Graham Treloar Fellowship leaves lasting legacy for built environment

May 17 / 193

The late Associate Professor Graham Treloar.
The late Associate Professor Graham Treloar.

Researcher Andrea Cook will this month be recognised as the latest Graham Treloar Fellow – a named Fellowship funded by the University of Melbourne and many generous donors.

The Fellowship supports early career researchers and is named after the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning’s Associate Professor Graham Treloar, an international leader in the fields of embodied energy analysis, sustainable construction, life-cycle assessment and, later, embodied water consumption. He died after a spirited battle with cancer in 2008, aged 39.

Dr Cook’s work encompasses both academic and practice-based research on a range of strategic planning, place making, urban policy and community engagement topics.

She will be the eighth Graham Treloar Fellowship recipient, and Associate Professor Treloar’s sister-in-law Tanya Ha, an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, science communicator and environmentalist, says the application of all the Fellows’ diverse research means Associate Professor Treloar’s legacy will be long lasting. 

“The outcomes of these research projects will impact sustainability and liveability in rural China, address the challenges of suitable housing for people with disabilities in Australia, and much more.

“Graham would have been particularly delighted to see structural engineer André Stephan awarded a Fellowship for a project mapping embodied environmental impacts in the built environment. It builds on Graham’s own research and visualises the environmental investment contained in Melbourne’s entire building stock of about 13 000 buildings.”

Being a Graham Treloar Fellow means a lot to Dr Stephan, who says: “On a personal level I use Graham’s work almost every day in my research. I consider it an honour to be able to take his work further.”

Ms Ha says her family is deeply grateful to the University and the green building sector for honouring Associate Professor Treloar with the Fellowship.

“It means so much, not only to know that Graham is remembered, but to know that these Fellowships are supporting young researchers with great potential who are working to provide the knowledge and tools needed to build a better world.”

Further donations to help endow the Fellowship in perpetuity are invited.

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