Dr Tarsha Finney is an architectural urbanist and educator. She is senior lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney, and visiting professor at the Royal College of Art, London. Her research work focuses on several areas: housing, domesticity and questions of density and centralisation in the city with reference to notions of disciplinary autonomy and change in architecture. Her doctoral work looked at the multi-scalar role of large housing projects in the transformation of mid-century New York.
At the RCA Tarsha leads the Intergenerational Cities Research project. This work links the cities of London, Sydney and Hong Kong through investigations into spatial performance in housing, demographic and labour changes and social equity in cities, in partnership with industry players such as British Land, MTR and Urban Growth NSW and with community social housing providers. Tarsha speaks regularly in Australia on radio and television, and she writes for the general press about the issues of housing and contemporary urban transformation.
In 2012 she was an invited speaker at TEDx Sydney. She has been an invited critic in graduate architecture programs around the world including Hong Kong University, the Bartlett University College London, the Architecture Association and Nottingham University. She is currently putting together a publication that looks at the conditions for experimentation in housing transformation.