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Lee-Anne is a key member of Urban Lab at Monash University, where she works with academic, industry and government partners to develop design models for more affordable, sustainable housing and urban precincts. Her research focuses on the transformation of the established city and operates across the scales of building, precinct and region. She employs speculative design as tool for navigating the complex, and often conflicting, imperatives of urban regeneration and to enable complex stakeholder-inputs to be synthesised into integrative and strategic spatial policies. Lee-Anne’s PhD, for example, examined new architectural and urban design possibilities for small-scale housing infill in Melbourne’s middle suburbs, with the aim of advancing policies for ’greyfield redevelopment’.   

She has taught design and communication subjects at RMIT and Monash Universities and, prior to joining the Urban Lab, gained her professional registration working on a range of education, civic and residential projects. Most recently, she has been leading an inter-disciplinary study into the spatial morphology and potential for precinct-scaled renewal of suburban industrial centres with colleagues in the Departments of Economics, Architecture and Urban History. 

Lee-Anne is accepting PhD candidates who are interested in employing multi-scalar and design-led research approaches to address the various social and environmental challenges confronting our cities.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture , PhD Philosophy , An evolving (sub)urbanism, MONASH UNIVERSITY

Award Date: 6 Jun 2018

Architecture, Bachelor, RMIT University

Award Date: 15 Dec 2004

Research area keywords

  • design research
  • housing
  • urban regeneration
  • established suburbs
  • precinct development
  • sustainability
  • affordability
  • urban tranformation
  • post-industrial transformation

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Federal Governments' Academic Hearing: National Housing and Homelessness Plan

    Lee-Anne Khor (Speaker)

    27 Nov 2023

    Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries

  • National Housing Conference 2023

    Lee-Anne Khor (Speaker)

    12 Oct 2023

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

  • Fabrications (Journal)

    Lee-Anne Khor (Peer reviewer)

    22 Aug 202311 Sept 2023

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

  • High density housing: Lessons from Sweden

    Helen Runting (Director), Rutger Sjögrim (Director), Lee-Anne Khor (Contributor), Lisa Garner (Contributor) & Alexis Kalagas (Contributor)

    26 Mar 2022

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

  • Industrial ®evolution

    Lee-Anne Khor (Director), Mel Dodd (Director), Alex Warnock Smith (Director), Diana Ibanez Lopez (Director), Stephanie Sherman (Director), Rutger Pasman (Contributor), Justin Mallia (Contributor), Valerio Barberis (Contributor), Antonella Bruzzese (Contributor), David Fanfani (Contributor), Francesco Alberti (Contributor), Dario Marmo (Contributor) & Annacaterina Piras (Contributor)

    4 Jul 2022

    Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar