Helen Lochhead is Assistant Government Architect. She has over 20 years experience in architecture and urban design. Her career has focused on the inception, planning and delivery of complex large-scale projects ranging from a 5-year city improvements program for the City of Sydney to major urban renewal projects in the United States. Her projects have received numerous awards including an Australian Institute of Architects Urban Design Award.
Helen oversees Architectural and Specialist Design Services in the Government Architect’s Office and provides design direction and review within the GAO to promote high quality and sustainable architecture, urban design, landscape design and heritage projects. She also provides strategic advice to the Government Architect and clients.

She maintains a high profile in the profession. She has extensive experience lecturing and has written a book and numerous articles. She serves on the University of NSW Campus Design Advisory Panel, the Board of the National Trust, deputizes for the Government Architect on the NSW Architects Registration Board and the Central Sydney Planning Committee. She has also served on Design Review Panels for Sydney Harbour and the Festival Development Corporation, Gungahlin Development Authority, the ACT Planning and Land Council, the South Sydney Development Corporation and Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panels. Helen is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and past Chair of the Urban Design Committee in NSW.