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Dr Abdul-Manan Sadick



Lecturer in Construction Management


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Arch & Built Enviro


Geelong Waterfront Campus

+61 3 522 73192

Biography summary

Sadick holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering Management specialisation) from the University of Manitoba in Canada, MSc Project Management (with Distinction) from Northumbria University in the UK, and BSc (Hons, First Class) Building Technology from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana.

Prior to his MSc Project Management in the UK, Sadick worked as a Quantity Surveyor and Project Manager in the Ghanaian construction industry.  

Sadick is a member of ASHRAE and serves on the "Physiology and Human Environment" and "Buildings and Environmental Impacts and Sustainability" Technical Committees. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.

Research interests

The primary purpose of buildings is to provide safe and conducive spaces to accommodate human activities in different life domains including work, school and home. Sadick’s research therefore focuses on human interactions with the built environment. He is interested in assessing the intricate relationships between building performance and occupants’ behaviour with the aim of optimising building performance without compromising occupants’ satisfaction, well-being and productivity. Sadick views the human interaction with indoor environments as a dynamic system with multiple interacting factors and therefore believes in employing an integral research approach that uses methods from the qualitative and quantitative research traditions. Sadick is interested in using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to enhance occupants’ interaction with indoor environments and to automate analysis of occupants’ feedback to improve building performance. This AI and ML focused research also includes leveraging social media data to investigate human behaviour and its impact on building performance. He is also interested in exploring the social and economic impact of human interactions with the built environment. Sadick collaborates locally and globally with other researchers, working on different building types including offices, schools, hospitals, and homes. His broad research interests include the following:

  • Building performance assessment
  • Occupants’ comfort, well-being and satisfaction
  • Green/sustainable buildings
  • Occupant-centric building control
  • Building operation and maintenance
  • Building performance assessment
  • Natural language processing (NLP)

Units taught


  • SRT757: Bulding Systems and Environment
  • SRT358: Building Environmental Services
  • SRT722: Susutainable Construction Studies
  • SRR402: Construction Research Thesis
  • SRQ460: Quantity Surveying Practice


  • SRQ780: Strategic Construction Procurement
  • SRT257: Building Environmental Studies
  • SRQ764: Building Project Evaluation
  • SRR401: Introduction to Construction Research

Media appearances

"How a clever little cube can help you pick the best spot in the office", The Sydney Morning Herald


2022 Best Paper Awards from Building and Environment

Paper Title: Quality criteria for multi-domain studies in the indoor environment: Critical review towards research guidelines and recommendations (


SDG Mapping with NLP

  • sdgBERT is an NLP model developed for classifiying text regarding the UN Sustainable Developement Goal. The model is accessible at sdgBERT.
  • An online app is available at SDG-Text-Classifier-App for simple case uses of sdgBERT.


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Enablers for accelerating biophilic design adoption in Australian buildings

A Sadick, I Kamardeen

(2024), Vol. 83, pp. 1-19, Journal of Building Engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Artificial intelligence-based pre-conception stage construction budget decision-making model and tool for residential buildings

A Sadick, A Gurmu, C Gunarathna

(2024), pp. 1-29, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

An integrated life cycle assessment and energy simulation framework for residential building walling systems

S Mahlan, A Francis, V Thumuganti, A Thomas, A Sadick, O Tokede

(2024), Vol. 257, pp. 1-18, Building and Environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Automatic detection of actual water depth of urban floods from social media images

J Li, R Cai, Y Tan, H Zhou, A Sadick, W Shou, X Wang

(2023), Vol. 216, pp. 1-19, Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Challenges for implementing biophilic strategies in Australian building design

A Sadick, I Kamardeen, Xuan Vu

(2023), Vol. 74, pp. 1-16, Journal of Building Engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Application of natural language processing in residential building defects analysis: Australian stakeholders' perceptions, causes and types

Salman Shooshtarian, Argaw Gurmu, Abdul-Manan Sadick

(2023), Vol. 126, pp. 1-16, Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article


Jinxi Wei, Hong Li, Masa Noguchi, James Doerfler, Abdul-Manan Sadick

(2023), pp. 778-787, ZEMCH 2022 : Proceedings of the 9th Zero Energy Mass Custom Home International Conference, Bengaluru, India, E1


Testing of new feedback methods for architects on school design - methodology and preliminary results

Vanessa Whittem, Akari Nakai Kidd, Abdul-Manan Sadick, Astrid Roetzel

(2023), pp. 628-641, ANZAScA 2023 : Architectural Science and User Experience : Proceedings of the 56th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2023, Launceston, TAS., E1


How comprehensive is post-occupancy feedback on school buildings for architects? A conceptual review based upon Integral Sustainable Design principles

V Whittem, A Roetzel, A Sadick, A Nakai Kidd

(2022), Vol. 218, pp. 1-26, Building and Environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Digital Twin-driven approach to improving energy efficiency of indoor lighting based on computer vision and dynamic BIM

Y Tan, P Chen, W Shou, A Sadick

(2022), Vol. 270, pp. 1-13, Energy and Buildings, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Quality criteria for multi-domain studies in the indoor environment: Critical review towards research guidelines and recommendations

G Chinazzo, R Andersen, E Azar, V Barthelmes, C Becchio, L Belussi, C Berger, S Carlucci, S Corgnati, S Crosby, L Danza, L de Castro, M Favero, S Gauthier, R Hellwig, Q Jin, J Kim, M Sarey Khanie, D Khovalyg, C Lingua, A Luna-Navarro, A Mahdavi, C Miller, I Mino-Rodriguez, I Pigliautile, A Pisello, R Rupp, A Sadick, F Salamone, M Schweiker, M Syndicus, G Spigliantini, N Vasquez, D Vakalis, M Vellei, S Wei

(2022), Vol. 226, pp. 109719-109719, Building and Environment, C1

journal article

Stakeholder experiential knowledge as evidence in redesigning health-care facilities for improved usability

Z Kpamma, S Agyefi-Mensah, A Sadick

(2022), Vol. 41, pp. 46-64, Facilities, C1

journal article

Computer Vision Techniques in Construction: A Critical Review

S Xu, J Wang, W Shou, T Ngo, A Sadick, X Wang

(2021), Vol. 28, pp. 3383-3397, Archives of Computational Methods in Engineering, C1

journal article

Bim and gis applications in bridge projects: A critical review

J Wei, G Chen, J Huang, L Xu, Y Yang, J Wang, A Sadick

(2021), Vol. 11, Applied Sciences (Switzerland), C1

journal article

Understanding the key takeaway of construction robots towards construction automation

Z Huang, C Mao, J Wang, A Sadick

(2021), Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, C1

journal article

Architectural, indoor environmental, personal and cultural influences on students' selection of a preferred place to study

Astrid Roetzel, M DeKay, A Nakai Kidd, A Klas, A-M Sadick, V Whittem, L Zinkiewicz

(2020), Vol. 63, pp. 275-291, Architectural science review, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Impact of indoor environmental quality on job satisfaction and self-reported productivity of university employees in a tropical African climate

A Sadick, Z Kpamma, S Agyefi-Mensah

(2020), Vol. 181, Building and Environment, C1

journal article

Enhancing employees' performance and well-being with nature exposure embedded office workplace design

A Sadick, I Kamardeen

(2020), Vol. 32, Journal of Building Engineering, C1

journal article

Reliability of human environmental "sensors": Evidence from first- and third-person methods

A Sadick, A Roetzel, M DeKay, A Kidd, V Whittem

(2020), Vol. 186, Building and Environment, C1

journal article

Design for Enhanced Learning in Modular Classrooms through Biophilic Design

Phillip Roos, Rui Wang, David Jones, Arlene Walker, Abdul-Manan Sadick, Carlos Bartesaghi Koc

(2019), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Achieving integrated sustainability through work stress reduction with biophilic office design

A Sadick, Imriyas Kamardeen

(2019), pp. 724-732, AUBEA 2019: Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian Universities Building Education Association Confrerence : Built to Thrive: creating buildings and cities that support individual well-being and community prosperity, Noosa, Qld., E1


The indoor environmental quality performance of green low-income single-family housing

J Akom, A Sadick, M Issa, S Rashwan, M Duhoux

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 98-120, Journal of green building, Glen Allen, Va., C1-1

journal article

Differences in teachers' satisfaction with indoor environmental quality and their well-being in new, renovated and non-renovated schools

A Sadick, M Issa

(2018), Vol. 27, pp. 1272-1286, Indoor and built environment, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Assessing physical conditions of indoor space enclosing elements in schools in relation to their indoor environmental quality

A Sadick, M Issa

(2018), Vol. 20, pp. 520-530, Journal of Building Engineering, C1

journal article

Occupants' indoor environmental quality satisfaction factors as measures of school teachers' well-being

A Sadick, M Issa

(2017), Vol. 119, pp. 99-109, Building and environment, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Effectiveness of using WiFi technologies to detect and predict building occupancy

Mohamed Ouf, Mohamed Issa, Afaf Azzouz, Abdul-Manan Sadick

(2017), Vol. 2, pp. 1-10, Sustainable buildings, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

A methodology to assess school buildings' indoor environmental quality and physical condition in relation to teachers' well-being

A Sadick, M Issa

(2016), Vol. 2, pp. 824-833, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016, London, Ont., E1-1


Development of a protocol for measuring indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in office and school buildings

A Sadick, A Radwan, S Mallory-Hill, M Issa

(2014), pp. 388-395, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate 2014, Hong Kong, China, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Applying Social Life Cycle Assessment to evaluate a Cradle-to-Gate phase of Cross Laminated Timber: An Australian Case Study.

Dr Olubukola Tokede, Prof Jane Matthews, Dr Abdul-Manan Sadick, Miss Shannon Alice Preddy


  • 2022: $13,500


Associate Supervisor

Jia Zhang

Thesis entitled: Students¿ Preferences for Informal Learning Spaces on a University Campus

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture and Built Environment), School of Architecture and Built Environment