Researcher biography

Nicole Sully is a senior lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture, and Architectural Design at the University of Queensland, and a member of the ATCH research group. She undertook undergraduate degrees in both Fine Arts and Architecture at the University of Western Australia, and in 2005 was awarded a doctorate for her thesis titled: Architecture and Memory: A Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. She has taught at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology, in addition to working in architectural practices in Western Australia.

Nicole’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary relationship of architecture and memory; pathologies of place; heritage; modern architecture and more broadly the history of Australian art and architecture. Her work has been published in The Architect, Fabrications, ARQ: Architectural Research Quarterly, and Gillian Pye (ed), Trash Culture: Objects and Obsolescence in Cultural Perspective (with Lee Stickells). In collaboration with Andrew Leach and Antony Moulis, she co-edited Shifting Views: Selected Essays on the Architectural History of Australia and New Zealand, published by the University of Queensland Press in 2008. Most recently, in collaboration with Philip Goldswain and William M. Taylor, she has co-edited Out of Place (Gwalia): Occasional Essays on Australian Regional Communities and Built Environments in Transition, published by the University of Western Australia Press in 2014.


  • Member, College Art Association
  • Past Member, Society of Architectural Historians
  • Member, Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand
  • Editorial Board, Fabrications: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (2020-26)

Areas of research