Dr Emma Heffernan is an Associate Professor in Architecture in the School of Architecture, Design & Planning at The University of Sydney. Emma is a UK Registered Architect with over a decade of experience in architectural practice in the UK. Emma has strengths in leadership in Teaching and Learning. Her teaching and curriculum development are enriched by the experience and knowledge she brings from her first career as an architect, together with her passion for and research in sustainable buildings. Emma supports and challenges her students to apply themselves to real-world environmental and social problems. Emma’s research has a policy and practice focus, and is underpinned by a concern for how our homes and communities can support healthy, affordable and sustainable lives. Her research interests and expertise include a circular economy in the built environment, construction waste, sustainable construction, energy efficient design in residential buildings, zero carbon homebuilding, net zero apartment buildings, sustainable communities, and collaborative housing.