People

Associate Professor Paul Osmond

Director, Sustainable Built Environment program
Sustainable Built Environment, Smart Cities

BSc (Monash)

Grad. Dip. Environmental Management (Charles Sturt)

Master of Design (RMIT)

PhD (UNSW)

My research and teaching interests fall into three key areas: urban form, urban metabolism, and architectural and urban ambience. Form examines the shape of the city and its precincts. Metabolism takes a systems and life-cycle approach to buildings and how they operate. Ambience examines the physical and psychological qualities of the built environment and the lived experience of inhabitants.

From urban design processes, to energy efficiency, to the creation of delightful places that enhance our health and wellbeing, these areas of study are important because we need to know how a city works in order to draw conclusions and make improvements.

My work dovetails perfectly with the key aim of the Faculty, which is to plan, design and manage sustainable and equitable cities for the 21st century, but also feeds into the wider strategic aims of the university through its provision of insights into solving the grand global challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

Room: 
4006
Phone: 
02 9385 4915
Fax: 
+61 2 9385 4827
Bio: 

Paul Osmond has been engaged with sustainable development since the 1980s, both in practice and more recently, through teaching and research. He joined the Built Environment Faculty in 2010, from his previous position as manager of the former UNSW Environment Unit where he was accountable for development and implementation of the University’s Environmental Management Plan. Prior to this role, Paul worked in local government, where he was responsible for the 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, Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Registered Environmental Auditor, Green Star Accredited Professional and a member of the International Association for Urban Climate Member and International Ecological Engineering Society.

Research Activities: 

My 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). I see the future direction of my research as consolidating and developing the above, with a key objective being to support the emergence and growth of recognised “nodes of excellence” around these (and related) topics. My most recent research project experience has been as chief investigator and lead author for the Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies, launched in August 2017 by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living; and as member of the National Green Infrastructure Network team which delivered the Urban Ecology Desktop Review and Blueprint for Living Cities: Policy to Practice reports for the NSW Environmental Trust in April 2017.

Teaching & Supervision: 

Coming to academia from three decades of practice in the public, private and NGO sectors, my teaching rationale embraces the perspective that knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Within this experiential framework learning is best served by an approach which is both context-based, responsive to social context and setting; and problem-based, characterised by the use of "real world" problems as the framework for students to learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I focus on achieving continual improvement in teaching effectiveness through attention to student feedback and maintaining links with built environment practice. I currently teach across the postgraduate Sustainable Development Program, where I am keen to bring insights from research and practice to courses embracing sustainability and habitability, managing the sustainable built environment and environmental auditing. I am also co-convener of an innovative Integrated Design Studio which combines the skills of postgraduate Architects and Engineers, and I convene the Sustainable Development Program's "capstone" Graduate Research Project. A major teaching focus for 2018 is revision of our course material for delivery of the Master of Sustainable Built Environment program in Singapore, for the Singapore Building and Construction Authority.

Engagement: 

In the Media

Memberships

  • Representative of UNSW Built Environment to Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)
  • Representative of UNSW Built Environment to Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
  • Representative of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Resilience Task Group
  • Member of Editorial Board of Urban Morphology
  • 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.

Practice

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).

 

Supervision Area: 

Paul currently is primary or joint supervisor to nine PhD and one MPhil students whose topics include urban microclimate, building rating systems, material life cycles and sustainable property development.

Supervising: 

Adriana Sanchez Gomez

PhD

Urban sustainable resilience: A policy framework

Carlos Bartesaghi Koc

PhD

Assessing the thermal performance of green infrastructure on urban microclimate

Christina Silk

MPhil

Street trees and grey Infrastructure: A model to resolve conflicting Requirements.

Claudio Diaz Sandoval

PhD

The potential of passive indirect evaporative cooling for buildings and cities in the hot humid tropics

Ella Roessler-Holgate

PhD

Relearning architectural history through a sustainability lens

Henrique Sala Benites

PhD

Shifting the cities towards sustainable, resilient and low carbon environments: a systemic and integrated approach for the eco-retrofit of urban precincts

Jonathan Fox

PhD

The effects of facades on outdoor microclimate

Mahmood Khan

PhD

Positive design and development framework for buildings

Nurul Huda Mohd Annuar

PhD

A framework of life cycle sustainability assessment as a new generation tool for building assessment system: A case study of Malaysia

Peter Hunt

PhD

Research the levels of sustainable development in the various property sectors, i.e. residential, commercial (office, retail, industrial and institutional) and investigate feasibility model techniques to determine the business case for sustainability.

Publications:
Books

Osmond PW; Dave M; Prasad DK; Li F, 2013, Greening Universities Toolkit, Original, United Nations Environment Programme, Tongji University

Book Chapters

Shirowzhan S; Trinder J; Osmond P, 2019, 'New Metrics for Spatial and Temporal 3D Urban Form Sustainability Assessment Using Time Series Lidar Point Clouds and Advanced GIS Techniques', in Almusaed AZ; Almssad A; Linh TH (ed.), Urban Design, Intech Open, http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/intechopen.89617

Santamouris M; Ding L; Osmond P, 2019, 'Urban Heat Mitigation', in Newton P; Prasad D; Sproul A; White S (ed.), Decarbonising the Built Environment Charting the Transition, Springer, pp. 337 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-7940-6

Fox J; Osmond P; Peters A, 2019, 'The effect of building facades on outdoor microclimates - reflectance recovery from terrestrial multispectral images using a robust empirical line method', in Zinzi M; Santamouris M (ed.), Urban Overheating - Progress on Mitigation Science and Engineering Applications, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03897-637-0

Sanchez Gomez AX; Osmond PW; van der Heijden J, 2017, 'Resilient policies for wicked problems: Increasing resilience in a complex and uncertain world through information integration', in Sanchez AX; Hampson K; London G (ed.), Integrating Information in Built Environments, Routledge, pp. 35 - 51, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315201863

Osmond P; Pelleri N, 2017, 'Urban Ecology as an Interdisciplinary Area', in Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, pp. 31 - 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10173-3

Osmond PW; Irger M, 2016, 'Green roof retrofit and the urban heat island', in Wilkinson SJ; Dixon T (ed.), Green Roof Retrofit: Building Urban Resilience, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 37 - 61, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119055571.html

Osmond PW; Blair J, 2016, 'Green roof retrofitting and conservation of endangered flora', in Wilkinson SJ; Dixon T (ed.), Green Roof Retrofit: Building Urban Resilience, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 140 - 157, http://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1119055571.html

Osmond PW, 2002, 'The Australian Greenhouse Challenge programme: a perspective from a participating university', in Brink PT (ed.), Voluntary Environmental Agreements: Process, Practice and Future Use, edn. Original, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK, pp. 266 - 279, http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/productdetail.kmod%3Fproductid%3D34

Osmond PW, 2002, 'The Sustainable Landscape', in Birkeland J (ed.), Design for sustainability : a sourcebook of integrated, eco-logical solutions, edn. Original, Earthscan Publications, London, UK, pp. 99 - 105, http://eprints.qut.edu.au/9092/

Journal articles

Bartesaghi-Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A, 2020, 'Quantifying the seasonal cooling capacity of ‘green infrastructure types’ (GITs): An approach to assess and mitigate surface urban heat island in Sydney, Australia', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 203, pp. 103893 - 103893, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103893

Sala Benites H; Osmond P; Rossi AMG, 2020, 'Developing Low-Carbon Communities with LEED-ND and Climate Tools and Policies in São Paulo, Brazil', Journal of Urban Planning and Development, vol. 146, pp. 04019025 - 04019025, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)UP.1943-5444.0000545

Osmond P; Hanzl M, 2020, 'Urban form and climate change planning: on the normative framework for urban design', URBAN MORPHOLOGY, vol. 24, pp. 232 - 235, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000568831300009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Blair J; Osmond P, 2020, 'Employing Green Roofs to Support Endangered Plant Species: The Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub in Australia', Open Journal of Ecology, vol. 10, pp. 111 - 140, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/oje.2020.103009

Avazpour B; Osmond P; Corkery L, 2019, 'Rehabilitating Dryland River Systems in Arid and Semi-arid Environments Focusing on Water Sensitive Urban Design Approaches', OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 11, pp. 11 - 20, http://www.ssrn.com/link/OIDA-Intl-Journal-Sustainable-Dev.html

Bartesaghi-Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A, 2019, 'Spatio-temporal patterns in green infrastructure as driver of land surface temperature variability: The case of Sydney', International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, vol. 83, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jag.2019.101903

Santamouris M; Ban-Weiss G; Osmond P; Paolini R; Synnefa A; Cartalis C; Muscio A; Zinzi M; Morakinyo TE; Ng E; Tan Z; Takebayashi H; Sailor D; Crank P; Taha H; Pisello AL; Rossi F; Zhang J; Kolokotsa D, 2018, 'Progress in urban greenery mitigation science – assessment methodologies advanced technologies and impact on cities', Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, vol. 24, pp. 638 - 671, http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/jcem.2018.6604

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A, 2018, 'Mapping and classifying green infrastructure typologies for climate-related studies based on remote sensing data', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 37, pp. 154 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2018.11.008

Wilkinson S; Osmond P, 2018, 'Building Resilience in Urban Settlements', International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, vol. 36, pp. 334 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-08-2018-066

Livada I; Synnefa A; Haddad S; Paolini R; Garshasbi S; Osmond P; Ulpiani G; Fiorito F; Vassilakopoulou K; Osmond P; Santamouris M, 2018, 'Time series analysis of ambient air-temperature during the period 1970–2016 over Sydney, Australia', Elsevier Science of The Total Environment, vol. 648, pp. 1627 - 1638, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.144

Fox JL; Osmond P; Peters A, 2018, 'The Effect of Building Facades on Outdoor Microclimate—Reflectance Recovery from Terrestrial Multispectral Images Using a Robust Empirical Line Method', Climate, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cli6030056

Bartesaghi Koc CA; Osmond P; Peters A, 2018, 'Evaluating the cooling effects of green infrastructure: A systematic review of methods, indicators and data sources', Solar Energy, vol. 166, pp. 486 - 508, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2018.03.008

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A; Irger M, 2018, 'Understanding land surface temperature differences of Local Climate Zones based on airborne remote sensing data', IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 11, pp. 2724 - 2730, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2018.2815004

Sanchez Gomez A; van der Heijden J; Osmond P, 2018, 'The city politics of an urban age: urban resilience conceptualisations and policies', Palgrave Communications, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41599-018-0074-z

Deng W; Osmond PW; Yan J, 2017, 'Using streamlined MIPS to evaluate environmental performance: a case study of the University of Nottingham Ningbo China campus', International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development, vol. 7, pp. 198 - 205, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2093761X.2017.1302836

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond PW; Peters A; Irger M, 2017, 'A methodological framework to assess the thermal performance of green infrastructure through airborne remote sensing', Procedia Engineering, vol. 180, pp. 1306 - 1315, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.293

Santamouris M; Haddad S; Fiorito F; Osmond P; Ding L; Prasad D; Zhai X; Wang R, 2017, 'Urban Heat Island and Overheating Characteristics in Sydney, Australia. An Analysis of Multiyear Measurements', Sustainability, vol. 9, pp. 712 - 712, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su9050712

Chindapol S; Blair J; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2017, 'Determining the metabolic rate of the thai elderly', Chiang Mai University Journal of Natural Sciences, vol. 16, pp. 37 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.12982/cmujns.2017.0004

Haddad S; Osmond P; King S, 2016, 'Application of adaptive thermal comfort methods for Iranian schoolchildren', Building Research and Information: the international journal of research, development and demonstration, vol. 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2016.1259290

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A, 2016, 'Towards a comprehensive green infrastructure typology: a systematic review of approaches, methods and typologies', Urban Ecosystems, vol. 20, pp. 1 - 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11252-016-0578-5

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond P; Peters A, 2016, 'A green infrastructure typology matrix to support urban microclimate studies', Procedia Engineering, vol. 169, pp. 183 - 190, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2016.10.022

Haddad S; Osmond P; King S, 2016, 'Revisiting thermal comfort models in Iranian classrooms during the warm season', Building Research & Information, vol. 45, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2016.1140950

Santamouris M; Ding L; Fiorito F; Oldfield P; Osmond P; Paolini R; Prasad D; Synnefa A, 2016, 'Passive and active cooling for the outdoor built environment – Analysis and assessment of the cooling potential of mitigation technologies using performance data from 220 large scale projects', Solar Energy, vol. 154, pp. 14 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2016.12.006

Chindapol S; Blair J; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2016, 'Elderly Thermal Comfort in Tropical Climates: Identifying the Knowledge Gap', The International Journal of Aging and Society, vol. 6, pp. 33 - 44, http://agingandsociety.com/journal

Kim S; Osmond PW, 2013, 'Analyzing green building rating tools for healthcare buildings from the building user’s perspective', Indoor and Built Environment, vol. 23, pp. 757 - 766, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1420326X13480223

Salehudin S; Osmond PW; Prasad DK, 2013, 'A field survey of local community empowerment initiatives at selected resorts in Malaysia', International Journal of Arts and Sciences, vol. 6, pp. 445 - 452, http://search.proquest.com/docview/1419027032?accountid=12763

Deng W; Prasad DK; Osmond PW, 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, vol. 7, pp. 235 - 252, http://ijs.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.41/prod.775

Deng W; Prasad DK; Osmond PW, 2011, 'Application of “Streamlined” Material Input per Service Unit Concept to Small Residential Districts in China', Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 15, pp. 967 - 979, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1530-9290.2011.00356.x/pdf

Deng W; Prasad DK; Osmond PW; Li F, 2011, 'Quantifying life-cycle energy and carbon footprints of China’s residential small district', Journal of Green Building, vol. 6, pp. 96 - 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.3992/jgb.6.4.96

Osmond PW, 2011, 'The convex space as the 'atom' of urban analysis', Journal of Space Syntax, vol. 2, pp. 97 - 114, http://www.journalofspacesyntax.org/

Osmond PW, 2010, 'The urban structural unit: towards a descriptive framework to support urban analysis and planning', Urban Morphology, vol. 14, pp. 5 - 20, http://www.urbanform.org/online_public/2010_1.shtml

Osmond PW, 2010, 'Hemispherical photography as a tool for urban sustainability evaluation and design', OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, vol. 1, pp. 63 - 74, http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1676326

Osmond PW, 2010, 'Application of ‘streamlined’ material accounting to estimate environmental impact', Proceedings of World Academy of Sciency, Engineering and Technology, vol. 6, pp. 668 - 678, http://www.waset.org/journals/waset/v72/v72-121.pdf

Conference Papers

Bartesaghi Koc C; Osmond PW; Peters A; Irger M, 2017, 'Mapping Local Climate Zones for urban morphology classification based on airborne remote sensing data', in 2017 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event, JURSE 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, presented at 2017 Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event (JURSE), Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 March 2017 - 08 March 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JURSE.2017.7924611

Diaz Sandoval C; Osmond PW, 2016, 'Influence of Rainfall on the Thermal and Energy Performance of a Low Rise Building in Diverse Locations of the Hot Humid Tropics', in Ding L; Fiorito F; Osmond P (eds.), Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 393 - 402, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 18 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.198

Pakzad P; Osmond PW; Corkery L, 2016, 'Developing Key Sustainability Indicators for Assessing Green Infrastructure Performance', in Ding L; Fiorito F; Osmond P (eds.), Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 146 - 156, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 18 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.174

Sanchez AX; Osmond PW; Van der Heijden J, 2016, 'Are Some Forms of Resilience More Sustainable than Others?', in Ding L; Fiorito F; Osmond P (eds.), Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 881 - 889, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference – A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 18 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.249

Chindapol S; Blair J; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2016, 'A Suitable Thermal Stress Index for the Elderly in Summer Tropical Climates', in Ding L; Fiorito F; Osmond P (eds.), Procedia Engineering, Elsevier: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License, Sydney, pp. 932 - 943, presented at International High-Performance Built Environment Conference - A Sustainable Built Environment Conference 2016 Series (SBE16), iHBE 2016, Sydney, 17 November 2016 - 18 November 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.253

Sanchez AX; Osmond PW; van der Heijden J, 2016, 'The untapped potential of information flows for long-term urban resilience policy', in Domingo N; Wilkinson S (ed.), Building Resilience to Address the Unexpected, Massey University and The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 842 - 850, presented at 6th International Conference on Building Resilience, Auckland, New Zealand, 07 September 2016 - 09 September 2016, http://buildresilience2016.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Conference-proceedings-final.pdf

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