Ngā Pūtahitanga / Crossings:

A Joint Conference of SAHANZ and the Australasian UHPH Group

The 39th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand

The 16th conference of the Australasian Urban History / Planning History Group

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School of Architecture and Planning, University of Auckland, 25-27 November 2022

Ngā Pūtahitanga / Crossings: A Joint Conference of SAHANZ and the Australasian UHPH Group. 

Call for papers:

Abstract submission now closed.

With long-shared disciplinary interests in the design of cities and urban areas, architects and planners have an intersecting (crossing) lineage through numerous historical figures, movements and events. Historically, many individuals practised as both architects and town/city planners. As the discipline of planning evolved, the two professions diverged, yet remained entwined in a relationship of confluence and convergence. In various places, tensions emerged. Some cast planning as bureaucratic regulation while others saw architecture as overly concerned with aesthetics. The term urban design was increasingly used to describe the form of practice that architects had originally understood town planning to be, and planners also, but as the public realm dimension of a broader policy mandate. The heritage discipline, too, matured – with the retention of heritage value becoming an enticement for some built environment professionals and a burden for others. Class, ethnicity, gender, migration and inequality have all compounded the diversity of experience, even as common challenges have emerged, from the hegemony of private property rights and the functional dominance of engineering, to the imperatives of environmental sustainability and reconciliation of socio-cultural injustices.

Aptly hosted by a School of Architecture and Planning, this first joint conference of SAHANZ and the UHPH Group will explore matters of common interest. 

We seek papers that examine historical moments demonstrating overlap, collaboration, tension or dispute between built environment disciplines, including architecture, planning, urban design, landscape architecture and heritage conservation. This may include:

  • Figures, movements and/or events that have a place within both architectural history and urban/planning history;
  • Groups and individuals who have interacted across two or more built environment disciplines;
  • Large-scale visions or policies and individual projects built under them; 
  • Planning processes that have enabled some projects to be realised and ensured the curtailment of others; 
  • Projects that have challenged planning policies and processes;
  • Projects led by architects and/or planners working as developers; and
  • Relationships between the disciplines of architecture and planning in tertiary institutions that have taught programmes in both.

We welcome papers from, and beyond, the Asia-Pacific region, and papers that explore Indigenous, alternative or marginalised experiences and practices. Papers that extend to infrastructure and community projects are also welcome.

Open sessions will be available to accommodate papers of relevance to the histories of our disciplines that do not fit under the broad conference umbrella of Ngā Pūtahitanga / Crossings.

At this stage, we plan to follow a hybrid conference model, and remain hopeful that a more open global context will allow us to welcome a majority of delegates to Auckland for a full programme including tours, a dinner and other networking opportunities.

Keynote speakers TBC.

  • Abstracts will be blind refereed by the Academic Committee;
  • Papers of up to 5,000 words in length will be double-blind refereed. Proceedings of accepted papers will be published online. Publication in the proceedings will be optional;
  • A selection of the papers that engage with the conference theme explicitly and/or critically will be published as an issue of Interstices: Journal of Architecture and Related Arts in 2023. Authors will be asked to signal at the refereeing stage if they would like their paper to be considered for publication in the issue.

Abstract submission now closed.


28 Feb 2022Abstracts due
30 March 2022Decisions on abstracts released to authors
30 July 2022  Full papers due for refereeing
30 Aug 2022Paper reviews due
21 Oct 2022Final titles and abstracts due;
and speakers to have paid their registration fees
25-27 Nov 2022Conference in Auckland
6 Jan 2023   Final papers due (for those wishing to publish in the proceedings or in Interstices)


Elizabeth Aitken Rose

Julia Gatley

Academic Committee:

David Beynon, University of Tasmania

Deidre Brown, University of Auckland

Rob Freestone, University of New South Wales

Kate Hislop, University of Western Australia

David Kroll, University of Adelaide

Andrew Leach, University of Sydney

Robin Skinner, Victoria University of Wellington

Elizabeth Taylor, Monash University

Organising Committee:

Andrew Barrie, University of Auckland

Andrew Douglas, University of Auckland

Farzaneh Haghighi, University of Auckland

Susan Hedges, Auckland University of Technology

Gina Hochstein, University of Auckland

Renata Jadresin-Milic, Unitec Institute of Technology

Candida Rolla, University of Auckland

Amber Ruckes, University of Auckland

Nicola Short, University of Auckland

On SAHANZ, see

On the UHPH Group, see

Image credit: The Auckland waterfront, showing the Auckland Harbour Board Downtown Scheme. Whites Aviation Ltd Photograph. Ref: WA-66196-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23236356