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Steffen Lehmann

Head of School, Professor of Architecture at Curtin University

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Professor Steffen Lehmann is a German-born architect, urbanist and educator. He is Head of School and Professor of Architecture at Curtin University's School of Built Environment in Perth. Until June 2014, he was Chair and Professor of Sustainable Design, and Founding Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b), at the University of South Australia. There, he was also Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, CAC_SUD, a leading urban think-tank for research and consultancy on urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Since 2014, Steffen is Head of School and Professor of Architecture at Curtin University in Perth.

In recognition of the international significance of his work, Steffen has held 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.

Until July 2010, he held an Endowed Chair of the Architecture School at the University of Newcastle (NSW), and at QUT (Qld), where he was Professor of Architecture and Head of Discipline. He has been a tenured full professor holding a Chair in Australia since December 2002.

Since 1993, he has been practicing as registered and licensed architect and urban designer in Berlin, where he established his own practice, the Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (s_Lab), to pursue a more ethically correct practice. Over the last 25 years, he has been at the forefront of sustainable architecture research and has won a number of competition awards and prizes for sustainable buildings, and published books on architectural and urban design. For instance, his award-winning low-carbon master plans for Mildura (Vic), Taree (NSW) and the urban renewal of Newcastle (NSW).

Steffen has published 16 books, over 250+ papers and articles, and gave over 450+ public presentations in 35 countries. In 2009 he 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 is 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; a Master and Bachelor degree from the University of Applied Sciences Mainz, 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.