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Peter Ramsay Dawber

peter dawber


School of Architecture Design and the Built Environment


Dean, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

Peter leads the School in delivering the University’s strategic plan.  This includes the delivery of a relevant, engaging course portfolio underpinned by research and which maximises the employment prospects of all students.

Peter is a member of the University’s Leadership Team, Research Committee, Academic Standards and Quality Committee and Chairs its Validation Services Committee. He has chaired or been a panel member on numerous validations or approval events within the UK and internationally (most recently India, China and Taiwan).

He also represents the School on a range of other committees and working groups, these include internal periodic school reviews, curriculum reviews, standards and quality committees and University wide business improvement projects.

Through his well-established industrial networks he liaises with practitioners and construction organisations to identify key opportunities to support teaching, CPD and research collaborations between the School and industry.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Peter had almost ten years working within the construction industry in both the building contracting sector (as an engineer and contracts manager) and client sector (as a surveyor). These experiences allowed Peter to gain his Chartership within a few months of joining the University.  He has maintained strong links with the industry and professional bodies which he uses to enhance the work of the School.

Research areas

Peter's teaching is within construction management generally but specifically within corporate and financial management.  He has a strong interest in corporate and national cultures and their impact on construction organisations and projects.  He has a research interest in the performance measurement of construction organisations and has had two successful PhD supervisions in this area.  He has been the co-chair of the joint annual conference of the Architectural Society of China and the Construction Management Research Sector (China).  He is also the UK board member on the National Board of Construction Management Accreditation in China alongside eminent Chinese professors, industrialists and the Ministry of Housing.

In November 2012 Peter was appointed as a Concurrent Professor at Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China.  A post he will hold for 5 years.

Peter was a member of the Scientific Committee of ARCOM 2009 and CIB W89 (International Conference on Building Education & Research, Salford 2003).

Information for prospective research students

  • Performance measurement
  • Corporate and international cultures
  • Executive coaching (Peter is a qualified coach)

External activity

Peter has acted as external examiner or external academic advisor for a number of UK universities and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Peter has represented the CIOB at regional, national and international level.  He has been Chair of the East Midlands Branch Committee, and was, for 5 years, Chair of its Accreditation Panel.  He is now Chair of the Institute’s Education, Qualifications, Standards and Practice Board and a member of the Institute’s Resources Committee which reports directly to the Trustees.  He has led or been a panel member on accreditation visits to numerous universities across the UK, Ireland, South Africa, China and Oman and has advised Universities in Malaysia and Australia on the design and accreditation of programmes in the built environment.

In 2008 Peter was elected an Eminent Fellow of the RICS and has since served as Chair of the local association and acted as external panel member on a number of undergraduate and post graduate programme validations.

Peter has also served as regional chair for Constructing Excellence and committee member of the Construction Industry Council (East Midlands).

Through his many activities Peter maintains strong links with regional, national and international construction businesses and organisations.

Sponsors and collaborators

Funded Research - The development of a demonstration project to increase the use of recycled resources in construction: A case study of Greater Nottingham. This £200,000 project was funded by the DETR and Land fill tax credits Joint project with two NTU colleagues, 1999 - 2001.

Press expertise

  • Construction management
  • Corporate and financial construction management
  • Corporate and national cultures and their impact on construction