Sylvia Lavin is a head of the Ph.D. in Architecture program and Professor of Architectural History and Theory at UCLA, where she was Chairperson of the department of Architecture and Urban Design from 1996 to 2006. Lavin is also a frequent visitor at Harvard Graduate School of Design and was a Visiting Professor of Architectural Theory at Princeton University School of Architecture. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
A leading figure in current debates, Lavin is known both for her scholarship and for her criticism in contemporary architecture and design. Lavin has been a Fellow and a Scholar in Residence at the Getty Research Institute, and is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Lavin curated the exhibition "Take Note" at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in 2010, exploring pivotal moments in the relationship between writing and architecture. Her publications include The Flash in the Pan, published by the Architectural Association in 2015. She is an editor of Crib Sheets, a compilation of polemical writings and sound bites on current buzzwords issued by Monacelli Press and her Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture was published by the MIT Press in 2005.
- The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity, Architectural Association Publications, 2015
- Kissing Architecture, Princeton University Press, 2011
- Crib Sheets: Notes on the Contemporary Architectural Conversation (Editor), Monacelli Press, 2005
- Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture, MIT Press, 2005
- Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture, MIT Press, 1992
- "Directory". Princeton University. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "Institutional Overview". Canadian Centre for Architecture. Archived from the original on 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "Scholars Index". Getty Research Institute. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "Arts and Letters Awards". American Academy of Arts and Letters. Archived from the original on 2015-12-19. Retrieved 2015-10-17.
- "Take Note". Canadian Centre for Architecture. Archived from the original on 2016-02-18. Retrieved 2015-10-17.