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Find an expert on our database and meet some of our world-leading researchers.

  • Shenuka de Sylva

    Shenuka de Sylva

    Lecturer School of Architecture

    Research areas: Resilient living environments, Rebuilding communities after disaster, Post disaster governance, Vernacular and informal settlements, Culture and context appropriate housing, Traditional knowledge and sustainable practices, Women in architecture, Conservation of coastal fortifications.

  • Prof Marc Aurel Schnabel

    Prof Marc Aurel Schnabel

    Dean Architecture and Design Faculty Office

    Research areas: 1) Virtual & Augmented Environments: Virtual Design Studio, Digital Heritage, Collaborative Digital design, Social network learning, VR, AR, MR 2) Parametric & algorithmic modelling & simulation: Smart City, Wise City, BIM & CIM, Urban form & thermal comfort, Traffic & urban design (UC-Win Road), Real-time simulation (FUZOR) 3) Digital Manga: Digital architectural narratives and visualisation

  • Dr Peter Wood

    Dr Peter Wood

    Senior Lecturer - Architecture School of Architecture

    Research areas: Architectural theory, visual literacy and architecture, New Zealand architecture, architectural education, architectural drawing, the house.

  • Dr Morten Gjerde

    Dr Morten Gjerde

    Head of School School of Architecture

    Research areas: Urban planning and design including long-term management of the built environment; Medium density housing - amenity & design outcomes; Uses of concrete in the built environment

  • Christina Mackay

    Christina Mackay

    Senior Lecturer - Interior Architecture School of Architecture

    Research areas: Sun-shading for UVR protection and skin cancer prevention, past and future interior joinery systems, re-generation of NZ heritage housing.

  • Prof Brenda Vale

    Prof Brenda Vale

    Professorial Research Fellow School of Architecture

    Research areas: Sustainable and zero energy building design, ecological footprinting, resilience and the built environment, prefabrication, history of toys related to architecture.

At a glance

World experts

Victoria has a strong record of research excellence in many areas. Many of our researchers are working at the leading edge of knowledge, including our teams working in organic chemistry, computer science, public law, nanotechnology and superconductors, and Antarctica and climate change.

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Top-ranked university

Victoria is consistently ranked within the top 2% of universities internationally and we are New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality.

We are a global-civic university and our researchers lead thinking on the big questions facing society.

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Kate Macgrath

Our researchers are having a positive impact on the lives and wellbeing of people not just in New Zealand but around the world through innovative and ground-breaking research.

Professor Kate McGrath

Former Vice-Provost (Research)

Research strengths

We have research strengths across a range of disciplines. Find out where our research is having an impact and how it compares with other universities around the world.

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Kate McGrath - former Vice-Provost Research

Connect with our research

Victoria has more than 2,000 active researchers across many fields. Hear our former Vice-Provost (Research) talk about how people, businesses and organisations can connect with them.