Since graduating as an Architect from UNSW, I have combined the practice of Architecture with four broad areas of research:

Shanghai Corrugated Iron Heritage Asset Management Cultural Mapping


My interest in Shanghai stemmed from my residency there from 2003 to 2010, and a commission from Watermark Press to write the Shanghai Architecture Guide, published in 2007. On returning to Sydney in 2010, I furthered my research into Shanghai with a PhD at UNSW completed in 2015, entitled ‘Women in the modern city: 1930s Shanghai’.
2015 Women in the modern city: 1930s Shanghai, PhD UNSW
2014 Historic Environment Vol26, No. 3 – Asian Cities, Shanghai – City of Multiple Viewpoints
2013 TAASA Journal Vol 22 No. 3 Sept 2013, Building Tall in Shanghai
2011 Australia China Friendship Society Newsletter – My Life in China, 2003-2009
2010 INDesign, May 2010, Shanghai EXPO
2010 Australia China Connections magazine: Shanghai Restoration
2009 Docomomo Journal No. 41, Shanghai, Modernity and the YWCA
2008 NDesign, Lloyd’s Bank, Shanghai
2007 Shanghai Architecture, pub Watermark Press, 2007 Download paper
2007 Urbanland, May 2007 Shanghai’s Lilongs Download paper
2007 INDesign, Vol 30, June 2007 The Bund Shanghai-ed
2007 TAASA Journal Vol 16 No. 3 Sept 2007, City of Paradox: Shanghai Stories Download paper
2003/09 Numerous articles for Shanghai magazines; - That’s, Quo, Metrozine, Urbanatomy

Corrugated Iron

My Master’s degree at the University of York, UK, in 1990, was on ‘Corrugated Iron’ – telling the story of its evolution on Britain and application in Australia. Since then I have researched many aspects of the material, including its early history in Australia, and options for conservation, repair and replacement.
My paper ‘Corrugated Iron – Options for Repair’ is available on the NSW Heritage Division website View more My thesis on Corrugated Iron is available at the National Library of Australia View more
2016 Warr, Anne, ‘Corrugated Iron: Forming New Perceptions in the Australian Landscape’ Function and Fantasy. Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century eds Paul Dobraszcyk
1995 Steel Roofing and Traditional Roof Forms in Indonesia and Malaysia
1993 National Trust Quarterly Magazine, article on Corrugated iron

Heritage Asset Management

As Heritage Manager in the Government Architect’s Office, NSW Public Works & Services, Anne was commissioned by the NSW Premier’s Department to prepare the Heritage Asset Management Guidelines for the Total Asset Management package being championed by NSW State Government. First published in 1992, these Guidelines were revised and re-issued in 1996.
Anne received three industry awards for the preparation of these guidelines:
1997 NAWIC Innovation award (National Association of Women in Construction)
1997 Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Award
1996 Institution of Engineers Engineering Excellence Award

Cultural Mapping

My interest in Cultural Mapping arose from work in Asia related to two Commonwealth Government Fellowships:
1996 Australia-Indonesia Merdeka Fellowship
1994 Asia Fellowship
Articles on Cultural Mapping include:
1999 World Architecture Magazine, article on Cultural Mapping in special edition on Architectural Heritage and Conservation in Australia (translated into Mandarin)
1999 AHC InPlace Magazine, article on Cultural Mapping
1995 Ancient Cities in Transition: The Challenges for Conservation, AWPNUC, Hanoi