Eminent architect and urbanist Helen Lochhead has been celebrated amongst the 2024 Australia Day Honours List, awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in recognition of her exceptional contributions to architecture, urban design, education, and professional organisations.

A committed, driven advocate for the advancement of the Australian built environment, Lochhead's career trajectory is defined by impactful projects and leadership roles. 

Her work in preparing the harbour city for the 2000 Summer Olympics is possibly her most defining moment, which saw a number of city spaces transformed in preparation for Sydney’s seminal 21st century moment.

Her dedication extends beyond individual projects. Lochhead has previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Sydney, guiding future generations of architects and urbanists. 

Additionally, she has held leadership positions within the Australian Institute of Architects, culminating in her term as National President (2019-2020). These roles demonstrate her commitment to fostering excellence and advocacy within the profession.

Lochhead's achievements are further amplified by numerous awards, including the AIA Marion Mahony Griffin Prize, the NAWIC Vision Award, and the AIA NSW President's Prize. Her international recognition includes Fellowships from Fulbright, Bogliasco, and Harvard, solidifying her standing as a global leader in the field.


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