Sustainability in the Built Environment: Myths Verses Realities

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Time: 18:00 - 20:00
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LSBU are proud to present this inaugural lecture by Professor George Agyekum-Mensah as part of our inaugural lectures programme for 2022-23.

Professor Agyekum-Mensah is Professor and Head of Division for Construction, Property and Surveying of the School of Built Environment and Architecture at LSBU. He has many years of experience in both academic & industrial practice across a number of sectors and countries.  You can read more about his lecture, accomplishments & impressive career below. We hope you'll join us in feeling challenged around the myths & realities of sustainability in the built environment.

Inaugural lectures are an occasion of significance in our professors’ careers at the University. They provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our recently appointed professors who are undertaking research, innovation, engagement and teaching activities in their field of expertise.

Our lectures are open to all LSBU Group staff & students as well as to members of the public and are free of charge. They are taking place in person and will be recorded. They are not being live streamed at present.

You can check out the full programme of our inaugural lectures here.

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Sustainability in the Built Environment: Myths Verses Realities

An innovative sustainable total delivery system

By Professor George Agyekum-Mensah, Professor and Head of Division for Construction, Property and Surveying of the School of Built Environment and Architecture, LSBU

Description: A strong, successful and world class construction industry is vital to social, environmental, and economic success. The construction industry contributes significantly to every economy around 10% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for 48% carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions; thus, ‘sustainability’ seems to be vital to construction industry. However, the management and delivery of construction projects has been heavily criticised by government institutions, academics and practitioners for delays, cost overruns, health and safety and suboptimum performance. Numerous studies have identified management, methodology and conventional project delivery techniques as insufficient. In parallel, the industry has in ignored in the debate in sustainability agenda regardless its substantial contribution to CO2 emission.

In the Inaugural lecture, Professor Agyekum-Mensah will discuss the sustainability in the built environment focusing on the myths and realities. He will emphasise on some of his work done in this area and future focus. Again, he will discuss an innovative sustainable delivery system.

George argues for a holistic, simple, effective, and efficient approach for sustainable project delivery in the ‘real world’ construction industry by adopting a practice informed theory approach.

Biography: Professor George Agyekum-Mensah is a Professor and Head of Division for Construction, Property and Surveying in the School of Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, UK. Prior this role he was the head of Built Environment at University of Greenwich. George provides inspirational leadership to develop growth in performance, fostering teaching excellence, outstanding student outcomes, impactful research, and knowledge transfer. He has many years of varied experience in both academia and industrial practice, leading and managing many organisations across many sectors and in different countries to realise significant and sustainable delivery success. He is a Fellow and Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, and Chartered Project Manager.

Professor Agyekum-Mensah is a board member of renowned professional institutions including both CIOB and RICS accreditation panel. He has served on many international boards and council mostly recently in Malta and Oman. He is the founding member of Built Environment Open Forum. He has many high-quality publications and have led and managed the organisation of academic conferences, seminars and also as an Editor of conference proceedings. He is currently a reviewer for notable journals. He directs PhD studies and has successfully directed, supervised, and examined many PhD students. His research focuses on Sustainable Built Environment which comprises: Construction, Project and Production Management; Sustainable Project Delivery Systems and Lean Management; Innovation and Automation in Construction; Renewable Energy Management; Methodology and Social Performance/Evaluation Assessments and Ethics, Professionalism, and Corruption.

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Programme

5.45pm – Arrival & registration

6pm – Welcome & introduction

6.05pm – Inaugural lecture: Sustainability in the Built Environment: Myths Verses Realities - Professor George Agyekum-Mensah, Professor and Head of Division for Construction, Property and Surveying of the School of Built Environment and Architecture, LSBU

7pm – Closing remarks

7.15pm – Networking & refreshments

8pm - Close

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