Dr Deidre Brown

PhD, MArch (Distn), University of Auckland

Biography

Associate Professor Deidre Brown (Ngapuhi, Ngati Kahu) teaches design and history in the School of Architecture at the University of Auckland. Her specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the fields of Māori and Pacific architectural and art history, and the more broader discipline of indigenous design. She has written several books, including the multi-authored Art in Oceania: A new history (2012) and Māori Architecture (2009), and curated a number of exhibitions in galleries around the country. Deidre has belonged to boards of governance for organisations such as Objectspace, The Physics Room and the Christchurch Arts Centre. She is currently a Governor of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, a member of the Māori Trademarks Advisory Committee of the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, a member of the Humanities Panel of the Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand), and an Assessor for the Science Investment Round of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Research | Current

Current Projects

  • Toi Te Mana: a new history of Maori art (with Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Dr Ngarino Ellis)
  • A Maori architectural history of early nineteenth century Wairoa Bay, Bay of Islands, including Te Pahi's house (the first European house in New Zealand) built 1806

 

Books

2013 Brown, D. S., A. Potts and P. Armstrong, A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our Culture, History and Everyday Life, Auckland University Press, Auckland.

2012 Brunt, P, S. Mallon, N. Thomas, D. S. Brown, S. Kuechler, L. Bolton and D. Skinner, Art in Oceania: A new history, Thames and Hudson & Yale University Press, London & New Haven.

2012  Brown, D. S. editor, Indigenising Knowledges for Current and Future Generations, Nga Pae o te Maramatanga and Te Whare Kura, Auckland.

2009 Brown, D.S., Maori Architecture, Raupo (Penguin) Publishing, Auckland, 187p.

2007 Brown, D.S. and N. Ellis, editors, Te Puna: Maori art from Te Tai Tokerau Northland, Reed Publishing, Auckland, 160p.

2005 Brown, D. S., Introducing Maori Art, Reed Publishing, Auckland, 76p. Reprinted by Raupo (Penguin) Publishing.

2005  Brown, D.S. Maori Arts of the Gods, Reed Publishing, Auckland, 95p. Reprinted by Raupo (Penguin) Publishing.

2003 Brown, D.S. Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau: Northland Maori Wood Carving, Auckland, Reed Publishing, 248p.

 

Research Funding

2013-15: Marsden Fund Grant (Royal Society of New Zealand) for ‘Toi Te Mana: A history of indigenous art’, Lead Principal Investigator, with Professor Jonathan Mane-Wheoki and Dr Ngarino Ellis (both University of Auckland) (total value $635,000)

2009-10: University of Auckland Faculty Research and Development Fund grant for ‘Te Ara Kakena (the Rising Pathway): Quality Teaching in Postgraduate Studies,’ with Dr Te Oti Rakena (School of Music)  and Mr Jon Bywater.

2007-9: Marsden Fund Grant (Royal Society of New Zealand) for ‘Art in Oceania: A history’ with Dr Peter Brunt (Victoria University, Wellington), Sean Mallon (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa), Prof. Nicholas Thomas (Cambridge University), Lissant Bolton (British Museum) and Assoc. Prof. Susanne Kuechler (University College, London) (total value $480,230)

2007-8: Ministry of Education Teaching and Learning Research Initiative Fund Grant for ‘Success for All: Improving Maori and Pacific student success in degree-level study’ with Dr Airini, Dr Elana Taipapaki Curtis, Dr Te Oti Paipeta Rakena and David Trought (all University of Auckland; total value $179,994)

2005: Smash Palace Fund Grant (Ministry of Research, Science and Technology & Creative New Zealand)  for phase one of ‘Te Ahua Hiko: Maori Performance Art in Augmented Reality’ team project with Eric Woods (HIT Lab NZ, University of Canterbury), Te Ari Brennan (Ngai Tahu Development Corporation), Rachael Rakena (Massey University), Mere Edwards (Pounamu Ngai Tahu), and Leo Hepi (Pounamu Ngai Tahu) (total value $156,000 GST excl)

2005-7: Marsden Grant (Royal Society of New Zealand) for ‘Kararehe: The Animal in Culture in Aotearoa New Zealand’ team project with Dr Philip Armstrong (University of Canterbury) and Dr Annie Potts (University of Canterbury) (total value: $465,000)

2004-6: University of Auckland New Staff Research Grant for ‘Nga Taonga o te Moananui a Kiwa’ project.

1998-2001: University of Canterbury Research Grant for 'Nga Whakairo o Te Tai Tokerau - Northland Maori Carving' project.

Teaching | Current

  • History of architecture
  • Indigenous architectural design
  • Maori and Pacific architecture and art

 

Postgraduate supervision

Current

Karamia Muller, PhD (Architecture), 'Samoan Relational Network Theory: Theorizing the application of indigenous methodologies to developing digital spatialities,' Main Supervisor

Lena Henry, PhD (Urban Planning), 'Urban Planning and the Pursuit of Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century,' Main Supervisor

Atholl Greentree, PhD with Creative Practice (Architecture), 'The mobile performance of architecture in Samoa,' Main Supervisor

Mairi Gunn, PhD with Creative Practice (Fine Arts), 'Common/Room: an investigation into the potential of a dedicated space, real, virtual or augmented, to support social engagement through whakawhanaungatanga,' Main Supervisor

Aseel Al-Azi, MArch(Prof), 'Rivers of Paradise: Centuries Old Islamic Drawing Revisited to Redefine Sacred Architecture,' Main Supervisor

Kirsten (Ten) Ibasco, MArch(Prof), 'Rebirth in the Spirit of Emptiness,' Main Supervisor

Amy Lee, MArch(Prof), 'Zealand Waterfront Crisis,' Main Supervisor

Erinna Wong, MArch(Prof), 'The Land Between,' Completing Supervisor (with Rewi Thompson)

Pattarat Yongpongsacharatchai, MArch(Prof), 'Meandering culture: bridging between Thai and Maori,' Main Supervisor

Jessica Young, MArch(Prof), 'Maorifuturism: The Digital, The Speculative and the Future,' Joint Supervisor with Deidre Brown, Alessandro Melis and Adam Hunt

 

Completions

2016: Carolyn Hill, MArch, 'Cultural Heritage in Rarotonga,' Principal Supervisor

2014

 

Roxanne Bottom

MArch (Prof)

Biophilic Design: Revitalising a cultural landscape

Principal supervisor

2014

 

Julia Loo

MArch (Prof)

Kiwiville: A residential village for multicultural New Zealanders

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Amber Ruckes

MArch (Prof)

Waikohu : a story of whenua in contemporary New Zealand architecture

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Gabrielle Pfluke

MArch (Prof)

Social architectural thresholds : blurring the boundaries between land and sea at Cox's Bay

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Xin Ya Zhou

MArch (Prof)

The industrial backyard : remedial waterfront design at Mangere Inlet

Principal supervisor

2013

 

John Twomey

MArch (Prof)

New Zealand Wars Memorial

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Pik Khee Yee

MArch (Prof)

Chinese Courtyards: Places for cultural integration

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Rui Peng

MArch (Prof)

Occupy Akarana: Self organising resilience against backstage migrations

Principal supervisor

2013

 

Yusnidar Yusof

MArch

Spatial Influence

of Learning Environments

Sole-supervisor

2012

Nanako McIntosh

MArch (Prof)

Opouriao Tūhoe Co-op: Renovation in Te Urewera

Sole-supervisor

2012

Carlos Young

MArch

 

Regionalism in Samoa: Evolution of its built environment

Co-supervisor

2011

Bruce Moa

MArch

 

Langi royal tombs: The beginning of Tu'i Tonga architecture

Principal supervisor

2011

Karamia Muller

MArch

 

Matā'apu, fausaga fa'aopopo i fale ma maota o tagata mai le atu nu'u Samo: Extensions and additions to the domestic dwellings of Samoan diaspora

Principal supervisor

2010

Semisi Potauaine

MArch

 

Tectonic of the fale: Four dimensional, three divisional

Co-supervisor

2009

Tracy Ogden Cork

MArch

 

Towards a south Pacific urbanism: Tikanga Māori and urban design

Principal supervisor

2009

Julia Toomey

MArch (Prof)

 

Redevelopment of Monteith's Brewery, Greymouth

Principal supervisor

2009

Claire Yakas

MArch (Prof)

 

Development of the Modern Movement in New Zealand: Through Kenneth Albert

Principal supervisor

2009

Shereena Sumeran

MArch (Prof)

 

Biculturalism: Maori culture in New Zealand architecture-a cultural spiritual centre for the Rotorua lakefront

Principal supervisor

2008

Lama Tone

 MArch

 

Designing with Pacific Concepts

Sole supervisor

2007

Charmaine Ilaiu

 MArch

 

Persistence of the Fale Tonga

Sole supervisor

2007

Clare Kelly

MArch

 

One day to the rainbow: The accommodation houses on the Nelson to Canterbury inland stock route 1855-1900

Sole supervisor

 

Distinctions/Honours

  • Art Book Prize (2014) for Art in Oceania: A new history for the best art or architecture book published in English anywhere in the world in 2013
  • New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) Group Award (with five other investigators) for the Success for All: Improving Maori and Pasifika Success in Degree Level Studies project, 2012
  • Fellowship, International Central Networking Fund (ICNF), to establish collaborative postgraduate teaching linkages with the University of British Columbia and University of Queensland, 2011
  • Finalist, New Zealand Post Book Awards (Illustrated Non-Fiction category) for Māori Architecture, 2010
  • New Zealand Institute of Architects National Awards President’s Award for contribution to the Institute and the profession of architecture, 2010
  • Excellence in Equal Opportunity Award, University of Auckland, for Success for All: Improving Maori and Pasifika Success in Degree Level Studies project (with other investigators from NICAI, Education, Medical and Health Sciences, and Career Services), 2010
  • Nga Kupu Ora Māori Book Award (Art, Design and Architecture section) for Māori Architecture; finalist in Nga Kupu Ora Māori Book Award (Book of the Decade) for Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau: Northland Maori Wood Carving, 2009
  • Excellence in Equal Opportunity Award, University of Auckland, for NICAI Tuākana Research Assistants Workshop (with Dr Te Oti Rakena from Music, and Mona O’Shea and Matthew Tarawa from the Student Learning Centre), 2008
  • Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award, University of Auckland, for Collaboration in Teaching (with Drs Diane Brand and Rosangela Tenorio), 2007.
  • Innovation Award (for developing a ground-breaking project involving the arts) for the curation of LightSCAPE and Whare, Art and Industry Trust, 2004
  • Montana New Zealand National Book Award (E. H. McCormick Prize, Best First Book by an Author, Non-Fiction) for Tai Tokerau Whakairo Rakau: Northland Māori Wood Carving, 2004

 

Responsibilities

Academic

Associate Dean Research, National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries, 2014-cont

Associate Dean Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF), 2014-cont.

Member of National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries Staffing Committee, 2013-cont.

Member of Combining Parenting and a Career Consultative Committee, Equity Office, 2012-cont.

 

External

Member of the Humanities Panel of the Marsden Fund (Royal Society of New Zealand), 2016-cont.

Assessor for the Science Investment Round of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), 2016.

Governor of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, 2013-cont.

Maori Trademarks Advisory Committee Member of the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, Ministry of Business and Innovation, 2003-cont.

 

 

Areas of expertise

  • Indigenous architecture
  • Architectural history
  • Art history
  • Cultural and intellectual property rights
  • Māori and Pacific studies
  • Human-animal studies
  • Tertiary teaching and learning
  • Digital culture and Indigenous peoples

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Brown, D. S. (2016). Old Government House and Maori. National Trust Magazine (NSW), 5-5.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/36716
  • Brown, D. S. (2016). Hongi Hika’s Self-Portrait. Muse: Sydney University Museums (14), 19-21. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32270
  • Brown, D. S. (2016). Turangawaewae kore: Nowhere to stand. In E. Peters, J. Christensen (Eds.) Indigenous homelessness: Perspectives from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: University of Manitoba Press. Related URL.
  • Brown, D. (2015). The Second Age of Iron: European iron in New Zealand Maori craft and production. Paper presented at Craft and Production in the European Iron Age Conference, University of Cambridge, UK. 25 September - 27 September 2015. Related URL.
  • Brown, D. (2015). Pushing the boat out. Lisa Reihana: In pursuit of Venus (pp. 52-57). Auckland, NZ: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.
  • Brown, D. S. (2014). Māori architecture – whare Māori - Ancestral and mythological origins. Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand (pp. ). Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Related URL.
  • Brown, D., Ellis, N., & Mané-Wheoki J (2014). Does Māori art history matter?. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington. Pages: 49. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31413
  • Brown, D. S. (2014). Mana modernism: Deidre Brown on the second season of 'Te Ao Hou: Modern Maori art'. Off the Wall (4). Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28811

Contact details

Primary location

ARCHITECTURE - EAST - Bldg 421E
Level 3, Room 320
26 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand