. Florian Urban, Erik Ghenoiu and the ‘Center of Metropolitan Studies’ Berlin. Scheduled for May 2007.

Berlin Forum for Architectural and Urban Research’
Initiator and Director – Research Forum for students and professionals in the fields of Architecture and Urban Studies.

University of Queensland, Dr. John Macarthur
Employed as a Research Assistant. Responsibilities include: European Library research, and the translation of German texts.

University of Queensland – 3 semesters
Employed as a tutor for second and fourth year architecture students, teaching architectural design.

Technische Universität Berlin – 4 semesters
Employed as a tutor for first and second year architecture students in the institute for Design and Construction under Prof. Tim Heide. Responsibilities include; teaching, organisation and documentation.


Associate of the Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin - New York.
Awarded a monthly stipend to complete research and to assist in the Center’s organization.

Getty Research Insitute, Los Angeles, CA. Library Research Grant.
Awarded $2,500 USD to undertake research in the Pevsner Archives in at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, May 2006.

School Research Grant, University of Queenland.
Awarded $2000 AUD to travel from Berlin to New Zealand (See Conference below).

Graduate School Research Travel Award, University of Queenland.
Awarded $5000 AUD for archival research in Austin, Texas, and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles for one month.

School Research Grant, University of Queensland.
Awarded $1000 AUD to travel from Berlin to Philadelphia (See Conference below).

University of Queensland Graduate School Scholarship.
Awarded a full 3,5-year scholarship ($18,000 AUD p.a.) for the completion of a Ph.D in Architecture at the University of Queensland.

Pilkington Glasshouse Competition, 2002.
Awarded the Regional Commendation for an Architectural Design Competition (See Competitions below).

International Peace Forum Competition.
Awarded first prize for the Urban Design of Tel Aviv's Rabin square – with Joost Meuwissen Architect (Amsterdam) and Null Maschine (Vienna).

Student Competition TU Berlin.
Awarded the Runner-up Prize for an Urban Design Competition (See Competitions below).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – Architectural and Urban

Peuker and Sausel Architekten - Berlin, Germany.
Employed as project architect for the renovations of the Alexanderplatz underground stations - (8 months)

Joost Meuwissen Architect - Amsterdam, Holland
Various projects including; Competitions (Aomori/Japan, Tel Aviv/Israel) - Office and apartment building, Eindhoven - Private house extension, Waalre/Brabant - (2 months).

Walter Nägeli Architekten - Berlin, Germany
Various Projects including; Competitions (Berlin, Weimar, Hamburg) - Apartment block, Berlin - Home for the Elderly, Berlin - Private garden, Zurich - Private house extension, Berlin - (total 10 months).

Antoin Macgabhann Architects - Donegal, Ireland
Various projects including; Competitions, (Donegal, Kildare) - District Council Offices, Donegal - Extensions to National schools, Donegal - Private house, Cork - Mixed use complex, Donegal - Restaurant, Donegal - (total 8 months).

Planungsgruppe Fuhlbrügge & Doyle - Berlin, Germany
Preparations of working drawings for a museum conversion - (3 months)
City Council Architects - Brisbane, Australia
Various projects including; large sporting facilities - public utilities - office accommodation - (7 months).

Lambert & Smith Architects - Brisbane, Australia
Residential projects - (1 month).

Elizabeth Watson-Brown Architects - Brisbane, Australia
Residential Projects - (10 months).

Donovan Hill Architects - Brisbane, Australia
Residential projects - (1 month).


Alexanderplatz U-Bahn, Berlin - Project Architect
Preparation of detail design and construction drawings for the renovations to the Underground railway stations on Alexanderplatz. Built.

Office and Apartment Building, Eindhoven - Team of Three
Planning approval for a six storey building for a vacant site on the edge of Eindhoven's historic centre, 4,500m2. Discontinued.

Private House Extension, Waalre Brabant - Team of Three
Preliminary design for the extension of a luxury villa in the outskirts of Eindhoven, 180m2. Discontinued.

Private House Extension, Berlin Wansee - Team of Four
Preparation of a complex timber construction system for an existing house on Wansee, 36m2. Discontinued.

School Extension, Donegal Ireland - Project Architect
Design and construction drawings for the extension of an existing Irish national school, 400m2. Built.

Rosemount Parade, Donegal Ireland - Project Architect
Feasibility study for a mixed-use complex containing apartment and retail space, 9,500m2. Discontinued.

Glen Bar Restaurant, Donegal Ireland - Project Architect
Design and planning drawings for a restaurant conversion of an Irish Pub, 150m2. Built.

Private House, Cork Ireland - Project Architect
Design, planning and construction drawings for an addition to an existing farm house complex, 80m2. Built.

Private Garden, Zurich Switzerland - Team of Five
Design and construction drawings/models for a series of interventions in an existing 19th century villa and garden. Built.

Apartment Block, Berlin Wilmersdorf - Project Architect
Design and planning drawings for a 7 storey apartment block on an inner-city site, approx. 3000m2. Discontinued.


'House for the 21st Century'. Pilkington Glasshouse Competition, 2002. Project for a house utilising glass for a ficticious site in the English Midlands. (awarded the Commendation for the Central Western European Region, (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).

International Urban Design competition for the design of a Peace Forum on Tel Aviv's Rabin square. (First Prize)
Realisation competition for a housing complex on a large inner city site in the Northern Japanese city of Aomori.
Invited realisation competition for an office building in Hamburg's new harbour development.
Europan 6: realisation/ideas competition for the urban plan and architectural development of an inner peripheral area of Graz (Austria).

Realisation competition for the Kildare District Urban Offices, Naas, Ireland.

Student competition for the suburban development of a fictitious site in Berlin's periphery - (runner-up).
Invited realisation competition for the extension of the Akademie der Wissenschaft in Berlin.

Invited realisation competition for a factory and office building in Weimar, Germany.
Realisation competition for a Primary school in Günzenhausen-Sud, Germany.

Invited realisation competition for the Letterkenny District Urban Offices in Donegal, Ireland - subsequently awarded the project, completed 2002.

Student competition for the design of the University of Queensland's Student Forum in Brisbane , Australia - second place.




Publikationen, Vorträge etc. / Publications, Lectures etc.


Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, California. “On Visual Planning and the Picturesque: Pevsner’s Townscape”

Forthcoming book, consisting of an unpublished manuscript held by the Getty Research Institute, transcribed and edited by myself, with a jointly authored introduction by Dr. John Macarthur and myself. Confirmation of publication received in July 2006. Expected publication date provisionally nominated for 2008.

Napier, New Zealand. ‘Celebrations’ annual conference of The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
Paper delivered titled, “Visual Planning and the Picturesque: Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Townscape Revisited”. Published.

Philadelphia, USA. ‘Recovering Post-War Europe: Art and Architecture 1945-1970’. Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania.
Paper delivered titled, “Townscape in Context: The Picturesque, Nikolaus Pevsner, Visual Planning and the Concept of Context in Post-War British Architecture and Urban Planning”. Forthcoming.

Melbourne, Australia. ‘Limits’ annual conference of The Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand.
Paper co-authored with Dr. John Macarthur titled, “Ivor de Wolfe’s Picturesque, or, who and what was Townscape”. Published.

Brisbane, Australia. Mini-HAT Conference at the University of Queensland.
Paper delivered titled, “Finding the Context in Mies: The Concept of Context in 20th Century Architecture, or Mies as an Urbanist”.

Bachelor's Thesis - Dr. John Macarthur
'Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Railways, The Metropolis, and Public Urban Space.

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