The Australian Institute of Architects has awarded the Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize 2019 to Helen Lochhead FRAIA. Parlour extends its warmest congratulations to Helen on this recognition of her leadership and individual contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture.

Jury Citation

The jury has awarded the 2019 Paula Whitman Leadership in Gender Equity Prize to Professor Helen Lochhead for her outstanding and determined individual contribution to the advancement of gender equity in architecture, and her leadership across all criteria: contribution to education, research, advocacy, policy development and community engagement.

The first female dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales, Helen has consistently championed the advancement of women through her professional activities over a sustained period. With a reach of more than 3,000 staff and graduates, she has used her leadership to actively support women though policy, advocacy and mentorship. In 2017, Helen pledged to ensure 50 percent of leadership roles in the architectural profession would be held by women by 2025; this year, she met this goal within the faculty’s leadership team and advisory council.

Helen’s contribution is exemplified by the UNSW Engaging Women in the Built Environment program, a personal initiative that profiles more than twenty women each year and has connected more than 1,000 women in the industry, creating new partnerships and job opportunities.

In her role as New South Wales deputy government architect, she introduced programs to support women to stay in the workforce. As a member of the Australian Institute of Architects / National Association of Women in Construction Mentor Program and through her own private practice, Helen has mentored students, staff and colleagues in Australia and overseas.

Combining her teaching, research, practice and advisory roles, Helen uses her profile to facilitate education opportunities for women in architecture, including establishing scholarships and prizes, and supporting mentoring programs and work placements.

Helen is a most deserving recipient of this 2019 prize, and we congratulate her on this significant recognition.


Ken Maher AO LFRAIA (Chair) – Immediate Past President’s delegate and former President, Australian Institute of Architects | Fellow, Hassell
Kellie McGivern – Chair, National Gender Equity Committee, Australian Institute of Architects | Senior Project Manager, Donald Cant Watts Corke
Thom McKenzie RAIA – President, EmAGN, Australian Institute of Architects | Director, Winwood McKenzie
Amarinda Bazeley – National Vice President, SONA, Australian Institute of Architects | Architectural Assistant, Cathi Colla Architects