For the past 30 years Bridget Smyth has pursued a career in urban design/architecture on major public domain and infrastructure projects in Australia and the USA.
Currently, Bridget is City Architect/Executive Manager Design and Public Art for the City of Sydney and manages a range of urban design, strategic and special projects, including the Sustainable Sydney 2030-2050 vision. She is currently responsible for implementing key SS2030 – 2050 projects such as the transformation of the city centre including the design of the pedestrianisation of George St and a program of works to improve Sydney’s public domain across the local government area. In addition to project implementation, she is developing key strategies and policies to guide the design of Sydney’s public domain and built environment and is responsible for directing the City’s Public Art Program. She also manages the City’s Design Advisory Panel and Public Art Advisory Committee.
Bridget holds a Masters Degree in Design Studies (Urban Design) from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and a Bachelor of Planning and Design from the University of Melbourne.
Bridget is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 AIA NSW President’s Award, the 2014 Marion Mahoney Griffin Award by the AIA, the 2001 NSW Max Kelly Government Architecture Award (Venice Fellowship) and the 1999 National Women in Construction Lend Lease Women Development and the 2000 Innovation Award.
She is also a current board member for Placemaking NSW, Lenity Charity and a member of the UTS School of Design and Built Environment Dean’s Industry Advisory Board. She is an ambassador and founding member of the Australian Institute of Architects Venice Biennale Organizing Committee. Bridget holds an Adjunct Professorship at UTS.