Rebecca Sinclair

Rebecca Sinclair

Professor and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor; Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts

Professor Rebecca Sinclair is a writer and designer whose work explores the interplays of architecture with other fields. In doing so, she seeks to provide new insights on thinking about building, space and inhabitation. 

  • Expertise

    Architecture and fashion; architecture in literature; architecture and representation; architectural history, theory and criticism; gender theory. 

  • Research Highlights

    Sinclair, R. A. (2010). Is-land spaces: Language imagination and spatiality in the autobiographies of Janet Frame. In M. Chapman, & M. Ostwald (Eds.), Imagining: Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference (pp. 372-377). The University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia: Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ).
    This paper considers understandings of architecture and space in New Zealand through the lens of Janet Frame’s writing. It offers a supplement to the “Man Alone” mythologies that have shaped much discussion of the development of New Zealand architecture during the twentieth century. The paper teases out the spatial insight of an extremely important voice in New Zealand’s cultural landscape.

    Sinclair, R. (2004). Dressed in space: the sartorial architectures of Rei Kawakubo and Hussein Chalayan. in H. Edquist & H Frichot (eds), LIMITS: proceedings of the twenty-first annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand (SAHANZ), RMIT, Melbourne, pp. 430-435.
    This paper examines the work of Rei Kawakubo and Hussein Chalayan, two fashion designers who are seen to have an interest in architectonics and space, and speculates on possible spatial and architectural insights that their work might provide. Its focus is on the way the dressed body interacts with the built environment.

    Sinclair, R. (2002). The incidental architecture of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, ptah, no. 2, pp. 3-11.
    This paper is a consideration of architecture through that which might be considered incidental to it. It examines texts apparently incidental to architecture – the writings of Virginia Woolf – and focuses on architecture’s incidentals: interior, detail, decoration, surface, matter and inhabitation.

  • Qualifications

    BSc (University of Auckland)
    BArch(Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington
    MArch (University of Auckland)

  • Professional Affiliations

    Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ)
    Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)