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
2019 Chau, H. -W., Newton, C., Woo, C. MM., Ma, N., Wang, J., & Aye, L. (190123). Design Lessons from Three Australian Dementia Support Facilities In Gou, Z. (Ed.) (pp. 47-60). Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.
2019 Chau, H. -W., Noguchi, M., Ma, N., Woo, C. MM., & Zhou, J. (190123). The Usability Study of a Proposed Environmental Experience Design Framework for Active Ageing In Gou, Z. (Ed.) (pp. 74-89). Basel, Switzerland: MDPI.
2019 Chau, H. -W. (190101). Aged Care Homes (pp. 1-5). Springer International Publishing.

doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_737-1

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 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
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,

doi: 10.1108/IJBPA-04-2020-0031

2019 Noguchi, M., Woo, C. MM., Chau, H. W., Zhou, J., Pianella, A., & Newton, C. (190704). Physical and perceptual gap in indoor environmental quality: a mixed method study of space and users at an aged care facility in Victoria. Architectural Science Review, 62(4), (286-300).

doi: 10.1080/00038628.2019.1614903

2018 Chau, H. W. (181201). Wang shu's design practice and ecological phenomenology. arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, 22(4), (361-370).

doi: 10.1017/S1359135518000684

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.

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 Zora Vrcelj, Dr Elmira Jamei
For period: 2020-2021

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

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