The Rothwell Chair Program aims to; provide leadership in architectural and urban design innovation; foster research and research training; enhance the learning experience; and facilitate connections with the architectural profession both locally and internationally.

The Rothwell Chair program includes the Rothwell Chair appointment, postdoctoral research appointments, research scholarships and a public program inviting distinguished architects to lead student-focussed activities and/or public lectures.

The Rothwell Chair appointment will produce innovative work in architecture and urbanism through a distinct topic determined by the Chair in discussion with the School. The Rothwell Chair will engage with students, profession, industry and community on and off campus; foster research and teaching collaborations across disciplines and geographic boundaries; and support engaged architectural and urban design research that makes a significant contribution to the future of the built environment and people’s lives.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to explore how communities can thrive while nurturing their natural environments. Japan and Australia share a common developmental history and, through our appointment at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, we aim to delve deeper into understanding the outcomes of this shared past and uncover pathways that lead towards impactful design. This appointment presents an invaluable platform to engage with these core concepts, fostering meaningful dialogue and collaboration towards a more equitable and resilient built environment.”

Momoyo Kaijima 

Our Chairs

Momoyo Kaijima
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Yoichi Tamai

Images credit: Tomo Ishiwatari