Framing the capricious: the built response to infectious diseases in Victoria between 1850 and 1950

Karen Daws - PhD Completion Seminar - Japanese Room, Melbourne School of Design

Biography:  Karen Daws is a registered nurse with a background in cardiac education, research and practice; outside of work one of her interests is architectural history. Professionally one of Karen’s main areas of interests is around factors influencing practice. These seemingly disparate elements have converged in this PhD candidature in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

Abstract: This study examines the built response to infectious diseases in Victoria, Australia between 1850 and 1950. It specifically seeks to determine the impact of theories of disease on buildings for infectious diseases. The germ theory of disease impacted on buildings for infectious diseases and the practices around them over the period and, at the same time, traditional ideas about disease persisted in subtle ways. Administrative complexity and the politics of health also contributed to the form of these buildings.

Chair: Professor Philip Goad
Supervisor: Professor Julie Willis
Advisory Committee: Professor Janet McCalman
Dr Diane Tibbits