Academic Lectures


University of Canberra

Design Research Methods

  • Methods, approaches, ideas, and practices utilised in design and architecture

  • Range and appropriateness of various research methods for different projects investigating the social world, objects, and environments

  • Theory, historical references, and case studies drawn from relevant design disciplines

  • Construction of research project proposals.


Landscape Architecture Studio

The landscape architecture studio was concerned with ‘the concepts and practices of recycling in Australian Indigenous communities.’ This theme was explored through a case study of a material recycling facility (MRF) that will be developed in the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, Queensland.

  • The concept design was based on a theoretical underpinning, and indicated the social, political and global context of the design proposal

  • A conceptual design was generated for the MRF at the site-scale that incorporated all the necessary design elements for the facility to function in a feasible manner

  • The design incorporated a staged design approach that considered the budgetary constraints

  • The hydrology of the site was shown on the concept plan, including any major flood level heights that should be taken into consideration in the design

  • The concept design included maps, diagrams, sections, elevations, and details of important design elements

  • The students produced the equivalent of no more than three A1 panels. Students were encouraged to use the digital screens in the studio to present their concept plan.


Czech Technical University, Prague (Design Studio)

Design studio taught via the internet with final year graduate students.  The concept of the design includes a staged development of the Prunung precinct – in conjunction with the Traditional Owners – to protect the shell mounds, scar trees and story places.  To enhance the estate as a sensitively-managed, interpretive tourist attraction observing what may be one of the largest set of middens in Australia characterized as “a national monument” and an area of high national heritage value.

The students were asked to:

  • Develop a master plan of the site including all buildings and movement via vehicle and foot within the site.

  • Design a sustainable building to use for a visitors centre, including living accommodation for 4 staff.   The designs to include:

    • Elevations

    • Sections

    • Floor plan

    • Technical details (encompassing local building materials)

    • Engineering details

  • HAVC Engineering details including:

    • Heat flows (though and ventilation)

    • Full year calculations

    • Temperatures for the year

    • Total sun heat gains

    • Heat gains from people

    • Need of cooling every month of the year


Czech Technical, Prague

  • Alternative construction technology

  • Research and development in earth wall construction

  • Sustainable green building technology.


Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.

  • Alternative construction technologies

  • Earth wall construction research and development

  • Sustainable green building: present and future

  • Energy rating systems.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Earth wall construction technology and research development.


Guest Lectures and Workshops


University of Bath, Bath United Kingdom. Earth wall technology and research for rammed earth wall construction and detailing.


American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C. Sustainable green building in Australia and the way forward; the well-being of sustainable green building in Australia.


The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., Sustainable Architecture, guest lecturer, sustainable technologies.


Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, Building Structures, guest lecturer, sustainable technologies.


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Architecture, guest lecturer, PhD seminars for engineering students and sustainable building technologies for architecture, supervision of two architectural masters students.


University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, architecture and engineering, supervising master students, guest lecturing PhD students on sustainable building technologies.


University of Florida, College of Design, Construction and Planning, guest lecturer, science in building construction. Sarasota, Florida


University of Canberra, Canberra, guest lecturer, architecture, sustainable technologies.


University of Abuja, Abuja Nigeria, Engineering, guest lecturer, sustainable technologies.


Kwame Nkroumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi Ghana, guest lecturer, architecture, sustainable building technologies.

2003. Akwa State University of Science and Technology, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, guest Lecturer sustainable building technologies.


University of Canberra, Canberra, Architecture, environmental design.


University of Witwatersrand, guest lecturer, sustainable building technologies.


Technikon Southern Africa, Durban, South Africa, guest lecturer, architecture, sustainable technologies.


University of Natal (Durban), Architectural Department, sustainable building technologies,

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, guest lecturer, architecture sustainable technologies.


University of Zululand, Empangeni, South Africa, guest lecturer, sustainable technologies.


University of New South Wales, Architecture, guest lecturer, building materials; sustainable building technologies; and embodied energies.


University of Canberra, Architecture, guest lecturer, environmental design and sustainable architecture.