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Helen Lochhead

Professor, Dean - Faculty Leadership, Dean's Unit

M. Sc (Architecture & Urban Design), B. Sc. Arch (Honours 1), B. Arch (Honours 1), Dip Horticulture (Honours)  


Phone +61 2 9385 4768

Fax +61 2 9385 6264

Email helen.lochhead@unsw.edu.au


Room 5017

Building Red Centre

Campus Kensington


Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer.
Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the NSW Government and the City of Sydney including including Executive Director roles at Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, and was most recently deputy NSW Government Architect.  
Her career has focused on the inception, planning, design and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects and public works ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney leading up to the 2000 Olympics to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. She has been instrumental in shaping more major precincts around Sydney Harbour than most, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. More recently she led the development of 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD and was instrumental in setting a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.
Professor Lochhead maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognized through many industry awards including AIA and AILA Urban Design and Sustainability Awards, the AIA Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the NAWIC Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the AIA NSW President’s Prize.
High level appointments include the National Council of the Australian Institute of Architects, Central Sydney Planning Committee, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the NSW Heritage Council and competition juries and Design Review Panels across Australia. All are a testament to her standing in the profession.
A graduate of both the University of Sydney and Columbia University in New York Professor Lochhead’s career has combined professional practice and teaching both in Australia and the United States, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney and also as visiting academic at Harvard, MIT and Columbia Universities. In 2014-15 she was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.