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Adjunct Professor Robert Whittaker AM, FRSN, FAIB *

Admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia for his ‘…significant contribution to the building and construction industry as a leader and educator’  – promulgated by HE the Governor-General in the Commonwealth Government Gazette, QB 2014.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (Est 1821, Royal Assent 1866, Act of Parliament 1881) – promulgated by HE the Governor of NSW in the NSW Government Gazette, 6 Feb 2018.

Awarded a Doctor of Construction Management Honoris Causa by Central Queensland University (CQUniversity), announced 2020.

Awarded a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by Western Sydney University (WSyd), October 2023.

A building and construction management graduate of UTS (1988) from where he also acquired post graduate qualifications in education, Robert remains actively Licensed  as a Class A Builder in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT, No.: 2015713) where he also holds a dormant license as a Principal Building Surveyor. He is also an accredited Quantity Surveyor and Building Economist – being also accredited in all these disciplines at Level 1 on the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR).

He served seven years on the Discipline Committee of the New South Wales’ Building Professionals Board – that State’s regulator of Building Surveyors and Certifying Engineers. Robert has also been extensively involved in the formulation of legislation and regulation affecting the construction industry in that State (including the 205 Building Professionals Board Act and most recently both the Strata Defects Inspection regime and the regulations for the Building Designers and Practitioners Act), needless to say he is registered to carry out Strata Defects Inspections in that State.

Director of Research and Education Foundation Trust (REFT, 2012-) and the College of Building (2012-) of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB, Incorporated by Royal Charter).

Current Director and Past Chair of the National Building Professionals Register (NBPR, 2014-).

Past Director and Past Deputy Chair (2014-19) of the Centre for Best Practice of Building Construction – the forerunner of the IBQC.

Past National President (2012-14) of the Australian Institute of Building. Past Chapter President: ACT/NSW (2002-04); and then NSW (2016-17), of the same. Robert has served as a Member and Chair of various national and State committees and judging panels of that Institute.

A Fellow of: the Australian Institute of Building (FAIB, 1999); the New Zealand Institute of Building (FNZIOB, 2020). and A Companion of Engineers Australia (CompIEAust, 2016).

Professor of Practice (Const.Man.) – University of Newcastle (2016-).

Adjunct Professor (Const.Man.) – University of Canberra (2013-).

Adjunct Professor (Const.Man., Bld Surv., Qty Surv.) – Western Sydney University where formerly he served as an adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Fellow (originally from 2013-).

Industry Professor (Const.Man.) – University of Technology Sydney (2023-).

Adjunct Professor (Engineering) – Southern Cross University (2024-).

He is a member of the industry advisory committees for construction and project management, quantity surveying and building surveying (inc. fire engineering) at all of the above (where applicable) and at CQUniversity – and has provided formal advice to Massey University.

Robert is recipient of the Australian Institute of Building New South Wales’ Chapter Honour Award (2010), which was presented by the then Minister, the Honourable Virginia Judge MP FRSN, New South Wales Minister for Fair Trading (the Department responsible for regulating the construction industry in that State) at Parliament House Sydney 2011.

Completed a $75m multi-storey construction of the Meriton Hotel in Canberra as the Licensed Builder December 2023.