Researchers
Industry Inspirers
Associates

Carolyn Whitzman
Prof Carolyn Whitzman - Professor
Carolyn is Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. She is the lead editor of Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Earthscan, 2013), author of Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (University of British Columbia Press, 2009) and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: practical planning tools (Earthscan, 2008), and the co-author of Safe Cities: guidelines for planning, design, and management (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1995). Previously, she worked for the City of Toronto on healthy city initiatives. Carolyn has an international reputation for her work on the prevention of violence. Current research interests include: the policy implications of planning for liveable and equitable cities in a national and international context, planning interventions to increase independent mobility for children, and the development of participatory planning tools with women, children, and people with disability. She is also Lead Researcher for the Transforming Housing research network.
Chris Heywood
Dr Chris Heywood - Senior Lecturer
Chris is an expert in the importance of managing property to meet business outcomes, particularly when property is not an organisation’s core business – essentially every organisation in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. This expertise spans such discipline areas as corporate real estate management, facility/facilities management and real estate asset management and locates all of these within strategic business management. He understands property as the conflation of the context (physical, social, and economic), site and building, and the associated rights and value. The physical aspects of property then act as ‘containers’ for organisational workplaces and work settings. All these contribute to enabling the space-using organisations’ business outcomes. Chris understands property as a management activity is as important as property as a physical artefact and as a physical, financial and social asset. His research interests are consequently diverse but, by preference, focus on qualitative research in property and life cycles; corporate real estate management practices and people in managing property to meet business objectives. He collaborates internationally with researchers in Finland and the Netherlands.
Janis Birkeland
Prof Janis Birkeland - Honorary Professorial Fellow
Janis is Honorary Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne. She was most recently Professor of Sustainable Design at the Uni of Auckland, New Zealand. Before that she was Professor of Architecture at Queensland Uni of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and taught at the ANU, Uni of Canberra and Uni of Tasmania. She originated the theory of net positive development and design, and taught and published various aspects of the subject for over a decade. Her Ph.D was Planning for Sustainability (1993) and Her books include Positive Development, Mapping Regional Metabolism, and Design for Sustainability. She has published over 125 papers and given over 125 invited lectures in her 20 year academic career. She is currently taking time out to finish a 2 volume book on specific methods, models and metrics to enable urban environments that have eco-positive outcomes in addition to regenerating the ecology and revitalizing the community and economy. In the good old days, she was a lawyer, architect and planner in San Francisco.
Masa Noguchi
A/Prof Masa Noguchi - Associate Professor
Masa is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. In 2002, he also became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and today he serves as a Certified Passive House Designer registered with the Passive House Institute in Germany. Masa is the founding coordinator of ZEMCH Network which consists of over 500 partners from nearly 40 countries and initiated a number of industry-academia knowledge transfer events. ZEMCH international conferences (from 2012), ZEMCH engineering design workshops (from 2014), and ZEMCH technical missions (from 2006) are amongst the events being organised by ZEMCH Network today in partnership with the regional experts centres based currently in Brazil, Italy, UAE and UK. Masa is frequently invited to deliver keynote lectures on ZEMCH R&D global actions at national and international conferences.
Ash Buchanan
Ash Buchanan - Director, Cohere
Ash is a design and developmental consultant with over ten years’ experience spanning the areas of wellness, leadership and sustainability. His portfolio includes architectural projects in the built environment as well as advisory roles supporting organisational change. Ash believes in creating spaces – physically, psychologically, socially and ecologically – that open the mind, engage the senses and touch the soul. His work is informed by a love for the natural world, and a passion for bringing people closer together. He holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Melbourne, and is a past Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Prior to Cohere, Ash worked for the international design firms WSP and Cundall, where he had a lead role on some of the most innovative projects in the built environment – including the award winning Southern Cross Station, The Myer Emporium, 570 Bourke St and The Venny.
Pippa Soccio
Dr Pippa Soccio - Research Fellow, LEaRN
Dr Pippa Soccio completed her PhD in Architecture (Building Science)at The University of Melbourne, as part of the Future Proofing Schools Australian Research Council linkage grant. Her thesis focused on the developed a new post occupancy evaluation (POE) tool for diagnosing indoor environment quality issues (with acoustics, air quality, lighting and thermal comfort) inside Australian primary and middle school learning spaces. Prior to undertaking a PhD, Pippa worked as a Graduate in Architectural Practice on projects for Australian Defence, Education and Aged-care Since January 2015, Pippa has been applying her knowledge of school facility design as a Research Fellow with the Learning Environment Applied Research Network (LEaRN) in the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. In this role Pippa is leading a three year evaluation program with Catholic Education Melbourne, using POE tools to collect data about the pedagogical effectiveness of different learning environments. This data will be used to inform how different learning environment typologies (from traditional to open-plan) can be designed and used for maximum pedagogical effectiveness. Within academia, Pippa has 10+ years of teaching experience, working across a range subjects in the Melbourne School of Design, related to environmental sustainability and architectural design.
Ole Fryd
A/Prof Ole Fryd - Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Ole Fryd is Associate Professor in the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning. His research focuses on the integration of strategic planning, physical urban design and environmental sustainability with a special emphasis on integrated urban water management. Ole Fryd has an interdisciplinary and context-based approach to urban environmental challenges and tries to support a better way forward through seminars, publications and projects on the ground. He continuously explores the role of urban green spaces as a means to address grand global challenges such as climate change, urbanisation and the provision of safe water and sanitation in developed and developing countries. His professional experience includes positions as a researcher, lecturer, planner and consultant in Australia, Denmark, Greenland and Thailand.