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Our research

Discover the research taking place at the school

We combine outstanding labs and resources, world-renowned researchers and the flexibility and support required for exciting and innovative research.

Event: Lacaton & Vassal: Rothwell Chair Symposium 2021

Living in the city: exemplary social and affordable housing design

Showcasing exemplary social and affordable housing design by International and Australian architectural firms and researchers, curated by Lacaton & Vassal, 2021 Pritzker Prize Laureates and the Rothwell Co-Chairs, and the Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning.

A major gift from alumni Garry and Susan Rothwell established the Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership with a purpose ‘to develop, through architecture and urbanism innovation, the capacity to create environments which improve people’s quality of life’.

Anne Lacaton & Jean Philippe Vassal, French architects who have recently been named 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates, were appointed co-chairs of the inaugural, three-year Rothwell Chair at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design, and Planning in 2020 to explore their topic: ‘we propose to deal with contemporary urban conditions of living in the city’.

Launching their appointment with the Rothwell Chair Symposium 2021 – Living in the City at the new Chau Chak Wing Museum and broadcasted online from  27 – 29 April.

Our research

We have a dynamic community of scholars across architectural theory and history, architectural sciences, urbanism and design, with internationally renowned resources in our labs such as the IEQ Lab, Urban Housing Lab, and Design Lab.

Our research connects to a number of multidisciplinary initiatives, including the Sydney Environment Institute, Charles Perkins Centre, China Studies Centre, and the Policy Lab.

Our global view is supported by our internationally recognised academics and our associations with world-renowned institutions, such as the Bartlett UCL, TU Munich, Tsinghua University and Tongi University.

In addition, the school has an active events and alumni program that sees visiting scholars and architects speaking in lectures, symposiums and debates, while our Tin Sheds Gallery provides a calendar of stimulating, provocative exhibitions to advance our research.

Increasingly we work with partners to resolve complex problems. Whether reaching out across the University of Sydney’s depth of scholarship, other universities in Australia and internationally, or working with industry, government agencies and the community, we are energised by these collaborations and look forward to engaging with the brightest minds to uncover solutions that benefit people worldwide.

Many of the world’s greatest challenges are found in cities. The school’s research identifies solutions to transform our urban environments.
Professor Robyn Dowling, Dean