Helen Lochhead

University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Dean, Faculty of Built Environment | Sydney, Australia


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…

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Chapter Board Member, Australia (2018 – Present)

Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee, Member (2016 – Present)

Australia Chapter, Board Member (2018 – Present)

City Committee, Sydney, Board Member (2018 – Present)

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)


22 October 2018

Polycentric vs. Monocentric: The Future of Vertical Urbanism?

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...


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20 October 2018

Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

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...


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30 October 2017

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

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...


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