City of Sydney design director, Bridget Smyth, and founding partner of architecture firm Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Brian Zulaikha, have joined the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building as adjunct professors in the School of Architecture.
Smyth and Zulaika will be mentoring students across a range of subject areas and project opportunities.
Smyth, who has worked at the City of Sydney since 2001, is responsible for delivering the city’s long-term plan Sustainable Sydney 2030, which underpins the council’s major objectives of making Sydney green, global and connected. Smyth was awarded the Marion Mahoney Griffin Prize in the 2014 NSW Architecture Awards.
At Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, Zulaika has been instrumental in leading the design of some of Australia’s most notable cultural spaces including Carriageworks in Sydney and the National Arboretum in Canberra. Zulaika was national president of the Australian Institute of Architects from 2011–2012.
The appointment of Smyth and Zulaikha coincides with the arrival of the design faculty’s new dean, professor Elizabeth Mossop. Mossop recently relocated from Louisiana State University where she was the director of one of the world’s highest ranked landscape architecture programs.
“I’m so happy to see the appointment of Bridget who plays such an important and visionary role at the City of Sydney and of an eminent practitioner like Brian, bringing a close relationship with a practice of such standing as Tonkin Zulaikha Greer,” said Mossop.
She continued: “These types of appointments are so important in maintaining our strong links with practice and our engagement in the city’s current issues.”
Head of UTS Architecture, Anthony Burke, said, “We are thrilled to welcome two such celebrated design practitioners to our school as the faculty embarks on a new chapter under professor Mossop’s vision.
“Both Bridget and Brian have won numerous industry accolades and have made enormous contributions towards transforming Sydney into a truly global city,” he added.