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The School of Architecture & Built Environment has 15 full time academic staff members and 21 honourary title holders, many of whom are national or international leaders in their fields and and are recipients of a wide range of awards.

The School is supported by an administration team of 6 professional staff members, and an Advisory Board that includes 10 external industry professionals.


Prof George Zillante

Head of School
B Architecture (SAIT), Grad. Dip. Town Planning (SAIT), Grad .Dip. Business Administration (SAIT), M. Regional and Urban Planning (UniSA), Dr Technology (Deakin)

George is the head of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group and China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit.


Prof Samer Akkach

Director, Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA)
B. Architecture (Hons) (Damascus); M. Architectural Design (NSW); PhD (Syd)

Samer has been at the University since 1993, and is an established scholar in two fields of study: architectural history and theory and Islamic studies. He has a cross-cultural background, interdisciplinary research interests, and a unique mix of expertise.

Samer is the founding Director of CAMEA and head of the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group. His research interests include:

  • History and theory of architecture and landscape in general, and of Islamic art, architecture and landscape in particular.
  • Intellectual history of the Arab-Islamic and Ottoman traditions in the early modern period (17th, 18th and 19th centuries), with a special focus on the Enlightenment and transitions into modernity in both the European and the Arab-Ottoman worlds.
  • Socio-urban history of Middle Eastern cities in general, and Damascus in particular, during the early modern period, with special focus on the rise of urban secularism.
  • Islamic cosmology (pre- and post-Copernican traditions), philosophy (pre- and early modern), and mysticism (pre- and early modern).

A/Prof Emma Baker

ARC Future Fellow
B. Social Science (Hons) (Adel.); PhD Urban Policy and GIS (Adel.)

Emma Baker is an ARC Future Fellow. Her work focuses on building evidence on the ways that housing and residential location influence health. She heads the Housing and Health Research Cluster at the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. Her research interests include:

  • Understanding the housing and locational causes of health disadvantage
  • Spatial and longitudinal analysis      
  • Residential mobility
  • Housing and urban policy

Read more about Emma Baker’s research and recent publications.


Dr Katharine Bartsch

Senior Lecturer & Program Director
B. Architectural Studies (Adel); B. Architecture (Hons), (Adel); PhD (Adel), Grad. Cert. Education (Higher Education)(Adel)

Katharine has been involved in learning and teaching in this School since 1997. Her research examines how human mobility shapes the built environment, specifically Islamic architecture. The goal of Katharine's research is to interpret the complexity and diversity of Muslim communities that is materialised in the built environment. Her research offers a compelling counter-narrative to pervasive misconceptions about architecture and Islam. Katharine's PhD is titled Rethinking Islamic Architecture: A Critique of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture through the Paradigm of Encounter (awarded 2005). This dissertation was partly enabled by a productive period of study abroad at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, based at MIT and Harvard University, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva.

Katharine has worked in collaborative design offices in Adelaide and India and she has traveled extensively. Combined, these experiences shape the global perspective that Katharine brings to her teaching and research activities. Katharine's also currently supervises 7 PhD students.

Katharine is a member of CAMEA and the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group. Her research interests include:

  • Architecture and Islam in Australia
  • Architecture and Gardens in the Islamic World
  • Travel (eg. migration, diaspora, pilgrimage or cross-cultural encounters) and the way these activities can shape the built environmentsÂ
  • Read more about Katharine's research and recent publications

    Katharine's research examines how human mobility shapes the built environment, specifically Islamic architecture. Islam is a global faith and it has never existed in a vacuum. The emergence and diffusion of Islam can be traced along routes of migration, pilgrimage, trade, or travel in pursuit of knowledge.

    Given this context of mobility and the cultural encounters that it engenders, the goal of Katharine's research is to interpret the complexity and diversity of Muslim communities that is materialised in the built environment. Thus, her research is interdisciplinary, reaching beyond conventional discourses of architecture, to obtain rich insights from anthropology, cultural geography, world systems theories, postcolonial theory, and the history of travel. This approach enables a critical understanding of the production and transformation of the predominantly hybrid architecture of Muslim communities. Thus, Katharine's research offers a compelling counter-narrative to pervasive misconceptions about architecture and Islam.

    Loo, Stephen, and Katharine Bartsch (eds). 2007. Panorama to Paradise: Scopic Regimes in Architectural and Urban History and Theory: Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand [SAHANZ], [Available CD-Rom] Adelaide: 2007.

    Academic Publications
    Bartsch, Katharine with Mizanur Rashid (principal author). 2012. "Hybrid Histories: A Framework to Rethink 'Islamic' Architecture." Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand [SAHANZ], Launceston, forthcoming.

    Bartsch, Katharine with Marwa El-Ashmouni (principal author). 2012. "Influence and Resistance: The Rationale of the al-'Imarah Discourse (1939-59)." Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: 29th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand [SAHANZ], Launceston, forthcoming.

Dr Urs Bette

Senior Lecturer
Dipl.Des. (FH Düsseldorf); Mag. Architecture (Univ. for Applied Arts, Vienna); PhD (RMIT Univ. Melbourne)

Urs Bette studied in the Master Class of Wolf D. Prix at the 'Angewandte,' the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. He worked for Coop Himmelblau and other renown offices, before setting up his own architectural practice in 2004. His work has been recognised in a number of exhibitions and publications, i.e shown at FRAC Centre Orleans, the Aedes Gallery Berlin, and at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice. He was included in Wallpapers Architects Directory 2008 and recently published in "Starchitects: Visionary Architects of the 21.Century."

Urs is a member of the Design Research and Learning Research Group. His research interests include:

  • The charged void as the result of a staged opposition between the architectural object and the site.
  • Recurring spatial sequences and morphological qualities in the characters that populate his work.
  • The relationship between intuition and control in the design act.
  • He is further interested in the reciprocal relationship between analogue and digital architectural production.

Dr James Curry

Lecturer
B.Architecture (Hons) (Adel), B.Design (Interior) (UniSA), PhD (UNSW)

 


Ms Tanya Court

Senior Lecturer and Program Director
B. Fine Art (Curtin); B. Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) (RMIT)

Tanya Court is the Coordinator of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Adelaide. Tanya joined the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in 2006 from the University of Melbourne. Tanya has over 12 years of professional practice experience, specialising in civic and institutional landscapes, with many of her design projects winning Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) awards. Tanya's design work is highly regarded with over 15 significant projects designed, documented and constructed in and around Melbourne. Tanya originally trained as an artist, before attending RMIT to study landscape architecture.

Tanya has continued to maintain an arts practice with a sculpture commission, helmet, with Cassandra Chilton recently completed at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, Victoria. In 2009 this project won an AILA Vic Award for Design, Special Commendation for Art in the Landscape. The Route Followed was shortlisted for the Lightsview development in Northfield. The Rundle Project: Integrated Public Art Masterplan for Rundle Street, Adelaide with Wax Design and SPUD was awarded the 2009 PIA SA Minister's Award for Planning Excellence as well as a 2009 AILA SA Award for Planning. Her project, Balaclava Walk, with MGS Architects was awarded the Australia Award for Urban Design in 2006.

Tanya is a member of the Design Research and Learning Research Group.


Prof Jon Kellett

Professor and Program Director
BA(Hons) Archaeology and Ancient History (Sheffield)
Master of Civic Design (Liverpool)
PhD Urban Planning (Sheffield Hallam)

Jon’s research is situated within the notion of reducing the demands that the city places on the environment.  He is interested in how cities can grow and adapt to provide high quality living environments whilst at the same time being more energy and water efficient and  resilient in the face of climate change. The technological, policy   and behaviour changes required to achieve more resource efficient cities must at the same time  be sensitive to prevailing culture and  social justice. His research  projects have involved assessing the energy footprint of urban areas, estimating the available  urban renewable energy resource and examining possible policy solutions to effect urban change.  His work on climate change adaptation involves a broad range of policy areas but has recently concentrated on how existing settlements might respond to rising sea levels.

Jon is a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group and China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit.



Ms Mirai Morita

Lecturer
B. Environmental Design (Architecture) (Nth Carolina State Uni), M. Architecture (Sth Carolina Inst. Arch)


Dr Elisa Palazzo

Senior Lecturer
Master degree in Architecture, PhD in Urban design, Regional and Environmental Planning

Elisa is an Architect/Urbanist and Landscape Architect with a PhD in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning. She was Contract Professor at the Universities of Florence and Pisa, Italy (2006/2010), and a Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.C. (2012/2013), until she moved as Senior Lecturer to the School of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Adelaide.

Elisa is a registered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer (AILA) and Architect (OAF) and the co-founder of studiostudio architettiurbanisti, a Swiss-Italian architecture and planning office. Her international plans and projects were recognised in a number of publications, exhibitions and awards.

Elisa is a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group and  she is the coordinator of the Urban Ecosystem Design Lab.


Dr Sam Ridgway

Associate Professor
B. Architecture (Hons) (Adel); , M. Architecture (Adel); PhD (Syd)

Sam Ridgway’s research is an exploration of the history, theory and practice of architectural construction. He teaches construction courses and design studios in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. His research and teaching are closely related delving into the complex relationship between the discipline’s intellectual, practical and professional substance, and the nature of the architectural and urban environments architects and others produce.

Of particular interest is how this relationship has changed and developed over time, including the fundamental changes that occurred between the traditional and modern eras. Research topics include: construction pedagogy; the intricate relationship between buildings and drawings; representation; architecture and the human body (anthropomorphism); and more recently questions of architectural demonstration.

Sam obtained his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Architecture (research) from the University of Adelaide and in 2010 was awarded his PhD titled Theorising the Construction of Architecture from the University of Sydney. He has taught and delivered invited lectures at Carleton University in Ottawa, The University of Sydney, The University of Hong Kong, the University of Edinburgh, Victoria University Wellington, and the Washington Alexandria Architecture Centre (Virginia Tech).

Sam is a registered architect and an established researcher who construes the discipline of architecture as a fertile source of intellectual and material knowledge. Thoughtfully explored, creatively interpreted and compassionately translated into designs, architectural knowledge provides the opportunity to make buildings that encourage their inhabitants to experience a sense of elation and well being. He believes this is the ethical, edifying and practical role of the profession.

Sam is a member of the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group.


Emeritus Professor Antony Radford

Emeritus Professor & Researcher
BA (Hons)(Newcastle-upon-Tyne), BArch(Hons)(Newcastle-upon-Tyne), DipTP(EdinCollArt), PhD(Syd),FRAIA RIBA

Tony was educated in architecture at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, followed by a Diploma in Town Planning at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland and a PhD at The University of Sydney, Australia. He has worked in architectural practice in Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and (briefly) Copenhagen. His academic career began at The University of Sydney, moving to The University of Adelaide as Professor of Architecture in 1989 and serving for periods as Head of School. He now enjoy the freedom of academic life as an Emeritus Professor, dividing my time between Australia and Europe.

Tony is a member of the Design Research and Learning Research Group.


Dr Joanne Russell-Clarke

Senior Lecturer
B. Applied Science (Landscape Architecture) (RMIT); M. Landscape Architecture (RMIT); PhD (RMIT)

Jo is a registered landscape architect of the AILA. Following study at RMIT University she worked initially in a small Melbourne practice on award-winning projects and subsequently for a multinational firm with a focus on landscape infrastructure and suburban subdivision. She writes for professional and academic journals contributing regularly to Landscape Architecture Australia. Jo has lectured and taught at RMIT and the University of Melbourne. Her appointment with the University of Adelaide follows earlier guest lectures and other involvement with landscape architecture in the city. Her PhD interrogated the utopianism of suburban design and contemporary landscape architectural endeavour using a variety of frameworks to suggest an ongoing value if not an urgent corrective need for utopian thought and desire.

Jo is a member of the Design Research and Learning Research Group.


Dr Peter Scriver

Associate Professor
B. Science (Arch) (McGill); B. Architecture (McGill); PhD (Delft U of Tech)

Peter Scriver has played a leading role in the teaching of Architectural History, Theory and Architectural Design, and the development of postgraduate research across the Built Environment disciplines at the University of Adelaide since 1996. A founding member of the Centre for Asian and Middle-Eastern Architecture (CAMEA), established at Adelaide U. in 1997, his research engages cultural and cognitive approaches to the study of architecture and the broader built environment, with a particular focus on colonial architectures and urbanism, and the professional networks and institutional frameworks in which the design disciplines operate. Scriver's original doctoral research, completed in the Netherlands (TUDelft) in 1994, examined the interface between theory and practice in the propagation and institutionalisation of modern architectural and engineering knowledge in colonial India through the agency of the Public Works Department of British Indian, and has continued to focus on cross-cultural thresholds in the building of colonial and contemporary South and Southeast Asia in subsequent work.

Peter is a member of CAMEA and the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group.

  • Read more about Peter's research interests and recent publications

    Books and edited volumes
    Scriver and A. Srivastava, India: Modern Architectures in History. London: Reaktion Books, (forthcoming 2014)

    P. Scriver and V. Prakash, (eds), Colonial Modernities: Building, Dwelling and Architecture in British India and Ceylon. London and New York: Routledge/Architext, 2007.

    P. Scriver (ed.) The Scaffolding of Empire, Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium of the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture, Adelaide: CAMEA, 2007.

     

Dr Susan Shannon

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
BArch(Hons)(Adel), PhD(Adel)

Susan is an Architect and University Teacher, with a particular professional interest in evaluation of student learning outcomes. For 25 years prior to joining the University in 2000 she practiced Architecture. Dr Shannon holds a Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator position in the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design.Â

Her 1996 PhD considered the realm of student learning outcomes both in Architecture and more generally. Her expertise in evaluation was developed during this period. Subsequently Dr Shannon has held a range of positions at the University of Adelaide involving that expertise and evaluating student learning outcomes for National Teaching Development Grants and the Learning and Teaching Development Unit and Online Learning and Teaching Unit as well as Manager of the Evaluation Program, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School from 2003 - 2007.

Susan is a member of the Design Research and Learning Research Group. Susan's research interests include:

  • Contribution of blended learning environments to students' learning outcomes.
  • Evaluating studio learning particularly the teaching of techtonics of design to first & third year design and architectural engineering students.
  • Women in architecture.
  • Read more about Susan's research interests and recent publications

    Her 1996 PhD considered the realm of student learning outcomes both in Architecture and more generally. Her expertise in evaluation was developed during this period. Subsequently Dr Shannon has held a range of positions at the University of Adelaide involving that expertise and evaluating student learning outcomes for National Teaching Development Grants and the Learning and Teaching Development Unit and Online Learning and Teaching Unit as well as Manager of the Evaluation Program, Spencer Gulf Rural Health School from 2003 - 2007.

    From 2007 Dr Shannon has worked full time in the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide. Serving her professional community, she is passionate about building communities through good urban design; and in that capacity has been the Chair of the Judging panel for the Gawler Prize since 2001-2011. On 1 Jan 2011 the Minister for Urban Development and Planning appointed Dr Shannon to the new Architectural Practice Board of SA for 3 years, as the only academic on that Board. Dr Shannon also an Architectural Practice Examiner in SA, and a Recognition of Academic Equivalence Examiner for the AACA. Building upon this expertise, Dr Shannon's research focuses upon mapping Graduate Attributes, Graduate Capacities and employment, and Registration for Architects. She has explored through interviewing architectural practitioners Australia-wide the priorities they have in hiring architecture graduates. This evaluation itself was developed from Dr Shannon's expertise over ten years in developing assessment tools for graduate attribute mapping, as one device to enable practitioners the capacity to differentiate between graduates.Â

    In 2012, Dr Shannon's research is focusing upon the role of Architectural Registration. Her research focus is on women in architecture, broadening the scope to include the factors pertaining to women's advancement in and withdrawal from the profession as well as registration as an architect. The research will involve comparing Australian registration data with that from other countries with relevant registration procedures. Â

Dr Veronica Soebarto

Associate Professor
B. Architectural Engineering (University of Indonesia), Mast. Architecture (Texas A&M University, Texas), PhD Architecture (Texas A&M University, Texas), Practicing Architect (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Veronica joined the University of Adelaide in 1998 after completing a Post-Doctorate Research Associate position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, and PhD and Master of Architecture degrees from the same university. She is the Leader of the Sustainable Built Environment research group and her research interests span from environmental performance assessments of buildings, building performance simulation, building monitoring, and thermal comfort.

Veronica is a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group and China-Australia Sustainable Research Unit. Her research interests include:

  • Building thermal/energy simulation.
  • Environmental monitoring.
  • Sustainable building design and assessments.
  • Human thermal comfort.
  • Read more about Veronica's research interests and recent publications

    Veronica was a Chief Investigator for a number of research projects looking at the actual environmental performance of award-winning buildings and claimed-to-be sustainable buildings; a Co-Chief Investigator of an ARC-Discovery-funded research project; a member of the International Energy Agency Task 28: Solar Sustainable Housing, and a partner investigator of UNSW in an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research project. Her recent research included investigating the relationship between urban heat (‘hot spot’) areas in Adelaide CBD and building energy use (with Flinders University), and investigating occupants’ thermal comfort, perception and adaptation to heat waves (with University of South Australia).

    Veronica is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Building Performance Simulation and Associate Editor of Architectural Science Review. She is also a member of the Scientific Committee of CLIMA World Congress 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic (http://www.clima2013.org/) and Building Simulation 2013 in Chambery, France (www.bs2013.fr).

    Selected Recent Publications
    Freney, M., Soebarto, V. and Williamson, T. (2013). Earthship monitoring and thermal simulation. Architectural Science Review 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2013.809688

    Menadue, V., Soebarto, V. and Williamson, T. (2013). The effect of internal environmental quality on occupant satisfaction in commercial office buildings. HVAC&R Research. DOI:10.1080/10789669.2013.805630.

    Soebarto, V. and Bennetts, H. (2013). The importance of simulation beyond energy rating. Proceedings of Building Simulation 2013, 13th International Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, 25-28 Aug, Chambery, France.

    Soebarto, V. and Guan, H. (2013). Analysing the impact of changes in the urban climate, urban form and fabric on building energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, Proceedings of CLIMA 2013: 11th REHVA World Congress & 8th International Conference of IAQVEC, Prague, Czech Republic, 16-19 June.

Dr Amit Srivastava

Senior Lecturer
B. Architecture (Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India), PhD in Architecture (Adel)

Amit has been involved with teaching Architectural History and Theory to undergraduate and postgraduate students since 2006. His main areas of interest include 19th and 20th century history and theory with special focus on intellectual networks concerning perception of architectural materials, including branches of historicism, rationalism, and phenomenology.

Amit is a member of CAMEA and the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group. His research interests include:

  • Problems of Materiality as confounded by the subject-object dichotomy.
  • Search for alternative visualisations
  • Historiography of Post-Colonial Architecture in South-Asia with special focus on the socio-political condition generated by the intersection of de-colonizing and nationalist policies.
  • Read more about Amit's research interests and recent publications

    Amit has received a number of awards including: Govt. of India - National Prize (1996); T.V.B. Institutional Grant (1996 & 2001); Adelaide Scholarship International (ASI) (2005 & 2009) ; University Medal nomination for Ph.D. Thesis (2009); Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Modern Art, Design & Architecture (Oslo, 2010)


A/Prof Terence Williamson

Adjunct Associate Professor & Researcher
BE (Monash), BArch(Melb), PhD(Adel) ARAIA

Terry is a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group.


Dr Julian Worrall

Associate Professor & Program Director
BArchStud(Hons)(Adel), B.Arch(Hons)(Adel), PhD(Tokyo)

Julian Worrall is an Australian architect, urbanist, scholar, and critic, with an international reputation as an interpreter of Japanese contemporary architecture. He holds a PhD in Architectural and Urban History from the University of Tokyo, and has worked for leading architectural practices in Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands, including Klein Dytham Architecture and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. His creative and research interests – pursued through a mix of scholarly research, critical writing, and design practice – are broadly concerned with exploring intersections between local cultures and global modernity, with Japanese architecture and urban space being fertile ground on which to pursue this agenda.

He took up his present position at the School of Architecture and Built Environment in 2014, and his teaching is contributing to strengthening the school’s offerings in Architecture and Urban Design across both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. From mid-2015, he will take up the role Program Co-ordinator responsible for the M.Architecture program.

Julian is a member both the History, Theory and Culture of Architecture and the Built Environment Research Group, and the Design Research and Learning Research Group. He is also a member of CAMEA.

  • Read more about Julian's research interests and recent publications

    In Japan, research in architecture happens in "labs", an organisational structure integrating teaching, academic research, and design practice activities. Julian is aiming to introduce aspects of this model to the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, drawing on his experience of building his own lab ("Worrall Lab", nicknamed "LLLABO") at Waseda University from 2009-2013.

    The core questions that LLLABO engages deal with the conditions and dilemmas of modernity in the geographical peripheries (the "non-West", the "antipodean"), as they manifest themselves in architecture and the city. The precise topics of research shift over time - recent and current topics include:
    1. Infrastructure Landscapes and Cultures
    2. Historical and Emergent Formations of Public Space
    3. Rural Revitalisation through Art and Architecture
    4. Metropolitan Urban Conditions in Japan and East Asia
    5. Architectures of the Displaced Home

    The approach to research can be situated between architectural history, theory, and design practice, and between the scale of the city and the scale of the building. Studies of architecture and urbanism at LLLABO are conducted with the understanding that space is a socio-cultural construct that has both aesthetic and political dimensions and consequences. LLLABO seeks to invest research work with critical awareness. LLLABO is also interested in exploring the applications of the latest digital analysis and fabrication tools, including GIS, laser cutting, and 3D printing to our questions.
    LLLABO aims to stimulate synthetic research investigations, bringing together conventionally disparate elements under coherent sets of questions, which are then examined with a range of appropriate methodologies at several scales. Despite such potentially heterogeneous origins, the destination of such research would always be directed towards the history, theory, and practice of the constructed environment.

    The themes explored in LLLABO derive from the consciousness of the global context within which we operate. Where-ever possible, research will be conducted multilingually. Prospective students and researchers should consider themselves ready to think and work outside their own cultural frame (whether Australia, the Anglosphere, Chinese diaspora, etc), while simultaneously identifying their own cultural affiliations and deepening knowledge of this.


Dr Jian Zuo

Associate Professor & Postgraduate Research Program Coordinator
B.Eng (Wuhan Uni, China), M.Eng (Wuhan Uni, China), PhD(UniSA)

Dr Jian Zuo is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide. His PhD, completed in 2008 was entitled “Project culture in the Australian construction industry: lessons for China”. He has developed a specialist model to measure the culture (which is a significant social sustainability issue in construction projects) at the project level and its impacts on the performance of construction projects.

His main research interest is to achieve sustainable built environment through stakeholder engagement. Dr Zuo’s recent publications address various issues associated with low carbon built environment from technological, managerial, social and legal perspectives. At the moment he is Chief Investigator of three projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation China on sustainability related issues such as relationship between sustainability and competitiveness; air pollution; and construction waste management.

Jian is a member of the Sustainable Built Environment Research Group.


 


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