Dr Michael Mak

Dr Michael Mak

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment (Construction Management (Building))

Career Summary

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 was also a Visiting Lecturer with the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, City University of Hong Kong from 2005 to 2013. 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), and  Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment: Theories and Applications (Mak & So, 2015).

Research Expertise
- Feng Shui for 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

Collaborations
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.

Qualifications

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

Keywords

  • Feng Shui
  • Property Economics
  • Property Market Analysis
  • Sustainability

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified 65
129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified 30
140299 Applied Economics not elsewhere classified 5
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 Mak MY, Ng ST, 'The art and science of Feng Shui - a study on architects' perception', Building and Environment, 40 427-434 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.buildenv.2004.07.016
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 13
2009 Mak 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]
2009 Mak MY, So AT, Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, 255 (2009) [A3]
2011 Mak 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]

Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mak MY, So AT, Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment: Theories and Applications, City University of HK Press, Hong Kong, 380 (2015) [A4]
2011 Mak 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]
2009 Mak 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]
2009 Mak MY, So AT, Research in Scientific Feng Shui and the Built Environment, City University of Hong Kong Press, Hong Kong, 255 (2009) [A3]
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Chapter (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Mak 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) [B1]
2011 Mak 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]
2011 So 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]
2009 Mak 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]
2009 Mak 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]
2009 So 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]
1999 Najjar 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 (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lee JH, Sher WD, Lee HS, Mak MY, Ostwald MJ, 'Strategic planning indicators: Towards mixed-use developments supporting urban regeneration in Seoul', Global Built Environment Review, 9 48-68 (2015) [C1]
Co-authors Michael Ostwald, Willy Sher, Juhyun Lee
2015 Dong W, Mackee J, Mak M, 'Validating the holistic sustainability framework: The application on shangbu regeneration in China', International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, 10 19-33 (2015) [C1]

© Common Ground, Wenli Dong, Jamie Mackee, Michael Mak, All Rights Reserved. The Holistic Sustainability Framework (HSEF) for Chinese Cities has been developed based on the indig... [more]

© Common Ground, Wenli Dong, Jamie Mackee, Michael Mak, All Rights Reserved. The Holistic Sustainability Framework (HSEF) for Chinese Cities has been developed based on the indigenous philosophies of China, and refined with the data of thirteen large urban design projects collected in four Chinese cities. This paper applies and assesses HSEF for the urban design assessment in China. It focuses on Shenzhen Shangbu Regeneration, checks the interrelations and links in decision-making for sustainable development, while validating the applicability of this framework. Discussions on the application of the framework focus on the interpretation of the key relational qualities, clarifying questions, and selecting a preferred option from the analysis. The finding of the application suggests that a framework based on the philosophical and cultural experiences of the region could provide a robust foundation for a credible alternative approach to evaluate the urban regeneration projects. The future work will validate the framework in other stages of design with implications on the revision of the model.

Co-authors Jamie Mackee
2014 Fibbens M, Mak MY, Williams A, 'Assessing compensation for landholders affected by coal seam gas occupation', Pacific Rim Property Research Journal, 20 161-170 (2014) [C1]

© 2014, University of Western Sydney. All rights reserved. Valuation theory in Australia has long established principles relating to compensation for the acquisition of part of p... [more]

© 2014, University of Western Sydney. All rights reserved. Valuation theory in Australia has long established principles relating to compensation for the acquisition of part of property. However, the theory relating to assessing compensation for coal seam gas (CSG) occupation is relatively undeveloped and CSG activity in New South Wales (NSW) takes place in an environment where some confusion surrounds the subject of the assessment of landholder compensation. This paper applies a comparative study of the compensation assessment practices of courts in NSW, Queensland and Alberta. The research, reported in this paper, documents a trail of judicial decisions supporting the use of ¿piecemeal¿ and ¿before and after¿ approaches where mining infrastructure occupies part of property. A comparison of the valuation techniques identified in this study with the harms described by Fibbens et al 2013 indicates the ¿piecemeal¿ and ¿before and after¿ valuation approaches have greater utility in addressing losses to the balance land than the so called common industry practices used in NSW which ignore effects on the balance land.

2014 Ge XJ, Mak MY, 'Decision making to Purchase Family Homes: Feng Shui versus Sustainability', Project Perspectives, 36 64-69 (2014) [C2]
2013 Mak MY, Fibbens M, 'Coal Seam Gas and Emerging Issues for Valuers', Australia and New Zealand Property Journal, 4 173-178 (2013) [C3]
2011 Dong 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]
DOI 10.1016/j.proeng.2011.11.2085
Co-authors Jamie Mackee
2010 Yan K-C, Mak MY, 'Effectiveness of Western MBA programmes for Chinese managers', Journal of Knowledge-Based Innovation in China, 2 117-141 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/17561411011032025
2008 Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Feng shui: An alternative framework for complexity in design', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 4 58-72 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.3763/aedm.2008.S307
2007 Mak MY, 'The Culture of Fengshui in Korea: An Exploration of East Asian Geomancy', Journal of Scientific Exploration, 21 637-638 (2007) [C3]
2005 Mak MY, Ng ST, 'The art and science of Feng Shui - a study on architects' perception', Building and Environment, 40 427-434 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.buildenv.2004.07.016
Citations Scopus - 28Web of Science - 13
2002 Rose 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]
Citations Scopus - 104
2002 Mak MY, 'Architects' Perception of the Feng Shui Model', Landscape Australia, 24 (1) 16-19 (2002) [C3]
2001 Ng 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 (38 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Mak MY, Sun JCY, Chen FY, 'Simplicity of Sustainability: A Taiwanese Approach', Proceedings of the 21st Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference (2015)
2013 Lee 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Juhyun Lee, Willy Sher
2013 Lee 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher, Juhyun Lee, Michael Ostwald
2013 Fibbens 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 (2013) [E1]
2013 Ge XJ, Mak MY, 'Purchasing Family Homes: Feng Shui versus Sustainability', Proceedings of the 19th CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane 2013: Construction and Society (2013) [E1]
2013 Tang 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 (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran, Patrick Tang
2012 Mak 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 (2012) [E2]
2012 Mak MY, Ge JX, 'Feng Shui: A Chinese perspective of sustainability', Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference of Global Chinese Real Estate Congress (GREC) (2012) [E2]
2011 Dong 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 (2011) [E2]
Co-authors Jamie Mackee
2011 Mak 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 (2011) [E1]
2011 Varma 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 (2011) [E2]
2010 Mak 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 (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2010 Mak 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 (2010) [E1]
2010 Mak MY, 'Scientific research of feng shui applications to the built environment', Symposium Kan Yu (Feng Shui) and Architecture (2010) [E2]
2010 So A, Mak MY, 'Study of flying stars method of the Compass School with case studies', Symposium Kan Yu (Feng Shui) and Architecture (2010) [E2]
2010 Mak MY, 'Applications of knowledge-based expert systems to feng shui knowledge', Proceedings of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists 2010 (2010) [E1]
2009 Yan K-C, Mak MY, 'An empirical approach to study the effectiveness of knowledge transfer through western MBA programmes for executives in China', EURAM 2009 (2009) [E3]
2009 Mak 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 (2009) [E1]
2009 Mak MY, So A, 'Conference editors', Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment 2009 (2009) [E4]
2009 Mak 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 (2009) [E1]
2009 Mak MY, Ng ST, 'Feng Shui: A Chinese approach to integrated design', Future Trends in Architectural Management: Proceedings of the CIB W096 Architectural Management (2009) [E1]
2009 Hodgson 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) (2009) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2008 Hodgson G, Sher WD, Mak MY, 'An e-learning approach to quantity surveying measurement', Conference Proceedings: BEAR 2008: Building Resilience (2008) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2008 Mak 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 (2008) [E1]
2008 Mak 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 (2008) [E3]
2007 Mak MY, So ATP, 'Development of scientific research in Feng Shui', Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui & Built Environment 2007 (2007) [E1]
2007 Mak MY, So A, 'Conference Editors', Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Scientific Feng Shui & Built Environment 2007 (2007) [E4]
2007 Mak MY, Ng T, 'Feng Shui: An alternative framework for complexity in design', CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
2007 Mak MY, Cornwell NC, 'Emotional intelligence of project managers', CIB World Building Congress 2007 - Construction for Development. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
2007 Hodgson G, Sher WD, Mak MY, 'E-learning quantity surveying measurement for net-generation students', Proceedings. 2007 Conference of the Australasian Universities Building Education Association (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Willy Sher
2006 Mak MY, 'Artificial Intelligence and Feng Shui', Proceedings of the International Conference of Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment (2006) [E2]
2006 Mak 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 (2006) [E1]
2005 Mak MY, Ng TS, Chen SE, 'Formulating A Hierarchical Structure of Feng Shui Knowledge', Information and knowledge management in a global economy (2005) [E1]
2005 Mak MY, 'A Conceptual Framework of Feng Shui Knowledge', Proceedings of International Symposium on Scientific Feng Shui and Built Environment (2005) [E2]
2000 Mak 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 (2000) [E1]
1999 Najjar 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 (1999)
Co-authors Marcus Jefferies
1998 Mak MY, 'Application of Feng Shui Principles to Major Cities in the World', Science and Design (1998) [E2]
1998 Mak MY, Chen SE, Ilett M, Najjar GR, 'A Model of Competency-Based Assessment in an Integrated Problem-Based Learning Programme', Science and Design (1998) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $12,400

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20151 grants / $1,500

Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, 18-21 January 2015$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1401427
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $1,500

CIB World Building Congress 2013, Brisbane, 5 - 9 May 2013$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1300539
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $1,500

Global Chinese Real Estate Congress, GCREC, Macau, 3-5 July 2012$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200653
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20111 grants / $1,500

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100688
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,500

International Symposium CIB-W096 2009 Taiwan, Tainan, 2-4 November 2009$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo G0190568
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,700

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

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189195
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,700

CIB World Building Congress 2007/BECON 2007, Cape Town Sth Africa, 14/5/2007 - 18/5/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187672
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20061 grants / $1,500

Joint International Conference on Computing Decision Making in Civil and Building Engineering, 14-16 June 2006$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Mak
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2006
Funding Finish 2006
GNo G0186522
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current4

Total current UON EFTSL

Masters2.5

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 Masters The Applicability of a 'Peaceful or Meditative' Derived Asian Landscape 'For a Mega Region Apartment Complex' Using a Heritage Context
M Philosophy (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2016 Masters The Applicability of a 'Peaceful or Meditative' Derived Asian Landscape 'For a Mega Region Apartment Complex' Using a Heritage Context
M Philosophy (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters The Applicability of a 'Peaceful or Meditative' Derived Asian Landscape 'For a Mega Region Apartment Complex' Using a Heritage Context
, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor
2015 Masters How to Attract Angel Investment to Drive the Creation of New Enterprises and Investment Projects Which Ultimately Drives Economic Growth
M Philosophy (Building), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Regenerating Chinese Cities: A Framework for Sustainable Decision Making based on Chinese Traditional Philosophy
PhD (Architecture), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
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Dr Michael Mak

Position

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Focus area

Construction Management (Building)

Contact Details

Email michael.mak@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7450
Fax (02) 4921 6913

Office

Room A115
Building Architecture
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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