4D Construction Learning Environment

Team Leader:

Dr Chris Landorf is Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland (UQ). Postgraduate awards received prior to her PhD include a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Built Environment (with Distinction) from University College London. Both qualifications were undertaken to support the development of her area of teaching expertise (architectural practice and management) and research expertise (the management of complex heritage sites). Chris has recently led a review of the design studio courses in the Bachelor of Architectural Design and the Master of Architecture at UQ, developing new course aims, objectives, content, teaching, assessment and evaluation methods, and mapping the courses against graduate qualities and professional competency standards. She partners with a major architectural practice each year to deliver an innovative building technology case study. She is a member of the AIA Queensland Chapter Practice Committee and the AIA ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Process Standing Panel. She was Project Architect for the Broken Hill Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial and Visitors Centre recipient, amongst several other awards, of the Australian Institute of Architects Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design in 2001.

Team members:

Associate Professor Graham Brewer is Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle where he is also Director of the Centre for Built Environment Research and Postgraduate Coordinator. His research interests focus on the ‘softer’ issues associated with high level information and communication technology (ICT) uptake in the construction industry, together with the integration of ICT into the tertiary education curriculum. Graham has published extensively on topics of reflective practice and problem based learning and has been a recipient of University of Newcastle and Australian Learning and Teaching Council citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. He has written over 80 HERDC eligible publications including 10 books and 18 journal papers, he presents regularly at national and international conferences, advises and accredits higher education programs for the Australian Institute of Building, and Vocational Education and Training programs for the New South Wales Board of Studies.

Ms Kim Maund is Lecturer in Construction Management in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle. Kim has extensive experience in property development and construction, across various levels of government and the private sector. She maintains strong industry links and holds National Accreditation as a Building Surveyor, membership with the Australian Institute of Building Surveying and membership of the Society for Fire Safety. In addition, Kim is on the Accreditation Committee for the Building Professionals Board, a NSW State Government agency responsible for accreditation and disciplinary matters for certifiers. Her industry links have led to the development of work experience programs for construction management students with government and non-government organisations. Kim is currently a PhD candidate and holds various tertiary qualifications including a Master of Building Surveying, Master of Applied Science (Environmental Hlth), Bachelor of Science (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Building and Planning, and a Diploma of Project Management. Kim’s primary teaching courses are Building Codes and Compliance, and Fire Safety and Compliance (Fire Engineering), her research covers building surveying and certification and practices associated with construction environmental management.

Mr Stephen Ward is Program Director of Architecture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. His extensive experience in architectural practice in the public and commercial sectors has been recognised through awards at the state and national level, and he has provided professional and academic leadership through the Australian Institute of Architects and the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. Since joining the University of South Australia in 2002, he has been responsible for significant curriculum development and the advancement of relationships between students, industry and professional associations. Stephen’s teaching includes partnering with practice to encourage discourse and knowledge sharing, and to synthesise design, technical and project management in collaborative and complex projects. His research covers the fields of design pedagogy, sustainability in the built environment, architectural practice, and heritage and conservation. As leader of a multidisciplinary team, Stephen was awarded a grant in 2012 for ‘Speculations 2012: 5000+ Integrated Design Strategy for Inner Adelaide’ funded by the SA Department of Premier and Cabinet. Stephen’s research has been disseminated through published books, peer reviewed national and international conferences, local and national professional design journals, group exhibitions and the media.

Professor David Williams is the Golder Professor of Geomechanics and the Director of the Geotechnical Engineering Centre within the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ). He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering from Monash University and a PhD in Soil Mechanics from Cambridge University. David joined UQ in 1983. He initiated the Geotechnical Engineering Centre funded by Golder Associates, Rio Tinto, AngloGold Ashanti and BHP Billiton, with matching funding from UQ to a total of $6 million over five years. Under this Centre, David introduced the Civil and Geotechnical Engineering and Mining and Geotechnical Engineering Dual Major program at UQ in 2012. The program was developed in response to industry needs and has rapidly gained student support. Sixty graduates are expected per year by 2014 making it one of the largest Engineering Dual Major programs at UQ. David obtained a UQ Teaching and Learning grant in 2011 to support the Live Building Project in the new UQ Advanced Engineering Building, designed to provide students with real-time data on the structural and climatic performance of the building in response to people and climatic loading. He collaborated with Dr Landorf and Professor Ian Cameron on the development of the initial prototype for interactive digital learning environment based on the 3D imaging of the Advanced Engineering Building.

Dr Trish Andrews is a senior lecturer in Higher education, (eLearning) and Manager of the Technology Enhanced Learning Group with the Teaching and Educational Development Institute, (TEDI), at the University of Queensland. Trish has extensive experience in leading and supporting innovative use of technology for teaching and learning in higher education. This work includes curriculum development, research, evaluation and capacity building. Trish has provided educational expertise for two highly successful national educational initiatives, Rangelands Australia and Mining Education Australia. Trish has been presented with University awards for programs that enhance learning in 2009 and 2010 and has been a member of teams that received 2010 ALTC awards for programs that enhance learning in 2010 and 2011. She recently led an OLT grant exploring the student voice in online learning. Trish’s current research interests focus on the student experience of ICT for teaching and learning, learning spaces, mobile learning and capacity building for using technologies for teaching and learning. She presents her research at national and international forums and has several ERA recognised publications.

External Evaluator:

Professor Stephen Loo is Professor of Architecture and Head of the interdisciplinary School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). At UTAS, Stephen holds significant roles in evaluation and facilitation of design and building procurement processes including membership of the Built Environment and Infrastructure Committee of the University Council, and the Project Management Group of new projects including the $75M Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts. He has interdisciplinary research projects with the Schools of Computing and Information Systems and Engineering. Stephen is Chair of the National Education Committee of the Australian Institute of Architects (the Institute) and member of the ANZ Architecture Program Accreditation Procedure (APAP) Steering Committee. Through these two roles, he has direct involvement in managing the accreditation of all architecture programs in Australia and New Zealand, and is currently managing the review of the National Education Framework of the Institute, as well as participating in AACA’s review of the National Competency Standards for Architecture (NCSA). Stephen is also President Elect of the Australian Deans of the Built Environment and Design, the peak academic body who are custodians of TEQSA’s Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLO) for Architecture and Building. Stephen has been involved in several OLT funded projects, including his current role in the Reference Group for a project on Design Students’ Experiences of Teamwork.

Project manager:

Dr Lorinne du Toit has previously worked as project manager with multi-institutional OLT innovation and development grants while based at The University of Queensland. In this role, she has contributed to study reports and other resources exploring learning spaces and student voice in higher education. Lorinne has considerable prior practical experience in the development and evaluation of information and ITC governance in public administration, health systems and higher education as well as managing and supporting research-focused projects in these fields. With a MSc in policy studies from the School of Advanced Urban Studies in Bristol UK, Lorinne has had a long-running research interest in policy development, implementation and evaluation and has publications on the built environment, urban design, locality planning and community outcomes.