Professor Robyn Dowling brings an impressive record of academic achievement, leadership, research and teaching into her new appointment of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
“We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Robyn from a pool of exceptional candidates,” said Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton.
“Robyn’s success is testament to her diverse strengths and reflects the University’s vision and commitment to continued growth. Her experience crosses multi-disciplinary platforms which will build on the School’s reputation for academic excellence and expand the emphasis on diversity, culture and creativity, offering new perspectives and a clear vision for the future.”
Professor Dowling joined the School of Architecture, Design and Planning in 2016 as Associate Dean Research, bringing with her longstanding research in urbanism, significant administrative experience and expertise.
I am excited to be taking on the role of Head of School and Dean of Australia’s #1 ranked architecture and built environment school and to take it into its second century.
Robyn is a distinguished urban geographer and planner and is internationally known for her work on housing and home, and the implications of climate change and technological disruptions for cities. Current research on the partnerships and relationships through which contemporary cites are governed places her at the forefront of theoretical conceptions of smart cities. Her recent election to a Fellowship in the Academy of Social Sciences is recognition of her significant national and international standing in the field.
“I am excited to be taking on the role of Head of School and Dean of Australia’s #1 ranked architecture and built environment school and to take it into its second century. This is an opportune moment to deepen the School’s research and teaching engagements with our professions of architecture, design and planning and to lead the development of multidisciplinary solutions to the challenges of living in an urban age.”
“The School of Architecture has a rich heritage, I hold a great deal of respect for the individuals that compose it, and I am equally excited about the opportunity to steer it to new strengths,” said Professor Dowling.
Professor Dowling will begin her tenure on 1 January 2019 when Professor John Redmond’s term ends.