Three leading architectural practitioners with diverse professional backgrounds have been appointed by Sydney University’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

Olivia Hyde, Kate Goodwin and Qianyi Lim are the first Professors of Practice at the School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

With ongoing positions in practice, they will be working together to forge the link between the university and the wider community to broaden students’ views - and considerably and positively shape the discourse, collaboration and direction of the school.

“I am excited to welcome three leading public figures as our inaugural Professors of Practice to extend the School of Architecture, Design and Planning’s engagement with inspiring architectural practitioners,” says professor Robyn Dowling, head of School and Dean. 

Olivia Hyde, a registered architect from the NSW Government Architect’s Office, has previously worked in the USA, Asia and Europe on award-winning public and private developments, infrastructure, urban design and master planning. She is looking forward to sharing her research, strategy and policy work with students and faculty.

Kate Goodwin, an alumna of the School of Architecture, Design and Planning, is head of Architecture and Heinz Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, where she has curated architectural exhibitions and public programs for over 16 years.

Qianyi Lim, a co-director at Sibling Architecture, engages in a research-driven practice through studio works across public sector, private and commercial projects, with a core interest in placing people at the centre of designs.

“Beyond a conventional understanding of the architectural practitioner role, these practice professorships each break the mould and offer new and key perspectives on architecture not as an industry or commercial enterprise but as a civic, cultural and social engagement and action,” says Dagmar Reinhardt, the head of the Architecture discipline at the University of Sydney.

Image: Kate Goodwin, Olivia Hyde and Qianyi Lim. Supplied.