People

Leadership

Portrait of Priya Rajagopalan

Director

Professor Priya Rajagopalan

Associate Dean Research and Innovation, School of Property Construction and Project Management at RMIT is the inaugural Director of the Post-Carbon Research Centre. Priya is a building scientist with extensive experience in energy and indoor environmental quality of buildings and urban climatology.

As an internationally recognized expert in the field of building energy and indoor environmental performance and urban climatology, Priya’s research interests span from sustainable building design, energy benchmarking and labelling, urban heat island, building performance simulation, indoor air quality, lighting and acoustics to citizen science in urban microclimate monitoring, mitigation and adaptation.


Portrait of Jonathan Tran

Deputy Director

A/Prof Jonathan Tran

Associate Professor Jonathan Tran joined the Civil & Infrastructure Engineering department in 2018 and founded the Digital and Sustainable Construction Laboratory research group. Jonathan has established a strong track record in engagements and collaborations with industry, evidenced by a sustained record in industry-engaged research. By reusing and upcycling recycled building materials, his research team concentrates heavily on the development of intelligent solutions for sustainable construction. His innovative approaches have led to the creation of numerous solutions for recycling recycled glass, rubber, and plastic waste into construction applications such as pavements, sound barrier walls, and retaining structures using conventional and innovative construction techniques such as 3D printing.

Members

Alisa Andrasek
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Professor Alisa Andrasek

Professor Alisa Andrasek is an award-winning design leader bridging between design, technology and ecology. She is bringing complexity science, AI and robotics to the forefront of design in the context of systemic planetary challenges. Founder of Biothing, Bloom Games, and AIARCH - design synthesis platforms at the intersection of the physical and digital, for integrative solutions in the built environment as an ecology of complex systems, her work introduced discretisation and open synthesis between data, AI and human intent in design processes.

Professor at RMIT School of Architecture, with prior positions at Bartlett UCL, Architectural Association, Columbia University and European Graduate School. 

Portrait of Ding Wen 'Nic' Bao

Dr. Ding Wen 'Nic' Bao

Dr. Ding Wen 'Nic' Bao is Lecturer in Architecture and Architecture Technology Stream Coordinator at the School of Architecture and Urban Design, RMIT University. His research explores design methodologies for establishing a complementary relationship among performance architecture, sustainable design, structural optimization, behavioral algorithms, additive manufacturing, robotic fabrication, and intelligent construction. He has published over 40 high-impact articles and secured several competitive research grants including Australian Research Council (ARC) and industry partners. Dr Bao is also an award-winning architect (ARBV, RAIA, RIBA, NCARB), who directs BW Architects (BWA), Wonderform Studio and FormX Tech and serves as a partner of Ameba Engineering.


Portrait of Joe Hurley

A/Prof Joe Hurley

Joe Hurley is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University. He is an expert in urban sustainability, policy and governance. He has led several projects examining the intersection between urban heat, urban forest management, and urban planning and development, funded by the National Environmental Science Program, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Horticulture Australia Ltd, and several Australian state and local governments. His current Australian Research Council Discovery Project, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, titled “Why is (re)development hot?: Measuring cumulative heat in Australian cities”, aims to causally identify the warming effect of residential development and investigate the impact of planning policies that control changes in the built form associated with increased heat exposure. Joe takes a particular interest in research-practice exchange and collaboration. He is founding academic editor of Cities People Love, a research-practice communication publication; technical advisor to the Council Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments; and regularly provides expert comment and research evidence to media.


Portrait of Dr John Doyle

Dr John Doyle

Dr John Doyle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Urban Design, and Program Manager of the Master of Architecture program at RMIT University. He is a registered practising architect and partner at Common. John’s research practice uses architectural design tools to explore innovative models for urban design. Recently, his research has focused on rapid urbanisation in megacities throughout Asia. This research has developed a series of high-density urban models to address the challenges related to climate change, as well as equity, affordability, and food security. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the Shenzhen, Seoul, Rotterdam, Tallinn and Venice architecture biennales. He is the co-author of “Supertight: Models for Living and Making Culture in Dense Urban Environments,” and “House Precinct Territory: Design Strategies for the Productive City.” In 2022 he was awarded the RMIT Award for Research Excellence (Design) – Early Career Researcher.


Portrait of  Mary Myla Andamon

Dr Mary Myla Andamon

Mary Myla Andamon is Senior Lecturer in Construction Management at the School of Property, Construction and Project Management (PCPM) at RMIT University (Melbourne) and teaches in construction, design and building physics. Her building/architectural science research with the Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory (SBi Lab) explores the relevant and topical issues and questions on building pathology and performance, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (thermal comfort, indoor air quality) and outdoor microclimates. She is currently working on a number of projects based on monitoring and evaluating building performance, indoor environments and assessment of urban microclimates.


Portrait of Mohammad Saberian

Dr Mohammad Saberian

Dr Mohammad Saberian is a professional and experienced civil engineer with a PhD in Civil Engineering—Geotechnical Engineering from RMIT University. Dr Saberian has outstanding knowledge and research background in the fields of geotechnics, pavements, concrete and infrastructures, artificial neural network, circular economy and sustainability, waste management, applications of waste materials in civil engineering, soil stabilizations, foundations, earthworks, slope stability, dry mix, cementitious compounds, construction materials, binders, and the chemistry of materials. He has received 17 prizes and awards from the State of Victoria and RMIT University. His works have attracted extensive global media coverage of over 2800 worldwide.


Portrait of Ngoc San Ha

Dr Ngoc San Ha

Dr Ngoc San Ha is a Lecturer in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering at RMIT University. He received his PhD degree in Engineering with a specialisation in structural mechanics at Konkuk University with an outstanding graduation award in 2014. His scholarly journey has been marked by significant periods as a Sessional Lecturer and Research Fellow at Latrobe, Swinburne, and Curtin Universities. Dr. Ha's expertise spans bio-inspired structures, energy-absorbing materials, mechanical metamaterials, and resilience under extreme conditions. Currently, he is leading pioneering research into the repurposing of waste materials by transforming beverage cans, cardboard, EPS foam, and plastic straws into groundbreaking protective structures.


Portrait of Peter SP Wong

Professor Peter S.P. Wong

Professor Peter S.P. Wong is the Associate Dean (Construction Management) of the School of Property Construction and Project Management, RMIT University. His research is highly relevant to immersive technology (VR/AR/MR) in construction, prefabrication, modulation of construction, sustainable construction, organisational change management and dispute resolution. He has been awarded multiple competitive research grants, including from the Victorian Building Authority, for developing a virtual reality (VR) based online self-evaluation platform to reduce the compliance risk of building and plumbing works. His prestigious Australian Research Council Linkage project has helped guide the effectiveness of offsite manufacturing and improved project delivery.


Portrait of Rebecca Yang

A/Prof Rebecca Yang

A/Prof Rebecca Yang is a scholar of renewable energy, building and construction. She leads a Solar Energy Application Group working on renewable energy transitions in buildings, industries, communities, and urban scales. She is a vice chair and board member of the Australian PV Institute. Rebecca represents Australia as an expert in the International Energy Agency (IEA) collaborative programs in Building Integrated PV and Solar energy buildings. She is also a member of the Australian National Mirror Committee for International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC 82 Solar photovoltaic energy systems. Her research endeavours have led to the publication of over 150 publications.


Portrait of Trivess Moore

Dr Trivess Moore

Dr Trivess Moore is a Senior Lecturer in the Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University. He is a sustainable housing researcher and explores both the way we design and construct such housing as well as the impact for households. He draws upon real world case studies to help inform analysis on the role of policy and industry in delivering an equitable transition to a low carbon future both at an individual dwelling level and across the community. He is working on a number of projects exploring how to scale up deep retrofit for existing housing and how the residential sector can engage with ideas of the circular economy in Australia. Trivess has been a lead CI on ARC Linkage grants, AHURI projects, CRC projects and worked with a range of policy and industry stakeholders in Australia, Europe and North America.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.