Director of Discipline - Built Environment (Sustainable Development), Senior Lecturer - PG Teaching Staff, Sustainable Built Environment, High Performance Architecture, Smart Cities
PhD (UNSW); MADes(RMIT); BSc(Monash); GradDipEnvMgt(Charles Sturt)
Phone +61 2 9385 4915
Fax +61 2 9385 4827
Dr Paul Osmond has been engaged with sustainable development since the 1980s, both in practice and more recently, through teaching and research. His connection with this Faculty began in 2006 as a casual lecturer, while working full-time as manager of the former UNSW Environment Unit. In this role Paul was accountable for development and implementation of the University’s Environmental Management Plan, and in particular, integration of ESD principles into campus planning and development.
Paul came to UNSW from local government, where he was responsible for delivery of a variety of pioneering environmental management, landscape and urban design programs and projects. His previous professional background includes experience in forestry, freelance technical journalism and the metal industry.
Paul has qualifications in applied science, environmental management and landscape design. His PhD research focused on methods for evaluation and design of sustainable urban form. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Registered Environmental Auditor and Green Star Accredited Professional.
Teaching and Research Project Supervision
Paul teaches across the postgraduate Sustainable Development Program, where he is keen to bring insights from research and practice to courses embracing sustainability and habitability, managing the sustainable built environment and environmental auditing. He is also co-convener of an innovative Integrated Design Studio which combines the skills of postgraduate Architects and Engineers, and convenes the Sustainable Development Program's "capstone" Graduate Research Project. Paul currently is primary, joint or secondary supervisor to seven PhD and two Research Masters students whose topics include urban microclimate, building rating systems, material life cycles and low carbon tourism.
Other research areas
Urban Analysis and Development
Paul's research interests cover a range of topics within the broad ambit of built environment sustainability, including urban morphology, urban metabolism and ecosystem services, urban climatology and architectural/urban ambience (experienced physical and psychological qualities of the built environment).
Other research areas
Urban Analysis and Development
Osmond, P. W., Dave, M., Prasad, D. K., & Li, F. (2013). Greening Universities Toolkit. Tongji University: United Nations Environment Programme.
Diaz, C., King, S., & Osmond, P. (2015). Reconceptualization of climate classifications and climate analysis tools to support evaporative building cooling strategies in the hot humid tropics. In A. Lemonsu, & V. Masson (Eds.), ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate. Toulouse, France. Retrieved from https://www.conftool.com/icuc9/index.php?page=browseSessions&form_session=117&presentations=hide
Pakzad, P., Osmond, P., & Philipp, C. (2015). Review of tools: Quantifying the contribution green infrastructure to carbon performance. In A. Lemonsu, & V. Masson (Eds.), ICUC9 - 9th International Conference on Urban Climate. Toulouse, France. Retrieved from https://www.conftool.com/icuc9/index.php?page=browseSessions&form_session=94#paperID878
Osmond, P., Corkery, L., Wilkinson, S., Thompson, S., & Hawken, S. (2015). The arable city: Quantifying the potential for urban agriculture in the 21st century metropolis. In K. Karimi, L. Vaughan, K. Sailer, G. Palaiologou, & T. Bolton (Eds.), S S S Proceedings of the 10th International Space syntax Symposium (pp. 81-1-81-13). London. Retrieved from http://www.sss10.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/SSS10_Proceedings_081.pdf
Chindapol, S., Blair, J., Osmond, P., & Prasad, D. (2015). Elderly thermal comfort in tropical climates: navigating the literature. In Aging and Society 2014. Manchester, UK. Retrieved from http://agingandsociety.com/the-conference
Annuar, N., Osmond, P., & Prasad, D. (2014). An exploratory review of Life Cycle Assessment activities in the Malaysian building industry. In New Zealand Life Cycle Assessment Conference Proceedings, 2014. Wellington. Retrieved from http://lcaconference.org.nz/2014-proceedings
Chindapol, S., Blair, J., Osmond, P., King, S., & Prasad, D. (2014). Thermal stress and comfort in elderly people's housing in tropical climates: the need for policy. In World Sustainable Building 2014. Barcelona.
Wilkinson, S. J., Osmond, P., Heller, A., Manion, J., Sumich, M., & Sharman, L. (2014). Community Awareness of Green Roofs in Sydney. In E. H. Hirota, C. T. Formoso, & J. Onyango (Eds.), Mass Customization and Sustainability in Housing (pp. 99-113). Londrina-Parana, Brazil: ZEMCH Network. Retrieved from http://www.zemch.org/proceedings/2014/zemch2014.pdf
Haddad, S., Osmond, P., King, S., & Heidari, S. (2014). Developing assumptions of metabolic rate estimation for primary school children in the calculation of the Fanger PMV model. In F. Nicol, S. Roaf, L. Brotas, & M. Humphreys (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a changing world (pp. 492-507). Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK: Network for comfort and Energy Use in Buildings. Retrieved from http://nceub.org.uk//W2014/webpage/pdfs/proceedings/Proceedings_Windsor_Conference_2014.pdf
Haddad, S., Osmond, P. W., & King, S. (2013). Metabolic rate estimation in the calculation of PMV for children. In Cutting Edge: 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, The Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), Australia. Hong Kong. Retrieved from http://asa2013.arch.cuhk.edu.hk/openconf/modules/request.php?module=oc_proceedings&action=proceedings.php&a=Accept
Haddad, S., King, S. E., Osmond, P. W., & Heidari, S. (2013). Questionnaire design to determine children's thermal sensation, preference and acceptability in the classroom. In PLEA 2012 Proceedings. Lima, Peru. Retrieved from http://www.plea2012.pe/proceedings.php
Salehudin, S., Osmond, P. W., & Prasad, D. K. (2013). Challenges to sustainable resort and hotel development in Malaysia. In Proceedings of The international conference on Tourism, Transport and Logistics 2013 (pp. 645-652). Bangkok Thailand: UP Organiser and Publication Co. Ltd.
Salehudin, S., Prasad, D. K., Osmond, P. W., & Khamis, M. (2012). Sustainable Resort Development: Malaysian case studies. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Tourism Management and Tourism Related Issues. Brussels belgium: The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management..
Haddad, S., King, S. E., & Osmond, P. W. (2012). Enhancing thermal comfort in school buildings. In Healthy Buildings 2012. Brisbane: The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate. Retrieved from http://hb2012.org/
Salehudin, S., Prasad, D. K., & Osmond, P. W. (2011). A critical review of environmental assessment/certification tools for resort development in Malaysia. In 2011 Helsinki World Sustainable Building Conference Full Papers. Helsinki: Finnish Association of Civil Engineers and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Retrieved from http://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB_DC23255.pdf
Salehudin, S., Osmond, P. W., & Prasad, D. K. (2011). Comparative study of assessment tools for comprehensive assessment of resort development in Malaysia: Sustainable tourism assessment tool or green building rating tool?. In Emerging tourism and Hospitality (pp. 761-776). singapore: research publising. Retrieved from http://www.unlv.edu.sg/apf2011/APF_2011_ResearchPapers.pdf
Salehudin, S., Prasad, D. K., & Osmond, P. W. (2011). Renewable energy potential for energy efficient resort development in Malaysia. In Solar 2011 : proceedings of the 49th annual conference of the Australian Solar Energy Society ; Sydney, November 29th - December 2nd ; bringing business and research together for a better tomorrow. Sydney: Australian Solar Energy Society.
Osmond, P. W. (2011). Application of the urban structural unit method to inform post-carbon planning and design. In Urban Morphology and the Post-Carbon City. Online: International Seminar on Urban Form. Retrieved from http://www.isuf2011.com/
Osmond, P. W. (2011). Towards a sustainability indicator set for Australian cities. In Resilience in Urban Design (pp. 169-177). Nerang, Queensland: AST Management Pty Ltd. Retrieved from http://www.urbandesignaustralia.com.au/flipbook11/index.html
Annuar, N. M., Osmond, P. W., & Prasad, D. K. (2014). Application of sustainability indicators and rating tools: Envisioning ‘Life Cycle’ assessment for buildings in Malaysia. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference. Barcelona, Spain. Retrieved from http://wsb14barcelona.org/programme/pdf_poster/P-138.pdf
Chindapol, S., Blair, J., Osmond, P., & Prasad, D. (2015). Elderly thermal comfort in tropical climates: identifying the knowledge gap. The International Journal of Aging and Society. Retrieved from http://agingandsociety.com/journal
Kim, S., & Osmond, P. W. (2013). Analyzing green building rating tools for healthcare buildings from the building user’s perspective. Indoor and Built Environment. doi:10.1177/1420326X13480223
Salehudin, S., Osmond, P. W., & Prasad, D. K. (2013). A field survey of local community empowerment initiatives at selected resorts in Malaysia. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 6(1), 445-452. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1419027032?accountid=12763
Deng, W., Prasad, D. K., Osmond, P. W., & Li, F. (2011). Quantifying life-cycle energy and carbon footprints of China’s residential small district. Journal of Green Building, 6(4), 96-111. doi:10.3992/jgb.6.4.96
Osmond, P. W. (2011). The convex space as the 'atom' of urban analysis. Journal of Space Syntax, 2(1), 97-114. Retrieved from http://www.journalofspacesyntax.org/
Deng, W., Prasad, D. K., & Osmond, P. W. (2011). Application of “Streamlined” Material Input per Service Unit Concept to Small Residential Districts in China. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15(6), 967-979. doi:10.1111/j.1530-9290.2011.00356.x/pdf
Deng, W., Prasad, D. K., & Osmond, P. W. (2011). Improving sustainability decision-making information at neighbourhood level: A new framework for performance assessment based on China’s Small Residential District. The international Journal of Environmental, Cultral, Economic and social sustainability, 7(2), 235-252. Retrieved from http://ijs.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.41/prod.775
Osmond, P. W. (2010). The urban structural unit: towards a descriptive framework to support urban analysis and planning. Urban Morphology, 14(1), 5-20. Retrieved from http://www.urbanform.org/online_public/2010_1.shtml
Osmond, P. W. (2010). Hemispherical photography as a tool for urban sustainability evaluation and design. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, 1(9), 63-74. Retrieved from http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1676326
Osmond, P. W. (2010). Application of ‘streamlined’ material accounting to estimate environmental impact. Proceedings of World Academy of Sciency, Engineering and Technology, 6(69), 668-678. Retrieved from http://www.waset.org/journals/waset/v72/v72-121.pdf
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP)
Green Star Accredited Professional
Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (UK)
Member of International Association for Urban Climate
Member of International Ecological Engineering Society
Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.
Professional Practice and Consulting
Paul sees an ongoing connection with practice as adding value to his teaching and research. In addition to involvement with several Green Star registered buildings, recent projects have included:
- Development of an urban sustainability indicator framework for the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC);
- Revision of the energy auditing standard AS/NZS5398 as part of a consortium with Energetics and Rare Consulting;
- Preparation of the Greening Universities Toolkit for the United Nations Environment Program; and
- Development of an energy efficiency training package for accountants and business managers, with the UNSW School of Accounting (State Government grant).
In the Media
Osmond, P. (2014, February 27). No computers, thanks, this is architecture: Glen Marcutt's top of the class. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=995C61DA34A5AA37A61BFECBA244427A?sy=afr&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf
Osmond, P. (2014, February 9). Treeless suburbs, concrete canyons increase city heat. Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from http://www.smh.com.au/
Osmond, P. (2013, July 13). Urban design turns up the heat. Toowoomba chronicle. Retrieved from http://www.be.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/upload/Paul%20Osmond.jpg
Osmond, P. (2013, July 9). UNSW Newsroom. Hot in the city. Retrieved from http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science/hot-city