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Sand Helsel


Sand Helsel is Professor of Architecture at RMIT University, and Director of the PRS Asia, RMIT’s PhD program located in Ho Chi Minh City.

She received her architectural qualifications from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) and her MArch (by Research) and PhD from RMIT. Prior to her current academic role, Sand has been Deputy Dean International in the School of Architecture and Design and Head of the Department of Architecture at RMIT, and a Unit Master at the AA.

Her design research practice ranges in scale from installations to urban design. She is a founder member of X_Field, an informal group of international practitioners who work in the margins of the disciplines of art, architecture, landscape architecture, interior, industrial and urban design. She has co-curated a suite of exhibitions of this work in Melbourne, Seoul, Beijing and Taipei; a book is in progress. Her work has been included in group shows at URS 126 in Taipei, the Seoul National University Museum of Art, and the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.

The Asian city is the current focus of her international lectures, conferences, publications, exhibitions and design workshops. She is a founder member of Urban Flashes, an international group of artists, architects and educators established in Taipei in 1999, and her book, Taipei Operations, documents one of her collaborative design workshops with a focus on bottom-up design techniques. Recent workshops have included a collaborative studio with Laurent Gutierrez at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and as Visiting Professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan.