Elizabeth Farrelly

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Elizabeth Farrelly
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Born 1957
Dunedin, New Zealand
Occupation Writer
Citizenship Australia, New Zealand


Elizabeth Margaret Farrelly is a Sydney-based author, architecture critic, essayist, columnist and speaker who was born in New Zealand but later became an Australian citizen. She has contributed to current debates about aesthetics, ethics, design, public art, architecture, urban environments, society and politics, including criticism of the treatment of Julian Assange.[1][2][3]


Farrelly was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and trained as an architect in Auckland. She left New Zealand in 1983 for London, moved to Sydney in October 1988 and became an Australian citizen in 1991. She holds a PhD in architecture from the University of Sydney.


Farrelly has taught at the University of New South Wales where she is Associate Professor (Practice) in the UNSW Graduate School of Urbanism; the University of Technology, Sydney, where she was Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture; the University of Auckland; the Royal College of Art, London; the Humberside Polytechnic and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.


Farrelly practised as an architect in London until 1988, working at Pollard Thomas and Edwards Architects, London; at JASMaD Architects, Auckland; and Warren and Mahoney, Christchurch. She was the inaugural chair of the Australia Award for Urban Design, an award "established to recognise recent urban design projects of high quality in Australia and to encourage cities, towns and emerging settlements of all sizes to strive similarly for improvement".[4] and served as a juror for design awards such as Parramatta Design Excellence Awards and the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

Public service[edit]

Elizabeth Farrelly served as an independent Councillor of the City of Sydney from 1991 to 1995.

Writing and speaking[edit]

Farrelly was assistant editor of and contributor to the Architectural Review, London from 1985 to 1987 and a contributor to other professional publications such as The Architecture Bulletin; Architecture Australia; Architectural Theory Review; Architects' Journal; New Zealand Architect; and Queensland Architect.

She writes a weekly column and regular essays for the Sydney Morning Herald and is the author of Glenn Murcutt: Three Houses (1993)[5] and Blubberland: the dangers of happiness (2007).[6] Her blogs are available at www.leflaneur.mobi.

Farrelly was a panellist at the University of Sydney's Sesquicentenary Colloquium Dinner on 12 October 2002, where her topic was Dreaming Spires: Architecture and the learning game[7]and an invited speaker at the Art Gallery of New South Wales Art After Hours program. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker at the Green Buildings Conference in Pretoria, South Africa.[8]


Farrelly's range of interests and contributions are wide enough to have caused her to be described as a "Renaissance woman".[9]

Awards for writing include:

1992 Paris-based CICA award for international criticism
1994 Adrian Ashton Award for Architectural Writing
2001 Pascal Prize for Critical Writing
2002 Marion Mahony Griffin Award


  1. ^ "Elizabeth Farrelly". Newspaper biography. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "In the case of Assange, truth is actively and repeatedly punished". Farrelly, Eizabeth (12 April 2012). "Truth of Assange is stranger than fiction". The National Times. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Assange had not been charged with any crime."Farrelly, Elizabeth (29 November 20p12). "Ambassador's rage doesn't dispel facts". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Planning Institute Australia. "Australia Award for Urban Design". website. Planning Institute Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Farrelly, Elizabeth (1993). Glenn Murcutt: Three Houses. London: Phaidon. ISBN 0714828750. 
  6. ^ Farrelly, Elizabeth (2007). Blubberland – The Dangers of Happiness. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press. ISBN 978-0-86840-837-8. 
  7. ^ Farrelly, Elizabeth (12 October 2002). "Dreaming Spires: Architecture and the learning game". Sesquicentenary Colloquium Dinner. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Green Building Conference Programme 17&18 June 2014
  9. ^ Doogue, Geraldine (12 September 2009). "Creative Thinking: Elizabeth Farrelly". Interview (and transcript). ABC Radio National. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 

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