Professor Mike Kagioglou

…becomes CIB Vice-President

Dean of Art, Design and Architecture Professor Mike Kagioglou, who was recently voted a vice-president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), is also a board member of the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management (GLF-CEM).

PROFESSOR Mike Kagioglou – the University of Huddersfield’s Dean of Art, Design and Architecture – has been elected Vice-President of an organisation that has thousands of members around the world who research and develop new approaches to building and construction.

CIB – originally the Conseil International du Bâtiment, now the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction – was established in 1953, backed by the United Nations.  In the early days an important goal was to help rebuild the Europe after the ravages of World War II.  

The organisation, which has some 5,500 members and is headquartered in Canada, held its 2019 World Building Congress in Hong Kong.  Professor Kagioglou, a board member of CIB since 2016, was in attendance and it was announced that he had secured the votes to become one of the organisation’s two vice-presidents.  He will serve for three years and attend meetings around the world.

This fresh distinction for Professor Kagioglou came shortly after the University of Huddersfield hosted the 2019 conference of the Global Leadership Forum for Construction Engineering and Management programmes (GLF-CEM), of which he is also a board member.

Video interview

In the video Professor Makarand (Mark) Hastak, from USA's Purdue University, explains why the Global Leadership Forum in Construction, Engineering and Management was initially created.  Followed by Professor Hans-Joachim Bargstädt, from Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany, who talks about how the ever-increasing speed of new technology is affecting the worldwide construction industry. 

Finally, Professor Geoffrey Qiping Shen from Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, explains the challenges currently facing the construction industry in Hong Kong and gives examples on how it can become more sustainable.

Since 2011, the GLF-CEM has held meetings in countries and territories that include the USA, Germany, Canada and Hong Kong.  Professor Kagioglou was instrumental in securing the first UK gathering for an organisation that aims to establish a body of academic leadership in construction engineering and management.

Attracting more than 50 delegates from around the world, the two-day conference at the University of Huddersfield was divided into themed sessions covering aspects of leadership, including collaborations between academia and industry, future trends, best practice in research and teaching, plus mentorship and coaching.

All of the sessions were led by academic experts in the various fields, and the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Song Wu, Professor Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, Professor Leslie RuddockDr Elham Delzendeh and Professor Kagioglou were among the panel members.

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