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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.

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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.


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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 Bhavna Middha

Dr Bhavna Middha

Bhavna is an environmental sociologist and social practice theorist. Her research area is sustainable consumption for a low carbon society, which she has investigated through studying food, energy, built environment and waste. Focusing on spatialities and just transitions, Bhavna’s work has explored and advanced the practice perspective in sustainable consumption. A strong focus of her work has been on qualitative research methods, including digital ethnography. Bhavna is a Research Fellow in the ARC Research hub for Transformation of Reclaimed Waste Resources to Engineered Materials and Solutions for a Circular Economy (TREMS). Bhavna will start her ARC DECRA fellowship in 2024.

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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.

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Associate Professor Ehsan Gharaie

Ehsan Gharaie is an Associate Professor of Construction Project Management and an expert on the Australian housebuilding industry who focuses on the industry’s capacity to provide new and timely housing supply and barriers to innovation. He has been a Chief Investigator in ARC, AHURI, and industry funded research projects and has a strong track record of leading multidisciplinary and cross-university research teams. 

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Associate Professor Guillermo Aranda-Mena

Dr Aranda-Mena is Associate Professor in Sustainable Design and Constuction Innovation at RMIT University. Since 2012 he holds a UNESCO Professorial Chair in Architectural Design and Heritage at Politecnico di Milano where he also represents Australia on the drafting of international research and guidelines for architectural intervention of World Heritage Sites. Through UNESCO Aranda-Mena has also incorporated Building Information Modelling as a method for architectural appraisal and early-stage evaluation of project feasibility and multi-criteria decision-making of interventions to world heritage sites. Dr. Aranda-Mena researches topics of creative interventions, decision-making and value creation, from historical buildings to post-industrial urban regeneration precincts.

Portrait of Ian Nazareth

Ian Nazareth

Ian Nazareth is an architect, researcher, and educator. Ian is a lecturer in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Design, and the director of TRAFFIC - a design and research practice working across architecture, urbanism, and computation. Ian is also the co-director of the Urban Futures Office (UFO) and was previously the Program Director and Head of Urban Design at RMIT.

Ian’s projects and research have been published, awarded, and exhibited locally and internationally. Most recently, his research has been featured at the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture, the Barcelona Architecture Festival, and the Media Architecture Biennale.

Portrait of Joe Hurley

Professor Joe Hurley

Joe Hurley is a 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.

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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.

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Dr Koorosh Gharehbaghi

Dr Koorosh Gharehbaghi has worked as an academic and Professional [Transportation] Engineer in both the Public and Private sectors. He has been employed in various municipalities and some large private organisations, specializing in heavy construction. His past projects vary from High Rise Buildings to Civil Construction including Roads and Bridges. Koorosh is currently involved with the Transport for NSW and Department of Transport (Victoria) as a senior technical advisor working on various civil Infrastructure projects such as Sydney Metro, and recently Suburban Rail Loop. He has also conducted various independent short courses for professional bodies such as John Holland and VicRoads. 

Portrait of Kyle Bush

Dr Kyle Bush

Kyle’s practice focuses on post-mining landscapes and critical design pedagogies, cultivating cultures of design practice centred on co-production and relationality. He has worked collaboratively on projects that engage with the exclusion of various communities from shared processes and narratives, aiming to build capacity and distribute agency during periods of transition. Collaborators have included the Mine Land Rehabilitation Authority (MLRA), Engie Australia, MPavilion, Melbourne Design Week, QUT Art Gallery, Landscape Australia magazine, the RMIT Design Archives, and colleagues in RMIT Landscape Architecture.

Portrait of Louise Dorignon

Dr Louise Dorignon

Dr Louise Dorignon is a geographer and a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT University, Centre for Urban Research. She specialises in the production, lived experience and urban outcomes of apartment housing in Australia and Europe. Louise’s current research focuses on modular apartment prefabrication to analyse how it can enable the production of more sustainable and affordable homes and support everyday experiences of post-carbon housing.

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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 Mittul Vahanvati

Dr Mittul Vahanvati

Mittul Vahanvati is a co-lead of the Climate Change Transformations research program at the Centre for Urban Futures and a Senior Lecturer in the Sustainability and Urban Planning at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Her research is situated at the intersection of disaster recovery planning, housing reconstruction and community resilience for climate change adaptation.

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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 Nancy Mauro-Flude

Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude 

Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude is a digital caretaker and a critical media theorist propelling the values of 'permacomputing' towards broader public engagement. Her research explores the multispecies relations between people, place and ecologies, concentrating on the resilient capacities of communities. Nancy’s expertise in feminist methods of awareness raising of reuse and repair and cooperative traditions (i.e., combining yarning and digital literacy sewing circles) explores the potential of emergent technology through co-designing sensitive strategies (including community holistic computing networks).

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 Olivier Cotsaftis

Dr Olivier Cotsaftis

Dr Olivier Cotsaftis (PhD, MBA) is a transdisciplinary researcher exploring pathways towards circular, regenerative and more-than-human futures. At RMIT University School of Design, his work is broadly focused on the materiality, aesthetics, politics and economics of sustainability in the 21st century, and he has a specific interest in next-gen biomaterials and their application in architecture and design. Before joining RMIT, Ollie spent 10 years in Industry, engaging with start-ups, not-for-profits, governments and blue-chip companies. He was a design lead at Fjord Design and Innovation and the founder of future ensemble studio. Most recently, Ollie also joined the editorial board of Research Methods: Biotechnology Design (Cambridge Press, UK).

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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.

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Associate Professor Qian (Chayn) Sun

Dr. Qian Sun, Associate Professor of Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University, is an interdiciplinary researcher specializing in spatial and statistical analysis and modeling, AI, and GIS applications. With a primary focus on urban informatics, GeoAI, and human-environmental interactions, she leads the "Geospatial Informatics and Intelligence" (GISail) research group. Dr. Sun champions interdisciplinary collaboration by leveraging cutting-edge geospatial technologies to address social-environmental challenges. Having authored over 60 research papers, her work underscores advanced GIS applications in solving issues related to urban planning, climate change, and human behavior analysis.

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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 Salman Shooshtarian

Dr Salman Shooshtarian

Dr Salman Shooshtarian holds a PhD in the Built Environment and is currently working as a senior lecturer at the School of Property, Construction, and Project Management at RMIT University. He is an active researcher in the fields of sustainability, circular economy, and C&D waste management. He has experience in designing and performing multiple empirical research projects (as a research project manager). He has established collaborations with different research teams for several research projects investigating C&D waste management issues.  Dr Shooshtarian excels at driving impactful research and translation initiatives by leveraging his extensive connections within the industry and government sectors. 

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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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.