Jason Gaekwad Regional Manager - Building Physics & Sustainability, Melbourne

Based in the Melbourne office, Jason is responsible for the quality, delivery and growth of Inhabit’s Building Physics practice in Australasia. He is most in his element when challenging the norm, using his ever-expanding knowledge base to push the performance of a project beyond “best practice”.

Jason’s primary technical disciplines include bioclimatic design, sustainability within the built environment, building physics, façade performance, indoor and outdoor environment quality, human comfort, people movement and pedestrian modelling, air quality, and building aerodynamics.

The diversity of his project involvement allows him to approach projects holistically, seeing complex systems rather than isolated components. This approach to the built environment enables his focus to be on the occupant and the environment as key stakeholders, beyond the traditional aspects of project delivery.

Jason’s current research project (PhD with Deakin University) is in human relationship to nature and perception of environment and place. At present, these ideas are packaged under the term “Biophilic Design”.  Jason believes these human aspects are missing from the built environment as designed and built today and that the future must see a built environment that improves connection with nature, connection with place, and nurtures human well-being.

Some of Jason’s most prominent projects include:

. Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Australia
. Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Australia
. Melbourne Metro, Australia
. Christchurch Bus Interchange, New Zealand
. Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment, Australia
. Khalidya Park Outdoor Mall, United Arab Emirates
. Monash Health Translation Precinct, Australia
. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Australia