The distinguished architect Penelope Seidler AM is funding a Visiting Professor in Architectural History at the University of Sydney.
The position will highlight the importance of Australia in global discussions of architectural history and, by extension, architecture generally.
“Ms Seidler is an extraordinary individual - I am very grateful that yet again, with this generous gift to the University, she has demonstrated her dedication to advancing the University’s intellectual and social contribution,” said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
“This latest donation will support the research and promotion of architectural history in Australia and internationally. It will enliven debate on architectural history that can inform Australia’s approach to architectural culture.”
The million dollar donation will fund ‘The Penelope Visiting Professor in Architectural History’ – the appointment of an international authority in architectural history to undertake work within the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
I am excited by the possibility of enriching our knowledge of architectural history not only for architects but for a wider audience
In addition to collaborative research with academics and PhD students the visiting professor will support book production, exhibitions and undertake public engagement.
Penelope Seidler said, “The comprehension of architectural history provides a gateway to understanding our world. I am excited by the possibility of enriching our knowledge of architectural history not only for architects but for a wider audience to enjoy and appreciate why and how buildings throughout the centuries were created.”
Professor John Redmond, Dean of the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning said, “This wonderful gift acknowledges the School’s success in architectural history and will assist it to achieve national and international leadership in this field.
“Its celebration of the critical importance of historical understanding to the research and development of contemporary architecture and urbanism also coincides with the School’s centenary this year.”
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