NZAAR Scientific Committee

Professor Alan Balfour

Professor Alan Balfour is the former dean of the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. He has also held research and/or faculty positions at MIT, Rice University, Architectural Association School of Architecture, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and was instrumental in establishing the master's degree program in architecture at Georgia Tech.

Professor Derek Clements-croome

He is a Co Director and founder of MSc Intelligent Buildings Course at the University of Reading where he is also a Director of the Intelligent Buildings Research Group. The second edition of the book Creating the Productive Workplace was published by Routledge in 2005. He is the editor and part author of this book and also Intelligent Buildings: Design, Management and Operation (publisher / Thomas Telford 2004) also available in Chinese. He has developed a portfolio of projects including sustainability, building facades, system reliability, building rating methodology and design quality (including ventilation) in schools and effects of this on students learning, all funded by EPSRC and DTI ( now TSB). He is a visiting professor at several universities in China and acts as an external PhD examiner nationally and in Finland. He was Vice-President of CIBSE and chairs CIBSE committees including one on intelligent buildings that has over 2000 members from over 118 countries. He is a research project adviser at Reading University. He has sat on Panels for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and also is a member of their College; he has also sat on a Panel on the Dynamics of Ageing for the Economics and Social Sciences Research Council. He is a member of the Board of the British Council of Offices. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Professor Hashem Akbari

Dr. Akbari is a Building, Civil, and Environmental Professor and Research Chair at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, a post he has held since June 2009. At Concordia, Dr. Akbari teaches courses in engineering and urban energy and environment and continues his research in urban heat islands and mitigation technologies. He is also developing research programs in building automation and demand response. Prior to joining Concordia University he was the founding Group Leader of the Heat Island Group, a Senior Scientist, and a principal investigator in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. During his tenure, the Heat Island Group conducted several experimental and simulation studies to quantify the energy saving potentials of cool roofs and shade trees, performed meteorological and air-quality simulations to characterize the air quality benefits of heat island mitigation technologies, collaborated with leading roofing materials manufacturers to produce advanced cool roofing materials, and worked with many agencies and organizations to develop related codes and standards for implementation of heat island technologies. Some notable contributions include: assisting the California Energy Commission and California utilities to develop cool roof rebate programs; leading efforts to incorporate cool roof provision in the ASHRAE building energy efficiency standards 90.1 and 90.2; leading efforts to incorporate cool roof provisions in the California Title 24 building energy efficiency standards; helping cities and states to develop cool roof standards; and assisting air quality management districts to develop heat island mitigation guidelines for improving ambient air quality. Dr. Akbari also initiated the creation of the Cool Roof Rating Council, a non-profit organization which measures, rates and labels the optical properties of roofing material surfaces, and is currently serving on its board. Dr. Akbari earned his Ph.D. (1979) in engineering and M.Sc. (1978) in industrial engineering and operation research from the University of California, Berkeley (1979, 1978). He has also holds a M. Sc. in nuclear engineering from MIT (1977) and a B. Sc. is in gas engineering from the Abadan Institute Technology (1971).

Professor Nicholas Temple

Professor Nicholas Temple joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Architecture in April 2012, having previously taught at the University of Lincoln as both Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture. Born in Australia Temple studied architecture at Cambridge University and has a PhD on the subject of architecture and urbanism in early 16th Century Rome. He was a Rome Scholar in Architecture (1986-88) at the British School at Rome, and recently was awarded a Paul Mellon Rome Fellow (2012).

Professor Mari Vaattovaara

Professor Vaattovaara is the Vice-dean (external relations) at Helsinki University.

Professor Virginia (Gini) Ann Lee

Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Melbourne, AILA Registered Landscape Architect.

Dr Gini Lee is a landscape architect and interior designer and commenced as the Elisabeth Murdoch Chair of Landscape Architecture in July 2011. Prior to this she was the Professor of Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology (2008-2011) and Head of School at the University of South Australia (1999-2004), moving to academia after many years in Landscape Architecture and Interior Design practice and consultancy based from her Melbourne studio. Her academic focus in research and teaching is into cultural and critical landscape architecture and spatial interior design, particularly in landscape design studio and theory that engages with the curation and postproduction of complex landscapes. Her PhD The Intention to Notice: the collection, the tour and ordinary landscapes (2006), investigated ways in which designed landscapes are incorporated into the cultural understandings of individuals and communities. Focusing on the arid environments of Australia, her multidisciplinary research into the water landscapes of remote territories contributes to the scientific, cultural and indigenous understanding and management strategies for fragile landscapes. Her recent landscape curation practice is an experiment with Deep Mapping methods to investigate the landscapes of remote and rural Australia. Deep Mapping for the Stony Rises is a contributor to the Stony Rises project for the volcanic country of south-western Victoria, the salt lakes of the arid lands, garden design for waterless places and exposing transect methodologies through collaborative exhibition, focused on the Canary Islands.She is a registered landscape architect, past Executive Editor of the IDEA Journal (2009-2011), a past member of the Queensland Heritage Council (2010-2011) and the past Chair of art + place for Arts Queensland prior to leaving the State for Victoria. She is an appointee to the New Zealand PBRF as international expert for design (2003, 2006, 2011-2012) and to the City of Melbourne’s Parks and Gardens Advisory Committee (2012-) and Chairs the University’s Landscape and Open Space Committee. Her most recent appointment is to the Victorian Design Review Panel as an expert in landscape architecture and contemporary practice.  

Professor Arto Kiviniemi

Dr Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, is one of the internationally leading experts in the integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) which he has developed both in Finland and internationally since 1996. In 1997-2002 Arto lead the Finnish national R&D programme which created the foundation for Finland’s position as one of the leading countries adopting BIM. In May 2010 he moved to UK, first to the University of Salford, where he initiated the first MSc BIM programme in the UK, and in September 2013 he started in his current position at the University of Liverpool. Internationally Arto’s main activities have been related to the International Alliance for Interoperability, now known as buildingSMART International. Arto was one of its founding members in 1996 and acted as the Chairman of the International Council and Executive Committee 1998-2000, Deputy Chairman 2000-2002 and Chairman of the International Technical Management Committee 2005-2007. Currently he is a member of the International Technical Advisory Group. Arto has presented over 100 keynote and invited lectures in international seminars and conferences around the world since 1996. For his international merits in developing integrated BIM Arto received the FIATECH CETI Outstanding Researcher Award in March 2009 and the Order of the Knight of White Rose of Finland in December 2012.


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