James Helal

Height and Data Committee Member

University of Melbourne, Assistant Dean (Sustainability) | Melbourne, Australia


Dr. James Helal specializes in the life cycle assessment, computational design, and structural optimization of tall buildings. As Assistant Dean (Sustainability) of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, he is committed to enhancing and realizing the strategic direction and sustainability agenda for the faculty. This involves embedding sustainability into research, teaching, learning, culture, and organizational life.

Dr. Helal's research centres on the development of innovative software tools and computer models that integrate embodied carbon assessment into the early-stage structural design of tall buildings. His work has been acknowledged internationally by the Institution of Structural Engineers, receiving the 2021 Structures Best Research into Practice prize, and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), receiving the 2023 CIOB Best Research…

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James Helal


Height and Data Committee, Member (2024 – Present)