Prof Steffen Lehmann - UCR Key Researcher.

Domain expert in sustainable design, urban planning and public space


Dr Steffen Lehmann is an architect and urbanist, Since 01 July 2014 he is Head of School of Built Environment and Professor of Architecture at Curtin University in Perth. Prior to this, he was Professor of Sustainable Design and Executive Director of the Zero Waste Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b), at the University of South Australia (2010-2014). Until July 2010, he held the Chair of the Architecture School at the University of Newcastle (NSW) and at QUT (Qld), where he was Head of Discipline. He has been a full professor and held a Chair in Australia since December 2002. He has also held the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific from 2008 to 2010. Since 1992, he has been practising as a registered and licensed architect and urban designer in Berlin, where he established his own practice, the Space Laboratory for Architectural Research and Design (s_Lab), to pursue a more ethically correct practice. Over the last 20 years, he has been at the forefront of sustainable architecture research, has published twelve books and given over 500 public presentations in 35 countries. In 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the editor of a book series for Routledge; and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Green Building 2006 – 2014. He has supervised PhD students since 2003 and has advised governments and municipalities worldwide. In 2012 he was an ERA Peer Reviewer for the ARC.

“I believe that sound environmental strategies are consistent with good architectural design. I believe that by incorporating ecologically sustainable principles into the design and construction of cities and buildings, living and working conditions can be improved. Other benefits, such as better health and productivity, due to working in natural light, better air quality, physical comfort and greater connectivity with the outdoors, are also gained. Buildings using these design principles are often notable for their simplicity, good performance and fitness for purpose.”

Selected publications:

Lehmann, S 2012, two chapters in Designing for Zero Waste: Consumption, Technologies and the Built Environment, ed S Lehmann & R Crocker, Routledge, London, . Chapters: ‘The Metabolism of the City. Optimising Urban Material Flow through Principles of Zero Waste and Sustainable Consumption’, pp. 309–343; and ‘Sustainable Building Design and Systems Integration: Combining Energy Efficiency with Material Efficiency’, pp. 209–246.

Lehmann, S 2010, The Principles of Green Urbanism. Transforming the City for Sustainability, Earthscan, London.

Lehmann, S 2008, ‘Research in Sustainable Design and Construction Systems’, in Proceedings, 42nd Annual ANZAScA Conference Architectural Science Association: ‘Innovation, Inspiration and Instruction’, ed N Gu, M Ostwald & A Williams University of Newcastle, pp. 119–126.

Lehmann, S 2008, ‘Growth of the Post-industrial City: Densification and Expansion – Two Models for Sustainability on the Urban Scale’, in The Oxford Conference: A Re-Evaluation of Education in Architecture, ed. S Roaf& A Bairstow, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, pp. 43–48.

Lehmann, S 2008, ‘Regeneration of a Port City: Case Study Newcastle’, in Proceedings 9th Australasian Urban History and Planning History Conference, ed C McConville, University of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra.

Lehmann, S 2008, ‘Cities in Transition: New Models for Urban Growth and Neighbourhoods’, in Urban Energy Transition. From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Power, ed P Droege, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 409–432.

Lehmann, S 2007, ‘Green Urbanism – Mark II’, Journal of Green Building, 2.(3):pp. 60–78.