Helen Lochhead is currently executive director, Place Development at Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and an adjunct professor at Sydney University. She is an architect and urban designer who combines teaching and practice. Her career has focused on the inception, planning and delivery of complex multidisciplinary projects ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney to major urban renewal and waterfront projects. Sustainability is a key driver in her work, and working in the public sector, she is mindful of how government as a builder of urban environments can lead by example to make sustainability gains and deliver multiple benefits on a broad scale.
Lochhead has been instrumental in shaping major precincts around Sydney Harbour, including the transformation of Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay from a sports precinct into a mixed-use community and parklands with environmental credentials that set new benchmarks. She oversaw the Harold Park Master Plan for a new high density neighborhood on Rozelle Bay. With over 1000 new dwellings and 25% affordable housing, the project maintains heritage buildings, has 35% open space, improves the hydrology and biodiversity of this flood prone land and achieves ambitious environmental targets. Currently she is leading a 30 year plan for the transformation of Sydney Cove.
In her present role Lochhead’s focus has shifted from specific projects to the broader context--interagency coordination and the mechanisms to achieve integrated outcomes around Sydney’s foreshores. As a Loeb Fellow she will study policy, design, strategic leadership and governance strategies that enable disparate interests to realize a shared vision in order to deliver more sustainable climate resilient coastal cities.
Watch the video of Lochhead's presentation for Meet the Loebs Week.