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Lab Leaders

Dr Silvia Tavares

Silvia is an urban designer with a background in architecture, urbanism, and building and city science. She co-leads UniSC’s Bioclimatic and Sociotechnical Cities Lab (BASC Lab) and is chief investigator in several projects focused on improving urban climate through design and planning. These projects aim to inform strategies related to human thermal comfort, green infrastructure, public health, and climate change impacts. Before UniSC, Silvia worked at James Cook University in Australia, Lincoln University in New Zealand, the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development in Germany, and at the Universidade Federal do Tocantins in Brazil.

Email: stavares@usc.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 5456 5884

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Silvia Tavares
Dr Nicholas Stevens

Nicholas Stevens is a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner. He is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where he leads the Land Use Planning and Urban Design Research Theme. His recent research explores the concept of Sociotechnical Urbanism and the application of Ergonomics and Human Factors methods to the perennial problems of Urban Planning. Nicholas has also published widely in the areas of airport and regional land use development, examining the concepts of the Airport City and Aerotropolis.

Email: nstevens@usc.edu.au

Phone: +61 7 5459 4453

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Nicholas Stevens
Dr Gregor Mews

Dr Gregor Mews is a multiple award-winning urban designer and academic. His philosophy is based on sustainment of healthy urban development with humanities collective bio-history in mind. Mews has led local, national and international research projects in the nexus of urban design and health, place-making, public space, co-design with impact. He has been an Urban Thinker voice for UN-Habitats World Urban Campaign and strategically advocates for vulnerable population groups with impact transcending boundaries across the Global North and South.

Email: gmews@usc.edu.au 

Phone: +61 7 5459 4683

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PhD Candidate

Ryan McNeilly Smith

Ryan is a planner and urban designer working across research and practice. He is a PhD student with USC, where he is investigating bioclimatic urban design and urban microclimates. His research has a real-world focus on the development of urban design policy solutions to mitigate extreme heat health-risks in Queensland. Ryan’s professional and research interests sit at the intersection of land-use planning and urban design, resilience and disaster management. With experience in government and private practice, Ryan also holds a position with a planning, resilience and adaptation advisory firm.

PhD research project: Bioclimatic urban design policy for improved microclimates in the public realm: A case study of extreme heat mitigation in Queensland

Email: ryan.mcneillysmith@research.usc.edu.au

Ryan McNeilly Smith

Research Fellows

Majed Abu Seif

Majed is an architect and landscape architect with an intensive background in urban planning, interior design, and building and city science (Registered chief of architects in Jordan, graduate architect in Australia, and international landscape architect in the American society of landscape architect). His research focuses on green infrastructure, energy and environmental performance, indoor and outdoor thermal performance, and smart technology applications in the built environment. Majed is also developing a smart green infrastructure technology to connect the green infrastructure with smart city models and increase its sustainability and performance.

Email: mabuseif@usc.edu.au 

Majed Abu Seif
Dr Soha Matour

Soha received her PhD degree in Architecture from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2022. Her PhD dissertation focussed on the design of an innovative Double Skin Facade for improving thermal performance and natural ventilation of tall buildings’ facades in warm climates. Her research interests and publications centre on natural ventilation, indoor and outdoor thermal comfort, energy-efficient buildings, and climate change impacts. Soha has extensive experience in using computer simulation tools in urban and building scales such as Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Building Energy Simulation (BES) and microclimate simulation. Since 2019, Soha has been involved in teaching and lecturing in passive design architecture courses at QUT and has experience as Energy Efficiency Engineer in an energy consultancy firm. She is currently appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSC) where she investigates the climate responsive design and urban heat island effect (UHI) through three-dimensional microclimate simulation tool (ENVI-met). She is also an active member of The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) and was nominated as a finalist for the AIRAH Awards, Student of the year-Higher education in 2021.

Email: smatour@usc.edu.au 

Soha Matour

Jiawei Fu

Jiawei Fu is a Visiting Scholat in the BASC Lab and a full-time PhD candidate at James Cook University. Jiawei has a background in Landscape Architecture and her research interests encompass urban green space and urban microclimate. The central theme of her current PhD research is ‘how the spatial distribution of vegetation influences microclimate and human thermal comfort in urban streets’.

Email: jfu@usc.edu.au