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Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage

About us

The Australian Collaboratory for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) provides an international perspective on research and teaching in architectural history and heritage with a particular emphasis on Australia and the Asia-Pacific. It fosters a collaborative approach to the critical study of architectural history, heritage conservation and digital, cultural, landscape and urban heritage and design.

ACAHUCH is a member of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) and the Society of Architectural and Urban Historians of Asia.

Our Purpose

ACAHUCH aims to:

  • promote and undertake high-quality, collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the design, application, theory, history, politics and cultural significance of architectural, urban and cultural heritage;
  • support teaching and learning programs in heritage and architectural history, including post-graduate training and research higher degrees;
  • support the work of emerging scholars, and foster national and international collaborations;
  • develop and facilitate professional and community knowledge exchange;
  • engage with heritage policy, planning and practice, and with cultural and collecting institutions, government agencies, heritage professionals and others across the sector in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

Upcoming events

In Search of a Distant Familiarity: The Past as Tool and Material in the Work of Romaldo Giurgola

Malaysia Theatre (Basement, MSD Building), Monday, 21 August 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH) at the University of Melbourne is hosting a lunchtime lecture by Professor Paolo Tombesi on the life and work of Romaldo Giurgola (1920-2016), architect of Parliament House Canberra.

In the course of a career lasting more than 60 years and dotted with professional achievements and disciplinary recognitions with a few equals, Romaldo Giurgola came across (or set out to cross) profoundly different cultures and architectural landscapes, from Italy to America, America to Scandinavia, Scandinavia to Australia, Australia to Asia.

Modernism and Spanish Architecture

Malaysian Theatre (Basement, MSD Building), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Inmaculada Jimenez Caballero, Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Navarra, will explore the contribution of some of the leading figures in the Spanish modernist architecture movement. A presentation of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH).


Haunting, Memory & Place: ACAHUCH Symposium

Melbourne School of Design, 21-22 September, 2017

We are currently inviting applications for the annual symposium of the Australian Centre for Architectural History, Urban and Cultural Heritage (ACAHUCH), based within the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne - more details on keynote speakers to follow.

Submit your abstract of no more than 500 words by 10 June 2017 to Dr Gareth Wilson. Successful applicants will be invited to present a 15 minute paper. Applications from early career researchers and PhD students are strongly encouraged.


The list of Urban and Cultural Heritage staff can be found here


ACAHUCH supports a wide range of research projects and publications. It also offers extensive teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels including the Master of Urban and Cultural Heritage and PhD supervision.


ACAHUCH fosters important research in architectural, planning, cultural and urban history and heritage conservation. It also contributes to and produces a range of research publications.


ACAHUCH contributes to, organises and hosts a range of public lectures, seminars and conferences showcasing research projects and researchers.