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Lecturer in Construction and Property, The University of Melbourne

Dr Timothy O’Leary is an RICS teaching and research academic in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning and Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. His research, teaching and industry collaborations cover the fields of Construction and Property Development, Low Carbon, Smart and Sustainable Buildings and Building Information Modelling (BIM). He holds a Masters of Architecture degree from UNISA as well as PHd in the area of Sustainable Energy Engineering of Buildings. He has worked in the Australian Collaborative Research Centre(CRC) for Low carbon living, on climate change adaption strategies for the built environment as well as major Australian Research Council (ARC) funded collaborative project on achieving greater lifetime affordability of housing in Australia. He is a past state chairman of the South Australian RICS Oceania branch.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Construction and Property, University of Melbourne


  • 2016 
    University of South Australia, PhD
  • 2008 
    University of South Australia, Master of Architecture


  • 2018
    ANZAScA Proceedings, ‘Investigating equivalence in compliance pathways to Australian housing energy efficiency’, 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) , RMIT, Melbourne, 28 Nov – 1st Dec 2018
  • 2018
    SEB Gold Coast, . ' Economic Case for Simulated Thermal Energy Improvements to Existing Older South Australian Houses', International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-18, Gold Coast Australia, June 2018
  • 2018
    ASBN, Planning, Building, Living the Dream : Owners Perspectives of Building more sustainable homes in South Australia
  • 2017
    Procedia Engineering, . 'Cost benefit analysis of simulated thermal energy improvements made to existing older South Australian houses', Procedia engineering, vol. 180, pp. 272-281
  • 2016
    Energy and Buildings , 'Comparing the energy performance of Australian houses using NatHERS modelling against measured household energy consumption for heating and cooling', Energy and Buildings, vol. 119, pp. 173 - 182.
  • 2016
    PhD Thesis, Industry adoption of 6 star energy regulations and energy disclosure models for Australian housing
  • 2015
    Energy and Buildings , 'Review and evaluation of using household metered energy data for rating of building thermal efficiency of existing buildings', Energy and Buildings, vol. 108, pp. 433-440.

Professional Memberships

  • Past State Chairman (SA) Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, current VIC/TAS Regional Engagement Board member
  • Engineers Australia (Australian Cost Engineering Society)

Research Areas

  • Building Science And Techniques (120202)
  • Architectural Design (120101)
  • Other Built Environment And Design (1299)
  • Building Construction Management And Project Planning (120201)
  • Quantity Surveying (120203)