James Helal

Lecturer in Construction Management

Biography

James Helal researches the relationship between life cycle assessment, computational design and the structural optimisation of buildings. His current focus is on the development of software tools and complex computer models that enable the automation and integration of embodied carbon assessment into the early stage structural design of tall buildings.

His interest in structural optimisation was provoked by his industry experience and structural engineering education at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Melbourne. More recently, this interest has expanded into parametric modelling and environmental assessment to create integrated design approaches and frameworks as part of his PhD studies under the supervision and guidance of Dr André Stephan and Dr Robert Crawford.

James has acquired significant experience in teaching and content development across several construction and structural engineering programs at the University of Melbourne. As a Lecturer in Construction Management, James coordinates a core undergraduate subject for the Construction Major in the Bachelor of Design titled CONS10001 Principles of Building and a core postgraduate subject for the Master of Construction Management titled ABPL90324 Materials and Structures. For both these subjects, James has integrated innovative learning approaches, particularly using project-based learning techniques and adaptive online learning modules.

His teaching excellence was recently recognised with the 2019 Open Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning.

Disciplines

Construction

Research directions

Future Cities Practice and Construction Innovation

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