Dr Damilola Ekundayo
Associate Professor in the Built Environment, Head of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying Subject Group, Programme Director for MSc Quantity Surveying
Damilola has a substantial professional experience in the construction industry and in the UK higher education sector as well as varied management experience. Before joining academia he worked in the construction industry as a chartered quantity surveyor, chartered construction manager and professional project manager both in the UK and abroad on varied projects from building construction to civil engineering work. Besides working for a construction consultancy practice and a property developer at different points in his professional career, he was also recently involved in a multi-million pound building and redevelopment project successfully completed by one of the UK’s largest contractors.
Previously at the University of Salford in Manchester Damilola was part of the Senior Leadership Team as the Academic Misconduct Officer for the School of the Built Environment working with the Associate Deans (Academic and Student Experience) and the University Quality Enhancement Office. He also led the undergraduate Quantity Surveying Full Time programmes (the biggest in the School) including the ground-breaking Accelerated degree programmes.
Before then Damilola was the QS Subject Expert & Team Lead for the undergraduate and postgraduate Construction programmes at Oxford Brookes University. Through collaboration with industry practitioners he developed a flexible, innovative and professionally accredited (RICS and CIOB) conversion Masters programme to fill the skills gap in the construction industry and equip graduates and professionals to become industry leaders. Prior to that he was at Anglia Ruskin University and before then at Northumbria University where he was a core member of the Quantity Surveying and Commercial/ Construction Management teaching team and a founding member of the Construction Economics and Management Research Group. His academic experience included a brief spell as a Research Fellow in Built Environment at an overseas university.
An alumnus of The University of Reading, Damilola is a recipient of many scholarly and industry awards including the CIOB Certificate of Excellence Award and the British Science Association Award. Recently, he was a finalist in the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Royal Charter International Research Award for talented constructors and industry professionals in the UK. He is a peer reviewer and sits on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals (and conferences) in the field. Outside work he enjoys travelling, music and football.