LSBU Dean given Lifetime Achievement Award by Vice President of Ghana for leadership in global constructionThe Vice President of Ghana made the presentation at the Ghana Construction Excellence Awards on 10 September 2021 to honour Professor Ofori’s 45 year career
Professor George Ofori, Dean of School of The Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU) has been presented with a ‘Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the national Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamadu Bawumiah.
The Vice President of Ghana made the presentation at the Ghana Construction Excellence Awards on 10 September 2021 for Professor Ofori’s work over 45 years, particularly the segment on construction industry development. In this work, he has:
- Played a leading role in construction management, economics and development, both in the development of the body of knowledge and in its application around the world. Professor Ofori has worked for international organisations and governments including the Australia Aid Agency, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Labour Office and UN Human Settlements Programme. Professor Ofori has also provided policy advice on construction industry development for governments including Bahrain, Ghana, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
- Made a major contribution to the body of knowledge on the construction industry by writing five books, over 115 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and over 190 papers presented at international conferences, more than 60 of which are keynote papers.
- Contributed to the development of the Ghanaian construction industry through research and academic papers, and active advocacy. Professor Ofori’s paper on Ghana’s construction industry (written at the National University of Singapore and cited over 225 times) was crucial to the establishment of a central agency for the Ghanaian construction industry, which is very close to being launched.
- Formed and led the Working Commission 107 on Construction in Developing Countries (from 1997 to 2007) which, during his tenure, was one of the most active component groups of the International Council for Research and Development in Building and Construction (CIB).
At LSBU Professor Ofori has led the development of a strong ethos for research among the staff members through the development of a conducive research environment, leading to an enhancement in research output, quality and impact. In January 2020 the School of which he is Dean launched a new joint research and innovation centre with the world-renowned Building Services Research and Innovation Association (BSRIA) which promotes collaborative research and enterprise between LSBU and the BSRIA.
Professor George Ofori, Dean of School of The Built Environment and Architecture at LSBU, said, “I am honoured to be presented with a ‘Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award’ by the national Vice President of Ghana, Dr Mahamadu Bawumiah at the Ghana Construction Excellence Awards. It has been an honour to work with highly talented colleagues in my roles at LSBU, Singapore University and advising the UN, Commonwealth and governments around the world including Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania.
“The construction industry is of strategic importance to every country, and I will continue my work at LSBU to deepen our understanding of this complex industry and to put the need for its development at the forefront of policy considerations everywhere.”