Alec Tzannes and Philip Graus (right)

Cox Architecture director and chair Philip Graus has been appointed as the first conjoint professor in the University of New South Wales’ Faculty of Built Environment.

“Our practice is passionately interested in what Sydney will be like in 20 or 30 years’ time and so is the University,” Mr Graus said.

“We do a lot of research, just in the process of working, and we have been working informally with UNSW’s City Futures Research Centre for many years.”

Dean of UNSW Built Environment Professor Alec Tzannes said the new position would bring industry and researchers closer together.

“We have appointed a new generation leader to have an open agenda, an unstructured response to the challenge of integrating teaching, learning and research from practice,” Professor Tzannes said.

“We have determined that Philip has exceptional practice skills and an interest in translating practice-based research into academic work of relevance. We have bestowed on him a significant title to reflect his and Cox Richardson’s relationship with our faculty as well as our City Futures Research Centre, and we anticipate that this will also further his professional expertise from the knowledge gained by the work we do together.