UNSW Built Environment: Has the public lost faith in the Sydney planning system?

4 03 2011

UNSW Built Environment Professor Bill Randolph has recently written an article for the Sydney Morning Herald about loss of public faith in the Sydney planning system. Professor Randolph, Director of the UNSW City Futures Research Centre, and Associate Dean for UNSW Built Environment Research argues that the free market will continue to fail people looking for affordable housing in Sydney unless the state government takes action.

Read more about Professor Randolph’s opinion piece on the UNSW News page, or the full article at SMH online.

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UNSW Built Environment: Ken Maher named one of Sydney’s most influential people

9 02 2011

UNSW Built Environment congratulates Ken Maher – esteemed architect, UNSW Alumnus, Professor and Chair of the Faculty’s Advisory Council – for being named in the Top 100 Most Influential People in Sydney for 2010 by the Sydney Morning Herald’s the (sydney) magazine. He was acknowledged as a leader who is “of critical importance to what will happen over the next two decades.”

Ken Maher is a leading Sydney based architect and is Executive Chairman of HASSELL: Australia’s largest international multidisciplinary design practice involved in major urban projects throughout Australia and Asia.

Maher won the Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 2009 and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects’ top award in 2010 – making him the only architect to have been recognised with both awards.

Please click here for more information on Professor Maher and his achievements.





UNSW Built Environment: Associate Professor Madeline Lester appointed Member of the Order of Australia

2 02 2011

UNSW Built Environment would like to congratulate Associate Professor Madeline Lester, who has recieved a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the profession of interior design as a practitioner and educator. Lester joined UNSW Built Environment in 2000 to take up the position of Acting Head of Program, Interior Architecture.  She has over 28 years of professional experience in Interior Design as well as previous educational experience.

Associate Professor Lester now teaches casually at UNSW.

Wentworth Courier: Australia Day Honours Madeline Lester





UNSW Built Environment: Professors Ken Maher and Deo Prasad interviewed

26 11 2010

UNSW Built Environment Professors and architecture authorities Ken Maher and Deo Prasad were recently interviewed on sustainable property and news forum, The Fifth Estate.

In separate interviews, Ken Maher speaks about his views on the capacity for architecture, and design in general to change the way we live. Deo Prasad is interviewed on the use of  green buildings.

Click the links below for access to the full interviews.

Ken Maher – a design eye on everything

Deo Prasad – a man with a mission

If you are interested in reading more about Professor Maher and Professor Prasad, we have detailed profiles of them on our BE staff page.

Ken Maher

Deo Prasad





UNSW Built Environment Dean Alec Tzannes comments on “Educating Architects” in this month’s Architecture Bulletin

19 11 2010

UNSW Built Environment Dean Alec Tzannes featured in the Opinion piece of this month’s Architecture Bulletin. Alec’s article, titled “Educating Architects” commented on current perspectives on architectural education.

If you are interested in reading the full article, then please click the link below:

Architecture Bulletin Educating Architects AT





UNSW Built Environment: Lord Richard Rogers interviewed on ABC Radio National

5 11 2010

Richard Rogers is one of the world’s most celebrated living architects and was a guest this week on ABC Radio National program By Design. For half a century he has been an extraordinary figure in shaping the world’s built environment.

In 2007 he won the Pritzker prize — in the world of architecture that’s the equivalent of a Nobel prize. As well, Lord Rogers (he sits as a Labour peer in the British house of Lords) has won Britain’s prestigious Stirling Prize for architecture twice.

His most famous buildings include the Pompidou Centre in Paris and, in London, the high tech headquarters of Lloyd’s, the Millennium Dome and Heathrow Terminal Five. But like all great architects, his iconic buildings and urban master plans have divided public opinion.

He is currently the driving design force behind the Lend Lease development of Sydney’s Barangaroo, a 22-hectare industrial site on Sydney Harbour to be transformed into a new precinct of commercial, residential and park … a project that has not been without controversy.

Richard Rogers has been for half a century an extraordinary figure in shaping the world’s built environment.

Click here to listen to Richard Rogers on ABC Radio National program By Design