Alex Amato

Alex Amato

Head of Sustainability

Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC)

Biography

Dr. Alex Amato has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry.  He has worked in both the private and public sectors in the UK, SE Asia and now in the Middle East. Since gaining his PhD at Oxford Brookes University over 20 years ago, he has sought to resolve the perplexing problem of integrating sustainability into the built environment.

His work covers a wide range of design, construction product development and research experience in architectural practice, academe and in both the constructional steel and concrete sectors.  In both of these, he worked on the development of new steel and concrete sustainable manufacturing and construction systems.

Since 1992, his research has largely focused on the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) where he has sought to assess the environmental impact of buildings, construction systems, and products, quantitatively to inform the design process.  While in the Dept. of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), his research also extended to experimentation in the pedagogy of design teaching and many of these techniques he applies to tertiary and professional education.

While at HKU he was in charge of the undergraduate architectural programme and taught architectural design, construction technology, and sustainable construction.  He also lectured wider afield in China, particularly the University of Chong Qing, where he taught in HKU’s China Masters Programme.  In 2006 the Professional Green Building Council gave his innovative LCA study for the Hong Kong Housing Authority, carried out in collaboration with the Business Environment Council and Davis Langdon Management Ltd., a Merit Award.

In Qatar he spent the first three years providing sustainable consultancy within Davis Langdon but for the last five years has held the position of Head of Sustainability at the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).  QGBC is part of Qatar Foundation.

Here he has helped deliver an expanding research and educational programme.  In particular the design and construction of the first Passivhaus in the GCC Region, research with Texas A&M University and the College of the North Atlantic, both funded through the National Priorities Research Programme of the Qatar National Research Fund.

He has also taught at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) where he delivered an introductory course to sustainability and a module on sustainability in the built environment in 2015/16.  He also delivered in April this year, a module on Sustainable Cities for the HBKU Executive Masters Course in Energy and Resources.

He is currently supervising a PhD candidate at HBKU whose research examines the impact of smart transport technology on city neighbourhood morphology. 

Dr. Amato is a member of the RIBA and a GSAS Certified Green Professional.  His current research interests are:

- sustainable economics;
- sustainable neighbourhoods;
- sustainable construction and materials;
- urban ecology.

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