School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Veronica joined the University of Adelaide in 1998 after completing a Post-Doctorate Research Associate position at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, USA, and PhD and Master of Architecture degrees from the same university. She is the leader of the Sustainability research group and her research interests span from age-friendly built environment, environmental performance assessments of buildings, building performance simulation, building monitoring, human thermal comfort, to the social dimension of sustainable design.
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Veronica is the leader of the Sustainability research stream at the School and initiated the Environment & Building Research Unit. She also leads the Green Urban Futures research theme of the Environment Institute, and the Sustainable Built Environment research theme of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
Her research interests include:
- Building thermal/energy simulation
- Environmental monitoring
- Sustainable building design and assessments
- Human thermal comfort
- Green space and well-being
- Age-friendly built environment
- Social dimension of sustainability and sustainable design.
Date Position Institution name 2018 - ongoing Professor University of Adelaide 2007 - 2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2000 - 2006 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 1998 - 1999 Lecturer University of Adelaide 1987 - 1990 Architect Han Awal & Partners Architects
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2019 Award IBPSA Fellow International Building Performance Simulation Association Canada 2018 Award Executive Dean's Award - Best Researcher Faculty of The Professions, University of Adelaide Australia 2018 Fellowship ASA Fellow Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) Australia 2017 Award Executive Dean's Research Commendation 2017 Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide Australia 2016 Award Beacon Commendations for the Enhancement and Innovation of Student Learning: Implementing effective HDR Supervisory Practices The University of Adelaide Australia $2,000 2014 Award Executive Dean's Research Award 2014 University of Adelaide Australia AU$2,000 2000 Award Good Teaching Award University of Adelaide Australia 1997 Award IBPSA Outstanding Young Contributor Award 1997 International Building Performance Simulation Associaion USD500
Date Institution name Country Title 1993 - 1996 Texas A&M University United States PhD 1991 - 1992 Texas A&M University United States Master of Architecture 1982 - 1987 University of Indonesia Indonesia B.Arch.Eng.
Report for External Bodies
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.
1997 Soebarto, V. I. (1997). CALIBRATION OF HOURLY ENERGY SIMULATIONS USING HOURLY
MONITORED DATA AND MONTHLY UTILITY RECORDS
FOR TWO CASE STUDY BUILDINGS. International Building Performance Simulation Association.
2022 - 2024
Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery DP220103213 "Developing Resilient Housing for Low Socio-Economic Older People" ($375K), with Terence Williamson, Renuka Visvanathan and Dino Pisaniello.
2021 - 2024
Co-Chief Investigator, ARC Linkage LP200300841 "Determining the social value of extreme, mixed-use urban developments" ($288K). CI: Helen Barrie, University of South Australia, with Debby Faulkner, Ning Gu (UniSA) and David Kroll (University of Adelaide).
2019 - 2020
CSIRO ($20K). Thermal assumptions, behavioural reports planning for (NatHERS) post – 2020, with Terence Williamson.
2018 - 2021
Chief Investigator, ARC Discovery DP180102019 "Improving thermal environment of housing for older Australians" ($413K), with Dino Pisaniello, Alana Hansen, Terence Williamson, Jian Zuo, Renuka Visvanathan, Joost van Hoof.
2019 - 2020
Co-Chief Investigator, SA Health "Citizen Science for Creating a Greener Adelaide" ($25K). CIs: Helen Barrie, Jarrod Lange.
2018 - 2019
Co-Chief Investigator, Office for the Ageing Well "Green Spaces, Public Spaces and Ageing Well" ($25K). CIs: Helen Barrie, Jarrod Lange
Chief Investigator, University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund, "Planning and Design of Public Spaces to Support Ageing Well" ($42K), with Helen Barrie, Renuka Visvanathan, Damith Ranasinghe
Co-Chief Investigator, University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund, "Investigation into The Structural Capacity of Optical Glass with Application to Sustainable Façade Design And Building Technology" ($45K). CI: Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Marina Aburas, Michael Griffith, Tim Zhao
Chief Investigator, University of Adelaide Interdisciplinary Research Fund and Faculty of Professions Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Research Fund,“Scoping Study for Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design in South Australia” ($29K), with Susan Oakley, Jennifer Bonham, Paul Babie
Co-Chief Investigator, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) research “A Framework for Adaptation of Australian Households to Heat Waves” ($468K), CI: Wasim Saman, UniSA.
Co-Chief Investigator, South Australian Government Sector Agreements research “City of Adelaide Urban Heat Island Micro-Climate Study” ($50K). CI: Huade Guan (Flinders University).
Chief Investigator, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan, “Christie Walk Eco City Project: Joint Case Study of APFED Award winning project” ($10K)
Chief Investigator, Faculty Small Grant Research “Investigation of the performance of some ‘sustainable’ wall materials for houses”
2002 – 2005
Chief Investigator 2, Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Research: “Building and Ethics: Understanding a Corpus of Contemporary Australian Award-Winning Houses as Responses to Ecological, Social and Built Contexts”($250K)
2003 – 2004
Co-Chief Investigator, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) research: “Affordability and Sustainability Outcomes of Suburban Development and Master Planned Communities – A Triple Bottom Line Assessment” ($120K)
2021 (sem 2): Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Architectural Acoustics Design Studio.
2013 - current: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Advanced Architecture Technologies
2012 - current: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Environment II
2015-2016: Studio group leader, Architecture Final Project
2015: Co-coordinator, Overseas Experiential Studio (Vanuatu)
2014: Co-coordinator, Design Studio IV (Indonesia)
2012: Coordinator, Architecture Thesis A and B
2010 - 2011: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Sustainable Residential Building Design
2010 - 2011: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Sustainable Commercial Building Design
2006 - 2010: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Technology in Design
2010 - 2012: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Architecture Studio Elective B
2008, 2010: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Architecture Design Studio
1998 - 2009: Course Coordinator, lecturer and tutor, Technology in the Built Environment
1998 - 1999: Studio group leader, Architecture Final Project
1998 - 2006: Lecturer in Architecture Studio IB, IC, II, Architecture Processes, Building Design Studio
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor Determining the Relationships Between Built Environment, Building Performance and Occupant Well-being Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Juliana Croffi Calixto 2019 Principal Supervisor Thermal Comfort and Adaptive Behaviour in Housing in Tropical Climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Siti Aisyah Damiati 2018 Principal Supervisor Pathway to Net Life Cycle Zero Energy Buildings - Filling Gaps in Current National Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hossein Omrany 2018 Principal Supervisor Understanding Comfort and Wellbeing of Older Australians Using Occupant-Centric Models Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Larissa Arakawa Martins 2017 Principal Supervisor Environmental Performance and Impact Assessment of 3D Printed Cob Constructions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohamed Sabry Radwan Mohamed Gomaa 2014 Co-Supervisor Development of A New Methodology for Occupant Thermal Comfort Assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Andrew Stephen Carre 2014 Co-Supervisor Towards A Socially Sustainable Educational Space Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Farjana Rahaman
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Incorporation of Embodied Energy into Building Energy-Efficiency Codes: A Pathway to Life-Cycle Net-Zero Energy Building in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hossein Omrany 2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Holistic Investigation of Robotically-Assisted 3D Printed Cob Walls: From Fabrication to Environmental Impacts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mohamed Sabry Radwan Mohamed Gomaa 2016 - 2020 Principal 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 2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor The Adaptive Reuse Predicament: An Investigation Into Whether Building Regulation is a Key Barrier to Adaptive Reuse of Vacant Office Buildings Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Gillian Armstrong 2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Towards Sustainability in the Chinese Construction Industry: A Transition Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Ruidong Chang 2014 - 2019 Principal 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 - 2018 Co-Supervisor URBAN ICONS: Creative Reuse of Civic Buildings as Exemplars of Ethical Conservation of Architectural Heritage Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Carolyn Wigg 2012 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Energy Independent Residential Development for Dhaka City, Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Rehnuma Parveen 2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor High-rise Residential Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Strategies for Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Practice Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Tahmina Ahsan 2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Thermal Mavericks in Australia: A Study of Occupant Preferences in Dwellings of Atypical Construction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Lyrian Rose Daniel 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Earthship Architecture: post occupancy evaluation, thermal performance and life cycle assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Freney 2011 - 2016 Principal Supervisor How primary schools really work: Architecture, use, and perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Linda Pearce 2010 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Thermal and structural performances of insulated cavity rammed earth wall houses Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xiang Dong 2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Defining Genius Loci and Qualifying Cultural Landscape of the Minahasa Ethnic Community in the North Sulawesi, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Cynthia Erlita Virgin Wuisang 2008 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Green Commercial Office Buildings: Environmental Performance and User Perceptions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Vanessa Menadue 2008 - 2011 Principal 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 2003 - 2005 Co-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 2002 - 2009 Co-Supervisor Architecture and the Politics of Identity in Indonesia A Study of the Cultural History of Aceh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Izziah Hasan 2001 - 2005 Co-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 Co-Supervisor Dimensions of sustainability: Case study of new housing in Adelaide and Hanoi Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Viet Nguyen 1999 - 2008 Co-Supervisor The Spatial Representation of Embodied Energy of Residential Areas in the Urban Environment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Stephen Frederick Pullen
Date Role Membership Country 2015 - ongoing Member NCEUB (Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings) United Kingdom 2015 - ongoing Member ASHRAE United States
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2021 - ongoing Editor Special Issue for Journal of Building Performance Simulation Taylor & Francis United Kingdom 2019 - ongoing Board Member Energy and Buildings Elsevier United Kingdom 2018 - ongoing Board Member Alam Cipta: International Journal on Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice University Putra Malaya Malaysia 2018 - ongoing Editor Special Issue in Energy and Buildings 2015 - ongoing Board Member Journal of Building Performance Simulation 2013 - ongoing Associate Editor Architectural Science Review
Date Office Name Institution Country 2015 - ongoing Director of Research School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Adelaide Australia
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