James Helal researches the relationship between life cycle assessment, computational design and the structural optimisation of buildings. His current focus is on the development of software tools and complex computer models that enable the automation and integration of embodied carbon assessment into the early stage structural design of tall buildings.
His interest in structural optimisation was provoked by his industry experience and structural engineering education at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Melbourne.
More recently, this interest has expanded into parametric modelling and environmental assessment to create integrated design approaches and frameworks as part of his PhD studies under the supervision and guidance of Dr André Stephan and Dr Robert Crawford.
James has acquired significant experience in teaching and content development across several construction and structural engineering programs at the University of Melbourne. As a Lecturer in Construction Management, James coordinates a core undergraduate subject for the Construction Major in the Bachelor of Design titled CONS10001 Principles of Building and a core postgraduate subject for the Master of Construction Management titled ABPL90324 Materials and Structures. For both these subjects, James has integrated innovative learning approaches, particularly using project-based learning techniques and adaptive online learning modules.
His teaching excellence has been recognised at both Faculty and University levels, including the University of Melbourne's prestigious Edward Brown Award in 2020.
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Towards a design framework for the structural systems of tall buildings that considers emb..
Beyond the “premium-for-height” framework for designing the structural systems of tall bui..
Form and Performance: Tall Concrete Structures and Apartment Quality in Melbourne's Reside..
The Effects of Building Parameters on the Modal Displacement Shapes of Tall Buildings
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Towards a design framework for the structural systems of tall buildings that considers embodied greenhouse gas emissions
James Helal, André Stephan, RH Crawford
Conference Proceedings | 2019 | Fourth International Conference on Structures and Architecture (ICSA 2019) - Structures and Architecture - Bridging the Gap and Crossing Borders
During the 1960s, the Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect Fazlur Rahman Khan proposed an influential design fra..
Beyond the “premium-for-height” framework for designing the structural systems of tall buildings
James Helal, Andre Stephan, Robert H Crawford
Conference Proceedings | 2018 | 52nd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2018 - Engaging Architectural Science: Meeting the Challenges of Higher Density
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Edward Brown Award for Teaching Excellence
Open Award for Excellence in Teaching
Teaching Fellow - Construction Management
Architecture, Building And Planning
Master of Engineering (Structural)
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Commerce
University of Melbourne