Dominic Lai

Dominic is the Executive Chairman of Umow Lai and is a registered fire safety, mechanical, and electrical engineer.

Dominic has over 32 years experience in commercial, educational, hospitals, institutional and research facilities and has developed particular skills in mechanical and fire safety system design for these facilities.

His responsibilities include the technical development of the Umow Lai practice, challenging and encouraging project engineers to develop innovative design solutions which result in benefits to our clients.

Dominic is a firm believer that building services engineers should possess multi-disciplinary skills to provide ‘Total Solutions’ for Clients.

In recent years, Dominic has developed particular expertise in Fire Engineering and is a pioneer of this new engineering discipline in Victoria.

His current focus is on delivering Ecologically Sustainable Development engineering solutions for Clients.

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Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Grad. Diploma Building Fire Safety, Victoria University

Grad. Diploma in Air Conditioning, Swinburne University of Technology

Fellow Member, The Institution of Engineers, Australia

Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

Member, The American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc.

Member, Aust. Institute of Refrigeration,
Air Conditioning and Heating

Member, Assoc. of Consulting
Engineers, Australia

Registered Building Practitioner
– Fire Safety EF1001
– Mechanical EM1011
– Electrical EE1117


Building Appeals Board Member
1997 – 2005

Vice President, Society of Fire Safety
1995 – 2002

Committee member Standards Australia
BD18/16 “Fire Safety Audits to Building”

Special Achievements

Victoria University Legend, 2006

Green Star Accredited Professional, Green Building Council of Australia

Umow Lai is a Member of the Green Building Council of Australia

Some of Dominic’s Favourite Projects


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