Dr. Zalina Shari is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She received her BA in Architecture in 1996 from the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside UK, and Master in Integrated Construction Project Management in 2002 from Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia. She obtained her PhD in Architecture (specializing in building sustainability assessment) in 2011 from the University of Adelaide, South Australia and four of the assessment frameworks produced out of her PhD studies have been successfully copyrighted. With this expertise, she has been teaching sustainability related courses for the Master of Architecture program in UPM and giving talks on sustainability issues and different green building rating tools at various educational events and programs.
She also has experienced being a consultant for government agencies (i.e. Construction Industry Development Board & Alor Gajah City Council) to share her knowledge and expertise in the area.
She has supervised and co-supervised five MSc. and four PhD students, three of whom have completed. To date, she has published 10 book chapters and more than 40 journal, conference, magazine, and newspaper articles related to sustainability in the built environment.
She has also reviewed nearly 30 academic articles for international journals and conferences.
She was the Chairman of two national sustainable building related conferences in 2012 and 2015, organizing committee member of an international conference in 2013, and an International Scientific Committee member for Int’l Architectural Science Association Conferences (ASA2015 and ASA2016) based in Australia and New Zealand.
She is currently a member of Editorial Boards for Alam Cipta Int’l Journal of Sustainable Tropical Design, Research and Practice and the Int’l Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability (IJBES).
She has been contributing as an author and a national correspondent for FuturArc: The Voice of Green Architecture in Asia-Pacific Magazine since 2015. For her NGO works, she has been serving as a Board Member of Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) since 2014, Chairman of Higher Education and Research Committee (2014-2016) and Co-Chair of Research Committee as well as Media Sub-Committee (2016-2017).
For her academia achievements, UPM awarded her the “Excellent Service Awards” in 2004, 2013 and 2014.