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Keynote speaker

David Canter - Emeritus Professor at The University of Liverpool

Where Architectural Psychology Went Wrong and the Way Forward


David organised the first Architectural Psychology conference in 1969. For a decade or so after this the field flourished, but it faded into insignificance, being overtaken by ‘green’ Environmental Psychology. The reasons for this provide lessons for the reawakening of studies of psychological aspects of the Built Environment which this Wolverhampton conference is bringing back to life. Using his many years of research in the area David illustrates the excitement and challenge of this area of study and practice.

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Keynote speaker


Professor, Construction Management
Adjunct Professor, Civil Engineering
School of Planning Design and Construction


Dr. Matt Syal serves as a Professor of Construction Management in the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State University. He is a LEED® accredited professional and received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering and Management) from Penn State University in 1992. Prior to joining the academic world in 1988, he worked as an estimator and project manager for a general contracting firm in the Boston area and earlier, with construction companies in India, Middle East and Africa.
Prof. Syal has conducted research and published extensively in the areas of Construction Project Management, Housing, Deconstruction, and Sustainable Built Environment. He has been involved in over 50 research projects funded by the industry, U.S. state and national government agencies, foundations and international agencies. He has published over 100 refereed/professional papers and 50 project reports/monographs. Dr. Syal has won several recognitions for his teaching and research including “National Outstanding Educator of the Year” award by the National Home Builders Institute and the “Teacher-Scholar” award by Michigan State University. He has served as a consultant, advisor, or trainer for 25-30 industry, academic and government organizations in the U.S. and 15-20 organizations globally.

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Keynote Speaker

Prof. Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland

Dr. Miroslaw J. Skibniewski is the A. James Clark Endowed Chair Professor of Construction Engineering and Project Management in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park. Prior to his current appointment he served for 20 years as a faculty member at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he held a position of Professor of Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering and Management. He received his M.Eng. degree from Warsaw University of Technology, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University.  Prof. Skibniewski is also a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program.  Prior to his academic career, he worked in the industry as an engineer with the Pittsburgh Testing Laboratory, a nationwide construction engineering consulting firm in Pennsylvania subsequently renamed to Professional Service Industries, Inc. - where he was in engaged in design quality reviews, construction related claims, value engineering, forensic engineering and industrial safety investigations.

As a researcher and educator, Professor Skibniewski currently specializes in e-commerce technology applications to engineering project management for construction and in construction automation.  He developed one of the first construction automation programs in the United States and collaborated with major industrial and government organizations both in the United States and overseas.

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Dr Wei Pan

Executive Director

Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development

The University of Hong Kong


Dr Wei Pan is Executive Director of Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Development (CICID) and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr Pan received his BSc (Distinction) in Civil Engineering from Hunan University and MSc (Distinction) and PhD in Construction Management from Loughborough University. He is a renowned academic in construction engineering and management, with expertise covering modular construction, productivity, offsite prefabrication, zero carbon building, smart construction and technological innovation. Dr Pan has secured/accessed over HK$48million research fund and authored over 160 publications. Dr Pan first developed the theory of system dialectics and system boundaries for modular and zero-carbon building research. He has over 23 years of professional experience in building engineering, construction and innovation management in China, Singapore, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. He is a Chartered Builder, a Chartered Environmentalist, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Pan is Convener of Hong Kong Zero Carbon Partnership and sits on a number of government and industry boards and committees advising several government departments and industry council on topics including modular integrated construction, lean construction and zero-carbon building. 

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