Dr Elizabeth Farrelly is a Sydney-based columnist, author and consultant who trained in architecture and philosophy, practiced in Auckland, London and Bristol and holds PhD in urbanism from the University of Sydney, where she is also Adjunct Associate Professor.
Elizabeth holds a number of national and international writing awards including the Paris-based CICA award for architectural criticism (1992), the Pascall Prize, the Walter Burley Griffin Award, the Adrian Ashton Award and the Marion Mahony Griffin Award. Her books include Three Houses, a monograph on 2003 Pritzker prizewinner Glenn Murcutt (1993); Blubberland; the dangers of happiness (2007), which was shortlisted for the Walkley Non-Fiction Book award, and Potential Difference (2011), a collection of essays. Her current book is Talking of Michelangelo; a life in rooms.
Before establishing her writing and consulting practice, Elizabeth was Assistant Editor of the Architectural Review in London (1983-87), an independent Sydney City Councilor (1991-95) and inaugural chair of Paul Keating’s Australia Award for Urban Design (1998). She was Planning Manager at UTS (1995-98) and manager Special Projects at the City of Sydney during the Olympic preparations (1998-2000).
Elizabeth also sat, until its recent sad demise, on the Integrated Design Advisory Board, advising the Premier of South Australia, the Hon. Jay Weatherill. In NSW her urban design clients have included ANSTO, Landcom and Parramatta City Council.