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Steffen Lehmann

Professor of Sustainable Design & Behaviour at University of South Australia

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Professor Steffen Lehmann is a German-born architect, urbanist and educator; the Chair Professor of Sustainable Design, and Director of the Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b), at the University of South Australia. He is also Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, CAC_SUD, a leading think-tank for research and consultancy on urbanisation in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 2011; he continues to collaborate with UNESCO ex-officio on selected important initiatives, such as advisor for the UNESCO Global Learning Cities Network and for the UN ESCAP initiative for Low Carbon Green Cities in Asia.

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 full professor holding a Personal Chair in Australia since December 2002.

Since 1992, 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 20 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.

Steffen has published 15 books, over 250 papers and gave over 400 public presentations in 32 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. 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. Many of his research projects are engineering based, concerned with the integration of low carbon technologies in design.

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 and the University of Melbourne.