About the Penelope

The University of Sydney has taught courses in the history of architecture since 1884, with students of architecture, engineering and the humanities following lectures from the likes of Sir John Sulman, David Saunders, Joan Kerr AM FAHA, Lloyd Rees AC CMG, Jennifer Taylor, and Trevor Howells.

In 2018, the Sydney School of Architecture, Design & Planning received a generous gift from distinguished architect and alumni Penelope Seidler AM to establish the Penelope Visiting Professor in Architectural History. 

Her gift allows the regular appointment of an outstanding international authority in the history of architecture who will undertake new and challenging work within the School, reinforcing the place of Sydney, and Australia, in global discussions of architecture and its history.

The Penelope Visiting Professor in Architectural History will support the research and promotion of architectural history, fostering and extending Australian scholarship and debate within an international research landscape, and distinguishing the School as one of the world’s centres for the study and promotion of architectural history.