A theorist, educator, and specialist in architecture’s transforming relationship to technology has been appointed as the new head of the University of Technology Sydney’s School of Architecture.

Professor Francesca Hughes has over 25 years’ experience in the field of architectural education, theory and practice and will join UTS’s School of Architecture as of October 2018.

For the last two decades she has taught both design studios and history and theory at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in London.

Professor Hughes has lectured widely in the US, Australia and Europe, including at e-flux New York, The Berlage, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Harvard and the London Science Museum and is co-founder of the multidisciplinary practice, Hughes Meyer Studio with American artist Jonathan Meyer, and their work has received RIBA awards and been widely published and exhibited.

According to the dean of the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, professor Elizabeth Mossop, “Professor Hughes brings a new perspective with scholarly rigour and thoughtful insight into architectural education and practice.

"I am most excited and honoured to be joining the architecture school at UTS,” Professor Hughes says, adding that, “UTS has a very strong reputation in both research and teaching in architecture and landscape architecture.”

“My focus will be to refine and strengthen the school’s pedagogical project – by extending what, when and how our students learn – and the school’s research, by nurturing the intellectual capital, imagination and knowledge transfer in order to build a bank of ideas for architecture’s future, both locally and globally.”

Professor Hughes will succeed professor Martin Bryant, who is stepping down from his role as Head of School and will continue as a Professor of Landscape Architecture.