(L-R) Dr Non Arkaraprasertkul, Associate Professor Cara Wrigley, Dr Ljudmila Koprivec, Dr Eugenia Gasparri, Dr Naseem Ahmadpour, Dr David Kroll, Dr Tooran Alizadeh, Professor Jianlei Niu. Absent: Professor Andrew Leach, Dr Arianna Brambilla, Dr Dallas Rogers, Dr Kazjon Grace, Dr Sarah Breen Lovett.

Thirteen new additions have joined the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning to support its expanding research interests and growing student cohort.

Student numbers in the school have increased by 35 per cent in five years, with new teaching and research staff appointed across architecture, architectural science, design and urbanism late last year and early this year.

“The injection of new talent from Sydney, interstate, Europe, Asia and the United States bring industry specialists, international experts and global thinkers to our School,” dean of school Professor John Redmond said.

“They are all standouts in their area of work, and are well placed to continue building on our recent success in the QS World University Rankings, which saw us move up two places to 15th position globally and retain the number one spot in Australia in architecture and the built environment.”

New members include:

  • Professor Andrew Leach and Dr Arianna Brambilla, who join the architecture discipline in research and teaching
  • Professor Jianlei Niu, joining from Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he was the director of the Research Centre for Building Environment Engineering. His appointment as Professor of Building Environment and Energy is a joint position with the Faculty of Engineering and IT.
  • Dr Tooran Alizadeh, Dr Non Arkaraprasertkul and Dr Dallas Rogers, who take up three senior lecturer roles in urban and regional planning and policy
  • Dr Naseem Ahmadpour, a new lecturer in design thinking
  • Associate Professor Cara Wrigley, who joins to lead Design Innovation
  • Dr Kazjon Grace, who from July is in the full-time position of program director of design computing
  • Dr Ljudmila Koprivec, Dr Eugenia Gasparri, Dr Sarah Breen Lovett and Dr David Kroll, who are postdoctoral research fellows in the Innovation in Applied Design Lab