Dr Kate Hislop

Started at UWA: 1999

Architect, academic and leader

Dr Kate Hislop is a registered architect and has been an academic at UWA for over 20 years.

As Dean and Head of the School of Design she is responsible for academic leadership across the disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Fine Arts and History of Art. She also teaches the Architecture program.

Kate is active in the wider architectural community. She is an examiner for the Architects Board of WA’s Architectural Practice Examination (APE), Chair of the National Assessment Panel for the Architecture Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), and Convener of the 2020 Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Conference.

“Architecture always appealed to me as a career that calls on left- and right-brain thinking. Balancing arts, science, creativity, speculation and pragmatism, it engages with questions of a social, theoretical and practical kind.”

Kate is proud to lead a close-knit community at the UWA School of Design.

“Staff and students work closely together in the classroom, the design studio, on field trips, and in setting up exhibitions. These opportunities to work together ensure a vibrant and creative atmosphere.”


  • BArch (Hons), UWA
  • MPhil (Australian Studies), UWA
  • PhD, UWA
  • Registered architect
Research Repository

Registered Architect

Registered Architect since 1997


Completed PhD in 2012

Teaching and supervision

I enjoy teaching and mentoring students, helping them to prepare for careers related to architecture and the built environment. My teaching generally integrates both my research interests as well as my professional expertise.Dr Kate Hislop

Kate has received multiple awards and nominations for her teaching. She favours small group teaching to encourage effective student learning, engagement with ideas, and class rapport.

She currently teaches in the following Master of Architecture units: Kate has also been supervising PhD students for several years. She welcomes expressions of interest from prospective postgraduate students interested in architectural history, theory, design, pedagogy and professional practice. Get in touch with Kate via the contact details below to discuss further.

Contact Dr Kate Hislop