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Prior to academia, Robyn worked in architectural practice, designing residential, commercial and industrial projects, ranging from Police stations, office design to hospitals. She moved to Massey University to fulfil a passion for research on healthy and sustainable buildings. She has been an active member of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand and been chair or deputy chair of the special interest group for Indoor Air Quality. She is a Fellow of RICS, Director of the New Zealand Green Building Council (Research), a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate and IRHACE. She is a Co-Director of the Healthy Housing Research Group which won the Prime Ministers Science Team Prize in 2014. She is also a Principle Investigator with the Sustainable Cities Research consortium and member of NERI National Energy Research Institute.
Roles and Responsibilities
Academic Director Construction - Undergraduate and Post Graduate programs (2013-2017).
These include the Bachelors of Construction, Post Graduate Diploma Construction, Masters of Construction and PhD. Under Robyn's leadership these programs have had rapid growth and expansion.
Leader of the Built Environment Cluster. (2003 - 2018)
The Built Environment Cluster consists of staff with expertise in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Lighting, Building Technology, Productivity in Construction, Contract Administration, Adjudication of construction disputes, Healthy and sustainable construction,
CoDirector of He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.
This research group, funded by an HRC programme grant and other private sources,is a consortium of multidisciplinaryresearchers from Otago University, Massey University and BRANZ. It has completed several large randomized community interventional field trials to investigate practical and cost effective solutions for healthy homes. Projects have included the effects of improving domestic heating, insulation, fuel subsidies for heating, and development of a Healthy Housing Index. This team was awarded the Prime Ministers Science team Prize in 2014.
Co leader of Healthy Schools research team. Professor Chris Cunningham and Dr Mikael Boulic and Robyn have completed a candomised control trial of ventilation in classrooms and a large ongoing study of air quality in classrooms.
Principle Investigator of Sustainable Cities Research Group. This multidisciplinary research group is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission to investigate transport, urban use, energy, neighourhood, and sustainable housing issues.
Director (Research and Policy) New Zealand Green Building Council
Professor Phipps is the Director of Research, Built Environment at Massey University.
Robyn has expertise in the design and management of healthy buildings, indoor air quality,affordable housing, heating and ventilation. Her research is focused on validating effective and practical means to improve indoor environments in homes, school and workplaces and construction health and safety. Energy efficient, sustainable building, accessible housing and professional practice are other research themes.
Robyn Phipps has conducted projects on health and environmental effects of domestic heating, design of healthy buildings, low energy buildings, ventilation in homes, mould in buildings and health effects from fluorescent lighting. She has conducted research on the advancement of women in hte construction sector, solar energy uptake, health and safety in construction, and profesional practice.
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104): Architecture (120100):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Building (120200): Building Science and Techniques (120202): Built Environment And Design (120000): Design Innovation (120302): Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice (120303): Design Practice and Management (120300):
Other Built Environment and Design (129900)
Robyn Phipps has expertise in the design and management of healthy buildings, including housing, school and offices. Heating and ventilation to create warm, dry and healthy environments and the removal of mould and bacteria in buildings are her primary research areas. Energy efficient buildings and sustainable construction systems are also within her expertise.
Project Title: NSC - Building Solutions for Affordable, Functional Housing in Ageing and Changing Communities
Date Range: 2018 - 2019
Funding Body: BRANZ Ltd
Project Title: Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Equipment
Date Range: 2015 - 2016
Funding Body: Department of Internal Affairs
Project Title: Improving health and wellbeing in low decile classrooms with a low cost solar ventilation system
Date Range: 2012 - 2015
Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand
Sustainable Buildings and CAD
Postgraduate papers include the Design and Management of Healthy Buildings and Indoor Air Quality.