Architect and urban designer Helen Lochhead has been appointed the dean of the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Built Environment. Lochhead has been appointed in place of Professor Alex Tzannes, who has retired.

Previously an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney, Lochhead also served as the Deputy NSW Government Architect from 2007 to 2016. Additionally, she has considerable international teaching experience with stints at several reputed institutions including Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University and the New York Institute of Technology.

UNSW’s president and vice chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs observes that Lochhead’s strong professional career has been complemented by significant teaching and research experience at some of the top universities in Australia and overseas. A recipient of both Fulbright and Churchill Fellowships, she most recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University interrogating proposals and governance models for more resilient and liveable cities.

Lochhead also received the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize in the 2013 NSW Architecture Awards.