Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

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 the Course Chair in Building Design. 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation (pp. 609-613).

doi: 10.1109/IV51561.2020.00106

2020 Afzaliseresht, N., Miao, Y., Liu, Q., Teshome, A., & Ye, W. (200901). Investigating cyber alerts with graph-based analytics and narrative visualization Paper presented at Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Visualisation (pp. 521-529).

doi: 10.1109/IV51561.2020.00090

Year Citation
2022 Sen, G., Chau, H. W., Tariq, M. AUR., Muttil, N., & Ng, A. WM. (220101). Achieving sustainability and carbon neutrality in higher education institutions: A review. Sustainability (Switzerland), 14(1),

doi: 10.3390/su14010222

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).

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.

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, Prof Zora Vrcelj, Dr Riccardo Natoli, Dr Melissa Chan, Dr Jonny Bouras
For period: 2021-2022
$593,000
Digital transformation of construction industry for improved quality and safety
From: Victorian Higher Education Strategic Investment Fund
Other investigators: Prof Zora Vrcelj, Prof Yuan Miao, Dr Malindu Sandanayake, Dr Ayad Turky, Dr Hua Wang
For period: 2021-2022
$1,249,911

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, Prof Zora Vrcelj
For period: 2020-2021
$25,000

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

Teaching

Supervision

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 -
Present
Academic Fellow
The University of Melbourne

Awards

Year Award
2018

Teaching Excellence Award - The University of Melbourne