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Dr Paola Boarin

Senior Lecturer
Co-founder and co-director

Research interests:

  • Sustainable design
  • Rating tools
  • Post-occupancy evaluation
  • Sustainable heritage conservation
  • Design technology

Prof Errol Haarhoff

Emeritus Professor
Co-founder and inaugural co-director

Research interests:

  • Urban Design
  • Urban Settlement History
  • Urban Growth Management
  • Urban Intensification and housing
  • Modern Architecture History

Dr Alessandro Premier

Senior Lecturer
Co-director

 

Research interests:
  • Advanced façade design
  • Responsive architecture
  • Smart materials
  • Building retrofit
  • Sustainable design strategies and innovation
  • Colour and light in architecture

Patricia Austin

Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Planning and affordable housing
  • Sustainable housing, eco-districts and eco-towns
  • Planning for an ageing population
  • Planning for disabled access
  • Designing inclusive accessible built environments
  • Crime prevention, safer cities and communities
  • Planning and injury prevention
  • Strategies for more sustainable urban futures

Dr Emilio Garcia

Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Resilience, inequality and affordability
  • Resilience of compact and disperse urban landscapes
  • Adaptive change, transformative change and collapse in cities
  • Panarchy, adaptive cycles, thresholds, and multiple stability states in built environments
  • Measurement of resilience and heterogeneity of urban landscapes
  • Resilience and Inheritance.

Dr Kai Gu

Associate Professor

Research interests:
  • Urban morphology and urban design
  • Methods of characterising and managing the urban landscape
  • Urban planning and design of Chinese cities

Dr Stephen Knight-Lenihan

Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation at a local government level
  • Biodiversity offsets in urban environments
  • Ecological resilience and social-ecological systems
  • Integrated catchment management

Dr Manfredo Manfredini

Associate Professor

Research interests:

  • Urban design history, theory and criticism
  • Architecture and spatial design history, theory and criticism
  • Affordable and social housing history, theory and practice
  • Modern European architecture history, theory and criticism
  • Sustainable development
  • Education in architecture

Dr Mohsen Mohammadzadeh

Lecturer

Research interests:
  • Critical Urban Theory
  • Globalisation and Planning in the Emerging Global Cities
  • Planning and Urban Conflicts
  • Smart City, Cybernetic Technology and Ethics of Big Data
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Planning

Dr Sarosh Mulla

Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Design research in architecture
  • Architects in the expanded field
  • Optical effects in architecture
  • Contemporary architectural practice

Dr Ferdinand Oswald

Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Construction Detailing and Building Technologies
  • Facade Design Strategies
  • Optimizing Natural Ventilation
  • Low -Tech architecture
  • Reuse, recycling and separability of building components

Dr Marjorie van Roon

Senior Lecturer

Research interests:
  • Water Sensitive Design

  • Low Impact Urban Design and Development

  • Integrated Catchment Management

  • Aquatic ecosystem health in urban catchments

  • Climate change adaptation through ecosystems

  • Kaitiakitanga and urban waterways

  • Greening cities

Dr Timothy Welch

Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

  • Transportation service connectivity and equity
  • Methods to incorporate big data into transportation analysis
  • Infrastructure investments and housing values
  • Planning for non-motorized and emerging transport modes

PhD Students

Priscila Besen

PhD Candidate

Research interests:
  • Environmental design
  • Building energy retrofit

  • Passive House standard in temperate and warm climates
  • Post-occupancy evaluation
  • Sustainable neighbourhood design
  • Social and affordable housing

Sameh Shamout

PhD Candidate

Research interests:
  • Sustainable design
  • Green building technologies
  • Existing buildings retrofits
  • Passive design solutions
  • Urban Resilience
  • Recovery/rebuilt

Akram Fatourehchi Shabestari

PhD Candidate

 

Research interests:
  • Cultural Ecosystem Services
  • Indigenous Environmental Stewardship
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Participatory–based Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)

Yuliang Wang

PhD Candidate

 

Research interests:
  • Water Sensitive Design
  • Urban Resilience
  • Urban Stormwater Management
  • Sustainable Industrial Development