Dr James Helal

Lecturer in Construction Management


Dr 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 computer models that enable the automation and integration of embodied carbon assessment into the early stage structural design of tall buildings. His research on the integrated design of buildings was recently internationally recognised by the Institution of Structural Engineers and awarded the Structures Best Research into Practice prize.

James is the Pathway Coordinator of the construction major in the Bachelor of Design. He is a Lecturer in Construction Management and teaches in the areas of materials, structures and the life cycle assessment of the built environment. His teaching excellence is widely recognised and celebrated. James was recently awarded both the Open Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and the prestigious Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence by the University of Melbourne.

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