Mr John Smolders

Mr John Smolders

Senior Lecturer In Construction Management In Practice,
Construction Management


John has been active in the building and construction industry for over forty years. His earlybeginnings commenced as a building cadet and apprentice with a well-established Sydney builderwhilst studying at Sydney Technical College. He gradually worked his way thru the ranks withnotable builders and architects on sizable projects of the day.It was in the early eighties that John began his own construction company winning a number ofawards for projects in the residential and commercial sectors.His company, changed direction during the nineties and became more focused on major propertydevelopments in Sydney and in Brisbane. John’s role became focused on property acquisitions,feasibilities, concept design to final project completion.To date, John is still very active as a construction and development professional. By chanceencounter, he entered university life as a casual academic at the Universities of New South Wales,Newcastle and Western Sydney. In addition, he is an active participant of the Australian Institute ofBuilding and the Master Builders Association.On a personal level, John has a keen interest in flying and music. Academically, he has completedhis Master of Philosophy and Master of Project Management with distinction, he is now undertakinghis PhD at TUDelft.

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  • MPhil University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Mediation and Arbitration (2009 - 2013)
  • Australian Institute of Project Management (2012 - 2017)
  • Australian Institute of Building (1983 - 2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Construction Management


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Journal Articles

  • Maund, K., Sher, W., Smolders, J. and Naughton, R. (2013), 'Understanding the building certification system : a need for accreditation reform', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building Conference Series, vol 2, no 2 , pp 64 - 71.

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