Sylvia Lavin is the Chair of the Ph.D. in Architecture program and Professor of Architectural History and Theory at UCLA, where she was Chairperson of the department of Architecture and Urban Design from 1996 to 2006. Lavin is also a frequent visitor at Harvard University¹s GSD and was a Visiting Professor of Architectural Theory at Princeton University's School of Architecture. A leading figure in current debates, Lavin is known both for her scholarship and for her criticism in contemporary architecture and design.
Lavin is known for her scholarship—she has been a Fellow  and a Scholar in Residence  at the Getty Research Institute -- and for her criticism in contemporary architecture and design. Her next book, The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity will be published by MIT in 2009 and she is working on a series of exhibitions on design culture of the late 1960s. She is an editor of Crib Sheets, a compilation of polemical writings and sound bites on current buzzwords issued by Monacelli Press and her Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture was published by the MIT Press in 2005.
- The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity, MIT Press, forthcoming
- Kissing Architecture, Princeton University Press, 2011
- Crib Sheets: Notes on the Contemporary Architectural Conversation (Editor), Monacelli Press, 2005
- Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture, MIT Press, 2005
- Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture, MIT Press, 1992