School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Terry Williamson was educated in engineering and architecture in Australia, and is Associate Professor of the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Adelaide. He has taught, researched and published in areas of energy, thermal performance and sustainability related to the built environment, and is the author (or co-author) of over one hundred publications including books, journal articles and conference papers.
Dr Williamson's earlier research was concerned with the basic issue of providing relevant design advice for improving the thermal and environmental performance of buildings. He developed a variety of research tools and techniques to provide information to backup arguments regarding these issues including, computer simulation software, householder surveys and interviews, the recording of occupant behaviour (eg. Comfort Vote Logger) and building performance monitoring (eg temperature and energy consumption).
An ARC Discovery project awarded in 2002 Building and Ethics: Understanding A Corpus of Contemporary Australian Award-Winning Houses as Responses to Ecological, Social and Built Contexts broadened research interests into the general area of the design of sustainable building. Early output of this research was a book Understanding Sustainable Architecture (Williamson, Radford & Bennetts, 2003) which is a concise review of the assumptions, beliefs, goals and bodies of knowledge that underlie the endeavour to design environmentally (more) sustainable buildings and other built developments. It shows that much of the available advice and rhetoric about sustainable architecture begins from positions where important ethical, cultural and conceptual issues are simply assumed.
Recent and continuing research has concentrated on two issues. First, data has been collected with the objective of corroborating the operation of the Building Code of Australia's energy-efficiency provisions, in particular the effectiveness of the NatHERS Star Rating Scheme for dwellings. In 2004 Terry made a major submission to the Productivity Commission's enquiry into Energy-efficiency in the Australian economy. Subsequent papers have also investigated this issue and questioned the efficacy of the scheme.
The second research area concerns the urban mirco-climate. In collaboration with Dr Evyatar Erell of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel the urban mirco-climate model CAT has been developed and evaluated on the basis of field measurements. The model predicts hourly air temperature in an urban street canyon for extended periods in a variety of weather conditions, on the basis of meteorological time series recorded at an open site exposed to the same meso-scale conditions, taking into account the geometry of the two sites and the thermal properties of their respective surface materials. This model is used to study design implications in relation building energy consumption associated with factors such urban density and street geometry.
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2009 Research Award IBPSA Award for Distinguished Service to Building Simulation
Date Institution name Country Title Monash University Australia Bachelor of Engineering University of Melbourne Australia Bachelor of Architecture University of Adelaide Australia PhD
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2008 Grant, E. M. (2008). Towards Safer and more Congruent Prison Environments for Aboriginal Prisoners: A South Australian Study.. (PhD Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
Year Citation 2021 Soebarto, V., Bennetts, H., Arakawa Martins, L., van Hoof., Visvanathan, R., Hansen, A., . . . Zuo, J. (2021). Thermal Comfort at Home: A guide for older South Australians. The University of Adelaide.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Co-Supervisor Finding the Most Suitable Machine Learning Method to Anticipate Actual Occupancy Adaptive Behaviours in Older People with Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds Concerning Wellbeing and Comfort Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Shadi Jami al Ahmadi 2019 Co-Supervisor Thermal Comfort and Adaptive Behaviour in Housing in Tropical Climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Siti Aisyah Damiati 2019 Co-Supervisor Thermal Comfort and Adaptive Behaviour in Housing in Tropical Climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Siti Aisyah Damiati 2018 Co-Supervisor Understanding Comfort and Wellbeing of Older Australians Using Occupant-Centric Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Larissa Arakawa Martins 2014 Principal Supervisor Development of A New Methodology for Occupant Thermal Comfort Assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew Stephen Carre
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Smart building façades using nanoparticle thermochromic technology:
From fabrication to implementation
Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Miss Marina Aburas 2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Understanding Thermal Comfort and Wellbeing of Older South Australians Using Occupant-Centric Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Larissa Arakawa Martins 2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Addressing the relationships between ageing, thermal comfort, house design and health: A study in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Rachel Desley Bills 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Energy Independent Residential Development for Dhaka City, Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Rehnuma Parveen 2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Thermal Mavericks in Australia: A Study of Occupant Preferences in Dwellings of Atypical Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time APrf Lyrian Rose Daniel 2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor High-rise Residential Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Strategies for Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Tahmina Ahsan 2011 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Earthship Architecture: post occupancy evaluation, thermal performance and life cycle assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Freney 2011 - 2016 Co-Supervisor How primary schools really work: Architecture, use, and perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Linda Pearce 2008 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Development of A Sustainability Assessment Framework for Malaysian Office Buildings Using A Mixed- Methods Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Zalina Shari 2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Green Commercial Office Buildings: Environmental Performance and User Perceptions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Vanessa Menadue 2007 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Spatio-Temporal Indoor Human Exposures in Homes Affected by Chemical-Contaminated Soil and Groundwater Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Leonid Turczynowicz 2003 - 2005 Principal Supervisor Building Climatology and Thermal Comfort Thermal Environments and Occupant (Comfort) Responses in Philippine Office Buildings Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mary Andamon 2003 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Towards Safer and Congruent Prison Environments for Male Aboriginal Prisoners Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Elizabeth Grant 2001 - 2005 Principal Supervisor PREDICTING AIR TEMPERATURES IN CITY STREETS ON THE BASIS OF MEASURED REFERENCE DATA Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Evyatar Erell 2000 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Dimensions of sustainability: Case study of new housing in Adelaide and Hanoi Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Viet Nguyen 1999 - 2008 Principal Supervisor The Spatial Representation of Embodied Energy of Residential Areas in the Urban Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Stephen Frederick Pullen
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