History for Architecture

Introducing the Penelope Visiting Professorship in Architectural History

How does the stuff of history figure in architectural design? How are buildings quoted, sampled, translated, or invoked by new work? Exploring a series of cases, a panel discussion will work through this question to launch a new, two-year program to explore history’s place in architectural culture.

Introduced by Dean Robyn Dowling and Andrew Leach; with a recorded message of welcome from inaugural Penelope Professor Jean-Louis Cohen; and with live and in-person interventions and panel discussion by Laura Harding, Peyvand Firouzeh, Michael Mossman and Antony Moulis.

Date and time

Thu 3rd Mar 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEDT


Lecture Theatre 1, School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, University of Sydney
148 City Rd, Darlington NSW 2008, Australia

New World: Harry Seidler, Brazil and the Australian City

Professor Philip Goad (University of Melbourne) will discuss the impact on Harry Seidler’s architecture of his six-week visit to Brazil journey in 1948, en-route to Australia from the United States, in which he worked briefly for Oscar Niemeyer and visited numerous examples of Brazilian modernism. 

Date and time

Thu 19th May 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm AEST


Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
1 Conservatorium Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Prof. Cohen will deliver a public lecture in Sydney in September 2022. Preliminary events and online content will be advised as they are ready to share.