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Dr Peter Graham has held positions as Head of Discipline for Architecture & Design and led the Technologies stream within the Architecture program. Prior to UNSW he was lecturer in sustainable construction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Peter’s expertise lies in assessing the life-cycle sustainability of building development and ecological design education. He is the technical advisor and former coordinator of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative (www.unep.org/sbci) where he works closely with the public, civil and private sectors to assist the global transition to a sustainable building and construction industry.
His PhD focused on sustainable design curricula in architectural education. The major findings of Peter's thesis entitled: Sustainability and the Struggle for Hegemony in Australian Architectural Education was published as: Guidelines on education policy and curriculum for eco-settlements & sustainable buildings by the United Nations Environment Programme, Bangkok.
His first book Building Ecology: First Principles for a sustainable built environment. was published in 2003
Peter is currently on leave while establishing the Global Buildings Performance Network (www.globalbuildings.org) - an international NGO focussed on minimising the impact of the building sector on climate change.