Professor Wakefield is currently Professor of Construction, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor International, Dean of the School of Property, Construction and Project Management and Interim Dean of the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT, Australia.  Ron researches and teaches at RMIT in the areas of process simulation and modelling, residential and commercial construction and uses of information technology in construction management.  He has degrees in Civil Engineering, including a PhD and BE (Hon 1) from the University of New South Wales and an MSE from Princeton University.  He has over 165 publications including books, journal articles and conference papers.

Prior to joining RMIT, Professor Wakefield was the William E. Jamerson Professor of Building Construction in the Department of Building Construction and the Associate Director for Building Technology Research at the Center for Housing Research, Virginia Tech.  Ron has over 25 years’ experience as an international researcher, consultant and engineer in building construction.  He is a Director of Launch Housing and JJR Consulting and a co-opted member of the Victorian Building Practitioners Board.  He serves on the Boards of CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) and SBEnrc (Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre), and he is the Chair of the Board of Tract Consulting.