Dr Morten Gjerde

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Head of School School of Architecture

Research interests

Urban planning and design including long-term management of the built environment; Medium density housing - amenity & design outcomes; Uses of concrete in the built environment

Qualifications

Assoc.Arts(Architecture) , B.Arch(Hons) , PGCert(Urban Planning) , M.Research(Urban Design)Dist, PhD in Architecture.

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Heart of the City Project – Redevelopment of Palmerston North’s Square

Teaching and research

My teaching and research reflect my background as a practicing architect and urban designer.From this perspective I view the built environment holistically, across space and time. Details and discrete development projects should connect with and reinforce ideas at progressively larger scales, up to that of the city. In this area of my work I am concerned with the way individual projects, often undertaken by private interests, can be managed to meet the needs of the project sponsor as well as to contribute to wider social aims. Included in these wider aims are those associated with streetscape appearances and aesthetics

Ongoing viability of the built environment over time is also an area that drives my research and teaching agendas. In this respect I look for evidence that can suggest better ways of building to optimise the lifecycle value of the initial investment. At a building scale I am interested in how material choices and detailing can influence the life cycle performance of the facility. Where building maintenance and renewal are undertaken, how can this be done in ways that improve building performance so as to extend their useful life? At an urban scale I’m also interested how the material qualities and maintenance influence people’s perceptions of the setting. It is increasingly clear that decisions made by the owners of buildings on individual sites influence people’s feelings for a place.

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Recent publications

Book chapters

Balador, Z. Gjerde,M. Isaacs,N & Imani,M. (2017). Thermal and acoustic building insulations from agricultural wastes. In Handbook of Ecomaterials, edited by Torres Martínez,L. Kharissova,O & Ildusovich Kharisov,B. 1-20. Springer International.

Journal articles

Gjerde, M. & de Sylva, S. (2018). 'Governance and recovery: comparing recent disaster recoveries in Sri Lanka and New Zealand', Procedia Engineering, 212: 527-34. ISSN: 1877-7058.

Gjerde, M. (2017). 'Building Back Better: Learning from the Christchurch Rebuild', Procedia Engineering, 198: 530-40. ISSN: 1877-7058.

Gjerde, M. (2017). 'Informing Design Review: Discussion of the Findings of a Visual Preference Study in New Zealand', Procedia Engineering, 198: 562-69. ISSN: 1877-7058.

Gjerde, M.; Vale, B. (2015). Aiming for a Better Public Realm: Gauging the Effectiveness of Design Control Methods in Wellington, New Zealand. Buildings, 5, 69-84. E-ISSN: 2075-5309.

Refereed conference papers

Azhar, J., Gjerde M. & Vale B.  (2018). Urban leftover spaces: Transformation from ‘within’. Archdesign ’18; V. International Architectural Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, DAKAM (Eastern Mediterranean Academic Research Center).

Balador, Z., Imani F. & Gjerde., M. (2017). Evaluation of different shading devices for a Tehran primary school classroom. In Design to Thrive: PLEA 2017 Conference, edited by L Brotas, S. Roaf and F. Nicol, 2459-66. Edinburgh: NCEUB 2017.

Beattie, H., Brown D. & Gjerde M. (2017). Generating consensus: A framework for fictional inquiry in participatory city gaming. In Serious Games JCSG 2017, edited by M. Alcañiz, S. Göbel, M. Ma, M.Fradinho Oliveira, J. Baalsrud Hauge and T. Marsh, 126-37. Valencia, Spain: Springer, Cham.

Moradibistouni, M. & Gjerde, M. (2017). Potential for Prefabrication to Enhance the New Zealand Construction Industry. In Back to the Future: The Next 50 Years, 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, edited by M. A. Schnabel, 427-35. Wellington, NZ: Architectural Science Association.

Balador, Z, Gjerde M., Isaacs N., & Whitburn S. (2017). Agricultural By‐products for the Production of Building Insulation in New Zealand. In Back to the Future: The Next 50 Years, 51st International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, edited by M. A. Schnabel, 75-83. Wellington, NZ: Architectural Science Association.

Gjerde, Morten. (2017). A change of scene: How the Canterbury earthquake sequence led to a departure from concrete technologies. In Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM - 33rd Annual Conference 2017, edited by Paul Chan, 724–33.

Gjerde M (2016) Challenges for design control: Understanding what people want and how to get it In J. Zuo, L. Daniel, V. Soebarto (eds.), Fifty years later: Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, pp. 309–318.

Azhar J & Gjerde M (2016) Re-Thinking the role of Urban In-Between Spaces  In J. Zuo, L. Daniel, V. Soebarto (eds.), Fifty years later: Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, pp.279–288.

Fong O & Gjerde M (2016) Form follows food: an examination of architecture’s role in urban farming  In J. Zuo, L. Daniel, V. Soebarto (eds.), Fifty years later: Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, pp.249–258.

Gjerde M, Groom S, Robertson T & Saris M (2016) Addressing the call for medium density housing innovation through design,  In J. Zuo, L. Daniel, V. Soebarto (eds.), Fifty years later: Revisiting the role of architectural science in design and practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016, pp. 1129–138.

Lesan, M. and M. Gjerde (2015). Management of business activities along streets; an often neglected aspect of urban design. In Living and Learning: Research for a better built environment; proceedings of the 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association. R. H. Crawford and A. Stephan [ed]. Melbourne, University of Melbourne: paper 16.

Conference paper abstracts

Gjerde, Morten. (2018). Imagining decolonised cities. In 14th Urban History Planning History Conference Remaking Cities 2018, (eds) McShane, I. Taylor, E. Phelan, K. Porter, L. and Woodcock, I.39. Melbourne: RMIT.

Kiddle, R., Elkington, B., Smeaton, J., Mercier, O., Ross, M., Gjerde, M., Kawiti, Thomas, A. (2017, November 16). Imagining the decolonised city in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Whose Land is it Anyway? Symposium. Melbourne: RMIT.

Kiddle, R., Elkington, B., Smeaton, J., Mercier, O., Ross, M., Gjerde, M., Kawiti, Thomas, A. (2017, September 6). Imagining the decolonised city in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change. Massey University, Albany, Auckland.

Kiddle, R. F., Thomas, A. C., Arthur, J., Elkington, B., Gjerde, M., Kawiti, D. R., Smeaton, J. (2017, July 11). Imagining the decolonised city in Aotearoa New Zealand. In Institute of Australian Geographers Conference 2017. The University of Queensland, Brisbane..

Kiddle, R., Arthur, J., Elkington, B., Gjerde, M., Kawiti, D., Mercier, O., Thomas, A. C. (2017, April 19). Utopianism as a method for creating just Aotearoa New Zealand cities. In Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN USA.

Gjerde, M. (2017) Working collectively to improve the quality and supply of housing in New Zealand, Abstract and presentation to 10th Australasian Housing Researchers’ Conference 15-17 February 2017, Melbourne, Session 3.2.B

Gjerde, M. (2016) Informing design review: Discussion of the findings of a visual preference study in New Zealand, Abstract and presentation to Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 5-9 September 2016, Shanghai, Presentation O14.1 https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/242067/Urbantransition_Program_Final_01.09.pdf

Gjerde, M. (2016) Building back better: Learning from the Christchurch rebuild, Abstract and presentation to Urban Transitions Global Summit 2016 5-9 September 2016, Shanghai, Presentation P063 https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/242067/Urbantransition_Program_Final_01.09.pdf

Invited lectures in named series

Kiddle, R. F., Thomas, A. C., & Gjerde, M. (2017). Imagining Decolonised Cities. In NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities seminar series convened by New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities University of Otago. City Art Gallery.

Gjerde, M., & Chapman, R. (2016). Collective action needed to improve NZ housing. In Spotlight lecture series convened by Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington.

Theses/dissertations

Gjerde, M. (2015). Street perceptions: A study of visual preferences for New Zealand streetscapes. School of Architecture. Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington. PhD Thesis: 384pp.

Related pages

Full list of publications by Morten Gjerde

12th Australasian Urban History/Planning History Conference