Ken Maher is an architect and HASSELL Fellow, and is a leader in Australia’s built environment field advising both government and private sectors. He is currently Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW Australia.
Ken was former chairman, international executive of HASSELL. He has postgraduate qualifications in architecture, landscape architecture and environmental studies, and has a strong interest in multidisciplinary thinking in the design of our cities and the critical relationship between design practice and achieving a sustainable future. Ken is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute, and a Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia.
In 2009 he was awarded the Australian Institute of Architect’s Gold Medal and in 2010 the Australian Award in Landscape Architecture from the AILA for his lifetime contribution to the landscape profession. Ken has also received many awards for projects he has led within HASSELL including two Sulman Medals and the Sir Zelman Cowen Award.
Ken is active in advisory roles in practice and academia, currently as a board member of the UNSW Foundation, president of Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, chair of the UNSW Campus Advisory Design panel, and chair of the Built Environment Advisory Council at UNSW.
He was a founding board member of the GBCA, NSW President of the AIA, has served as a member of its National Executive, and chair of the NSW Board of Architectural Education. Ken has been an advisor to government in design and the built environment, including chairing Premier Bob Carr’s Urban Design Advisory Committee introducing innovative measures to improve the quality and sustainability of high density housing design in NSW.