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Dr Gregory Chawynski BTech, GradCertEng, PhD, MEng, DipMEEC, NZIOB

Senior Lecturer

Doctoral Co-Supervisor
School of Built Environment

Gregory has over twenty years' experience in both the Australian and New Zealand building industry and has held various positions within industry organisations on a board level and on trusts.  He is currently a Northern Chapter Board Member with the New Zealand Institute of Building.

He is a Past; Secretary and President of the New Zealand Institute of Building (Central Chapter - Wellington), President of the Manawatu Registered Master Builders Association, and Board Member of the New Zealand Institute of Building (Southern Chapter - Christchurch).

His experience includes single and multi-storey residential buildings, shopping centres, Department of Defence projects, university campuses, transportation, residential, high-rise, airport projects, private schools, prison work, banks, racecourses and pharmaceutical.

Senior Lecturer in Construction Management. Gregory has a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. He has held a number of key appointments including governance roles on boards and trusts. He brings a wealth of practical experience to the School of Built Environment that aligns well with his research interests and lectures.

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Contact details

  • Ph: 0212110206
    Location: Level 3, Room 3.41, Quad Block A (QA)
    Campus: Albany


  • Bachelor of Technology - Swinburne University of Technology (1997)
  • Graduate Certificate of Engineering in Construction Management - Swinburne University of Technology (1999)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Swinburne University of Technology (2004)
  • Master of Engineering - Swinburne University of Technology (2000)
  • Diploma of Managerial Excellence in Engineering & Construction - NZ Institute of Management in association with The Academy of Constructing Excellence (NZ) Ltd (2008)

Fellowships and Memberships

  • Member, New Zealand Institute of Building (Full) (2006)

Certifications and Registrations

  • Licence, Co-Supervisor, Massey University

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Research interests:

1. Monitoring new homes that have been rated using green rating tools.
2. Health & safety & well-being issues that are confronting the building industry.

Research Opportunities

  • "Monitoring new homes that have been rated using Green Rating Tools"  (19/03/2018) I am looking for students to assist me in monitoring new homes in Auckland and Christchurch using Green Rating Tools.
  • Safety & Health and Well-being in Construction  (19/08/2019) We all have a responsibility to staying safe whilst at work. This also includes looking after our physical and mental health.


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Built Environment And Design (120000)

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 2

Research Outputs


Kahandawa, RKAVD., Domingo, ND., Chawynski, G., & Uma, SR. (2021). Earthquake damage repair loss estimation in new zealand: What other variables are essential based on experts’ opinions?. Buildings. 11(9)
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Domingo, N.
Hudson, FS., Sutrisna, M., & Chawynski, G. (2021). A certification framework for managing the risks of non-compliance and non-conformance building products: a Western Australian perspective. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation. 39(2), 312-343
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Sutrisna, M.
Jelodar, MB., van Heerden, A., & Chawynski, S. (2020). An interdisciplinary perspective of conflict and relationships in construction procurement and logistics. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management. 10(1), 30-45
[Journal article]Authored by: Babaeianjelodar, M., Chawynski, G., van Heerden, A.
Armiento, B., Chawynski, G., Phipps, R., Mandin, C., & Rasheed, E. (2018). Monitoring of a low-energy home in New Zealand: A case study of a Christchurch superhome. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal and Valuation. 7(3), 275-287 Retrieved from https://www.henrystewartpublications.com/jbsav/v7
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Rasheed, E.Contributed to by: Chawynski, G.
Chawynski, G. (2017). Preparing expert witness documents to support earthquake affected insurance policy holders in Christchurch, New Zealand. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation. 5(4), 362-368
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G.
Chawynski, G., & Naser, J. (2011). A qualitative ventilation model for prototype cavity structure. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. 26(5), 629-648
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G.
Chawynski, G., Naser, J., & Kerry McManus, AM. (2003). Study of a ventilated prototype structure. International Journal of Ventilation. 2, 135-148
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G.


Malaila, CP., Burger, M., van Heerden, A., & Chawynski, G.Inner City Development for Kids in South Africa: A Jewel City Mixed Use Precinct Case Study Approach. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems. (pp. 536 - 542). 2367-3370.
[Conference]Authored by: Chawynski, G., van Heerden, A.
van Heerden, A., Chawynski, G., Bartolo-Doblas, J., & Burger, M.The Construction Professional’s Kanohi Kē: The Road to Purpose-Fit Selection for New Zealand. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems. (pp. 273 - 280). 2367-3370.
[Conference]Authored by: Chawynski, G., van Heerden, A.
Pfungwamalaila, C., Burger, M., Van Heerden, AH., & Chawynski, G.A literature review: Accommodating kids in inner city developments. IMCIC 2021 - 12th International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics, Proceedings. (pp. 88 - 92).
[Conference]Authored by: Chawynski, G., van Heerden, A.
Kahandawa, R., Domingo, N., Chawynski, G., & Uma, SR. (2021). Factors impacting post-earthquake damage repair cost estimations.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Domingo, N.
Kahandawa, R., Domingo, N., Chawynski, G., & Um, SR. (2019). Investigation into the Factors Affecting Costs of Earthquake Damage Repair Work. Poster session presented at the meeting of QuakeCoRE
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Chawynski, G.
Kahandawa, KARVD., Domingo, ND., Chawynski, G., & Park, KS. (2017). A review on time estimation methods for post-earthquake damage repair of buildings. Faculty of Architecture Research Unit (FARU) Proceedings 2017. Vol. 1 (pp. 212 - 224). : 10th International Built Environment Research Conference: “Design that cares” multi disciplinary approaches to creating sustainable and meaningful built environments
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Domingo, N.
Chawynski, G., McManus, K., Naser, J., & others, .Passive Ventilation of a Prototype Structure. . Institution of Engineers, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Chawynski, G.


Chawynski, G. (2017, November). A presentation from New Zealand - comfortable, energy efficient homes. In Centre for Sustainable Infrastructure, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Chawynski, G.


Chawynski, G. (2004). Thermal Performance of a Cavity Wall Enclosure. (Master's Thesis)
[Masters Thesis]Authored by: Chawynski, G.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Currently Lecturing in 218.150, 218.151, 218.340, 218.810

Courses Coordinated

  • 218.720 Advanced Construction Site Operations and Control

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 2 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Alex Goryachev - Doctor of Philosophy
    Holistic Life-Cycle Assessment of code-compliant and high-performance new stand-alone homes built in New Zealand
  • Ravindu Kahandawa Appuhamillage - Doctor of Philosophy
    Cost Estimation Model for Earthquake Damage Repair in New Zealand