Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainability and Built Environment
  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design
  • Design for ageing and inclusive design
  • Design for health and wellbeing

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Hing-Wah Chau

Dr Hing-Wah Chau is an Academic Teaching Scholar in Built Environment. Before joining Victoria University in 2019, Dr Chau taught architectural design at the University of Melbourne at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for eight years (2011-2019).

He completed his doctoral research and the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

He received the Teaching Excellence Award at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne in 2018.

His research interests lie in sustainable built environment, architectural and urban design, design for ageing and inclusive design, as well as design for health and wellbeing.

He has published numerous refereed journal articles, refereed conference papers and book chapters.

Dr Chau received his architectural education in Hong Kong. He has more than ten years of professional practice experience in Hong Kong as a registered architect in an interdisciplinary environment involving in various projects from small public structures and public housing to large infrastructure.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture), The University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Certificate in University of Teaching, The University of Melbourne
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Laws, The University of London
  • Master of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong

Key publications

Year Citation
2021 Chau, H. -W., & Geng, S. (210101). Analysis of Economic Activities in Urban Villages: Case Studies in Guangzhou, China (pp. 131-149). Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-33-4631-4_8

2021 Jamei, E., Chau, H. -W., & Dhabhalabutr, K. (210101). Case Study Approach in Tackling Environmental, Physical and Social Sustainability in Bangkok (pp. 45-62). Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-33-4631-4_4

Year Citation
2020 Chau, H. -W. (201013). Community-based Studios for enhancing Students Awareness of Universal Design Principles Centre for Universal Design, Griffith University.
2020 Geng, S., Chau, H. -W., & Yan, S. (200901). Identify and Elucidating Urban Village Essentials Through Remodeling and Visualising a Social Housing Prototype in Guangzhou for Sustainable Residential Development in China Paper presented at 2020 24th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV). IEEE.

doi: 10.1109/iv51561.2020.00106

2020 Chau, H. -W., Geng, S., & Noguchi, M. (200101). Understanding Urban Villages in China with Three Case Studies in Guangzhou In Kim, J. -T;. (Ed.), Paper presented at ZEMCH 2019 International Conference Proceedings (pp. 181-194). Seoul, Korea: ZEMCH Network.

Year Citation
2021 Jamei, E., Chau, H. W., Seyedmahmoudian, M., & Stojcevski, A. (211015). Review on the cooling potential of green roofs in different climates. Science of the Total Environment, 791

doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148407

2021 Jamei, E., Ahmadi, K., Chau, H. W., Seyedmahmoudian, M., Horan, B., & Stojcevski, A. (210502). Urban design and walkability: Lessons learnt from iranian traditional cities. Sustainability (Switzerland), 13(10),

doi: 10.3390/su13105731

2020 Li, M., Chau, H. W., & Aye, L. (200914). Biophilic design features in vernacular architecture and settlements of the naxi. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 44(2), (188-203).

doi: 10.3846/jau.2020.13266

2020 Chau, H. -W., Newton, C., Yan, S., & Geng, S. (200101). Makerspaces: Analysis and Design Strategies. Nordic Journal of Architectural Research, 2 (37-62).
2020 Geng, S., Chau, H. W., Yan, S., Zhang, W., & Zhang, C. (200101). Comparative analysis of hospital environments in Australia and China using the space syntax approach. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, 39(3), (525-546).

doi: 10.1108/IJBPA-04-2020-0031

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Digital transformation of construction industry for improved quality and safety
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Dr Zora Vrcelj, Dr Melissa Chan, Prof Yuan Miao, Dr Malindu Sandanayake, Miss Sudha Subramani, Dr Hongen Lu, Dr Ayad Turky, Dr Teen onn Law, Dr Hua Wang
For period: 2021-2022
Social Value Creation for Transport and Infrastructure
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Dr Malindu Sandanayake, Dr Xiaocui Lou, Dr Elmira Jamei, Aspr David Goodwin, Dr Zora Vrcelj, Dr Riccardo Natoli, Dr Melissa Chan, Dr Jonny Bouras
For period: 2021-2022

Quantifying and Optimising the Impact of Green Roof Coverage on UHI, Energy Consumption and Outdoor Comfort
From: Green our Rooftop Research Grant
Other investigators: Dr Elmira Jamei, Dr Zora Vrcelj
For period: 2020-2021

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience



Co-supervision of 1 PhD student, 5 master research students (The University of Melbourne).

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jul 2016 - Present
Academic Fellow
The University of Melbourne
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jul 2016 -
Academic Fellow
The University of Melbourne


Year Award

Teaching Excellence Award - The University of Melbourne