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Dr Gregory Chawynski PhD, MEng, BTech

Senior Lecturer

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


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Swinburne University of Technology (2004)
  • Master of Engineering - Swinburne University of Technology (2000)
  • Bachelor of Technology - Swinburne University of Technology (1997)

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 2 1

Research Outputs


Bramantino, A., Chawynski, G., Phipps, R., Corinne, M., & Rasheed, E. (2018). Monitoring of a low-energy home in New Zealand: A case study of a Christchurch superhome. Journal of Building Survey, Appraisal & Valuation. 7(3), 275-287
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Phipps, R., 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., & McManus, K. (2003). Study of a Ventilated Prototype Structure. The International Journal of Ventilation. 2(2), 135-148
[Journal article]Authored by: Chawynski, G.


Kahandawa, R., Domingo, N., Chawynski, G., & Uma, SR. (2020). Factors impacting post-earthquake damage repair cost estimations.
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Chawynski, G., Domingo, N.
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. (2002). Passive Ventilation of a Prototype Structure. Presented at Urban Infrastructure National Engineering Forum 2002. Brisbane, 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.

Teaching and Supervision

Teaching Statement

Currently Lecturing in 218.150, 218.151, 218.340, 218.810

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 3 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Vineet Arya - Doctor of Philosophy
    A wholistic assessment of new “to code” and “above code” homes in Christchurch
  • Alex Goryachev - Doctor of Philosophy
    Holistic LCA assessment of 25 “to code” and 25 “above code” new homes built in Christchurch
  • Ravindu Kahandawa Appuhamillage - Doctor of Philosophy
    Post-earthquake cost and time estimation model for commercial properties

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