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dr. peter graham - Professor & director smart low-carbon built environments – swinburne institute for social Research & Executive Director, global buildings performance network, an international ngo addressing the Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from the buildings sector. he has more than 15 years experience in international advocacy, Research and Education in sustainable building design, construction, evaluation and Policy. he has been the technical Advisor and past Coordinator of the united nations environment programme’s (unep) sustainable buildings and climate initiative ( where he developed and managed many of unep’s key Research projects and Publications in the building sector. he was also head of discipline for architecture & design at the University of new south wales, sydney, australia and technologies stream-Leader in the architecture program at unsw. he began his academic Career at rmit as Lecturer in sustainable construction. recent work includes reports and web-platform supporting international collaboration to improve building Energy codes for the g20 and major economies forum, and contributing author to ipcc ar5 working group 3 buildings chapter, the global Energy assessment, unep emissions gap report, and contributor to drafting the un Sustainable development goals. he also led the content development, organizational Strategy and implementation Planning for the paris cop21 buildings day and global alliance for buildings and construction. he holds a bachelor degree in construction management, a masters degree in Applied science and a phd in architecture. peter's first book "building Ecology: first principles for a sustainable built environment" was published in 2003 by blackwell. peter has also been an environmental activist with the surfrider foundation – an international ngo with the mission to protect oceans, waves and beaches and to promote sustainable use of the coastal zone.


Current Experience

  • Professor - Smart, Low Carbon Built Environments

    Since January 2016

  • Executive Director

    Since June 2011

Past Experience

  • Head of Discipline - Architecture & Design

    March 2010 --- July 2011
    in 2010 i was appointed head of discipline for architecture & design at unsw, australia’s largest built-environment faculty. in this role i was academic Supervisor for the faculty of the built environment’s full-time and part-time staff in the design programs. i also supported the design and implementation of the discipline's multi-million dollar budget for the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, industrial design and Sustainable development. i was responsible for ensuring quality learning and Teaching outcomes, monitoring and guiding academic performance and contributing to the Leadership and Strategy of the faculty over all.

  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Architecture

    July 2003 --- June 2011
    masters Sustainable development – susd0002 materials resources & sustainability: course convenor - core course in sustainable design decision-making. technology stream Leader for the architecture program unsw:, responsible for the quality of Teaching and learning in environment, structures and construction. Teaching and tutoring 1st – 3rd year construction. curriculum development including integrating Education for sustainability in technology. course administration for more than 300 students each semester. convenor – faculty of the built environment, environment and sustainability Research group: developing a Research culture around core themes of built-environment sustainability, assisting phd and academic Research staff with Publications, hosting Research seminars and review panels, managing the group web-site. studio Leader arch1501/2 – graduating studio: exploring sustainable design in architecture – specialist final year architectural design studio focused on architectural agency in the debate on Sustainable development. 2003 – 2005 convener arch1202 second year, second semester core design studio. arch 1202 was the first design studio at unsw to teach the fundamental principles and building technologies of environmentally sustainable design as a basis for architectural design and studio learning. it was nominated for a dean’s Teaching award in 2004 and has been designed as an action-Research project investigating design as way of developing ecological literacy.

  • Co-ordinator/Technical Advisor - Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative

    October 2007 --- June 2010
    unep-sbci a partnership of major public and private sector stakeholders in the building sector, working to promote sustainable building policies and practices worldwide. co-ordination of the unep-sbci secretariat and Research activities requires advising Strategy, managing advisory board and Expert task groups, managing and generating membership, fundraising, contributing to, reviewing and managing production of key Research Publications, representing unep-sbci internationally; advising unep and other un agencies on sustainable buildings policies and programs. i also provided design review and technical advise on the design of the new office facility in nairobi, kenya.

  • Lecturer - Sustainable Construction

    January 1997 --- January 2003
    Lecturer in sustainable construction at rmit and concurrently at their offshore program at the singapore institute of management from 1997 - 2003. 2001 - developed & delivered a two-week professional Training program in building cost estimating for the ausaid/tuvalu in country Training program on the pacific island of funafuti, tuvalu.


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  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Architecture from University of New South Wales in 0000

Area / Region

Paris, France


Driving License
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