‘Reimagining the Harbour City’ will be the topic of the first 2016 Utzon lecture to be delivered by the new Dean of UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment, Professor Helen Lochhead, on Wednesday, 9 March.

Professor Lochhead, an architect, urbanist and former Deputy NSW Government Architect, will draw on her expertise in harbour precincts to discuss the long-term vision and renewal options for Sydney’s iconic harbour.

Describing Sydney Harbour as one of the most magnificent harbours in the world, Professor Lochhead said Sydney has had to deal with the tension of competing agendas – economic growth versus environmental protection, public versus private interests and conservation versus renewal; these tensions have spawned civic awakening, discourse and demonstrations that resulted in pivotal transformation around the harbour.

Professor Lochhead will argue how future harbour development and governance must value the cultural and ecological qualities of the waterway; prioritise quality planning and design; and ensure the harbour setting as a public place, can benefit all Sydneysiders.

As Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority’s Executive Director of Place Development, Professor Lochhead had focused on major regeneration of Circular Quay and the Bays Precinct, and was instrumental in shaping major precincts around Sydney Harbour, including the development of a 30-year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove, the gateway to Sydney’s CBD, and a new strategic vision for Sydney Harbour.

Officially launched six years ago by Jan Utzon, the son of renowned Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the monthly Utzon Lecture series at the UNSW focuses on the presentation of ideas from leading contributors of international significance in the design, delivery and management of the built environment.

Key dates

What: The MUDD Annual Paul Reid Lecture in Urban Design: Reimagining the Harbour City – Professor Helen Lochhead, Dean, UNSW Built Environment

When: Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Where: UNSW Leighton Hall, Kensington campus.

2016 Utzon Lecture Series

13 April - Tradition and Newness: Continuity and Meaning in Art – Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect and Emeritus Professor, Aalto University, Helsinki

4 May - Inaugural Judith Neilson Lecture in Architecture: Resilient Neighbourhoods – Professor David Sanderson, Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture

8 June - Donald K Turner Address: Footprints – Kerry Hill, Kerry Hill Architects

27 July - Colliding Worlds: Heath, Wellbeing, Design and Built Environments – Associate Professor Oya Demirbilek, UNSW Built Environment

24 August - David Pitchford, Chief Executive Officer of UrbanGrowth

28 September - Innovating to Zero in the Building Sector: Minimising energy consumption, eradicating energy poverty and mitigating climate change – Professor Mattheos Santamouris, Anita Lawrence Chair in High Performance Architecture, UNSW

26 October - In My Backyard – Professor Richard Weller, Martin and Margy Meyerson Chair of Urbanism and Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania