Brian gained his Doctorate from the University of Reading, where he was formerly Professor of Construction Management. He holds a Master’s degree by research into the costs of major engineering infrastructure and is a Fellow of both The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in the UK.
He was in the late 1990s, Professor of Construction Management and Economics at The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. From 2001 until 2008 he became Director of the Swedish national research and development programme, Competitive Building – a position held at Lund University – which was funded by the Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and a cross-section of Swedish industry.
Brian has continued his involvement with the university where he is Professor in the Division of Construction Management. In this regard, he takes an active role in the development of staff in general and doctoral researchers in particular.
He holds, or has held, visiting and adjunct professorships in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong and Iceland, and has served on a number of evaluation panels and advisory committees in Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Brian was a member of the Steering Committees for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) supported Innovative Construction Research Centre (ICRC) at the University of Reading and the Salford Centre for Research and Innovation (SCRI) at the University of Salford from 2000-10. As a member of the British Standards Institution’s FM Advisory Group (CB/70) and FMW/1 Technical Committee, he has been closely involved in the drafting of four national standards in the area of facilities management.
Over the years, Brian has enjoyed substantial support from research councils and the European Commission, of which the FutureHome project under the global Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) initiative was the largest of its kind at the time with funding of £3.2 million. It involved 15 organisations across seven countries in Europe and a consortium of Japanese companies.
Brian has four books in print, including Total Facilities Management now in its third edition, and has published more than 100 papers, articles and reports on subjects spanning design, construction and facilities management in both the academic and practitioner press. His work as an examiner covers all levels, including higher doctorates.
On the personal level, Brian has a strong interest in the use of information technology to support learning and peer-group interaction, and has a well-developed understanding of the needs of industry, with whom he has collaborated for over 25 years. Jogging, golf and travel are among his leisure-time interests.