Patrick has particular interest in the integration of pragmatic sustainable design into buildings. A mechanical engineer, he has led many multi discipline projects across a range of building sectors and particularly enjoys working in the Sports and Recreation, Public, Commercial and Tertiary sectors.
He graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, is a Member of The Institute of Engineers Australia and a Registered Building Practitioner.
Patrick started his career in the UK and has lived and worked in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin and Perth.
For recreation, Patrick enjoys running, cycling, gardening and watching his children play sport.
A Sustainability Consultant with the Melbourne office’s specialist Sustainability Group, Nick has a passion for seeking robust and pragmatic solutions for projects which provide for lasting environmental benefit and lowest life cycle costs.
A Mechanical Engineer with early experience in the defence and automotive sectors, Nick has been within the building services industry for ten years, six of those with Umow Lai’s Melbourne office. He possess solid technical knowledge of HVAC systems, sustainable building principles, rating & benchmarking systems, advanced modelling, regulatory compliance requirements and renewable energy systems.
Nick holds a Masters of International Urban and Environmental Management, has worked in South Africa assisting the Green Building Council of South Africa with the adaptation and implementation of Green Star, been involved in in master-planning projects in China and Indonesia, and assisting in energy code development in West Africa with international partner consultancies. Nick has recently played a key role in the further developed Umow Lai’s capabilities with regards to the ‘Passive House’ design standard and PV renewable energy systems.
Nick has worked on a range of projects. Highlights include the highly acclaimed Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, New Bendigo Hospital, assisting the MCC with the implementation of a cloud-based utility monitoring and visualisation system for the MCG, and helping clients capitalise on the distinct advantages presented by the rapid advances in PV renewable energy and energy storage.
Between the demands of two young children and a seemingly endless sustainable “renno” of a 1970’s classic suburban home, Nick enjoys sea kayaking and the outdoors and the occasional music festival.
James is a Mechanical Engineer based in Umow Lai’s Melbourne office.
His extensive experience in detailed design and documentation of mechanical services for critical facilities across multiple sectors including data centres, healthcare, research laboratories and defence, enables him to deliver high standards of service for clients. James has worked in Melbourne, Brisbane and Singapore and recently led the mechanical services design for the $1Billion Singapore National Cancer Centre.
Since joining Umow Lai, he has become involved with the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, Alfred Hospital, and Deakin University projects.
James is a qualified Mechanical and Chartered Professional Engineer, a registered building practitioner in Victoria and a registered professional engineer of Queensland. He is also a Member and the Victorian President of AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating). Outside of the office, James enjoys playing golf and heading up to the snow.
With a general interest in Fire Safety Engineering complemented by many years of specialist experience in structural fire engineering, and a background in applied research and project consulting, David has become a welcome member of the Fire Safety team in Melbourne.
David’s research experience gained at Victoria University and BHP focused on the Structural behaviour of steel and concrete in fire and culminated in his contributions to various Australian Standards on related topics. As a Professor at Victoria University, David has taught various units of the Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate fire safety engineering courses.
Bringing his many years’ experience in engineering consultancy, David is applying his skills on a range of projects: multi-storey residential developments, including the Freemasons and Scape, laboratories such as CSL and Bio21, as well as the Orygen youth mental health development and Telstra telecommunication facilities.
With a background in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in building services design, Simon has dedicated his career to seeking sustainable design outcomes utilising building physics and advanced analysis solutions.
Simon takes a pragmatic approach to design and over 17 years, his experience and expertise has been developed through multidisciplinary engineering design in mechanical, fire, vertical transportation and hydraulic services. The opportunity to lead several large engineering teams or to be a discipline lead designer on some iconic projects, both small and colossal in scale, is something he has enjoyed.
His experience in sectors such as transport, commercial, education, health, arts and entertainment, commercial, retail and industrial, includes Sydney Metro Northwest, Brisbane International Airport Terminal Expansion and the QUT Creative Industries Precinct.
Since re-joining Umow Lai’s Brisbane office where he completed the QUT data centre live infrastructure upgrade and Toowoomba City Library projects, Simon has begun services design for a new private hospital and will be leading the Brisbane team in the delivery of Building Physics.
Out of the office, Simon enjoys family life and activities including camping, cycling and hands-on designing: making bespoke furniture or building a deck.