Professor James Murray-Parkes

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James is a Director of Science & Engineering at Brookfield. For Brookfield and its entities, James and his team offer complete, end-to-end design solutions, forensic investigation, technical strategy, design concepts, technical & computational peer review, standards and code interpretations.

James is widely regarded as a world leader in high-load connection innovation and design. His unique design capabilities have influenced over 800 projects in the construction, energy and defence sectors. The design solutions he developed with the Brookfield team resulted in lighter weight structures, which minimise materials and are easier, safer and faster to construct.

In addition to his work at Brookfield, James is a professor of practice in the Monash University Department of Civil Engineering. He was a founding member of the Modular Construction Codes Board (MCCB), which developed and published the first edition of the Handbook for the Design of Modular Structures in 2017. This handbook, produced with support from Monash University, provides pivotal support material to reference modern forms of construction design, which was lacking in other resources. 

James will provide an introduction to the next publication Tall Timber Structures Handbook from the Technical Handbook Council which aims to help share experience and knowledge in all things related to tall timber structure design.

Presentation Overview

As populations grow ever larger and economies centralise, density requirements inevitably demand that we build up. Timber is re-emerging in new guises as engineered materials along with design practices which have the capacity to go tall. James will provide an introduction to the next publication Tall Timber Structures Handbook from the Technical Handbook Council which aims to help share experience and knowledge in all things related to tall timber structure design.