The University of Huddersfield has appointed Dean of the School of Art, Design and Architecture has been appointed to key roles with two of the world’s leading organisations.
Professor Mike Kagioglou – whose wide-ranging academic career was taken in disciplines including engineering, design, architecture and the built environment – has become Vice Chair of the Innovation and Research Panel of the Chartered Institute of Building, the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.
Established in 1834, it is UK-based but has 50,000 members throughout the world. Prof Kagioglou has been a Fellow of the CIOB for two years. Now, his new role means he shares responsibility for formulating the institution’s research profile until 2020. He will be an academic representative for the chair of the Innovation and Research Panel, industrialist Dr Rennie Chadwick, who is Director of Innovation and Performance for construction firm Osborne.
Professor Kagioglou said that CIOB’S innovation and research strategy has included priorities such as sustainability, application of digital technologies and BIM, zero carbon, corporate social responsibility and employment practices. The University of Huddersfield researches and offers Master’s courses in these subjects and has now launched undergraduate courses in building surveying, quantity surveying and construction project management. They are recruiting now and will start in the next academic year, in autumn 2016.
In addition to his CIOB role, Professor Kagioglou has been elected a board member of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction.