- PGCert Teaching and Learning.
- SEDA Supervisor for Research Degrees for Professionals in Art & Design.
- BA Hons Fine Art Painting.
- MSc Information Systems and Technology,
- PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies [Completion 2020].
Andrew Stiff’s design practice investigates the process of collecting, archiving and re-presenting unique urban spaces that demonstrate the role of density, intimacy and complexity within urban spaces. The moving image sequences that emerge from this practice form a catalyst for debate upon the cultural and social value of the spaces, in particular how they can inform the debate on urban planning and design, and critically question how we capture urban space with specificity.
He is currently undertaking a practice based PhD at RMIT University, in the School of Graduate Research: Architecture and Design. The research is titled: ‘Intimate Spaces: An archive of creative observation’.
Design Studies, Moving image and Experimental design practices
My current practice-led research examines methods of observation, documentation and re-presentation of the complex urban condition of the Hems, an area of compact mixed-use buildings, of District 4, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Focusing on issues of density, intimacy and complexity, this work is constructed through multiple moving image sequences.
Using a combination of visual lenses and filters, the documentation captures the life of these dense and complex urban spaces through the relationship between the inhabitants and their immediate built infrastructure. With a focus on detailed documentation of event, movement and space (Tschumi. 1994) the hẻms are recorded using long sequences of footage that are illuminated through the lenses and filters allowing the hẻms to be re-presented with different visual properties such as focus blur, layering, extrusions etc.
This documentation of intimacy, complexity and density presents a rich collection of sequences that are contextually significant to HCMC. The data gathered and manipulated through the documentation process can be employed in a number of ways. The relationship between occupation and its fluidity presents a tightness, in the operation of the spaces. This presents examples of dense urban spatial capacity. The documentation is also a record of a unique urban condition, that is under threat from demolition and redevelopment. HCMC is rapidly expanding, and this research can inform future urban planning and design through the re-presentation of the hems, as a space capable tackling the associated issues.