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Ting, Asst. Prof. John

John Ting

Assistant Professor, Architecture
Faculty of Arts & Design

Bldg, Floor & Room: 7B26
Telephone: (02) 6201 2045
John.Ting@canberra.edu.au

Biography

Dr. John Ting is an Australian architect, researcher and educator. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra, and he has previously taught at the University of Melbourne and at RMIT University. His present research investigates the mobility of timber colonial buildings in nineteenth century Southeast Asia and Australia, and the history of architecture in Sarawak before 1963.

John's architectural practice experience has included commercial and residential projects in Australia and Malaysia. He has worked for firms in Melbourne, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as leading his own firm. He is currently consulting on architectural and conservation projects in Victoria, Australia and Sarawak, Malaysia.

Areas of teaching

  • Built Environment Technology
  • Design Studio
  • Professional Practice

Research Interests

  • History of architecture in Southeast Asia
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Conservation and Heritage
  • Prefabrication in construction

Topics of Supervisory Interest

  • Colonial architecture and construction in Southeast Asia
  • Vernacular and indigenous architecture
  • Prefabrication of buildings

QUALIFICATIONS

  • PhD, the University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Architecture with honours, RMIT University
  • Registered Architect, Victoria (Reg. No. 15221)
  • Registered Architect, Australian Capital Territory (Reg. No. 2527)

RESEARCH

Recent Publications

JOURNAL ESSAYS

Ting, John "Space, Colonialism and the Brooke Administration: Institutional Buildings and Infrastructure in 19th Century Sarawak." Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture (published by NUS) Vol. 12 (2013).
Ting, John "Memorials: Ho Ah Chon 1924-2007." Borneo Research Bulletin Vol. 42, 2012.
Ting, John "Notes on the Architecture of the Sarawak Museum." Sarawak Heritage Society Newsletter Jan - Sep 2011
Ting, John "Introduction to Crossing Boundaries." Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs Vol.44, No.2 (2010).
Ting, John "Review of 'Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya' by Ross King" Fabrications: The Journal of SAHANZ (published by UQP,) Vol. 19, No.2, April 2010
Ting, John "Review of 'Crossing Boundaries Symposium' at the University of Melbourne, 4 June 2009" Fabrications: The Journal of SAHANZ (published by UQP,) Vol. 19, No.2, April 2010
Ting, John "The Forts of Sarawak - an Outline" Architecture Malaysia Vol.21, Issue 1 (2009).
Ting, John "Review of 'Building Merdeka' by Lai Chee Kien" Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture (published by NUS) Vol. 10 (2007)

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Ting, John "Courts in Kuching: The Development of Settlement Patterns and Institutional Architecture in Colonial Sarawak, 1847-1927." In Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage. The Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of SAHANZ, edited by King, Stuart; Chatterjee, Anuradha and Loo, Stephen, 1119-35. Launceston: SAHANZ, 2012.
Boon, Mike & Ting, John "Conservation in Sarawak: The Case of the Old Kuching Courthouse." In Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage. The Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference of SAHANZ, edited by King, Stuart, Chatterjee, Anuradha and Loo, Stephen, 124-39. Launceston: SAHANZ, 2012.
Ting, John "Kuching 1841-1941: A Local Response to a Global Project." In History in Practice: Proceedings of the 25th International Conference of SAHANZ, edited by Ursula De Jong David Benyon. Geelong: SAHANZ, 2008.
Ting, John "Fort Alice - Syncretic Architecture in Sarawak under the Brooke Regime." In Contested Terrains: Conference Proceedings, edited by John Stephens Terence McMinn, Steve Basson, pp. 543 - 49. Perth: SAHANZ, 2006.
Ting, John "The Egalitarian Architecture of the Iban Longhouse." In Celebration: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of SAHANZ, edited by Andrew Leach & Gill Matthewson, pp. 359 - 66. Napier, New Zealand: SAHANZ, 2005.
Ting, John "The Kuching Courthouse Architecturally Considered." In Limits: Sahanz Conference Papers Melbourne 2004, edited by Harriet Edquist & Helene Frichot, pp. 473 - 78. Melbourne: SAHANZ, 2004.

Selected Consultancies

2014 Lead Researcher and conservation consultant, Sarawak Museum Conservation Project, Kuching, Malaysia
2013 Architectural History Consultant, Brooke Gallery at Fort Margherita Project, Kuching, Malaysia
2013 Architectural History Consultant and Conservation Architect, N6 Singapore Cottage Project, Collingwood, Victoria
2012 Architectural History Consultant and Exhibition Designer, Fort Alice Conservation and Regional Museum Project, Sri Aman, Malaysia
2010 Conservation Consultant to the Kapit Regional Museum Maintenance Project at Fort Sylvia

Public Lectures and Radio Interviews

Jul 2015 Radio interview - "Conservation of Fort Alice", a live radio interview of John Ting by Jennifer Lau on Radio Television Malaysia RED FM station 91.9, Kuching, Malaysia
Jul 2015 "The Architecture of Sarawak before 1963", at a Continuing Professional Development seminar of the Sarawak Chapter of PAM in Kuching, Malaysia
Sep 2014 "Architectural History and Sarawak: Interdisciplinary Methodologies and the Skrang and Simanggang Forts" presented at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Malaysia
Aug 2014 "The Architectural History of Fort Alice" presented at Diversity and Dynamism in Borneo, the 12th international Borneo Research Council Conference, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Jul 2014 "Indigenisation, Hybridity and the Development of Institutional Architecture and Settlement Patterns in Sarawak, 1839 – 1917" presented as a PhD completion seminar at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 2013 Research Seminar Series, the University of Melbourne.
Oct 2013 "From the Kuching Courthouse to Fort Alice and beyond: The beginnings of heritage conservation in Sarawak" presented at Traditionalism, Colonialism, and Modernism: Asian Heritage Transformed International symposium, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
Aug 2013 "Fort and Outstation: Indigenisation, Institutional Architecture and Settlement Patterns in Sarawak, 1849-1917" as part of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 2013 Research Seminar Series, the University of Melbourne.
Jun 2012 "The Old Kuching Courthouse" at the 11th Conference of the Borneo Research Council: 'Identities Cultures Environments,' Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Mar 2011 "Minding Mobility: Institutional Architecture and settlement Patterns in Northwest Borneo, 1849-1910" as part of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning 2011 Research Seminar Series, the University of Melbourne
Aug 2010 4 Radio interviews - "Buildings of the Brooke Government and Sarawak Today", a recorded radio interview of John Ting by Hendrik Foh and Peggy Wong on Radio Television Malaysia RED FM station 91.9, Kuching, Malaysia (recorded on 23 July 2010)
Jul 2010 "Ordering Disorder: The Origins of Urban Settlements in Sarawak" at a continuing professional development seminar of the Sarawak Chapter of PAM in Kuching, Malaysia
Jul 2010 "Space, Colonialism and the Brooke Administration: Architecture and Settlement Patterns in Sarawak" at the 10th Conference of the Borneo Research Council: 'Borneo: Continuity, Change and Preservation,' Curtin University, Miri, Malaysia
Aug 2009 "Hybridity in Sarawak: Settlement Patterns and Institutional Architecture from 1841" as part of the School of Architecture Research Seminar Series, University of Queensland, Brisbane
Sep 2008 Radio interview - "Buildings of the Brooke Government and Sarawak Today", a recorded radio interview of John Ting by Jennifer Lau on Radio Television Malaysia RED FM station 91.9, Kuching, Malaysia (recorded on 29 August 2008)

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Grants

2015 Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Sarawak Chapter) Seminar Gratuity
2010 Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Sarawak Chapter) Research and Publishing Grant
2009 Part ARC Asia Pacific Research Futures Network Suez-to-Suva Grant (under Anoma Pieris)
2008 The University of Melbourne Faculty Postgraduate Fieldwork grant
2008 The University of Melbourne Faculty Postgraduate Conference Travel Grant
2006 Sarawak Museum Travel and Speaker's Grant