Simon Twose

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Associate Professor Wellington School of Architecture


BArch (hons) Auckland, PhD RMIT Melbourne, ANZIA

I am currently Senior Lecturer at the Wellington School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. I also run my own practice, Simon Twose Architects. My research interests reflect a mix of academic and professional practice. I focus on experimental design research practice, particularly in crossings and transferences between drawing and building. I have recently been awarded a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, in the invited reflective practice programme.

My drawing research is built from national and internationally exhibited creative works. I was invited to exhibit Concrete /Cloud/ at the 2016 Venice Biennale. /Cloud/ distilled ‘presences’ in drawing through a 1:1 concrete ‘sketch’. This project was also exhibited, at the Adam Art Gallery in NZ. In 2012 I was invited to exhibit Familial Clouds in the 13th Venice Biennale. Familial Clouds spatialised drawing practices behind two built projects. In 2015 I was invited to curate and exhibit NZ’s entry to the Prague Quadrennial and co-authored a performative drawing project with Dr Karina Simon. I am currently preparing an installation, Canyon, for the 2018 Venice Biennale to which I have been invited. Canyon is an international collaboration looking into multi-sensorial dynamics of drawing, through sketching, VR technology and sound.

Selected works

Academic publications


2017 Twose, S. (2017). Building/ Drawing/ Cloud/ Sfumato Practice as an Open Work. Unpublished PhD dissertation, RMIT University, Melbourne.

Journal articles

2016 Twose, S. (2016). Concrete Drawing: intra-active potentials in drawing, objects and urbanity, Interstices Journal of the Arts, Volume 16, 38-46.

Edited books

2015 Barton, T., Treadwell, S., Twose, S. (Eds). (2015). Drawing Is/Not Building. Wellington: Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington.

Book chapters

2015 Twose, S. (2015). Practice Clouds: architecture still actively in formation. In Moloney, J., Smitheram, J., Twose, S. (Eds). Perspectives on Architectural Design Research: What Matters, Who Cares, How. Baunach:Spurbuchverlag / ADDR press, 73-76.

Conference proceedings

2014 Moloney, J., Twose, S., Smitheram, J. (Eds). (2014). Architectural Design Research Symposium 2014, 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, 2014. Victoria University of Wellington.

Peer reviewed papers

2017 Moloney, J., Twose, S., Jenner, G. (2017). Lines from the Past: Non-photorealistic immersive virtual environments for the historical interpretation of unbuilt architectural drawings. In eCAADe 2017 – ShoCK!. Rome: conference proceedings.

Creative works, exhibitions and presentations

Performances/ creative works

2016 Twose, S. (2016). Concrete /Cloud/, in TIME –SPACE-EXISTENCE, Palazzo Mora, Venice Biennale, 28 May – 27 November, 2016.

Exhibitions/ curation international

2016 Twose, S. (2016). Concrete /Cloud/. In TIME –SPACE-EXISTENCE, Palazzo Mora, XV Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, 28 May – 27 November, 2016.

Exhibitions/ curation national—A ranked art galleries

2015 Twose, S. (Curator). (2015). Drawing Is/Not Building, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington, April 24 – June 28, 2015.

Exhibitions/ curation national

2017 Twose, S., Wilhelm, H-C. (2017). Curious Encounters. Thistle Hall Gallery, Wellington, October 31 –November 5, 2017.

Invitations to present or exhibit—national

2016 Twose, S. (2016). What Drawing Does, Public conversation between Prof Dorita Hannah and SimonTwose, public programme for Linie Line Linea: Contemporary Drawing, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington April, 2016.

Invitations to present or exhibit—international

2014 Twose, S. (2014). Colour and Line. In, Saturated Space VI Fundamentals of Space – Colour & line., 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, Sale di Armi, Arsenale, Venice, November 2014. (Invited symposium, Architectural Association, London).

Exhibition catalogues

2016 Concrete /Cloud/ in TIME –SPACE-EXISTENCE in Reporting from the Front, Biennale Architettura 2016, Biennale Architettura. Official Biennale catalogue, 2016, 184.

Exhibition reviews

2016 Treadwell, S. (2016). Wall Drawings. In Barton, T., Treadwell, S., Twose, S. (Eds). Drawing Is/Not Building. Wellington: Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, 48-52.

Professional architectural projects

Projects profiled in books

2016         Black, R., Johnson, A. (2016). Sheerwater House, in Living in the Landscape, Melbourne: Thames & Hudson, 122-131.

Professional journals, books, media

2012         Archdaily: Concrete house,

Selected built projects—Simon Twose Architects

Twose, S. (2011). Concrete House, Wellington

Selected unbuilt projects—Simon Twose Architects

Twose, S. (2009). Te Horo House, Kaipara

Awards and judging

Supervised master’s students receiving awards

2014         NZIA Graphisoft award. Dobinson, T. (2014). Winner. Supervised with Jan Smitheram

Professional awards

2009         NZIA national award: White House, Newmarket (sole author)

Academic awards and scholarships

2013         Staff excellence award - VUW

Award judging

2011         20 under 40 awards

Academic supervision

Masters supervisions—sole supervisions

Mountford, Stacey., Transient Crossings – Embodiment in the Everyday, 2017 (in progress).

Sorger, Finn., Constructing the Sublime in post-spectacle Stadia, 2017 (in progress).

Villareal, Karla., Playces: A Place for Play, 2017 (in progress).

Ewart, Jessie., Intertwining Scales: Placemaking through scalar perception, 2017 (in progress).

Guildford, Tasenka., Miyake experiments: an investigation into the architectural agency of air., 2017 (in progress).

Caballes, Claire., Embodiment in Architecture, 2016.

Du Chatenier, Rosa., Speculative Aesthetics: Between Us and the Other, 2016.

Gorton, William., The End: An Architectural Identity for End of World Places, 2016.

Harvey, Scott., Datascapes, Architecture and the Body, 2016.

O’Connel, Nicholas., Drawing out Indeterminant Architecture: Engaging with the Paradox of Nat Chard and Perry Kulper’s Temporal Registrations, 2016.

Tyrell, Sarah., Amplifying Atmosphere, 2016.

Crosby Amanda., Y 500: Constructing Architectural Permanence through Material Agency, 2015.

D'Ath, Henry., The Darwn Machine, The Exploration of an Evolutionary Architecture, 2015.

Deynzer, Cameron., Whimsical City, 2015.

Vun Josephine., Embodying Weather: A Speculation for Weather Architecture, 2015.

Kerr, Kate., Hybrid Relations : Hybrid Architecture, Function & Urban Vibrancy, 2014.