Atelier Bow Wow – Kamogawa, Muji Pavilion. Credit: Lee Stickells.

A major gift from alumni Garry and Susan Rothwell established the Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair in Architectural Design Leadership with a purpose: to develop, through architecture and urbanism innovation, the capacity to create environments which improve people’s quality of life.

The Garry and Susan Rothwell Chair gift consists of a Rothwell Chair appointment, research appointments and associated program of activities to elevate the standard of architectural and urbanism practice.

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“By appointing Atelier Bow-Wow as the next Rothwell Chair for the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we are deepening our leadership in architecture and urbanism. Renowned for their pioneering work in domestic and cultural architecture; their insightful research into the intricate urban fabric of micro, ad hoc architecture; and extensive teaching experience across Japan and Europe, Atelier Bow-Wow brings a wealth of expertise that will support a transformative education for our students. Their presence will not only enrich our learning environment but also inspire innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration, shaping the future of our built environment..“

– Professor Robyn Dowling, Head of School and Dean.

Atelier Bow Wow 2024 – 2026

Credit: Tomo Ishiwatari 

Acclaimed Japanese architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow, represented by Momoyo Kaijima, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Yoichi Tamai, will lead programs structured around urban-rural connections and communities, aimed at elevating the standards of architectural and urbanism practice within the School.

Lacaton & Vassal 2021 – 2023

French architecture studio Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, 2021 Pritzker Prize Laureates, shared the inaugural, three-year Rothwell Chair appointment. Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal are committed educators and worked with students, researchers and practitioners on their topic: dealing with contemporary urban conditions to explore optimal ways of living in the city