Department of Building and Real Estate

Doctor of Philosophy / Master of Philosophy

Sept 2020 Entry


Nurturing students for the construction and real estate industries since 1937, the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) has a distinctive history and is internationally recognised for its academic and research excellence.  BRE has a multi-disciplinary team of academic staff who possess expertise in the respective fields of surveying, engineering, construction health and safety, town planning, building technology, real estate, finance, law and economics, etc.  The undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of BRE nurture more than 500 graduates each year.   With their knowledge and skills, BRE alumni have contributed to the prosperity of the region and beyond.  Addressing complex challenges with tailored-made solutions, BRE is committed to impactful research projects and consultancies, with focuses on ‘Construction Health and Safety’, ‘Sustainable Urban Systems’ and ‘Digital Construction’.

Tapping into the opportunities ahead, in particular the Greater Bay Area, BRE shall assume a proactive role to transcend frontiers and advance knowledge in pursuit of a sustainable built environment. 

Research Areas

Construction and Real Estate Economics

Dedicated to the teaching of and research into construction and real estate economics, finance, planning and sustainability.

Prof. HUI Chi Man Eddie 2766
Prof. LAM Tsun Ip Patrick2766
Dr. SHEN Jianfu Jeff2766
Dr. WONG Siu Wai Ivy3400

Construction and Real Estate Management

Dedicated to the teaching and research of construction and real estate management, with the aim of becoming the hub in the region and developing close links with the industry in pursuing collaborative research and high-level consultancy projects. Teaching and research areas include but are not limited to the following:


  • Assessment of buildability and constructability
  • Benchmarking performance for construction and real estate projects
  • Construction health and safety
  • Delivering construction and real estate projects successfully
  • Ethics and corporate responsibilities
  • Innovative project delivery approaches
  • Knowledge management
  • Maintenance and repair management
  • Partnering, Public-Private Partnerships and other forms of relational contracting
  • Quality management and assessment
  • Value management
Prof. SHEN Qiping Geoffrey 2766 5817
Prof. CHAN Ping Chuen Albert 2766
Prof. Tarek ZAYED2766
Dr CHAN Wai Ming Daniel2766
Dr FONG Sik Wah Patrick  2766
Dr YU Tit Wan Ann2766
Dr SIU Ming Fung Francis2766

Information and Construction Technology

Dedicated to the teaching and research of basic technological principles and skills, including both information technologies and appropriate construction technologies, which are necessary for the supervision of the construction of buildings and other structures.

Prof. LI Heng2766
Prof. NI Meng2766
Prof. YAM Chi Ho Michael2766
Dr. FAN Hongqin2766
Dr. SEO JoonOh2766
Dr WEI Hsi-Hsien3400
Dr. KIM Minkoo2766
Dr. CHI Hung Lin  2766

Urban Sustainability Policy

Dedicated to the teaching and research of policy and reform relating to the construction and real estate industry. Teaching and research areas include but are not limited to the following.


  • Conservation of built heritage
  • Construction law
  • Economic analysis of law (regulations and policies) relating to construction and real estate
  • Green buildings and sustainable urban development policies
  • Innovative contracting and disputes resolution strategies
  • Institutions and institutional changes
  • Land-use policy
  • Real estate market mechanism
  • Social sustainability
  • Urban governance
  • Urban planning
  • Urban studies
Prof. CHAN Hon Wan Edwin2766
Dr YUNG Yiu Kwan Esther3400
Dr SUN Yi2766
Dr. WONG Siu Wai Ivy3400

Research Facilities

Smart Construction Laboratory 


The Smart Construction Laboratory has been providing industrial services covering and extending the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), process simulation solutions and professional training to the construction industry. Construction Virtual Prototyping (CVP) provides a modelling and simulation environment so powerful that the production, fabrication and assembly of construction components, including the associated operational processes, can be simulated on a computer. The laboratory has secured a sizable amount of funding from industry and other sources.


Ng Wing Hong Laboratory for Sustainable City


This high-level laboratory provides an information technology infrastructure for examining the sustainable development of Hong Kong at the building and city level. The laboratory facilitates the archiving, processing and retrieval of databases and information in multi-media formats. It operates at the highest international standards and is recognised as an international leader in the field, enabling it to take advantage of the new technologies that support its contribution to knowledge. The lab seeks partners within the university and the external environment (including industry and other universities) to address the complex issues facing the built environment.


Building Technology Laboratory


The laboratory provides demonstration classes and hands-on building technology experiments on structural mechanics, concrete testing and non-destructive techniques for building diagnostics and inspection. Computer-based learning and simulation software such as Matlab and ANSYS have also contributed to the teaching and learning of temporary formwork and false work design, scaffolding and excavation techniques, reinforced concrete beam and column design, etc. In addition, our laboratory has been substantially enhanced in the fields of building health monitoring and non-destructive building material testing.  


IT Teaching Room


Students can use any of the PC stations in the IT Teaching Room on a first-come, first-served basis during non-teaching sessions.  


Multimedia Communication Centre


The Multimedia Communication Centre (MMCC) is an ideal learning platform for our staff and students to develop their multimedia skills by providing a comprehensive set of multimedia equipment, the latest software, technical support and training programmes.


Project Studios


The two studios are interconnected with a sliding partition, so they can be used either as two separate rooms or combined into one. They are designed to provide specialist teaching rooms for group project work using the tools of the trade commonly found in construction firms. Thus, together with other BRE teaching space, the studios provide a real-life environment in which a construction business office can be re-created.

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Supporting Documents

Academic Referee's Report

Optional - Two Academic Referee's Reports are required

Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


Research Proposal

Compulsory - A standard form must be used for the submission of research proposal.  Please click here to download the form.

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