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Biography

Dr. Michael Mak is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. He has been teaching in architecture, building, construction and property courses in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. Michael is also a Visiting Lecturer with the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, City University of Hong Kong. He is a pioneer in developing and teaching a course on scientific Feng Shui in the Master of Science programme.

Michael is the co-founder of the International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment, and the Chair of the Technical Committee of the Conference since 2005. Recently in 2013, Michael is the founding editor of the Academic Journal of Feng Shui (www.AJoFengShui.co.nf), which is a peer-reviewed open-access online journal that publishes original research articles in all aspects of Feng Shui. Michael’s PhD focused on the application of Feng Shui knowledge to building design and the built environment using artificial intelligent technique – knowledge-based expert systems approach. He is a leading author in scientific Feng Shui domain, including, Scientific Feng Shui: Application of Feng Shui Knowledge to Preliminary Building Design Evaluation Using Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Approach (Mak, 2009), Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment (Mak & So (Eds), 2009) and Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment: Fundamentals and Case Studies (Mak & So, 2011).

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 17/12/2004
  • Master of Project Management, University of New South Wales
  • Associate in Building Technology and Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • Diploma of Architecture Study, Hong Kong Polytechnic
  • Diploma of Management Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic

Research

Research keywords

  • Feng Shui
  • Sustainability

Research expertise

  • Feng Shui and the built environment
  • Building and property economics
  • Expert systems and decision support systems
  • Knowledge management and knowledge transfer
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Cultural management
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Sustainability

Languages

  • Chinese

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
120199Architecture Not Elsewhere Classified65
129999Built Environment And Design Not Elsewhere Classified30
140299Applied Economics Not Elsewhere Classified5

Collaboration

Michael’s research interests are focused on Chinese philosophy, Chinese culture and scientific Feng Shui applications to the built environment, particularly in knowledge management representation, artificial intelligent applications, knowledge-based expert systems, computer modeling; applications to sustainable design, urban development, architectural management, building evaluation and property market.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Property Economics
  • Property Market Analysis
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Mak MY, Ng ST, 'The art and science of Feng Shui - a study on architects' perception', Building and Environment, 40 427-434 (2005) [C1]
2007Mak MY, Cornwell NC, 'Emotional intelligence of project managers', CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development. Proceedings, Cape Town, South Africa (2007) [E1]
2010Mak MY, Ge JX, 'Sustainable design and feng shui: A case study of an office building in Sydney', Proceedings: W116 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress, Salford Quays, UK (2010) [E1]
2009Mak MY, So AT, Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, 255 (2009) [A3]
2008Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Feng shui: An alternative framework for complexity in design', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 4 58-72 (2008) [C1]
2010Yan K-C, Mak MY, 'Effectiveness of Western MBA programmes for Chinese managers', Journal of Knowledge-Based Innovation in China, 2 117-141 (2010) [C1]

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Mak MY, So AT, Scientific Feng Shui for the built environment: Fundamentals and case studies, City University of Hong Kong Press, Kowloon, HK, 255 (2011) [A1]
2009Mak MY, Scientific Feng Shui: Application of Feng Shui Knowledge to Preliminary Building Design Evaluation Using Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Approach, VDM Verlag, Saarbrucken, 372 (2009) [A1]
2009Mak MY, So AT, Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, 255 (2009) [A3]

Chapter (7 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Mak MY, 'Feng Shui and Sustainable Design for Modern Buildings', Theory and Reality of Feng Shui in Architecture and Landscape Art: International Conference in Berlin, Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden, Germany 17-33 (2013)
2011So AT, Mak MY, 'Study of flying stars method of the compass school with case studies', International Conference on Feng Shui (Kan Yu) and Architecture in Berlin, Harrassowitz Verlag, Weisbaden, DE 149-164 (2011) [B1]
2011Mak MY, 'Scientific research of Feng Shui applications for the built environment', International Conference on Feng Shui (Kan Yu) and Architecture in Berlin, Harrassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden, DE 49-67 (2011) [B1]
2009Mak MY, So AT, 'Introduction: Scientific research in Feng Shui', Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong xxv-xlvii (2009) [B1]
2009Mak MY, 'A conceptual framework of Feng Shui knowledge', Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong 119-133 (2009) [B1]
2009So AT, Mak MY, 'Epilogue: Problems and future research in Feng Shui', Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong 249-255 (2009) [B2]
1999Najjar GR, Mak MY, Jefferies MC, 'The Impact of the Decline of the Asian Economy on Australian Contractors: Development, Profile and Strategies of Australian Contractors in Asia', Profitable Partnering in Construction Procurement, E & FN Spon, London 735 (1999) [B1]

Co-authors: Marcus Jefferies

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Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Ge XJ, Mak MY, 'Decision making to Purchase Family Homes: Feng Shui versus Sustainability', Project Perspectives, 36 64-69 (2014) [C2]
2013Mak MY, Fibbens M, 'Coal Seam Gas and Emerging Issues for Valuers', Australia and New Zealand Property Journal, 4 173-178 (2013)
2011Dong W, Mackee J, Mak MY, 'Exploratory analysis of the traditional philosophy underpinned urban sustainability model for Chinese cities', Procedia Engineering, 21 838-845 (2011) [C1]
2010Yan K-C, Mak MY, 'Effectiveness of Western MBA programmes for Chinese managers', Journal of Knowledge-Based Innovation in China, 2 117-141 (2010) [C1]
2008Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Feng shui: An alternative framework for complexity in design', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 4 58-72 (2008) [C1]
2007Mak MY, 'The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy', Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21 637-638 (2007) [C3]
2005Mak MY, Ng ST, 'The art and science of Feng Shui - a study on architects' perception', Building and Environment, 40 427-434 (2005) [C1]
2002Rose TM, Mak MY, Chen SE, Ng ST, 'Problematic issues associated with project partnering - the contractor prespective', International Journal of Project Management, 20 437-449 (2002) [C1]
2002Mak MY, 'Architects' Perception of the Feng Shui Model', Landscape Australia, 24 (1) 16-19 (2002) [C3]
2001Ng S-T, Mak MY, Skitmore RM, Lam KC, Varnam M, 'The predictive ability of Bromilow's time-cost model', Construction management and economics, 19, no2 165-173 (2001) [C3]
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Conference (37 outputs)

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2013Fibbens M, Mak MY, Williams AP, 'Coal Seam Gas Extraction: Does Landholder Compensation Match the Mischief?', Proceedings of 19th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Tang WC, Mak MY, Gajendran T, 'Evaluation of assessment practices for Bachelor of Construction Management (BCM) program', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Ge XJ, Mak MY, 'Purchasing Family Homes: Feng Shui versus Sustainability', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society, Brisbane, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Lee J, Sher W, Mak M, Ostwald M, 'Strategic Planning Schemes Of Mixed-Use Developments To Support Urban Regeneration In South Korea', Proceedings from the PRRES Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E1]
2013Lee J, Sher W, Mak M, 'Strategic Planning Indicators For Urban Regeneration: A Case Study On Mixed-Use Development In Seoul', Proceedings from the PRRES Conference, Melbourne, Australia (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Juhyun Lee, Willy Sher

2012Mak MY, Ge JX, 'Feng Shui: A Chinese perspective of sustainability', Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GREC), Macau, China (2012) [E2]
2012Mak MY, Ge JX, 'Feng Shui and modern sustainable buildings', Proceedings of 17th Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) and American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA) Joint International Conference, Singapore (2012) [E2]
2011Mak MY, Peacock CJ, 'Social sustainability: A comparison of case studies in UK, USA and Australia', Proceedings from the PRRES Conference - 2011. 17th Annual Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E1]
2011Varma VA, Mak MY, 'Economic sustainability and financial benefits of sustainable built environment: A case study of office buildings in Australia', Proceedings of the Joint AsRES and AREUEA International Conference 2011, Jeju, Korea (2011) [E2]
2011Dong W, Mackee J, Mak MY, 'Establishing the holistic sustainability evaluation framework for Asia-Pacific regions by exploring local practices in China', ACSEE 2011: The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment Official Conference Proceedings, Osaka (2011) [E2]

Co-authors: Jamie Mackee

2010Mak MY, Sher WD, Williams AP, 'Students' evaluation of an online postgraduate property program', 16th Annual Conference of the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society. Delegate Papers, Wellington, NZ (2010) [E1]
2010Mak MY, Ge JX, 'Sustainable design and feng shui: A case study of an office building in Sydney', Proceedings: W116 - Special Track 18th CIB World Building Congress, Salford Quays, UK (2010) [E1]
2010Mak MY, 'Applications of knowledge-based expert systems to feng shui knowledge', Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2010, Hong Kong (2010) [E1]
2010So A, Mak MY, 'Study of flying stars method of the Compass School with case studies', Symposium Kan Yu (Feng Shui) and Architecture, Berlin, Germany (2010) [E2]
2010Mak MY, 'Scientific research of feng shui applications to the built environment', Symposium Kan Yu (Feng Shui) and Architecture, Berlin, Germany (2010) [E2]
2009Hodgson G, Mak MY, Sher WD, 'E-learning materials for quantity surveying measurement', Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-V), Istanbul, Turkey (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Willy Sher

2009Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Feng Shui: A Chinese approach to integrated design', Future Trends in Architectural Management: Proceedings of the CIB W096 Architectural Management, Taiwan (2009) [E1]
2009Mak MY, Edmonds S, 'The effectiveness of Landcom's housing affordability objectives for moderate income households: A case study in Western Sydney', Proceedings from the PRRES Conference 2009, Sydney, NSW (2009) [E1]
2009Mak MY, 'Feng Shui villages in Hong Kong: A case study of Tai Fu Tai Mansion', Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment 2009, Hong Kong (2009) [E1]
2009Yan K-C, Mak MY, 'An empirical approach to study the effectiveness of knowledge transfer through western MBA programmes for executives in China', EURAM 2009, Liverpool, UK (2009) [E3]
2009Mak MY, So A, 'Conference editors', Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment 2009, Hong Kong (2009) [E4]
2008Hodgson G, Sher WD, Mak MY, 'An e-learning approach to quantity surveying measurement', Conference Proceedings: BEAR 2008: Building Resilience, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka (2008) [E1]

Co-authors: Willy Sher

2008Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Prototype design of the Feng Shui expert systems for design evaluation', Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering & 2008 International Conference on Information Technology in Construction, Beijing, China (2008) [E1]
2008Mak MY, Yan KC, 'A framework to study the effectiveness of knowledge transfer through Western MBA Programmes in China', EURAM 2008 8th Annual Conference Managing Diversity: European Destiny and Hope. Conference Proceedings, Ljubljana & Bled, Slovenia (2008) [E3]
2007Mak MY, Cornwell NC, 'Emotional intelligence of project managers', CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development. Proceedings, Cape Town, South Africa (2007) [E1]
2007Mak MY, Ng T, 'Feng Shui: An alternative framework for complexity in design', CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development. Proceedings, Cape Town, South Africa (2007) [E1]
2007Hodgson G, Sher WD, Mak MY, 'E-learning quantity surveying measurement for net-generation students', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association, Melbourne, VIC (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Willy Sher

2007Mak MY, So ATP, 'Development of scientific research in Feng Shui', Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui & Built Environment 2007, Hong Kong (2007) [E1]
2007Mak MY, So A, 'Conference Editors', Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui & Built Environment 2007, Hong Kong (2007) [E4]
2006Mak MY, Ng T, 'Applying Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Approach for Feng Shui Design Evaluation', Joint International Conference on Computing Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering Conference Proceedings, Montreal, Canada (2006) [E1]
2006Mak MY, 'Artificial Intelligence and Feng Shui', Proceedings of the International Conference of Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment, Hong Kong (2006) [E2]
2005Mak MY, Ng TS, Chen SE, 'Formulating A Hierarchical Structure of Feng Shui Knowledge', Information and knowledge management in a global economy, Portugal (2005) [E1]
2005Mak MY, 'A Conceptual Framework of Feng Shui Knowledge', Proceedings of International Symposium on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment, City University Of Hong Kong (2005) [E2]
2000Mak MY, Ng S-T, Chen SE, Varnam M, 'The relationship between economic indicators and Bromilow's time-cost model: a pilot study', Sixteenth Annual Conference 2000, Glasgow Caledonian University (2000) [E1]
1999Najjar GR, Mak MY, Jefferies MC, 'The impact of the decline of the Asian economy on Australian contractors: Development, profile and strategies of Australian construction in Asia', PROFITABLE PARTNERING IN CONSTRUCTION PROCUREMENT, CHIANG MAI, THAILAND (1999)
1998Mak MY, Chen SE, Ilett M, Najjar GR, 'A Model of Competency-Based Assessment in an Integrated Problem-Based Learning Programme', Science and Design, Wellington, New Zealand (1998) [E1]
1998Mak MY, 'Application of Feng Shui Principles to Major Cities in the World', Science and Design, Wellington, New Zealand (1998) [E2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants7
Total funding$10,900

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2013 (1 grants)

CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane, 5 - 9 May 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300539

2012 (1 grants)

Global Chinese Real Estate Congress, GCREC, Macau, 3-5 July 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200653

2011 (1 grants)

Asian Real Estate Society and the The American real Estae and Urban Economics Association Joint International Conference, Jeju, Korea, 11 - 14 Jlu 2011$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020112011
GNo:G1100688

2009 (1 grants)

International Symposium CIB-W096 2009 Taiwan, Tainan, 2-4 November 2009$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:G0190568

2008 (1 grants)

12th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering, Beijing China, 16/10/2008 - 18/10/2008$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020082008
GNo:G0189195

2007 (1 grants)

CIB World Building Congress 2007/BECON 2007, Cape Town Sth Africa, 14/5/2007 - 18/5/2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187672

2006 (1 grants)

Joint International Conference on Computing Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, 14-16 June 2006$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Michael Mak
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020062006
GNo:G0186522
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.7

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20132016PhD (Building)Principal SupervisorLandholder Compensation for Occupation by Coal Seam Gas Infrastructure

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Architecture)Co-SupervisorRegenerating Chinese Cities: A Framework for Sustainable Decision Making based on Chinese Traditional Philosophy
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Dr Man (Michael) Mak

Work Phone(02) 4921 7450
Fax(02) 4921 6913
Email
PositionsSenior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
The University of Newcastle, Australia
DBA Supervisor
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaConstruction Management (Building)
Office
A115,
Architecture,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/michael-mak