Christina Houen

Christina Houen - Editor Tick

Murwillumbah NSW, Australia

Non-fiction & academic books in Humanities, environment, education. Clients have published with Ashgate, Routledge, and Springer.

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Overview

I have been a professional freelance editor since 2006. I do a lot of academic editing and have edited and coordinated publication of several anthologies and monographs in the field of the built environment. I have also edited many academic theses in subjects such as engineering, business, IT, health sciences, education, the built environment, literature, and philosophy. I am experienced in editing for non-native speakers of English. I edit non-fiction for a publishing house that specializes in e-publishing and print-on-demand. I write memoir, and I review and edit memoirs. I have a Master of Creative Arts degree and a PhD in life writing.

My editing ethic is to help you, the writer, make your work the best it can be, whatever the subject, while respecting the authenticity and uniqueness of your voice. I have a fine eye for detail and word order, as well as the mechanics of grammar and punctuation.

I have many testimonials from happy clients: here is a recent one:
"We worked with Cristina as copy editor for our authored peer-reviewed book Building Mixity! in the disciplines of Architecture and Urban Design. Christina’s work was crucial for us, as non-native speakers and first-time authors. Working together over the period of over a year through a complex review and production process, Christina was always supportive in trying to accommodate difficult schedules and deadlines. We are very pleasured to recommend Christina, as a great and extremely knowledgeable person to work with." Markus Jung & Maud Cassaignau, Architects, Urban Designers, Senior Lecturer & Lecturer, Monash University, Australia.

Languages
English (AUS)
English (NZ)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture
Education & Reference
Engineering
Life Sciences
Self-help & Self-improvement
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Certifications

  • Mental Health Nursing Certificate, NSW, 1976

Awards

  • Small publishing grant, Centre for Research for Women, Western Australia, 2005
  • Mary Walters Bursary, Australian Federation of University Women (WA), Inc., 2005
  • Pro-Vice Chancellor Humanities Award for Excellence, with A/Prof Marina Lommerse, Architecture Interior Architecture, Curtin University
  • Varuna Longlines non-residential Mentorship for development of memoir, 2007–08
  • Hal Porter Award for short story (memoir), 2003
  • Curtin Humanities Research Award for book chapter, 2009

Work experience

Freelance editor

Self-employed
February, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

My freelance editing work is about 70% academic and 30% commercial non-fiction. I was Associate Editor and then Reflections Editor (2011–2014) for the Routledge journal Life Writing. Here I was responsible for having submissions peer reviewed and liaising with authors and reviewers. I have copy edited several academic collections and monographs in the field of the built environment, published by Routledge, Springer and Ashgate. I am copy editor for IDEA journal, an international refereed journal dedicated to the publication of interior design/interior architecture research which provides a valuable resource to the discipline and associated design and theoretical fields. I edit a lot of academic theses, and am on the books of many Australian universities; I also edit for overseas clients, including a Chinese Professor at a major Chinese university, who sends all his research articles to me for editing. Since 2016 I have edited fiction and non-fiction for the general market.

Editor

Self-employed
January, 2009 – Present (almost 10 years)

Since graduating with my PhD (Social Sciences) I have edited many academic works, theses, articles, book chapters, and edited collections, in many fields, from Humanities, Art, Design, & Architecture, Education, Health, IT, Business, and Engineering. My writing and research specialty is memoir and all life writing. Since 2016 I have also edited many fiction and non-fiction books for the general market.

Portfolio (8 selected works)

Connecting Places, Connecting People: A Paradigm for Urban Living in the 21st Century

Reena Tiwari

What is a better community? How can we reconfigure places and transport networks to create environmentally friendly, economically sound, and socially just communities? How can we meet the challenges of growing pollution, depleting fossil fuels, rising gasoline prices, traffic congestion, traffic fatalities, increased prevalence of obesity, and lack of social inclusion? The era of car-based pla... read more

What is a better community? How can we reconfigure places and transport networks to create environmentally friendly, economically sound, and socially just communities? How can we meet the challenges of growing pollution, depleting fossil fuels, rising gasoline prices, traffic congestion, traffic fatalities, increased prevalence of obesity, and lack of social inclusion? The era of car-based pla... read more

Building Mixity: Cremorne2025 / 37.83 degrees S / 144.993 degrees E (Monash Architecture Booklets)

Maud Cassaignau, Markus Jung, Matthew Xue

In times of inflationary investment and explosive urban growth, Building Mixity! challenges the status quo of expansive and unequal development in Melbourne, Australia. The long forgotten and unique post-industrial suburb of Cremorne serves as a blueprint for an alternative vision of robust and productive city making. Building Mixity! explores the potentials of combining adaptive re-use tactic... read more

In times of inflationary investment and explosive urban growth, Building Mixity! challenges the status quo of expansive and unequal development in Melbourne, Australia. The long forgotten and unique post-industrial suburb of Cremorne serves as a blueprint for an alternative vision of robust and productive city making. Building Mixity! explores the potentials of combining adaptive re-use tactic... read more

M2 Models and Methodologies for Community Engagement

Reena Tiwari, Marina Lommerse, Dianne Smith

How can we engage communities? What is empowerment? To what extent should the project process be participatory? How is an outsider-insider relationship handled? How do researchers negotiate with the hegemony of western cultural interpretations? How are organizational and contextual influences handled in a project? What leadership demands do such projects place on researchers? What is capacity ... read more

How can we engage communities? What is empowerment? To what extent should the project process be participatory? How is an outsider-insider relationship handled? How do researchers negotiate with the hegemony of western cultural interpretations? How are organizational and contextual influences handled in a project? What leadership demands do such projects place on researchers? What is capacity ... read more

Occupation: ruin, repudiation, revolution: constructed space conceptualized

Lynn Churchill, Dianne Smith

Bringing together an international range of contributors from the fields of practice, theory and history, this book takes a fresh look occupation. It argues that occupation is a prospect that begins with ruin--a residue from the past, an implied or even a resounding presence of something previous that holds the potential for transformation. This prospect invites us to repudiate, re-imagine and... read more

Bringing together an international range of contributors from the fields of practice, theory and history, this book takes a fresh look occupation. It argues that occupation is a prospect that begins with ruin--a residue from the past, an implied or even a resounding presence of something previous that holds the potential for transformation. This prospect invites us to repudiate, re-imagine and... read more

Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism

Nicole Kalms

Much of feminist architectural scholarship focuses on the enormous task of instating women's experience of space into spatial praxis. Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism suggests this attention to women's invisibility in sociocultural space has overlooked the complex ways in which women already occupy space, albeit mostly as an image or object to be consumed, even purchased... read more

Much of feminist architectural scholarship focuses on the enormous task of instating women's experience of space into spatial praxis. Hypersexual City: The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism suggests this attention to women's invisibility in sociocultural space has overlooked the complex ways in which women already occupy space, albeit mostly as an image or object to be consumed, even purchased... read more

Perspectives on Social Sustainability and Interior Architecture

Dianne Smith, Marina Lommerse, Priya Metcalfe

This book argues that interior architects have a responsibility to practice their profession in collaborative ways that address the needs of communities and of to be the agents of social justice and cultural heritage. The book is divided into three sections, based on three pivotal themes — community engagement, social justice and cultural heritage. Each section has chapters that put forward th... read more

This book argues that interior architects have a responsibility to practice their profession in collaborative ways that address the needs of communities and of to be the agents of social justice and cultural heritage. The book is divided into three sections, based on three pivotal themes — community engagement, social justice and cultural heritage. Each section has chapters that put forward th... read more

In My Grandfather's Garden: The Hidden Gifts of Dyslexia, Difference, And Death

Timothy G. Spokes

Can your difficulties become stepping stones to a successful future? Can a young boy overcome a serious reading difficulty and achieve beyond all expectations?For a few gruelling years in a Catholic boys' school, where the Brothers carry a lash under their gowns ready to strike any boy who offends their strict code, Tim struggles with math and English and keeps mostly to himself. But he has an... read more

Can your difficulties become stepping stones to a successful future? Can a young boy overcome a serious reading difficulty and achieve beyond all expectations?For a few gruelling years in a Catholic boys' school, where the Brothers carry a lash under their gowns ready to strike any boy who offends their strict code, Tim struggles with math and English and keeps mostly to himself. But he has an... read more

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