Fellows of Senate

David William Turner

Mr David Turner was a Fellow of Senate, elected by and from the graduates of the University of Sydney, for four years, from 1 December 2009 to 30 November 2013.

David was a member of the following Senate committees:

  • Buildings and Estates Committee (from 3 May 2010)
  • Chair Appointments Committee (from 6 December 2010)


BArch MDesSc (Hons) Sydney, FAIA
Fellow of Senate, 2009 - 2013
President of the Alumni Council, 2009 - 2011

David Turner graduated in architecture in 1971 and facilities management in 1997. His professional work includes the conversion of the Mint and Hyde Park Barracks into a museum of NSW history, renovations to the Art Gallery of NSW, the Riverside Theatres at Penrith, art galleries in rural NSW, and hotel projects in Australia and overseas.

He also taught for 10 years at UNSW as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Commerce and Economics, serving as deputy Head of the School of Marketing and Director of the Master of Commerce program. During that time he introduced social engagement programs for overseas students, introduced real-world experience into his courses through extensive industry participation and updated the academic content a number of teaching programs.

He has served on the Alumni Council of the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, and the University Alumni Council for 4 years. During that time he was successful in lobbying for the expansion of the alumni awards program from 2 categories to 5, and having it introduced in a number of faculty Chapters as well. Since he was elected President in February 2009, Council has become involved in giving policy advice to the University and has helped grow the excellent program of alumni events and outreach activities organised by the Alumni Relations Office.

Having successfully persuaded Senate to retain elections for Graduate Fellows, David himself was elected to Senate in 2009.