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Head of Research and Development

Hames Sharley


Dr. Emil Jonescu, an accomplished architect associated with the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. As the Head of Research and Development at Hames Sharley, Emil is a visionary leader bridging the gap between scholarly research, private-sector innovation, and practical application. Transcending borders and fostering collaborations among academics and researchers on both national and global scales, he cultivates practice-led research that elevates the architectural profession.

Generously imparting his knowledge to emerging professionals and future leaders in the field through Dr Emil holds distinguished Industry Advisory Committee roles. His background encompasses leadership across three key sectors: government, private practice, and university academia. He possesses a unique ability to translate high-level industry research innovations into actionable solutions, a skill honed through first-hand experience addressing the intricate challenges faced by architects and designers, including the delicate balance of environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

Dr Emil excels in crafting research strategies, fostering collaboration, and ensuring the successful execution of complex projects with diverse parameters. He has secured and executed grants and orchestrated international cross-cultural research initiatives on vital topics such as urban indigenous communities, placemaking, and security. These endeavours underscore the paramount role of research in architectural practice.

Dr Emil's profound understanding of architecture's power to shape behaviour, coupled with his unwavering commitment to research-driven solutions, positions him as a driving force in shaping the future of the built environment. His work consistently yields meaningful advancements for transformative change in the world of architecture and design.

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