Trish Pringle


Senior Lecturer


AADip, MArch, Grad Dip Ed, PhD, RIBA

Dr Trish Pringle studied architecture at the Architectural Association, London. She practised as an architect in London before moving to Melbourne to become a full-time academic.

Her concern in her research has been to contribute to the ways in which 'interiors' - their histories, their construction, their existence - may be considered, and to suggest different antecedents and different futures for interior design, beyond current popular understandings of it as a discipline that is primarily para-architectural.


My doctoral thesis, 'Realigning the Attention; Fascination, Spatial Experience and Stage Magic', examined the popularity during the later nineteenth century of entertainments that manipulated spatial experience in ways that seemed 'magical' to their audiences at that time.

I used this source material to identify the inarticulate ideas and desires which they evoked then, and suggested that the work of such early modern spatial designers as Marcel Breuer, Frederick Kiesler or Eileen Gray could be seen to be addressing the same desire for spaces and things to be in some way 'magical' and thus fascinating. I then suggested that this offers a different position from which to consider our continuing attraction to the ‘impossible’ spatial operations (such as dematerialising, defying gravity, changing form, being magically animated or appearing to be invisible) that are exhibited by many acclaimed buildings and spaces today.


Book Chapters

'Carried away! The spatial pleasure of transportability', in Transportable Environments 3, Taylor and Francis, London, 2006.

'Shifts, slips and reversals', in The Sensuous Intellect, RMIT University Press, Melbourne (2006).'The spatial implications of stage magic', in Technologies of magic: a cultural study of ghosts, machines and the uncanny, Power Institute Foundation for Art & Visual Culture, Sydney,2006.

Journal Articles

'The space of stage magic'. Space and Culture, Sage Publications, vol 5, no 4, November 2002.

‘Seeing Impossible Bodies: Fascination as a Spatial Experience’. Scan Online Journal of Media Arts Culture, Vol 1, No 2, June 2004.

Spatial Pleasure’. Space and Culture, Sage Publications, vol 8, no 2, May 2005.

‘Seeing Nothing’. Experimenta Vanishing Point, MESH #18, ed Lisa Gye, September 2005.

'Scampering sofas and skuttling tables: The entertaining interior'.  Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, Berg, vol. 1, no. 3, 2010.

'The Wintergarden'. Interiors: Design Architecture Culture, Berg, vol. 4, no. 1, 2013.

Conference Publications

'Haunting the stage: Performances beyond the veil', in Audience : proceedings of the 28th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ, 2011.

'Performance', in Interior Wor(l)ds, Torino, Italy, (Interiors Forum Worlds 2010) 'Performing Interiors: A Situation Comedy', in Proceedings of the 27th International SAHANZ Conference, Newcastle, 2010.