A Day in the Life of Maryam Gusheh

Spirited. Principled. Urbane.

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and this year was appointed as the Director of the Architecture Discipline. I have an extensive teaching record in architectural design and history and am currently the coordinator of the Housing Stream in the Master of Architecture degree. I entered the university from a background in practice and continue to engage with the profession as a critic and collaborator.

As a researcher I aim to ascertain ways in which global architectural trends are developed in local contexts and are, in the process, uniquely transformed. My focus is on the innovative translations of modern and contemporary architectural ideas as they move between the dominant centres of modernist thought in Europe/America, and the marginal, yet robust, sites of modernist practice such as Australia, Iran and Bangladesh.

I work with multiple primary research materials – historical archives, interviews, drawings and the buildings themselves and employ interdisciplinary methods to interrogate the relationship between the design process and the social and political contexts in which the built fabric is constructed and gains meaning.

I live with my husband, my daughter and Sylvie the cat, in the inner Sydney suburb of Elizabeth Bay. My expressive eyebrows and unruly hair have been known to inadvertently reveal my inner feelings - so much so that my friend Brett designed me as a bespoke emoji!

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  • 6:00 am - Neighbourhood walk with Faculty colleague and dear friend Katrina Simon. The city was shimmering in silver and pink. More talking than walking!
  • 7:00 am - Breakfast on the run with sleeping teenage housemates.
  • 7:30 am - Waiting for the bus at Taylor Square. Sydney Mardi Gras is in the air. Emails, news and Instagram scroll on route to UNSW.
  • 8:00 am - Week one! Heading to the Red Centre, the home of my Faculty.
  • 8:30 am - Office floor with evidence of course preparation and Dr Paul Hogben, a reluctant participant in the 'A Day in the Life' project! Paul and I have been colleagues at Built Environment for over two decades and this year will co-teach the foundational core course Introduction to Architecture and Enabling Skills. Email, email, email. Review and adjust PowerPoint, print class lists, last minute clarifications.
  • 9:00 am - Waiting for 220 students  from Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Civil Engineering after undocumented confusion and chaos over room location. Delivering the lecture with Paul in tandem: as if in conversation.
  • 11:30 am - A couple of hours of writing time with Prajakta Sane, friend and former PhD student. We are working on a joint paper on the subjects of our doctoral theses: the American architect Lois Khan and the Indian architect Achyut Kanvinde.
  • 2:00 pm - Takeaway lunch and email dominated bus ride to Art & Design for a UNSW Galleries Advisory Panel meeting. Review documents in the open courtyard prior to a 3:30 start.
  • 5:30 pm - Walk home via Darlinghurst past the recently completed East Sydney Early Learning Centre, which I have been asked to review for a professional magazine. Then home, dinner and discussion about a Year Nine history essay on Gallipoli.