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Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urbanist and Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney.


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Helen Lochhead graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture. She also has a Master of Science (Architecture and Urban Design), from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is a registered architect, landscape architect and planner.

Lochhead is an architect and urban designer with over 20 years of senior management and project delivery experience in both private and public sectors in Australia and the United States. Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex large-scale urban projects.

In 2013 Lochhead was awarded the prestigious Marion Mahony Griffin Prize. The citation stated that Lochhead 'has over twenty years of involvement in the design of the public realm in Australia. Helen has worked tirelessly to achieve design excellence in the public sector working on architectural, urban design and landscape design projects. Through her role on committees, design review panels and competition juries, and from within local council and state government agencies, she has worked determinedly, managing to extricate herself from procedural inertia and the daily difficulties of working in a bureaucracy to make design quality and sustainability important considerations in major capital works projects. Prior to accepting a secondment as the director of strategic developments at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), Helen championed the promotion of women architects within the GAO, and has played an important role in mentoring graduates. She has taught at three of Sydney’s universities and was an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, prior to her current appointment.

Lochhead had won numerous awards for her contributions to the profession, including the 2013 Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, and the 2013-14 Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. During her fellowship she studied design, policy, and governance strategies that can deliver more sustainable climate-resilient coastal cities.

Professional career

Lochhead was Director of Helen Lochhead Urban Projects (1996-2006) where she prepared Master plans and Development Control Plans (DCPs) including Rozelle Hospital & Gladesville Hospital Master Plans, Rouse Hill Town Centre, Mascot Station Precinct, public domain projects, multi-unit housing projects.

From 2004 to 2007 she was Executive Director, Sustainability at Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Lochhead became Deputy Government Architect in the NSW Government Architect's Office in 2007.

In 2012-2013 Lochhead was Executive Director, Place Development, at the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Lochhead was awarded 2014 Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Bogliasco Fellow in 2015.

Personal life

Lochhead has studied and worked in Australia and the United States.


  • 2015: Bogliasco Fellowship, The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy
  • 2015: AIA Presidents Prize for contribution to the design of the built environment of Sydney, design education and the profession
  • 2013 Loeb Fellowship, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • 2013 Lincoln Fellowship, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge
  • 2013: AIA Marion Mahony-Griffin Prize 2013- for a distinctive body of work & contribution of a female architect to the profession
  • 2011: AILA National Award for leadership in adaptation to climate change and promotion of sustainable Australian settlements (with OEH)
  • 2010: Winston Churchill Fellowship
  • 2009: National Association of Women Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry
  • 1996: Landcom Design competition winner
  • 1995: Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 1993: RAIA Merit Award for Urban Design
  • 1991: The Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, Board of Architects
  • 1986: William Kinne Fellows Travelling Scholarship, Columbia University, New York
  • 1985: Fulbright Fellowship
  • 1985: University of Sydney Hezlet Bequest Travelling Scholarship
  • 1985: Stephenson Turner Scholarship & Medal
  • 1984: NSW Board of Architects Medallion
  • 1982: The Marten Bequest, a travelling scholarship
  • References

    Helen Lochhead Wikipedia

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