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Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

About Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer, and the Dean of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the State 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 Government Architect in NSW.

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.

Professor Lochhead maintains a high profile in the profession and her professional contribution has been recognized through many industry awards including AIA…


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About Helen Lochhead

Professor Helen Lochhead is an Australian architect, urban and landscape designer, and the Dean of Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Prior to her appointment as Dean she held a number of influential positions in the State 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 Government Architect in NSW.

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.

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 Mahoney -Griffin Prize, the NAWIC Vision Award for leadership in the construction industry and the AIA NSW President’s Prize.

High level appointments including include the Boards of the Australian Institute of Architects and The Architects Foundation, 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 Helen was also the Lincoln/Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Chapter Board Member, Australia (2018 – Present)
  • Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee (2016 – Present)
  • Past Roles:
  • Awards Urban Habitat Jury (2018; 2019)
  • Annual Conference, Presenter (Australia 2017; Middle East 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Australia 2017)
  • Innovation Conference, Session Chair, Shenzhen (2019)

Events/Initiatives Involving Helen Lochhead

Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum

Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum

9 Jul 2018, Event – “Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” symposium held by CTBUH/Tongji with speakers…

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event

1 Jun 2018, Event Report – The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world…

CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia

CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia

7-9 Mar 2017, Event Report – Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney…

Events/Initiatives Involving Helen Lochhead

Sustainable Vertical Urbanism Forum
9 Jul 2018, Shanghai – Event
“Sustainable Vertical Urbanism” symposium held by CTBUH/Tongji with speakers including CTBUH Academic & Teaching Committee members.
CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event
1 Jun 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world to provide mid-year updates on the Council's major initiatives.
CTBUH Executive Director Presents at Chapter Events in Australia
7-9 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
Executive Director Antony Wood delivered two well attended lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, organized by the respective local CTBUH committees.
Executive Director Visits Sydney and Melbourne
6-10 Mar 2017, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to Sydney and Melbourne to build support for the 2017 conference through meetings and lectures.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Ken Shuttleworth: A Journey of Design and Discovery
17 Aug 2016, Sydney – Event Report
CTBUH Sydney held a collaborative event with UNSW Built Environment, welcoming British architect Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make, to Australia.

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Helen Lochhead Related Resources

Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?

22 Oct 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference
Chair: Steve Watts, alinea Consulting; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Koon Hean Cheong, Housing & Development Board; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; and Peter Murray

Interview: Helen Lochhead

31 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews
Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales

CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 2A: Urban Policy Q&A

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference
Chair: Caroline Stalker, Arup; Tim Williams, Arup; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre

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Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV
CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

The Role of Design Competitions In Shaping Sydney’s Public Realm

30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV
Helen Lochhead & Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales

ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World

8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III
Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind

Helen Lochhead Related Videos

Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?
22 Oct 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference; Chair: Steve Watts, alinea Consulting; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department; Koon Hean Cheong, Housing & Development Board; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; and Peter Murray
Numerous cities are now developing along polycentric lines, with several urban “nodes” focused around tall building clusters that often compete for commerce, attention and investment within the same city. This dispersed approach to urban density…
Interview: Helen Lochhead
31 Oct 2017 – 2017 Australia Conference Interviews; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales
Helen Lochhead of the University of New South Wales is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2017 CTBUH Australia Conference.
CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference - Session 2A: Urban Policy Q&A
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Chair: Caroline Stalker, Arup; Tim Williams, Arup; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre
Caroline Stalker, Australasian Design Director (Urban), Arup, chairs the question and answer session with Tim Williams, CEO, Committee for Sydney & Principal, Arup; Helen Lochhead, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales;…
The Role of Design Competitions in Shaping Sydney's Public Realm
30 Oct 2017 – Presentation at CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference; Helen Lochhead, University of New South Wales
Tall buildings often take more than they give back, frequently exacerbating local environmental conditions, overshadowing streets and public spaces, creating wind tunnels, and impacting the social life of streets by replacing diversity with mono-…

Helen Lochhead Related Papers/Research

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism
Oct 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue IV; CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers
As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something…
The Role of Design Competitions In Shaping Sydney’s Public Realm
30 Oct 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue IV; Helen Lochhead & Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales
Since 2000, through the City of Sydney’s Competitive Design Policy (CDP), the quality of major projects in the city has been improved significantly, mediating the competing tensions of public and private interest. The most successful of these…
ASPECT: RATIOS – Voices of Women In the Tall Building World
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Ilkay Can-Standard, GenX Design & Technology; Martina Dolejsova, Studio Libeskind
ASPECT: RATIOS is the outgrowth of a program developed by the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee in New York, beginning in 2016. The purpose of the lecture series, and of this special edition, is to showcase some of the exemplary work done by women…