Mrs Jessica Siva

Mrs Jessica Siva

Associate Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Career Summary

Biography

Research

Jessica Siva, BAppSc.(Arch), BArch(Hons), MPhil., is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Built Environment and is also completing her PhD in the School. She was previously awarded a Postgraduate Research Prize for her work into the investigation of architect-client relationships through her Masters research. She is now furthering her study of clients in the construction industry through her PhD by exploring client governance on megaprojects.

She has worked on various nationally-funded research projects and has over 50 research publications in the areas of design management, international collaborative practice, government supply chain management, human capital, sustainable urban development decision-making policy, process and practice and client management. She has won three Emerald Publishing Group Best Paper Awards at various conferences and was a recipient of the ProSPER.Net United Nations University Young Researchers’ School Scholarship.

Teaching and Administration

Jess is currently coordinating two courses in the Bachelor of Construction Management (Hons) program including Construction Project Planning and Work Integrated Learning Building Information Modelling (BIM). She will also be coordinating the course Infrastructure Development which will incorporate some of her research work which looks into megaproject planning and development. She has taught students in architecture and construction management in the programs of Masters of Architecture and Masters of Construction Management at the University of Newcastle and Deakin University. She has also supervised honours research students in a number of architectural and construction management topics.

Jess is a foundation member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (CIBER) in the School of Architecture and Built Environment. She was the founding president of the RMIT CIB Student Chapter.

She was previously the Publications Officer of the Chartered Institute of Building (Australasia) and the editor of the professional journal/magazine “Contact Australasia”.


Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • design management
  • client management
  • international collaborative practice
  • sustainable urban development
  • social, cultural and intellectual capital
  • decision-making policy, process and practice
  • government supply chain management
  • internationalisation
  • construction megaprojects
  • architect-client relationships
  • client governance
  • construction project governance
  • construction innovation
  • construction social networks

Languages

  • English (Mother)
  • Malay (Fluent)
  • Cantonese (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning 40
120303 Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice 40
120105 Architecture Management 20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
6/02/2017 - 6/12/2017 Research Fellow The University of South Australia
Australia
6/02/2012 - 6/10/2013 Research Fellow RMIT University
Australia
5/12/2011 - 6/12/2013 Publications Officer Chartered Institute of Building Australasia
6/02/2010 - 6/02/2011 Research Fellow Australian National Housing Alliance
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2012 CIBW118 Clients and Users in Construction Award for Best Paper
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
2011 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Best Paper Award
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
2009 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Award for Best Paper
Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Prize

Year Award
2013 The international management conference Happy projects 2013: Sustainable Management international student paper award (PhD level)
The International Management conference
2007 Postgraduate Research Prize in Architecture
Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - The University of Newcastle (Australia)

Research Award

Year Award
2013 RMIT European Union Centre HDR Travel Assistance grant for academic excellence
RMIT University

Scholarship

Year Award
2011 ProSPER.Net United Nations University Young Researchers’ School Scholarship, Tokyo
Prosper.Net United Nations University
2010 Australian Postgraduate Award
RMIT University
2009 Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarship
Deakin University

Invitations

Interviewee

Year Title / Rationale
2015 ABC Radio National Blueprint for Living, ‘Trust me, I’m an architect’

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ARBE4323 Work Integrated Learning Building Information Modelling (BIM)
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 31/12/2018
ARBE3301 Construction Project Planning
School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 26/02/2018 - 30/06/2018
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Publications

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


Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 London KA, Stewart P, Aranda-Mena G, Croce N, Chen PS, Computers in Building and Construction, Icon. Net Pty Ltd, Brisbane, 38 (2005) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Siva J, London K, 'Disrupting social structure to achieve innovation on Public-Private Partnership megaprojects: a narrative analysis of instruments of power in the Singapore Sports Hub case study', New Forms of Procurement PPP and Relational Contracting in the 21st Century, Routledge, Abingdon, UK 193-215 (2016)
2012 Siva J, London K, 'Relfexive capability maturity assessment for firm management of multi-partner international projects', Joint Ventures in Construction 2 Contract, Governance, Performance and Risk, Institute of Civil Engineers, London, UK 83-96 (2012)
2008 London KA, Chen PS, 'Civil construction supply chain management policy to support collaborative relationships in public sector procurement', Collaborative Relationships in Construction: Developing Frameworks and Networks, Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken 197-223 (2008) [B1]
Citations Scopus - 1

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Siva J, London K, 'Client learning for successful architect-client relationships', ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION AND ARCHITECTURAL MANAGEMENT, 19 253-+ (2012)
DOI 10.1108/09699981211219599
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6
2011 London K, Siva JPS, 'The role of reflexive capability in relation to intellectual capital on multi international partnerships', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 29 846-855 (2011)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.05.007
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2011 Siva JPS, London K, 'Investigating the role of client learning for successful architect-client relationships on private single dwelling projects', Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 7 177-189 (2011)

This research investigates the widening gap between architects and clients and the associated problems in the management of their relationship. Drawing theory from sociological an... [more]

This research investigates the widening gap between architects and clients and the associated problems in the management of their relationship. Drawing theory from sociological and psychological perspectives, it demystifies the architect-client relationship by providing an account of how the profession's endeavour to maintain social distinction by creating silent boundaries around itself has led to an increased distancing between the architectural community and those clients not trained as professional architects. It raises several questions: to what extent can the boundaries between the architect and client be blurred? What is it about some relationships that are an enabler for success? Are there characteristics that underpin successful relationships? Using the narrative enquiry approach, eight in-depth interviews were conducted across five case studies of successful architect-client relationships, revealing ways in which clients effectively dealt with uncertainties on projects. The findings demonstrate that successful architect-client relationships are characterized by client learning and that over the course of the relationships architects supported clients to learn new skills, helping them overcome difficulties faced on projects. One of the most significant outcomes is that it demonstrates the potential of facilitating client learning to contribute to the development of successful architect-client relationships.

DOI 10.1080/17452007.2011.594570
Citations Scopus - 7
2009 Siva J, London K, 'Architects and their clients: Relationship analysis using habitus theory', International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 4 131-146 (2009)

The nature and quality of the architect-client relationship is critical for project success yet its management remains problematic. This interdisciplinary study draws theory from ... [more]

The nature and quality of the architect-client relationship is critical for project success yet its management remains problematic. This interdisciplinary study draws theory from sociology to further our understanding of this built environment industry problem. The concept of habitus, developed by French sociologist Bourdieu, helps to demystify the architect-client relationship and explain the underlying cause of conflicts between architects and clients. Habitus theory explains that the nature of architecture as a specialised activity places architects within an architectural habitus, distinguishing architects from clients who are not trained as professional architects. This paper provides a detailed description of the socialisation process one undergoes to become a "full fledged" architect. This socialisation process can place the architect in a dichotomous position simultaneously alienating them from their client who is not trained in the architectural profession and yet the architect still has to envision a design from their untrained client's perspective as a living space. The concept of second birth is considered for its relevance to explain the mismatch between the architect and client's habituses which takes place as they embark on a project together. An underlying premise to this research is that the architect and client's habituses encounter conditions which are different from those they are accustomed to as they enter into a relationship. It is the management of this complex and rich mismatch between the habituses that can determine the success of the architect-client relationship and is worthy of further exploration. © Common Ground, Jessica Siva, Kerry London, All Rights Reserved.

DOI 10.18848/1833-1882/CGP/v04i03/52874
Citations Scopus - 3
2008 London KA, Chen PS, 'Identification of persuasion tactics used by stakeholders towards sustainable urban development compliance', Journal of Construction Procurement, 14 18-34 (2008) [C1]
2005 London KA, Chen PS, Bavinton NJ, 'Adopting reflexive capability in international briefing', Facilities, 23 295-318 (2005) [C1]
DOI 10.1108/02632770510600263
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8
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Review (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2005 London KA, Chen PS, Bavinton NJ, ''Internationalisation of Australian Construction Design Firms': Final Report', Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (2005) [D1]
2004 London KA, Chen PS, 'Supply Chain Sustainability: Report 1 Literature Review', Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (2004) [D1]
2004 London KA, Fox D, Chen PS, 'Internationalisation of Australian Design Firms: Report 1 Literature Review', Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (2004) [D1]

Conference (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 London K, Siva J, 'Reflexive capability maturity assessment for firm management of multi-partner international projects', Joint Ventures in Construction 2: Contract, Governance, Performance and Risk (2012)
DOI 10.1680/jvc2.57838.083
2010 Siva JPS, London K, 'THE CLIENT'S COMPLEX DECISION-MAKING ENVIRONMENT ON INTERNATIONAL MEGA PROJECTS', PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION (ICSU 2010), Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2010)
Citations Web of Science - 1
2010 London K, Siva JPS, 'THE ROLE OF REFLEXIVE CAPABILITY IN RELATION TO INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL ON MULTI INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS', PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION (ICSU 2010), Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2010)
2007 London KA, Gajendran T, Chen PS, 'Proceedings', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E4]
Co-authors Thayaparan Gajendran
2007 Chen PS, London KA, 'Habitus and second birth: The development of a model for architect-client relationships in house designs based upon culture shock theory', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007 London KA, Chen PS, 'Conflict and persuasion in sustainable urban development decision making', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007 London KA, Chen PS, 'Sustainable urban development approval systems in crisis', Symposium: Building Across Borders Built Environment Procurement CIB WO92 Procurement Systems. Proceedings, Hunter Valley, NSW (2007) [E1]
2007 London KA, Chen PS, 'Role of cultural capital towards the development of a sustainable business model for design firm internationalisation', CIB World Building Congress. Construction for Development, Cape Town (2007) [E1]
2006 London KA, Chen PS, 'Construction Supply Chain Economic Policy Implementation for Sectoral Change: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric', Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, University College London (2006) [E1]
2005 Bavinton NJ, London KA, Chen PS, 'The Role Of Investment, Exchange and Accumulation of Non-Economic Capital International Project Performance', Proceedings of the 2005 CIB W92-T23/W107 International Symposium on Procurement Systems: The Impact of Cultural Differences and Systems on Construction Performance. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Las Vegas, University of Nevada, USA (2005) [E1]
2004 London KA, Chen J, 'The Development of 'Soft' Strategic Indicators for International Client Satisfaction', CRC For Construction Innovation, Qld, Australia (2004) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 2
Total funding $92,596

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20181 grants / $82,596

Architecture + Art: Speers Point Multi-Arts Space$82,596

Funding body: Lake Macquarie City Council

Funding body Lake Macquarie City Council
Project Team Doctor Chris Tucker, Mrs Jessica Siva, Associate Professor Patrick Tang, Emma Guthrey
Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1801127
Type Of Funding C2220 - Aust StateTerritoryLocal - Other
Category 2220
UON Y

20091 grants / $10,000

Australian-Malaysian Insitute Project Grant Fund$10,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team

Professor Kerry London and Jessica Siva

Scheme Australia-Malaysia Project Grant Fund
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding C3232 - International Govt - Other
Category 3232
UON N
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Mrs Jessica Siva

Position

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

Contact Details

Email jessica.siva@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 49138386
Mobile 0431411888
Fax (02) 4921 XXXX

Office

Room AG31
Building Architecture
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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