This interdisciplinary research project combines architectural history and social documentary methods to enhance understanding of places where innovative models of more sustainable, empowering lifestyles were tested through collective architecture.


Architectural Historian

Lee Stickells is Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Sydney. His research is driven by an interest in how architecture is used as a means to reconsider the terms of social life – to shape other ways of living together. He has published widely across scholarly, professional and popular media, including in Fabrications, Architectural Theory Review, Architecture Australia, The Conversation and SL Magazine. He recently co-edited the book Sydney School: Formative Moments in Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. Lee is a member of the SAHANZ editorial board, Architectural Theory Review editorial committee and Counterculture Studies International Advisory Board. Most often, though, he can be found riding bikes.


Documentary Storyteller

Heather Faulkner is a senior lecturer in Documentary Photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Her research is concerned with spatial politics and the ensuing synergetic themes of identity, place and belonging. She is the author of the book, North of the Border: Stories from the A Matter of Time Project (UWAP 2016) and co-author of Living Heritage: The Artists of Cambodian Chapei (2018). Her work has been exhibited and published widely in her 20+ year career as a documentary photographer and photojournalist. Websites: Heather Faulkner Transmedia & A Matter of Time Project


Interdisciplinary research that blends architectural history with documentary storytelling to draw out the origin stories of Australian intentional communities.


We work collaboratively with communities to document the lived experience of building and belonging in an intentional community.


These stories are important to document and preserve. They will inform and shape new approaches to communal and alternative living arrangements in the 21st Century, and garner a deeper historical understanding of the individual experiences of architectural experimentation and their implications on community culture.