The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has appointed architect Kirsten Orr as the new head of its School of Architecture and Design. She started in the role on Tuesday 1 March.
Orr has spent 20 years working at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales. Her most recent role with UTS was as an associate professor and the chair of the construction technology curriculum in the School of Architecture.
Orr continued practising as an architect up until six years ago.
“The University of Tasmania has one of the preeminent architecture and design schools in the country. That’s a reputation I want to grow and build on,” she said.
Her areas of interest include architectural history, fabrication technologies, prototyping and innovation in materials.
Orr is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Chapter Council member for the NSW branch. She has sat on committees and working groups for the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia and the Commonwealth Association of Architects.