As well as doing architecture, there’s also researching and writing about it. Dave does most of the writing & his research is mostly centred on three areas.
Firstly, he’s interested in multicultural & migrant architecture in Australia (what are Third World-Looking Buildings, & what are they doing in the suburbs?). His current ARC Grant is to study Architecture and industry: the migrant contribution to nation-building. Their Immigrant Networks Exhibition is currently showing in Melbourne.
Secondly, with Dr. Sambit Datta, he’s investigating the architectonics of ancient Hindu temples in South and Southeast Asia (why does a temple in Cambodia resemble one in Java or India?). Their book Digital Archetypes has been published by Routledge.
Thirdly, just out of curiosity, he’s looking at the influence of popular culture on contemporary Asian cities (why does a Thai bank building look like a robot?).
For answers to these questions & many others, read on.Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration