Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning Welcomes New Staff for 2012

23 March 2012

The Faculty of Architecture Design and planning has made several appointments over the summer break. New staff have joined the faculty or are commencing soon. We present here a brief profile of our new staff members and extend to them our warm welcome to the University of Sydney.

Dr. Francesco Fiorito

Dr. Francesco Fiorito joins the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning in 2012 as a lecturer in architectural technology.

Franceso's background is in facade and structural engineering. He is a specialist in the design and site management of civil and industrial buildings. Francesco is a member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Italian delegate to the managing committee of COST Action TU0905, investigating 'Structural glass: novel design methods and next generation products'.

Francesco obtained his Ph.D in Building Engineering at the Technical University of Bari. His thesis examined 'daylight control strategies: technology and innovation'. He has spent his time since 2002 collaborating with researchers and the teaching staff of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Technical University of Bari.

Dr. Lian Loke

Dr. Loke's research involves an interdisciplinary focus on human-computer interaction. She is an artist and interaction design researcher, with a particular interest in the implications of emergent technologies on the body and lived experience. She joins the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning as a senior lecturer in the Design Lab for 2012.

Dr. Loke obtained her Ph.D from the University of Technology, Sydney. She holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Science from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning.

The Faculty warmly welcomes Dr. Loke and anticipates that students of the Bachelor and Master programs of Design Computing will benefit greatly from her experience and research interests.

Mr. Chris Fox

Chris Fox commences this year as a lecturer in Art Workshops. Chris will also co-direct the art workshop programs with Koji Ryui (see below). Chris is a prominent visual artist who combines architecture with sculpture, interventions and hybrid objects.

After completing his Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at SCA in 1997, he obtained his Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from University of Technology, Sydney in 2006 with a masters exchange in Science in Architecture at TU Delft in The Netherlands.

His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in over 50 exhibitions. He has been a past recipient of residency programs, scholarships and grants from the Australia Council, Arts NSW, National Association for Visual Arts and FraserStudios. He has work held in collections in Australia and has been commissioned for a number of large-scale private and public art projects, nationally and internationally.

For more information on Chris' extensive work, refer to his personal website:

Mr. Koji Ryui

Artist Koji Ryui is welcomed to the Faculty this semester. Koji's work involves the sculptural presentation of everyday materials. Through this presentation, the materials defy their conventionality and are transformed into cultural objects.

Koji will be lecturing in the art workshops this semester. He will also be co-directing the art workshops with Chris Fox (see above). Koji's work has been exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Wellington and Vienna. Koji maintains an extensive relationship with Sydney's Sarah Cottier Gallery, having exhibited in this space six times, while his works have also been featured in collections by the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and also Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.