Simona Castricum

Researcher Musician Writer

<p>Simona Castricum’s music, architecture and academic practice explores the borderline space between euphoria, desolation and aggression—tied together by narratives of nonconformity, queer cities, gender and relationships.</p> <p>Simona is a Ph.D. candidate in architecture at the University of Melbourne School of Design and DJ/broadcaster on Melbourne community radio station PBS. Her culture and advocacy writing has appeared in The Guardian and Vice, i-D and Archer magazines. She has academic papers in Routledge’s ‘Architecture & Culture’, critical non-fiction essays in ‘The Lifted Brow’ and the design monograph for Australian architecture firm ARM; ‘Mongrel Rapture’. Her short memoirs have appeared in ‘From the Heart: Women Of Letters’ and ‘Doing It: Women Tell the Truth About Great Sex’.</p> <p>Simona's work explores queer and gender nonconforming experiences of architectural space and practice. She investigates and celebrates methods that interrupt the cisnormative lens through which the built environment is considered. By applying transformative justice principles to the procurement process, design activism becomes design thinking to imagine post gender built environments. </p> <p>As a keynote speaker, panelist and moderator, Simona is an outspoken advocate on safer space and inclusivity of queer and gender diverse people. She has been a guest lecturer at the MSD—University of Melbourne, MADA—Monash University and appeared at MPavilion and Midsumma talks programs. Simona performed her critical performance piece ‘Program is the Enemy of Function’ at the 2016 AHRA ‘Architecture & Feminisms’ conference at KTH Stockholm and Melbourne Design Week. She has collaborated for exhibitions at the 2017 Dutch Design Week and spoken at Australian music conferences BIGSOUND in Brisbane and LISTEN Conference.</p>
Interested in
Public Speaking, Juries, Sessional Teaching or Crits