Notes on Contributors

In: The Translational Design of Universities
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Notes on Contributors

Neda Abbasi

is a Lecturer in Built Environment in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Queensland University (CQU), Sydney campus. She comes from an architecture background holding a Master of Architectural Engineering from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran, Iran, and has worked as a Research Fellow and Project Manager for five years, in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University. Her research interest focuses on architecture, design and construction pedagogy and spaces and places of learning and teaching i.e. planning, design and post occupancy evaluation of educational environments. Following a Master thesis and project titled “The Youth House” which explored adolescents’ psychological needs and preferences for different natural and built environments, she conducted her PhD research in the University of Melbourne titled “Pathways to Better Personal and Social Life through Learning Spaces’ which examined contributions of school design to adolescent identity formation. She was involved in the development of a Tool for Evaluation of Academic Library Spaces (TEALS) in Deakin University (2011–2012) and has been conducting evaluation of academic library spaces since 2011 i.e. evaluation of Deakin University library at Burwood Campus (2011), University of Queensland libraries at St Lucia Campus (2012–2013) and University of Canberra library (2015). She has worked as the project manager and/or researcher on a number of projects funded by Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) i.e. Teaching and Assessing Team Learning in Architecture and Design-related Contexts (2011–2014), Global Canopy (2014–2016), and Building Resilience in Construction Graduates (2015–2016). In CQU, currently she is leading a project on Best Practice in Online Delivery of Architecture and Building Design Studios (2017–present).

Ronald Beckers

is a senior lecturer in facility management at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He holds a PhD in building planning and development from the University of Twente. His research focuses on the added value of corporate real estate and facilities on core processes of organisations, by aligning the working and learning environments with organisational and societal developments. Before he joined the HAN University of Applied Sciences, he was a consultant in the field of facility management and corporate real estate management. He can be contacted at

Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel

is a research fellow at the University of Delft specialising in corporate real estate. She is a co-author of Campuses, Cities and Innovation (2017). Beginning as a graphic designer she was later educated as an architect and was inspired by the cities and cultures she has experienced around the world. Flavia was born and grew up in La Guajira, a Caribbean region in Colombia. She moved to Bogotá to study Architecture within an outstanding Faculty of Arts, where she developed a passion for illustration. After working for four years as a designer she moved to the Netherlands in 2008 to pursue a masters education in Real Estate & Housing. In 2010, she obtained the degree of MSc at TU Delft. She is a research fellow in the University of Delft research centre on Before and while working in her PhD research, Flavia performed graphic design works for the department of MBE, including the design of the dissertation “Managing the university campus”, posters, research reports and marketing brochures for education and research.

Mollie Dollinger

is a PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education. She is a higher education researcher studying student co-creation and the higher education student experience. Mollie has earned a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Arizona and Master’s of Science from Indiana University. She has previously worked at Sichuan International Studies University in Chongqing, China.

Robert A. Ellis

is a Professor and Dean (Learning and Teaching) across six faculties at Griffith University, Australia. Previously, he was the inaugural Director of eLearning at the University of Sydney and Associate Professor in the Institute for Teaching and Learning. He is a coordinating editor for Higher Education and co-series editor of Understanding Teaching and Learning Practice, both with Springer. He has been an Australian Research Council researcher since 2005, investigating quality in learning and teaching, the student experience of technology-enhanced learning and learning environments. His research program comprises over 80 journal, book and conference publications, aimed at making a meaningful social and disciplinary contribution to education and its participants through translational research outcomes.

Kenn Fisher

practices both as a research academic and as an education/health planner as he seeks to link the development of research with practice through the concept of translational design. This is modelled on the evidence based design of health environments which itself derives from clinical medical research practice. As an Associate Professor in Learning Environments in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at The University of Melbourne Kenn has been involved for the past seven years in AU$5million worth of research projects for the Australian Research Council Linkage/Discovery and the Australian Government’s Office of Learning and Teaching in the planning, design and use of new generation learning environments. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals and books, and has supervised and examined numerous doctoral candidates. As an Educational & Health Planning Consultant (0.5) he operates as a strategic facility planner involved in masterplanning, learning environment and workplace academy planning and brief writing internationally, having worked in France, the UK, USA, Italy, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.

Barry J. Fraser

is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s and Co-editor of Brill Sense’s book series He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Education, American Educational Research Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Australian College of Educators and Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Jacov Haina

is an architect and teaches Architectural Design in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. His master’s thesis dealt with the design of the University of the Future. He is currently completing a second master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Haifa. His current research includes the history of university architecture in Israel.

Rifca Hashimshony

is an architect and an associate professor in the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. For many years she was assistant dean and deputy dean in charge of undergraduate studies. She teaches various design studios, and was involved in an international project initiated by Professor Alexander Tzonis of TU Delft, dealing with the design of the University of the Future. Among her research interests are the future of higher education, scientific education for young children, and building conservation. (Biography at the time of the first publication of the chapter in 2006.)

Leah Irving

has a PhD in Education, a Master’s degree in Professional Education and Training, a Master’s degree in Art (Visual Art) and a Bachelor’s degree in Art. For the past ten years Leah has held positions at Curtin University associated with learning design and development utilising technologies that include virtual worlds, 3D game environments, Alternate Reality Games and Augmented Reality. Prior to this she held similar positions in the K-12 and TAFE sectors. Leah’s current position as Creative Learning Developer is with Curtin University’s Learning Futures team within Curtin Learning and Teaching where she manages the development of a bespoke Challenge-based learning platform and works across the university on creative learning solutions.

Leah has a particular interest in augmented and virtual reality as learning mediators and has combined this interest with the university’s commitment to integrate Indigenous Australian culture in learning and teaching. She has been successful in a number of eScholar research grants at Curtin University. One of these examined the efficacy for location-based augmented reality to embed cultural stories of the Wadjuk Noongar peoples in the urbanised landscape with the purpose of raising awareness of Indigenous Australian culture in a university setting. Her current project builds on this prior research to explore the cultural significance of the Curtin University Bentley campus for the Wadjuk Noongar peoples through augmented reality, a 3D simulation of the Bentley campus and digitised cultural artefacts turning the entire Curtin campus into a learning landscape.

Alejandra Torres-Landa Lopez

is an architect with a Master’s Degree as a Teacher in Higher Education and a PhD in Anthropic Environment Science. The latter is where architecture is analyzed from the point of view of Anthropological Architecture of Nold Egenter). Dr Lopez has been working at the Autonomous University of Agauacalientes in Mexico since 1995 as a teacher and a researcher and throughout these years she has seen the impact buildings and information technology (IT) have in human activities. So, after her PhD studies (2014) Dr Lopez chose to focus on how educational infrastructure and IT are analyzed to identify the influence they have in teaching and learning in architecture. She also studies how space itself responds to new educational paradigms. In focusing on learning environments Dr Lopez teaches both bachelor and graduate students, in face to face programs as well as blended learning and online. She has also been teaching faculty members how to become online teachers, showing them how to work in the virtual space of an educational platform (Moodle) but mainly helping them change from a traditional teaching paradigm to a new one.

Marian Mahat

is the lead Research Fellow of the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change (ILETC) project at The University of Melbourne. As the Research Manager, she oversees all research activities and the dissemination of project findings including the management of Research Fellows and graduate researchers. Marian has over twenty years of professional and academic experience, spanning several Australian universities, the Australian Federal and local governments, as well as the private sector. Highly proficient in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, she has worked on collaborative projects, written numerous publications and presented in conferences in education. Her research focus is in student learning and outcomes in different learning and teaching contexts.

Saadia Majeed

completed her Doctoral studies in the Department of Management at Monash University. She currently works as a Research Analyst in Learning Space Innovation in the Office of the DVC & VP (Education). She holds a double Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Disaster Management. Her past research primarily concentrated on disaster risk management, policy and planning. She also worked developing an integrated governance approach to disaster risk management which is especially applicable in Bangladesh but also has the potential for wider application in other disaster-prone regions.

Jacqueline Pizzuti-Ashby

is a researcher and educator who is intrigued by the transactional relationship between people and place. she studied this dynamic over 12 years resulting in an award-winning dissertation “Designing for the future: A post-occupancy evaluation of the Peter Jones Learning Centre”. Jaqueline is an international speaker on campus ecology and environmental design and facilitates workshops and presentations on designing spaces for creativity and innovation. She believes in the creative life and better understanding the connections we have to each other and our surrounding milieu. She also believes in giving a damn and high-fives that makes her palm tingle – and that a hearty laugh is priceless. Jacqueline is currently a project manager in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, assisting the Department of Family Practice in examining and redesigning its current clinical education placement model. Responsible for developing and administrating an environmental scan tool that assesses the current clinical education placement model in Family Practice and in the other UBC Health Professional programs; conducting a literature review; completing the thematic analysis and data synthesis; and developing distributed clinical education placement models to pilot in a proposed phase 2 of the project.

Leanne Rose-Munro

is an educator, researcher and passionate about innovative learning spaces that offer enhanced opportunity for participation. Her research skills are evaluating innovative learning environments and the design affordances that enable inclusion in learning opportunities. After working in Education for 18 years, and becoming a member of the Melbourne University LEARN team, she started Learning Space Consultancy. Leanne’s research interests are underpinned by Success Case Methodology (Brinkerhoff 2005) which accounts for performance management systems and the role that learning plays in it to achieve results. This has lead to theory building regarding policy and governance and the impact on the individual. In 2012, Leanne was a major contributor towards the Government Draft Standards Committee for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Victoria that formulated hearing accessibility standards for learning spaces. In 2016 Leanne was appointed as Manager Learning Spaces at Monash University. In this role she evaluated higher education learning environments and identified design affordances that positively impact learning and teaching. Through leading design development initiatives and strategic thinking Leanne supported a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders involved in major learning space developments. Leading collaborations with a very talented interdisciplinary team has enabled the delivery of innovative future focussed on-campus buildings that are world leaders. In 2018 Leanne was appointed Program Director, STEMM Hub and Life Science Precinct, Major Projects Chancellery, The University of Melbourne. Using evidence-based inputs gained in prototyping and post-occupancy evaluations Leanne now provides design advice to stakeholders and senior decision-makers in University Major Projects. This work involves designing and developing project management strategy, enabling high performing teams, developing risk mitigation strategy with a focus on enabling transformational change.

Mahmoud Reza Saghafi

is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism at the Art University of Isfahan. He has 20 years’ experience in international teaching, research and management experience as an academic member resulting in innovative teaching approaches, research led educational design and maximising student learning. Since acquiring his doctorate, he has had ten publications focusing on blended design studio education. Mahmoud also has 23 years of industry practice in architectural design which ran parallel to his academic career. His thesis was published as a book entitled (LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2013).

Panayiotis Skordi

is a Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, USA. He teaches statistics for which he has won outstanding teacher awards. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Ji Yu

has recently received her doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge. She holds an MA in education from Beijing Normal University and a BA in engineering from Tongji University in China. Her PhD thesis focuses on the relationships between learning space and student learning in higher education. The project adopted an evidence-based approach using mixed methods. She is particularly interested in incorporating contemporary student learning theories to explore the educative value of emerging new generation learning environments. She was a research assistant at Beijing Academy of Educational Sciences and project management assistant for UNICEF Child-Friendly School Project in China.