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Dr Christoph Schnoor

Associate Professor
School of Architecture
Location: Building 001, Room 2052

Professional memberships

SAHANZ (Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand)


Dr.-Ing. Christoph Schnoor received his doctorate on Le Corbusier’s early urban design treatise, “La Construction des villes” from Technical University Berlin in 2002. His research areas are: the architecture and perception of urban space; history and theory of modernist architecture, in particular on Le Corbusier; the historiography of modernist architecture through the writings of British-born architect and historian Colin Rowe and Swiss architect Bernhard Hoesli; and theorizing architectural transfer, such as the German colonial architecture in Samoa or émigré architect Ernst Plischke’s architecture between Vienna and Wellington, New Zealand.

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Christoph Schnoor as Principal Supervisor

Salapura, Aishwarya (2019). A creative arts-lab for the visually impaired (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mecalfe, Liam (2019). The city of play : reconfiguring the urban environment (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mataia, Venus (2019). Measina o Samoa : preserving the treasures of Samoa (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jenkin, Eva (2019). A museum of the West (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Topless, Jacqueline (2019). Welcome home : return, rehabilitation and reconnection; architecture as a kaitiaki for taonga Maori (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Lawrence, Dijo (2019). Duet with nature : a site for music (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Clayton, Natasha (2018). Spaces we hear : closing the gap between architecture and the soundscape (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Pearce, Emily (2018). Not a monastery : transposing and interpreting the ancient typology (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Smith, Sianne Justine (2018). Architecture of perception : communicating meaning through phenomenological and multisensory-driven design (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bajallan, Basma (2017). Sustaining growth through live-work (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Couchman, Alice (2017). The river archive (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Bell, Taylor Ryan (2017). A concept made concrete : conserving a Brutalist icon through architectural intervention (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Craigie, Harrison (2017). Streets in the sky : how can architecture extend the public realm into the high-rise? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Gillies, Sophie (2017). "Sewing the seed" : an urban farming education centre in Orakei (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Laidlaw, Reagan (2016). Breaking through (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kostiuk-Warren, J. Max (2015). A home today, designed for tomorrow : a home which can be added onto, subtracted from, and adapted as our lives change over time (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kwan, Flora (2014). Piranesi : [th]reading the repository (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Keay, Jean Marilyn (2014). Rethinking the Apia waterfront : a masterplan and educational facility for the waterfront in Apia, Samoa. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Shahram, Shandiz (2014). Architectural analysis : a methodology to understand and inform the design of spaces (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Liu, Haidi (2013). 'Art improves the city' : an art centre project proposed in Chifeng, China (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Eisenhauer, Jurgen (2013). Empathetic kinaesthesia : sport within architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Sedon, Laura (2013). The wall, the joint, the window, stair and door (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Storrie, Alastair (2012). Decoherence : Mount Albert Science Center (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Blount, Arnika (2012). Wunderkammer : scenes of wonder, speculation and discovery (Master of Architecture (Professional))
King, Jason (2012). Transitions and thresholds in the urban environment : activating space and identifying place (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Smith, Michael (2011). Zen - Christianity: A useful dialogue? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Shang, Erxin (2011). A "pulpitumic" school: The place to project architecture into the consciousness of the public (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Fenwick, Tess (2011). Programme : Morphosis. How can spatial adaptability in architecture be improved using kinetic design strategies? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Gavin, Moira (2011). Empowerment by architecture: Design of Auckland's rehabilitation unit (Master of Architecture (Professional))

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Christoph Schnoor as Associate Supervisor

Holakeituai, Walter Solomone Toutoupau'u (2019). 'a-ta : it's not what you say, it's where you sit (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McLeod, Cameron John (2017). Powerful landmark : re-energizing Huntly (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Pirret, Louise (2017). Colours of recovery : healing the mind through a journey of community connections and architectural spaces (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Vaglenarova, Ivana (2017). Finding the forgotten : a project that invigorates the cultural identity of Macedonia through architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Howse, William (2017). Functional heritage : reconnecting with the iron web (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Keegan, Rory David Nunweek (2016). Water reigns : an urban storm water treatment facility for Auckland City that educates the public about the issues surrounding the supply of clean water (Master of Architecture (Professional))
King, Ashton (2016). The space in-between - representing transcultural exchanges through architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Rattray, L. Mason (2016). Tipping the balance : integrative dairy farming for sustainable rural living (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Belford-Lelaulu, John (2015). Le malofie : a research project invested in the exploration of Pacific art's influence on New Zealand's architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Truong, Thanh Thuy (2015). The oneness of Eastern heart & Western mind in future workspace (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Undevia, Suchi (2015-10). Pit stop : stitching together medical facility and transport infrastructure (Master of Architecture (Professional))
An, Jimin (2014). Korea Korea : architectural choreography of collateral collisions at the DMZ (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mount, Jessica (2014). Through the roof : how can the architectural element - the roof - mediate climatic conditions in a New Zealand context and produce a more efficient, culturally relevant and tectonically expressive building? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Walls, Sekai (2013). Architecture as a work-in-progress (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Yang, Fan (Frank) (2013). Culture and travel centre : cultural and functional diversity (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Chalmers, Joseph (2013). Boundaries in architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Croucher, Harry (2012). Relational connections (Master of Architecture (Professional))


Schnoor, C., & McConchie, G. (2019). The Vertical Picturesque. Four Essays on Auckland Houses. Auckland, New Zealand, School of Architecture, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Schnoor, C., & Bloomfield, S. (2019). A Tale of two Houses - the Vance houses by Firth and Plischke. Nga Tutaki: Encounters - Architecture Day, AAANZ Conference 2019, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, NZ.

Schnoor, C., & McConchie, G. (2019). Vertical Picturesque vs. Complex Space. Schnoor, C. & McConchie, G. Auckland, NZ.

Schnoor, C. (2018). Ten Years of exchange HS Wismar - Unitec Auckland: Identity. Cordes, A., Hackel, M. et al. Wismar, Germany.

Schnoor, C. (2018). Ernst Plischke as Teacher: Wellington (Auckland) Vienna. Interstices (Vol. Auckland School Centenary Special Issue).

Schnoor, C. (2017). The Compromised Slab: Rem Koolhaas and Hans Kollhoff interpreting Colin Rowe. Gevork Hartoonian and John Ting, Quotation. Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ, Vol. 31.

Schnoor, C. (2017). Ernst Plischke as teacher in Vienna (1963-73). Educating Architects and Planners, 1917-2017, Auckland.

Schnoor, C. (2017). Urban History and New Directions. The Role of Brinckmann and Laugier for Le Corbusier's Urban Design Theory. A. Rabaça, Coimbra, Portugal.

Schnoor, C. (2016). Imagery or Principles of the Pacific? An Investigation into Architecture in Samoa. Fabrications. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (Vol. 26:3).

Schnoor, C. (2016). Far Away From Berlin? A Comparative Interpretation of School and Hospital Architecture in the German Colonies. Fourth International Conference of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), Dublin, Ireland.

Schnoor, C., & Wilson, S. (2016). Goldfinger revisited. James Bond set designs by Kem Adam as modernist spaces of power. A-M. Brennan & P. Goad, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold.

Laidlaw, R., & Schnoor, C. (2015). Biculturalism in New Zealand Correctional Facilities. In P. Hogben and J. O'Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change.

Schnoor, C. (2015). Ernst Plischke and the Dixon Street Flats. In P. Hogben and J. O'Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change.

Hackel, M., Schnoor, C., & Lange, S. (2015). Apia Waterfront Development - A String of Pearls. Wismar, Germany, Hochschule Wismar.

Schnoor, C. (2015). Le Corbusier's early urban studies as source of experiential architectural knowledge. In J. T. Cueco, Le Corbusier 50 Years Later. International Congress.

Schnoor, C. (2015). Le Raum dans "La Construction des villes" de Le Corbusier. Une traduction aux multiples strates linguistiques et culturelles. Carvais, R., Negre, V., Cluzel, J.-S. & Hernu-Belaud, J. Paris.

Schnoor, C. (2015). Ernst Plischkes Architektur in ihrem neuseelandischen Kontext (Ernst Plischke's architecture in its New Zealand context). Plischke-Society, Vienna.

Schnoor, C. (2015). Architecture in Samoa: Imagery or Principles of the Pacific? SAH Annual Conference, Chicago.

Schnoor, C. (2014). Space and the body: Concepts of the Corporeal in Le Corbusier's work. In: Kirsten Wagner and Jasper Cepl (eds.). Images of the Body in Architecture: Anthropology and Built Space. Berlin: Wasmuth.

Schnoor, C. (2014). Ernst A. Plischke - Architekt zwischen den Welten. W. Stelzhammer, M. Spühler, Salzburg, Austria.

Schnoor, C. (2014). Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 31, Translation. Gold Coast, Australia, and Auckland, SAHANZ and Unitec ePress.

Schnoor, C. (2014). Between Werkbund and Wartime Sobriety: Ernst Plischke's Designs for Orakei. Christoph Schnoor, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand:Translation (Vol. 31).

Schnoor, C. (2013). Cultural Identity and the City - Auckland, NZ and Wismar. In S. Lampe and J. Muller (eds.) Dialogue "Baukultur" - Innovations in Teaching: Successfully Reinforcing the International Dimension. Wismar: Wismar University of Applied Sciences and DAAD.

Schnoor, C. (2013). Hygiene fuer ein Suedsee-Paradies: preussisch-koloniale Interventionen in Samoa. M. Falser and M. Juneja (eds.) Kulturerbe und Denkmalpflege transkulturell: Grenzgaenge zwischen Theorie und Praxis. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

Schnoor, C., and Kromrei, C. (2013). Immeuble-villas between Le Corbusier and Albert Gessner. In A. Leach & A. Brown, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 30, Open (Vol. 2).

Schnoor, C. (2013). Antonio Amado: Voiture Minimum. Le Corbusier and the Automobile book review. Architectural Histories. Journal of the European Architectural History Network (Vol. Vol 1, No 1 (2013)).

Schnoor, C. (2013). Munich to Berlin: The Urban Space of German Cities. Jean-Louis Cohen (ed.), Le Corbusier. An Atlas of Modern Landscapes.

Schnoor, C. (2013). Das Gerichtsgebaude in Apia, Samoa, zwischen den Kulturen. Die Denkmalpflege, ISSN 0947-031-X (Vol. Vol. 71, Issue 1).

Wild, A., and Schnoor, C. (2012). The former Courthouse Apia, Samoa. Conservation plan. Government of Samoa, Auckland.

Schnoor, C., Wild, A., Collins, K., Storrie, A., Taliva'a, J., and Babatugon, J. (2012). Living Heritage: A New Life for he Courthouse. Apia, Samoa, Old Courthouse.

Schnoor, C. (2012). Stadt und kulturelle Identitat. Dialog Baukultur, Wismar, Germany.

Schnoor, C. (2012). Bernhard Hoesli and Colin Rowe: Phenomenal Transparency as method for analysis and design. Stuart King and Stephen Loo, Fabulations.

Blount, A., and Schnoor, C. (2012). Wunderkammer: Scenes of Discovery, Experiment and Spatial Fabulation in Early Modern Europe. Stuart King and Stephen Loo, Fabulations.

Schnoor, C. (2012). L'Italia come modello di spazio urbano: i riferimenti a Venezia, Firenze e Roma ne La Construction des villes. Marida Talamona (ed.) L'Italia di Le Corbusier. Milano: Mondadori Electa.

Schnoor, C., and Taliva'a, J. (2011). "Samoan Village Space in Transition". Moulis, A. and Van der Plaat, D. (Eds), Audience. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2011).

Schnoor, C. (2011). "The idea of an imperceptible modernism in Ernst Plischke's work". Moulis, A. and Van der Plaat, D. (Eds), Audience. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2011).

Schnoor, C. (2011). Colin Rowe: Space as Well-Composed Illusion. Journal of Art Historiography, ISSN 2042-4752 (Vol. No. 5, December 2011).

Schnoor, C. (2011). "Le Corbusier's manuscript La Construction des villes between French language and German practice: a multi-layered translation". Cluzel, J.-S. (Ed), Traduire l'architecture / Translating architecture. Journees d'etudes, INHA, Paris.

Schnoor, C. (2010). Space in Words: Colin Rowe's essays on modern architecture. Glasgow Colloquium on Art Historiography, Glasgow, 25-27 November.

Schnoor, C. (2010). From theory to practice - 39 opinions. Williams, A., Ostwald, M. J., Askland, H. H. (Eds), Creativity, Design and Education. Theories Positions and Challenges. Sydney: ALTC.

Schnoor, C. (2010). Colin Rowe's "Space-Talk". Collins-Kaufmann Forum, Columbia-University, New York, 7 December.

Schnoor, C. (2010). The competition and the search for the grand solution: Le Corbusier in Geneva, New York and Berlin. Master of Architecture workshop, Chalmers University, Gothenburg (Sweden), 3 May.

Schnoor, C. (2010). . Review of J. K. Birksted. Le Corbusier and the Occult, Journal of Architecture (Vol. 15 (5)).

Schnoor, C. (2010). Atelier 5: Ruhwald 1965. Carsten Krohn (ed.), Das ungebaute Berlin. Berlin: DOM Publishers.

Schnoor, C. (2010). Drawing with words: Colin Rowe's imaginative historiography. Chapman, M. and Ostwald, M. (Eds), Imagining. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2010).

Schnoor, C., Glass, C., Schachtschneider, S., and Schulz, A. (2010). Deutsche Kolonialarchitektur: Schul- und Krankenhausbauten in den deutschen Kolonien 1884-1914. Wismar, Germany. Wismar University of Technology, Business and Design, 9-19 March.

Schnoor, C. (2010). Le Corbusier's ambivalent image of the human body. International Conference "Images of the Body in Architecture. Anthropology and Built Space", Berlin, 15 - 17 April.

Schnoor, C. (2009). Albert Schaaffhausen: A German Architect in Samoa, 1901-14. Gatley, J. (Ed), Cultural Crossroads: Proceedings of the 26th International SAHANZ ConferenceCultural Crossroads Conference.

Schnoor, C. (2009). Reform Urban Design. International Bauakademie, Berlin (Guest Lecture).

Schnoor, C. (2009). Le Corbusier's aesthetic urbanism. University of Texas, School of Architecture Guest Presentation.

Schnoor, C. (2008). How do design and research relate to each other? Symposium Architectural design: process and teaching, Unitec Institute of Technology.

Schnoor, C. (2008). La Construction des villes. Le Corbusiers erstes stadtebauliches Traktat von 1910/11. .

Schnoor, C. (2008). Reshaping paradise. Wilhelm Solf's town renewal in Apia, Samoa. Beyon, D., and de Jong, U. (Eds), History In Practice: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ 2008) (Vol. CD Rom).

Schnoor, C. (2008). Local or global? German colonial architecture in Samoa. DAAD Guest Lecture.

Schnoor, C. (2008). Raum und Form. Die Suche nach Prinzipien des Sehens und Entwerfens. DAAD Guest Lecture.

Schnoor, C. (2007). Jasmax. (Stratford, S. (ed.) A4 NZ Architects Monograph series). Architecture New Zealand (Vol. 4 July/August).

Schnoor, C. (2006). "Soyez de votre temps" - William Ritter et Le Corbusier. Von Moos, S., Ruegg, A., and Fondation_Le_Corbusier, Le Corbusier, La Suisse et les Suisses.

Schnoor, C. (2006). Heimatschutz and engineer's aesthetic: A strange alliance in the writings of Joseph August Lux. McMinn, T., Stephens, J., and Basson, S. (Eds), Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand XXIII Annual Conference 2006SAHANZ 2006 'Contested terrains' Conference.

Schnoor, C. (2006). The aesthetic city: Le Corbusier's earliest study on urban design. Unitec School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Seminar Series.

Schnoor, C., Van Wezel, M., Hursthouse, K., and Toy, P. (2006). Contemporary architecture in Europe. Study tour 2006. Unitec School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Seminar Series.

Schnoor, C. (2005). Celebrating idea over reality: Oceanic and European architecture. Presented to the Berlin Forum fur Architectur - und Stadforschung 'Oceanic architecture', 6 December, Berlin, Germany.

Schnoor, C. (2005). Le Corbusier's uncompleted treatise 'La Corbusier des villes' of 1910. Presented to the University of Queensland School of Geography, Planning and Architecture 2005 Talks series, 10 May, Brisbane, Australia.

Schnoor, C. (2005). Back to the sources of Le Corbusier's urbanist theories: The uncompleted treatise 'La construction des villes' of 1910. Presented to the Collins-Kaufmann Forum, Columbia University, 15 November, New York.

Schnoor, C. (2005). 'Soyez de rotre temps' le Corbusier and William Ritter. Presented to the Le Corbusier et les suissess, 3-5 November, Zurich, Switzerland.

Schnoor, C. (2005). Celebrating idea over reality: Some approximations of the primitive in Oceanic and European architecture. In A. Leach & G. Matthewson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (pp. 323-327). Napier: SAHANZ. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand 'Celebration', 24-27 September, Napier.

Schnoor, C. (2005). Stadtebau zwischen beaute' und utilite': La construction des villes von Charles Edouard Jeanneret. In V. Magnago Lampugnani & M. Noell (Eds.), Stadtformen: Die architektur der stadt zwischen imagination und knostruktion (pp. 232-245). Zurich: gta Publishers.