Sand Helsel is Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, and Director of International in the School of Architecture and Design. She co-directs the postgraduate research stream, X_Field which crosses the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape and urban design.

Her design research practice ranges in scale from urban installations to urban design. The Asian city is the current focus of her international lectures, conferences, publications, exhibitions and design workshops. She is a founder member of Urban Flashes, an international group of artists, architects and educators established in 1999 whose most recent workshop and exhibition was commissioned by the Taiwan Minister of Culture for the opening of TADA, the Taichung Art, Architecture and Design Center. Her book, Taipei Operations, documents one of her collaborative design workshops with a focus on bottom-up design techniques. Currently, she is curating an X_Field exhibition of fellow RMIT researchers and practitioners which opens at 45 Downstairs Gallery in late August prior to travelling to Seoul, Beijing, and Taipei where the show will be co-curated to include the work of like-minded Asian practitioners.