Dr Lee Roberts

Dr Lee Roberts

Research Associate
  • BA in Architecture
  • M. Architecture
  • M. Urban Planning
  • Certificate in Urban Design
  • PhD in Urban Design
  • Licensed Architect (NCARB)
  • LEED for Neighborhood Development Accredited Professional
Arts,Design & Architecture
City Futures Research Centre

I am an urban planner and designer with more than ten years of experience in all phases of planning, design and construction, including urban planning frameworks and policy, public consultation, design documentation and construction administration. My professional experience focused on precinct planning, active transport, transit-oriented development, master planning, and urban infill projects. I am an experienced facilitator with a strong interest in community-driven planning, with experience on community-based participatory design and planning projects in China, Taiwan, and Japan.

I have master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning, and a PhD in Urban Design. My PhD research focused on the creation of urban rail trails and the role of active transport in public spaces. I am particularly interested in how public space and active transport infrastructure can contribute to social and economic vitality in cities. Since moving to Sydney in 2019, I have been tutoring and convening courses at UNSW in Architecture, City Planning and Landscape Architecture; researching the implementation and use of bicycle infrastructure in Greater Sydney; and advocating for bicycling and bicycling infrastructure in the Eastern Suburbs.

City Futures Research Centre Level 3, Red Centre, West Wing UNSW Sydney NSW 2052
  • Theses / Dissertations | 2019
    Roberts L, 2019, New city streets: The role of urban rail trails in the social and economic vitality of cities, http://dx.doi.org/10.25959/100.00034526
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Roberts L; Fleming S, 2014, 'Foster + Partners’ SkyCycle and the technological sublime', in Proceedings of the 7th International Urban Design Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, presented at 7th International Urban Design Conference, Adelaide, South Australia, 01 September 2014

  • Randwick Advocacy Coordinator, BIKEast
  • UNSW Faculty of Science Sustainability Working Group member

My Teaching

  • Convenor and tutor of Landscape Architecture Capstone Studio (LAND7313)
  • Tutor of City Building – Infrastructure Planning (PLAN7145)
  • Tutor of Architecture Research and Design Studio - Urban Conditions, Social Agency (ARCH7111)
  • Tutor of Architecture and Urbanism in Asia (ARCH7220/ARTS3220)
  • Tutor of Architecture and Politics (ARCH7214)
  • Tutor of Elements of Architectural Design (ARCH7223)