School of Built Environment staff

On this page, find contact and expertise details for all staff at the School of Built Environment. Find out about Visiting Professors here.

Head of School

  • Prof Monty Sutrisna

    Prof Monty Sutrisna

    Head of School of Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    Professor of Construction and Project Management and Head of School School of Built Environment. A senior academic leader, an active researcher and an award winning educator who has been actively championing close collaborations between Industry and Academia. His academic career spans for almost 20 years in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

All staff

  • Associate Professor Naseem Ameer Ali

    Associate Professor Naseem Ameer Ali

    Associate Professor - School of Built Environment

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    Associate Professor and Director for Internationalisation, School of Built Env, Massey University; Adjunct Professor University of Science Malaysia; Visiting Professor Taylors University Malaysia

    Multidisciplinary construction professional with over 30 years of industry and academic experience. Past President of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia. Currently on the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors Auckland branch board and New Zealand Society of Construction Law council.

    Author of the world's first construction contract (STCC-RSP 2015) to attain the Plain Language Commission UK’s Clear English Standard accreditation.

    Advocate of plain language, which is heavily emphasised in the Master of Construction (Construction Law) programme.

  • Dr Harold Aquino

    Dr Harold Aquino

    Postdoctoral Fellow - Construction Management - School of Built Environment

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  • Chinthaka Atapattu

    Chinthaka Atapattu

    Senior Tutor in Quantity Surveying & Construction Law - School of Built Environment

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    Chinthaka Atapattu is a Senior Tutor in Quantity Surveying & Construction Law at the School of Built Environment, Massey University, New Zealand. Currently, he is reading for his PhD in the same school. He has 10 years of industry experience as a Quantity Surveyor in Oman, Qatar, and Sri Lanka. Chinthaka is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (MNZIQS), New Zealand Institute of Building (MNZIOB), Society of Construction Law - New Zealand and the Royal Society New Zealand (MRSNZ). Also, he is an Associate Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (A.M.ASCE).

  • Dr Mostafa Babaeian Jelodar

    Dr Mostafa Babaeian Jelodar

    Senior Lecturer in Construction Engineering and Management - School of Built Environment

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    Mostafa is a Civil Engineer and researcher with multidisciplinary interests in construction engineering and management. His main research focus crosses over construction innovation, new technologies, productivity, off-site construction, Decision Support Systems (DSS), integrated design and procurement. He is an expert in data analysis, operations research; mathematical and statistical modelling in combination with qualitative research methods. His publications appear in many well respected world class journals. Mostafa is also member of PMI, PrefabNZ, CIB and Engineering NZ. He has been on editorial and review duties for different international journals and served on the scientific committee of various international and local conferences.

  • Dr Mikael Boulic

    Dr Mikael Boulic

    Senior Lecturer - School of Built Environment

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    My area of expertise is focused on the interface of the Building Technology and Public Health. I have led a few intervention studies where we have investigated the relationship between domestic heaters, ventilation and the level of pollutants (mould, bacteria, chemicals and moisture) in homes and in classrooms. These studies had a strong sympathy for vulnerable communities with low income, Māori
    and Pasifika communities being particularly at risk through a higher burden of disease. 

  • Chris Chitty

    Chris Chitty

    Research Laboratory Technical Manager - School of Built Environment

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    Chris is highly regarded as an innovator, and has excellent relationships with end-users. 

    His reputation as a technology-focussed innovator with an unusual approach to solutions means he is often approached by individuals and companies seeking advice on products or technologies.

     

    Through his work with the “Let’s Get Inventing” TV show he was further able to inspire, advise and assist young inventers to create and patent their dreams.

     

    Chris has vast professional experience in the robotics and patient simulation, and is presently researching the unintended effects of modern lighting on humans and other biological lifeforms.

  • Dr Niluka Domingo

    Dr Niluka Domingo

    Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr Mohamed Elkharboutly

    Dr Mohamed Elkharboutly

    Lecturer in Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr Elrasheid Elkhidir

    Dr Elrasheid Elkhidir

    Postdoctoral Fellow - School of Built Environment

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    Elrasheid Elkhidir is a civil engineer with more than 12 years of professional experience across different construction sectors, ranging from site engineering to construction project management. Elrasheid holds a Master of Construction Management from Auckland University of Technology and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland. Elrasheid is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Built Environment as a member of the CanConstructNZ project, an MBIE Funded Programme. He is investigating the capacity and capability of New Zealand’s construction sector. Elrasheid's research interest areas include:

    • Construction Managment
    • Disaster Managment
    • Urban Resilience
    • Climate Change Adaptation

  • Dr Zhenan Feng

    Dr Zhenan Feng

    Senior Lecturer in Digital Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    Zhenan is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Built Environment in the School of Built Environment at Massey University. Zhenan has teaching and research experience on digital technologies for built environment, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, serious games, building information modelling, and digital construction.

    Zhenan has obtained a doctorate in Civil Engineering, investigating customizable VR SGs for earthquake emergency training.

    Zhenan's research interests lie in:

    - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality

    - Human Behaviour in Emergencies

    - Serious Games and Gamification

    - Safety Training

    - Building Information Modelling

    - Digital Construction

  • Dr Claire Flemmer

    Dr Claire Flemmer

    Senior Lecturer in Building Technology - School of Built Environment

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    Claire is a Senior Lecturer in the Building Technology courses at Massey University’s School of Built Environment. She has a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and 20 years of experience in industrial robotics and automation. Her research interests include the performance of manual wheelchairs, access to the Built Environment for the mobility impaired, sustainability, building energy, fire safety, acoustics and indoor air quality.

  • Ryo Hajika

    Ryo Hajika

    Research Laboratory Technical Manager - School of Built Environment

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    Ryo Hajika is a software/electronics prototyping engineer, Human-Computer Interaction researcher. His research interest is in tangible user interface, XR, physiological sensing, and media art. He explores the intersection of media art and academic research to unearth hidden human factor that moves people from the data using code, and create new value. Ryo has received his Engineering Bachelor degree from Ritsumeikan University, Japan. Previously he was a full-time research engineer at the University of Auckland.

  • Dr Ravindu Kahandawa

    Dr Ravindu Kahandawa

    Lecturer in Quantity Surveying - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr Vishal Kumar

    Dr Vishal Kumar

    Lecturer - Building and Facilities Management - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr An Le

    Dr An Le

    Lecturer in Quantity Surveying - School of Built Environment

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    Dr An's background is in Quantity Surveying (BQSurv) and Construction Management (MSc). She teaches both QS-related courses and PM-related courses. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA), and a member of Vietnam BIM Academic Forum, and the CIBTG124 (Net Zero Carbon Building) working group.
    Her research interests include construction project management, cost management, sustainable construction, health and safety in construction, Building Information Modelling, stakeholder engagement, and zero-carbon buildings.

  • Associate Professor Ruggiero Lovreglio

    Associate Professor Ruggiero Lovreglio

    Associate Professor in Building Technology - School of Built Environment

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    I am an Associate Professor at Massey University and a Rutherford Discovery Fellow for the Royal Society NZ.

    Research: My works investigate human behavior in Disasters using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and how to improve Safety Training.

  • Susan Mander

    Susan Mander

    Lecturer - School of Built Environment

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    Susan has over 20 years’ experience in illumination engineering and presently leads the IESANZ-accredited lighting programme.  She also manages the university’s photometric laboratory, which is used for teaching and research as well as commercial product development.  Susan has a strong industry focus, having worked previously as a senior electrical engineer for an international consultancy group.  Susan is the current Education Chair for the New Zealand Chapter Committee of the IESANZ. 

  • Dr Daniel Paes

    Dr Daniel Paes

    Senior Lecturer in Digital Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    Dr. Daniel Paes holds a B.Sc. degree (Hons) in Architecture and Urbanism and an M.Sc. degree in Construction Management (thesis-track) from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil (9th in Latin America - THE ranking), as well as a Ph.D. degree in Building Construction with a minor concentration in Cognitive Psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, United States (10th globally - THE ranking, engineering & tech).

  • Prof Regan Potangaroa

    Prof Regan Potangaroa

    Professor of Resilient and Sustainable Built Environment (Maori Engagement) - School of Built Environment

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    I am a Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Built Environment responsible for Māori engagement at the School of Built Environment. I am international expert in Humanitarian Engineering with over 200 deployments in 22 countries since 1996.

  • Dr Eziaku Rasheed

    Dr Eziaku Rasheed

    Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    My research is focused on the interface between sustainability and building performance. I investigate the relationship(s) between building users' interaction, comfort and productivity with building performance (energy use/efficiency, facilities, systems, and Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)) in residential and commercial buildings.

    If you are interested in this field of research and wish to join my research team as a Masters or PhD student, do not hesitate to contact me.

  • Prof James Rotimi

    Prof James Rotimi

    Professor - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr Don Samarasinghe

    Dr Don Samarasinghe

    Senior Lecturer in Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    I am a highly enthusiastic research and education professional with a passion for developing and unleashing the potential of tertiary students. I have a strong background in the development and delivery of quality technical learning, including Construction Technology, Building Services, Digital Built Environment, Construction Project Management and Property Development, for a range of tertiary institutions in New Zealand. My teaching philosophy is driven by Experiential Learning, where students learn through reflection on doing. I have conducted collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and extensively published in the areas of construction technology, supply chain management and experiential learning in construction education.

  • Dr Wajiha Shahzad

    Dr Wajiha Shahzad

    Senior Lecturer in Construction Management - School of Built Environment

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    Wajiha is a senior lecturer in construction management and postgraduate lead for the School of Built Environment. She brings over 20 years of academic and industry expertise, specializing in modern methods of construction. Her research is acclaimed for its impact on New Zealand's construction industry. With numerous publications, including journal papers and industry reports, Wajiha shapes discourse in modern construction methodologies. Wajiha’s commitment to advancing construction practices underscores her dedication to driving positive change in the field.

  • Dr Chandana Siriwardana

    Dr Chandana Siriwardana

    Senior Lecturer in Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    Dr. Chandana Siriwardana is an educator at Massey University's School of Built Environment, renowned for his extensive involvement in disaster and construction management research projects. He has participated in various initiatives funded by the Erasmus+ (EU), EPSRC (UK), and GCRF (UK) funds, and worked closely with the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka on the "Safe Hospitals" campaign, contributing to the assessment of Sri Lankan hospital resilience. Dr. Siriwardana has also evaluated early warning dissemination processes and helped develop a platform for managing stakeholders during crises. Moreover, he has collaborated with construction firms to enhance their performance and efficiency.

  • Prof Monty Sutrisna

    Prof Monty Sutrisna

    Head of School of Built Environment - School of Built Environment

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    Professor of Construction and Project Management and Head of School School of Built Environment. A senior academic leader, an active researcher and an award winning educator who has been actively championing close collaborations between Industry and Academia. His academic career spans for almost 20 years in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Raymond Tan

    Raymond Tan

    Tutor - School of Built Environment

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  • Marama Tepania

    Marama Tepania

    Assistant Lecturer in Digital Built Environment (Maori Support) - School of Built Environment

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    Marama is an assistant lecturer in the School of Built Environment.  Her role supports the learning of Maori and International students.  Marama is also a researcher in CanConstructNZ. 

  • Lara Tookey

    Lara Tookey

    Senior Tutor in Construction - School of Built Environment

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  • Dr Hennie van Heerden

    Dr Hennie van Heerden

    Senior Lecturer in Building Technology - School of Built Environment

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    Dr (Andries) Hennie van Heerden [BSc Construction Management, BSc Hons Technology Management, MSc Technology Management (UP)] was involved as a site agent and project manager for different residential and commercial projects from 2003 to 2011. At the end of 2011, he joined SABMiller, and in 2012, he was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He obtained his PhD in Construction Management in 2018.  His research interest is well-being in the construction environment.

  • Dr Priya Vishnu

    Dr Priya Vishnu

    Lecturer in Building Services - School of Built Environment

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    Priya attained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cantebury after securing a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and Bachelors in Engineering. Having a diverse academic and research background, she enjoys working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary projects. 

  • Prof Suzanne Wilkinson

    Prof Suzanne Wilkinson

    Associate Dean Research - College of Sciences

    Professor of Construction Management - School of Built Environment

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    I am Professor of Construction Management in the New School for Built Environment, Massey University, Auckland.

    I have a PhD in Construction Management, and a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, both from Oxford Brookes University, UK.

    I have a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University.

    My research focuses on disaster management, construction innovation, resilience and smart cities. 

    I am interested in how cities, communities and organisations, including construction organisations, plan for disasters and manage hazard events and how to make them more resilience.

    At the moment I am working on ideas on construction climate mitigation.

  • Dr Fei Ying

    Dr Fei Ying

    Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying - School of Built Environment

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    Fei is a senior lecturer in Quantity Surveying at Massey University's School of Built Environment. Prior to joining academia, she advised and acted for public and private sector clients in the transportation, water, and construction sectors, with a track record in delivering successful outcomes for clients in New Zealand, China and Germany. Fei's research covers procurement management, supply chain management and decision-making in construction management. Her current research pivots to the interdisciplinary area of construction informatics focused on digitalising the construction process through the lens of social science in human behaviour change.

  • Dr Azam Zavvari

    Dr Azam Zavvari

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Construction Management - School of Built Environment

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    My background is computer science. My research interests include machine learning algorithms and applications of Artificial Intelligence in construction and building.

  • Dr Kelvin Zuo

    Dr Kelvin Zuo

    Senior Lecturer in Quantity Surveying & Construction Law - School of Built Environment

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    Kelvin is a part-time (0.5FTE) Senior Lecturer in quantity surveying and construction law. His PhD in Construction Management was obtained at The University of Auckland (UoA), which looked at different procurement and contractual arrangements for post-disaster reconstruction. Kelvin also has a Master of Legal Studies from UoA Law School and a Master (Hons) of Engineering Studies. Before joining Massey, Kelvin worked extensively in the NZ construction industry and held management roles in various international and local construction and development companies. Kelvin is also one of the founding partners of the development consultancy firm United Portfolio.