Ken Maher is a leading Sydney based architect active in practice and academia. He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and a founding board member and Fellow of the Green Building Council of Australia. Ken has been an advisor to government in design and the built environment, including chairing the NSW Government’s Urban Design Advisory Committee introducing innovative measures to improve high density housing design.
He is currently chair of the City of Sydney’s Design Advisory Panel, a member of the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, and a board member of the Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and UrbanGrowth NSW. He has been influential in setting environmental and urban design policies for the Australian Institute of Architects, and is currently President Elect of the National Executive. In 2009, Ken was awarded the Australian Institute of Architecture highest accolade, the AIA Gold Medal. He has a strong interest in the role of design in contributing to public life and the critical relationship between design and achieving a sustainable future.