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Professor Richard de Dear
IEQ Lab and Director, High Performance Buildings program

Over the last 28 years, Professor Richard de Dear has built a career in the area of human thermal comfort. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and a dozen books and monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his work on the “adaptive model of thermal comfort” that has had the greatest impact, receiving over a thousand citations within the indoor environmental literature (and earning him an H Index of 19).

Which courses does Richard teach?

  Courses taught by Richard;
  • ARCF9001 Modes of Inquiry; Research and Scholarship
  • DESC9067 Mechanical Services
  • DESC9145 Sustaining the built environment
  • DESC9146 Climate, Comfort and Sustainable Design
  • DESC9151 Introduction to Building Services
  • DESC9150 Sustainability Research Project

Associate Professor William Martens
Head of Discipline

William L. Martens received a B.A. in Psychology fromMiami University, Oxford, OH, in 1978, and a Ph.D. inPsychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,in 1991.

He held the position of Associate Professor atthe University of Aizu (1999–2003) and also at McGill Universitywhere he served as Sound Recording Area Chair forthe Schulich School of Music (2003–2008). In 2009 he joinedthe Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney,where he serves as Head of Discipline, Architectural Science.

His research interests include spatial hearing and spatial audiosignal processing, for which he holds several patents, and with regardto which he has contributed to audio product development for corporationssuch as Intel and Creative Technologies.

Which courses does Bill teach?

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Associate Professor Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis is an Associate Professor and Director of the Illumination Design program in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning. She is interested in applications of emerging and next-generation lighting technologies for illumination. Her research also addresses ways to quantify the properties of light sources and illumination that correspond to human visual perception, with a particular focus on colour characteristics.

Which courses does Wendy teach?

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Dr Densil Cabrera

Dr Densil Cabrera is a senior lecturer in Audio and Acoustics in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney. He did his PhD in psychoacoustics at the University of Sydney. Earlier degrees include a Master of Arts (University of Technology, Sydney), Graduate Diploma in Communication (University of Technology, Sydney) and Bachelor of Music (University of Sydney).

Which courses does Densil teach?

  Courses taught by staff member;
  • DESC9011 | Audio Production
  • DESC9133 | Architectural Acoustics Practice
  • DESC9134 | Audio and Acoustics Seminar
  • DESC9135 | Digital Audio Production with ProTools
  • DESC9138 | Architectural and Audio Acoustics

Dr Francesco Fiorito
Associate Supervisor

Francesco, M. Building Engineering PoliBA (2001) and PhD Building Engineering PoliBA (2006), spent his first 10 year of academic career at the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy), where worked, since 2002 as Research Assistant in Building Construction and, since 2007 as lecturer and coordinator the unit of study “Building Components Design” (M. Architectural Engineering).

Which courses does Francesco teach?

  Courses taught by staff member;
  • DESC9169 ǀ Daylight in Buildings
  • DESC9200 ǀ Introduction to Architectural Science
  • DESC9015 ǀ Building Energy Analysis