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 early beginnings commenced as a building cadet and apprentice with a well-established Sydney builder whilst studying at Sydney Technical College. He gradually worked his way thru the ranks with notable 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 of awards for projects in the residential and commercial sectors. His company, changed direction during the nineties and became more focused on major property developments 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 a chance encounter, 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 of Building and the Master Builders Association. On a personal level, John has a keen interest in flying and music. Academically, he has completed his Master of Philosophy and Master of Project Management with distinction, he is currently undertaking his PhD at TUDelft. John was also awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 for significant service to the Construction Industry and to Higher Education.

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  • MPhil University of Newcastle (NSW)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of Mediation and Arbitration (2009 - 2013)
  • Master Builders Association (1983 - 2021)
  • Australian Institute of Project Management (2012 - 2017)
  • Australian Institute of Building (1983 - 2020)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Construction Management


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Location: ED.G.140

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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.

Conference Papers

  • Smolders, J., Al-Ashwal, A., Senaratne, S. and Hardie, M. (2021), 'Industry-enabled work integrated learning through Certificate of Practice program', Australasian Universities Building Education Association. Conference, online.

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