The Architecture Museum is a facility for the acquisition, preservation and management of architectural and related records produced by private practitioners based in South Australia. It aims to:
- promote scholarly enquiry into South Australia’s built environment history
- secure funding to conduct research projects based on its collections
- publish research outcomes from Museum-centred projects
- arrange public exhibitions of its holdings.
Using the Museum collections
The Architecture Museum is an invaluable resource for researchers, students and practitioners from a range of disciplines, architects, planners, engineers, heritage consultants, historians and all those interested in the state’s built history and heritage.
Our research collection comprises more than 200,000 items including architectural drawings, correspondence, photographs and architects’ personal papers as well as a library of books, research reports, journals and trade literature. These items have been donated by architects working in private practice in South Australia during the 20th century, particularly in the period circa 1910 to 1980.
The Architecture Museum is housed in a purpose-built facility in the Kaurna Building at the City West campus of the University of South Australia. It is open by appointment Monday to Wednesday 10am-4pm. Please contact us with enquiries about the collection and/or to arrange an appointment.
Architecture Museum. Photograph by Sam Noonan 2012
In the 1970s, in the absence of a repository in South Australia for retired private architectural practitioners to deposit their records, architectural historian Donald Leslie Johnson began collecting their archives. In 1990 he donated the collection to the School of the Built Environment at the South Australian Institute of Technology, a predecessor institution of the University of South Australia. This collection of architectural drawings, ephemera and books was renamed the Architecture Museum in 2005.
The Architecture Museum is located in the School of Art, Architecture and Design and is managed by academic staff. It has an Advisory Group comprising members external to the University of South Australia and key internal personnel. The Museum is a member of the International Confederation of Architecture Museums (ICAM).
Higher Degree by Research opportunities at the Architecture Museum
The Architecture Museum offers a diverse and rich array of sources for Higher Degree by Research (both PhD and Masters) projects in fields including: architecture, planning, built environment history and theory, interior architecture, visual art and design, social and cultural history. Architecture Museum staff are supervisors for higher degrees by research. See some of our current and past students' topics on our Projects page.
Dr Julie Collins, Collections Manager
Phone: +618 8302 9235
Dr Christine Garnaut, Museum Director
Phone: +618 8302 0204
Dr Susan Avey, Assistant Curator
Dr Louise Bird, Research Assistant
Mr Chris Burns, Research Assistant
Ms Catherine Esser, Information Management placement student