Research Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Curtin University

To check out Prof Lehmann’s projects visit www.slab.com.au

Professor Steffen Lehmann, PhD, is a German-born architect, urbanist, senior research leader and educator. He is currently Research Professor of Sustainable Architecture, and works internationally as founding director and design consultant of the s_Lab (Sydney-Berlin-London), advising cities on sustainable urban development.

Steffen has held a range of senior leadership positions, from Head of School and Professor of Architecture, to tenured Chair Professor of Sustainable Design, and Founding Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b); at leading Australian universities, attracting over AUS$4 million in research grants. He received full tenure in July 2011 at the University of South Australia.

At the University of South Australia, he was also Founding Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, a leading urban think-tank for research and consultancy on urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region. At UniSA, he has led the China engagement for the university and managed over AUS$4 mill. in competitive research grants.

At Curtin University, he re-positioned the large School of Built Environment and led the global recruitment of 20 new staff.

Steffen has first been appointed as a full University Professor in December 2002.
Today, he is particularly interested in research impact, green innovation and urban waterfront development.

In recognition of the international significance of his work, Steffen was appointed by UNESCO as Inaugural Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific, from 2008 to 2010; he continues to collaborate with UNESCO as advisor ex-officio on selected important initiatives, such as strategic advisor for the UNESCO Global Learning Cities Network and for the UN ESCAP initiative for Low-Carbon Green Cities in the Asia-Pacific.

He has a long-standing engagement with top-level policy makers, and in 2014-15 he co-authored the highly influential report published by UN-HABITAT and UN ESCAP, entitled ''The State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015''.

Until July 2010, he held an Endowed Chair of Architecture at the University of Newcastle (NSW), and prior to this at QUT (Qld), where he was Professor of Architecture and Head of Discipline.

Since 1993, he has been practising as registered and licensed architect and urban designer in Berlin, where he established his own practice, the Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (the s_Lab), to pursue a more ethically correct practice. With his own practice, he was actively involved in the architectural creation of the `New Berlin' in the 1990s.

He worked 3 years with Arata Isozaki in Tokyo and Jim Stirling in London before establishing his own practice. 1997-2002 he was project partner of Christian de Portzamparc for the design and construction of the new French Embassy in Berlin (as 'Generalplaner').

Over the last 25 years, he has been at the forefront of sustainable architecture research and practice, and has won a number of competition awards and prizes for sustainable buildings, while publishing books on green architectural and urban design. For instance, his award-winning low-carbon master planning projects for the cities of Mildura (Vic), Taree (NSW) and the urban renewal of Newcastle (NSW).

Steffen has published 16 books, over 300+ papers and articles, and gave over 450+ public presentations in 37 countries. In 2016, he will launch 2 new books with Routledge and Springer as publishers.

His 'Global Urban Lecture' for UN-Habitat was launched in 2016, see: http://unhabitat.org/urban-knowledge/urban-lectures/
In 2011 he was invited to give a TED talk.

His Book Series on Sustainable Design can be found here: https://www.routledge.com/series/EARTHSD

In 2009, Steffen was the DAAD Visiting Professor at TU Munich, and a Visiting Professor at the National University Singapore; in 2012 at the University of California at Berkeley. In 2014 he was Visiting Professor at Tianjin University (China).

He holds a “Dr-Ing.” degree from the TU-Berlin; an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London; and a Master's (Diplom) degree and Bachelor (Vordiplom) degree from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz/Trier, Germany.

Steffen is an internationally renowned leader in the field of sustainable buildings and urban development. Most of his projects are design/research based, concerned with the integration of low carbon technologies in urban and architectural design and social implications.

Steffen has given lectures at some of the world's top universities, including Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at San Diego, the Architectural Association School London, TU Munich, National University of Singapore, KTH Stockholm, TU Vienna, TU Delft, Hong Kong Poly University, Tsinghua University and the University of Melbourne.

Experience

  • 2014–2015
    Head of School and Professor of Architecture, Curtin University
  • 2012–2014
    Founding Director, China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, The University of South Australia and Tianjin University (China)
  • 2010–2014
    Founding Director (Research Chair) and Professor of Sustainable Design; Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour, The University of South Australia
  • 2008–2010
    Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Developoment for Asia and the Pacific, The University of Newcastle
  • 2006–2010
    Endowed Chair, Professor of Architectural Design, The University of Newcastle
  • 2003–2006
    Chair, Professor of Architecture and Head of Discipline, Queensland University of Technology

Education

  • 2003 
    TU Berlin, Germany, Faculty of Architecture, Dr-Ing (PhD)
  • 1990 
    Architectural Association, School of Architecture, London, AA Dip
  • 1988 
    University of Applied Sciences Mainz , Diplom (Master's)
  • 1985 
    University of Applied Sciences Trier, Vordiplom (Bachelor)

Publications

  • 2016
    Growing Compact. Urban Form, Density and Sustainability (forthcoming), Routledge, London
  • 2016
    Sustainable Lina. The Adaptive Reuse Projects of Lina Bo Bardi (forthcoming), Springer, Amsterdam
  • 2014
    Low Carbon Cities. Transforming Urban Systems, Routledge, London
  • 2014
    Journal of Green Building, Editor-in-Chief of academic journal, 2006-2014
  • 2013
    Motivating Change. Sustainable Design and Behaviour in the Built Environment, Routledge, London
  • 2012
    Designing for Zero Waste. Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment, Routledge, London (Editor of book series on sustainable design)
  • 2010
    The Principles of Green Urbanism. Transforming the City for Sustainability, Earthscan, London (authored book)
  • 2009
    Back to the City, Hatje Cantz Publishing Group, Stuttgart (edited volume)

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Australian Institute of Architects
  • Bund Deutscher Architekten