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Paulo Vaz-Serra

Senior Lecturer In Construction Management
Architecture, Building And Planning
Traditional and Collaborative Procurement Delivery Methodshods
Project Management
Engineering and Construction
Constructability and Agile Methods
Construction Management
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Paulo Vaz-Serra

Architecture, Building And Planning
Primary Interest
Risk Management
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Paulo Vaz-Serra


Paulo Vaz-Serra is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management within the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning of the University of Melbourne since 2014. He is a civil engineer with over twenty years’ experience in commercial, industrial, institutional and domestic construction.

He has a Master Science degree in Construction, a PhD in Civil Engineering that focused on knowledge management within construction companies and post-graduate in entrepreneurship and innovation. In the industry, he was a senior construction manager, senior project manager and general director. He has also held executive, operative and R&D responsibilities in one of the largest construction companies in Portugal (Coordinator of the Construknowledge, 700k euros project involving multiple contractors, two universities, the Portuguese Government and the European Community), identifying best ways to improve the efficiency of processes and lessons learned. Paulo is a Senior Member and an Expert in Construction Management of the Portuguese Engineers Organization, and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) of the UK, currently he is the deputy chairman of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), Local Victorian Delegation. For academia, Paulo has been teaching in the civil engineering course as an invited professor since 2010 and in several professional training courses for graduates in civil engineering and construction management in Portugal until 2014. He has acted as professional supervisor for several young engineers and supervised Master’s Thesis in Construction Management. Paulo was presenting his work on knowledge management in construction at international conferences, Portugal, Canada and Australia.


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Additional Information

(2019) Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Future Cities Seed Funding - "Exposure to greenery and PM2.5 during active transport modes"

(2019) Early Career Research Project Grant, Faculty ABP, University of Melbourne - "Proof of concept testing for an early stage project complexity assessment Tool"

(2017) Seed Fund Award John McIlwraith Foundation Grant - "Construction Project Management, Academic Programs and Industry Needs"

(2017) Exner College - "Evaluation of the Maker Immersion Project"

(2016) ABP Grant - BM Research program - "Exploring the use and the effects of using electronic and cloud-based project facilitation platform"

(2016) ABP Grant - BM Research program - "Can Scrum methodologies improve bidding processes and procedures in construction?"

(2016) The Association of Commonwealth Universities - Early Career Academic Grant - "The Challenge of Knowledge Management for Design, Engineering and Management Companies"

(2010) Operational Competitiveness Programme - COMPETE - Project SI I&DT n.o 13780 - Portuguese Government and EU - "Construknowledge - Knowledge Management in Construction"

(2008) Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portuguese Ministry of Education - Doctoral Grant (BDE No 33333)

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Fellowship of the Portuguese Order of Engineers






Senior Lecturer In Construction Management

Architecture, Building And Planning

Applicant Membership

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)

Full Membership

Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)


Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Deputy Chairman Of The Ice - Victorian Local Association

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Senior Expert In Construction And Project Management

Portuguese Order of Engineers (Ordem dos Engenheiros)



Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management

Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

Doutor in Engineering

Technical University of Lisbon

Master in Construction

Technical University of Lisbon

Project & Construction Site Management

University of Lisbon

Civil Engineer (Licensee 5 years)

Technical University of Lisbon