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17th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference



Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture was delighted to host the three-day 17th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference on the Gold Coast with the support of Queensland University of Technology and the University of the Sunshine Coast in January this year.

With the theme ‘Climate Change and Property: its impact now and later’ the conference was very successful with 165 delegates attending the main conference.

Opened by Prof Robert Stable, Bond University Vice Chancellor & President the conference highlighted different aspects of the conference theme with 116 thought-provoking academic paper presentations. These included Climate Change and Environmental Issues, Energy Efficiency and Property, Sustainability and the Built Environment, Specialist Property, Housing Markets and Housing Affordability, Commercial Property & Valuation, Property Management & CRE, Property Market Analysis, Property Rights/Legislation and Property Issues, Development, Education, Finance and Investment, and Legislation and Legal, Rural Issues.

Inspiring keynote presentations were delivered by Meg McDonald - CEO Carbon Trust Australia, Prof George Earl - Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture Director, Govindan Nair – former Lead Economist at the World Bank and President of Hemispheres Solutions LLC USA, The Hon Tom Roper - President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council, Brian Stewart - CEO & General Council Urban Development institute of Australia, Stephen Butler - National Engineering & Operations Manager Mirvac, Prof Philip Follent - Head of School Soheil Abedian School of Architecture Bond University, Prof Brian (Tony) Ciochetti - Thomas G. Eastman Chair and Chairman Center for Real Estate Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Prof Mike Hefferan - State President of QLD Division Property Council of Australia.

Additional conference events included the PhD Colloquium with 35 people in attendance, the third Case Competition with six teams competing including Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Auckland, University of South Australia, University of Southern California, University of the Sunshine Coast with The University of Auckland being awarded first place for 2011, congratulations.

For 2011, Industry Day had two themes, with the morning session providing presentations by international and local speakers on issues of Sustainable Development and Real Estate. The speakers included:

  • Prof Tony Ciochetti, the Thomas G Eastman Chair & Chairman of the Center for Real Estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA
  • Steven Butler , National Engineering & Operations Manager, Mirvac
  • Dr George Quezada and Ass Prof Andrew Wilford, Bond University Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture
  • Prof Phillip Follent, Head Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University of Sustainable Development & Architecture

The afternoon session provided a panel discussion addressing the proposition that industry players and peak bodies often suggest the academic research is irrelevant. The question posed was “What makes quality research industry relevant?” One of the major conclusions from the floor was that in order for academic research to become more relevant it must be more interdisciplinary.

The panel comprised

  • Prof George Earl, Director of the Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture (Facilitator)
  • Brian Stewart, COE UDIA Queensland
  • Prof Mike Hefferan, State president of the Queensland API

Over 15 countries were represented at this year’s conference with delegates attending from the United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, Germany, Finland, Slovakia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Fiji and all states of Australia

Conference sponsors included the Australian Property Institute – QLD Division who kindly contributed to the success of the Welcome Reception held at the Institute of Sustainable Development & Architecture, along with the support of PRRES Society Inc sponsors: Australian Property Institute [API], Estate Master Property Software and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors [RICS]. 


16 January 2011 - 19 January 2011


Holiday Inn, Gold Coast
Queensland, Australia

Contact Information

For further information including registration and accommodation please contact:

Cecilia Weuffen
Conference Coordinator

Bond University
Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture
Gold Coast, Queensland, 4229, Australia
Email: prres@bond.edu.au


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