Prof. Edwin Hon-wan CHAN
BA(AS)(Hons), PgDip Arch,  MA(Arch), LLB(Hons), PgD(PRC Law), PhD (Lon U), Barrister Finals, MBEng, FHKICM,  FHKIArb, RIBA, MRICS, (Arbitrator and Mediator)

Professor, Associate Head (Research), Award Coordinator for MSc / PgD in CLDR, Academic Discipline Leaders of Construction & Real Estate Law & Policy, Dept. Research Committee Chair & Sustainable City Laboratory Management Committee Chair

Tel.: (852) 2766 5800 Fax.: (852) 2764 5131
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Prof. Edwin Chan studied Architecture in England and then learnt Law at London University and Hong Kong University. He obtained his PhD degree from King’s College, London University on construction dispute management. He is a Chartered Architect (Authorized Person), Chartered Surveyor and also a Barrister-at-Law called to the UK and Hong Kong Bars. Before joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he had worked in industry for over 10 years with practical experience in project management and building control in the UK andHong Kong . He is currently involved with teaching, research and consultancy on development control policy, Green/Healthy Building, construction law/dispute resolution.

Details about "Towards A Quality and Sustainable Built Environment" Policy Forum (23/04/2009)

Main areas
Construction Law 
Construction Contracts
Dispute Management
Research and Scholarly Activities
Real Estate development control
Green/Healthy building
Construction law/ Dispute management
Policy and regulatory for construction and Real Estate


Public Space and Building Density of Private Mass Housing Development in Hong Kong
Solutions Implementation of Healthy Building for Hong Kong
Effect of Public Housing Design on Community Health and Safety
Evaluation of the Building Laws for Sustainable Dense Urban Development in Hong Kong
Objective System for Developing Policy on Conservation of Built Heritage
A Model for Evaluating Environmental Legislative Impacts on Property Developments
Optimization Program for the Selection of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Resolve International Construction Disputes.
Best Practice in Contracting Systems for International Construction Projects in Mainland China
Contract Policy Governing Design Management in Design & Build Projects
Critical factors for delivering sustainable urban renewal projects in Hong Kong. (PhD Study)
Benchmarking Builtability in the Construction Industry in HK (PhD Study)
Professionalism and Leadership Styles Among Building Professionals  (PhD Study)
An optimal contract strategy in managing extension of time in building contracts using a risk management approach (PhD Study)
Implementation of a Generic Incentive Scheme for Promoting Building Energy Efficiency (BEE) in Terms of Transaction Cost (PhD Study)
Sustainable Housing: The Local Authority Neighbourhood Management System  (PhD Study)
Space Negotiation and Built Environment in Rural-urban Fringe of Chinese Cities, Evidence from Shanghai (PhD Study)
Innovative Market System for Energy Saving of Existing Buildings (PhD Study)
Award Cordinator, MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
Discipline Leader, Construction and Real Estate Law and Policy
Academic Resources Officer   
Consultancy and Professional Service
Arbitrator and Mediator of Building Contract Disputes (Panel website:
Regulation of Estate Agency Work in relation to Commercial/Industrial Properties, commissioned by Estate Agents Authority, Hong Kong.

Consultancy Service to Develop a Model to Estimate Construction Personnel Manpower Demand and Supply on a Regular Basis, commissioned by the Works Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

Consultancy on the Accessibilities of People with Disabilities in Public Housing Estates, commissioned by Equal Opportunities Commission, Hong Kong SAR.

Independent Analysis and Reporting of the Public Viewing Exercise for the Tamar Development Project, for HKSAR Government, with the Public Policy Research Institute of The HKPolyU (2007)
Public Engagement Exercise on the Recommendations of the Consultative Committee on the Core Arts and Cultural Facilities of the West Kowloon Cultural District, for HKSAR Government, with the Public Policy Research Institute of The HKPolyU (2008)
Hon Sec. (2005-2006) & Council Member (2004- ) Professional Green Building Council
Hon Sec. (2006-2008) & Council Member (2009) Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
Hon Treasurer (2004-6) & Chairman of Board of Local Affairs (2009)  Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA)
Chairman, Contract and Dispute Resolution Committee (HKIA)
Member (2001- 2007) of the Appeal Boards under:- the Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance, the Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance and the Bedspace Apartments Ordinance
Member (2004-) of Building Appeal Tribunal, under the Buildings Ordinance, HKSAR.
Member (2005-2009), the Home Purchase Allowance, Appeals Committee, HKSAR
Member, Building Committee of Housing Authority, HKSAR
Member, Town Planning Board, HKSAR
Selected Recent Publication List
Mok PKW & Chan EHW (2008) Build with Heart and Care: Highlights of Carelessness in Workmanship and Common Building Defects in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Institute of Construction Managers & Pace Publishing Ltd, pp158. (June 2008)
Chan E.H.W (2008) Optimization Program for the Selection of Dispute Resolution Mechanisms to Resolve International Construction Disputes  (, E-publication by Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.  (June 2008)
Chan E.H.W. and Mok P. (2002) e-Base Knowledge on Statutory Requirements for Property and Construction Professionals in Hong Kong, Pace publishing Ltd. ISBN: 962-7723-48-7, Hong Kong. (Web-basedpublication:
Wong W.S. & Chan E.H.W. (eds) (2000) Building Hong Kong: Environmental Considerations, Hong Kong University Press, ISBN: 962-209-502-X,361pp.

List of Refereed Journal Papers with direct web-links (please click)

Chan E.H.W. and Lee, G.K.L. (2009). Design considerations for environmental sustainability inhigh density development: a case study of Hong Kong.  Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11(2) April 2009, 359-374. Published online (DOI: 10.1007/s10668-007-9117-0). (
Chan E.H.W. & Au M CY (2009) Factors Influencing Building Contractors' Pricing for Time-Related Risks in Tenders, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol 135(3), pp. 135-145 (
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Wong FWH, Lam PTI & Chan E.H.W. (2008) Optimising design objectives using the Balanced Scorecard approach, Design Studies Available online 26 November 2008.
Chan E.H.W., Lam K.S. & Wong W.S. (2008) Evaluation on Indoor Environment Quality of Dense Urban Residential Buildings, Journal of Facilities Management, Volume 6 Issue 4. 245-265(Available online:
Lee, G.K.L. and Chan, E.H.W. (2008). A sustainability evaluation of government-led urban renewal projects. Facilities Vol26 (13/14), 526 – 541. (
Chan, E.H.W. and Lee, G.K.L. (2008). Factors affecting urban renewal in high density city -A case study of Hong Kong. Journal of Urban Planning and Development Vol 134(3), 140-148(Available online: doi 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9488(2008)134:3(140)
Chan E.H.W. & AU M.CY. (2008) Relationship between Organisational size and contractors’ risk pricing behaviours for weather risk under different project values and durations, J. Construction Engineering and Management, 134(9) pp. 673-680.
Chan E H W , So H M, Tang B S and Wong W S (2008) Private space, shared space and private housing prices in Hong Kong: An exploratory study, Habitat International 32 (2008) 336–348
Chan, E.H.W. and Lee, G.K.L. (2008). Contribution of urban design to economic sustainability of urban renewal projects in Hong Kong. Sustainable Development Vol 16 (6) Sustainable DevelopmentVolume 16(6) (p 353-364) Online: 24 Nov 2008 (
Chan, E.H.W. and Lee, G.K.L. (2008). Critical factors for improving social sustainability ofurban renewal projects. Social Indicators Research, 85(2), 243-257. (Available online:
Lee, G.K.L. and Chan, E.H.W. (2008). The analytic hierarchy process (AHP) approach forassessment of urban renewal proposals. Social Indicators Research, 89(1) Oct. 155-168. (
Chan A.T.S., Chan E.H.W. & Scott D.  (2007)Evaluation of Hall’s Professional Scale for Professionals in the Construction Industry, Psychological Reports, Vol. 2007(100), pp.1201-1217. (
Chiang Y.H, Chan E.H.W. & Leung K.K. (2005) Prefabrication and barriers to entry - A case study of public housing and institutional buildings in Hong Kong, Habitat InternationalVol.30(3), 482-499 (Accepted & available on-line doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2004.12.004   )
Chan E.H.W., Suen H., & Chan K. L., (2006) A MAUT-based Dispute Resolution Selection Model Prototype for International Construction Projects, J. Constr. Engrg. and Mgmt. , Vol. 132, No. 5, pp.444-451 (
Chan E.H.W. & Lee G.K.L. (2006) A review of refuse collection systems in high-rise housings in Hong Kong, Facilities, Volume 24, Numbers 9-10, 2006, pp. 376-390(15) (
Chan E. H.W., Suen H. (2005) Legal Issues of Dispute Management in International Construction Projects Contracting, Construction Law Journal, Vol.21(4), 291-305. (published on website:
Chan T.S. & Chan E.H.W. (2005) The Impact of Perceived Leadership Styles on Work Outcomes: The Case of Building Professionals, ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol.131(4), 413-422. (
Chan E. H.W., & Suen H. (2005) Dispute Resolution Management for International Construction Projects in China, Journal of Management Decision, Vol.43(2), 589-602. (
Chan E.H.W. and Yung E.H.K., (2004) Is the development control legal framework conducive to a sustainable dense urban development in Hong Kong?, Habitat International, Vol. 28(3), 409-426. (doi:10.1016/S0197-3975(03)00040-7 )
Chan E.H.W. & Tse R. (2003) Cultural Considerations in International Construction Contracts,Journal of Construction Engineering and Management ASCE, 129(4), pp. 375-381. (
Chan E.H.W., Tang B.S. & (Wong W.S.) (2002) Density Control and the Quality of Living Space: A Case Study of Private Housing Development in Hong Kong, Habitat International,Volume 26, Issue 2, p.159 – 175. (doi:10.1016/j.habitatint.2007.11.004)
Chan E.H.W., (Chan M.W., Scott D. and Chan A.T.S.) (2002) Educating the 21st Century Construction Professionals, The ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice, Vol.128 No.1, p.44-51. (
(Ho D. C.W.) , Chan E.H.W., (Wong N. and Chan M.W.) (2001) Significant Metrics for Facilities Management Benchmarking in the Asia Pacific RegionFacilities, Vol.18, No.13/14, 2000, pp.545-555.  (
and Other 

List of Refereed conference papers (please click)
Examples for year 2006-2008

Wong F.W.H., Chan E.H.W., Lam P.T.I. and Yu A.T.W. (2008) Impacts of environmental legislation on property developments in Hong Kong. In: Proceedings of The 12 Symposium on Construction Engineering and Management, Diwan College, Taiwan, 03 July, 38.
Lam Patrick T.I., Chan Edwin H.W., Chau C.K., Poon C.S., and Chun K.P., (2008) An Overview of the Development of Green Specifications in the Construction Industry, Proceedings of ICONUS 2008, Jan 2008, Hong Kong College of Technology,  Hong Kong, 295-301 (
Qian, Q.K., and Chan, E.H.W. (2008) Incentive Instruments for Government and Private Sector Partnership to Promote Building Energy Efficiency (BEE): A Comparative Study between mainland China and Some Developed Countries, The BEAR 2008 CIB W89 : International Conference in Building Education and Research, Kandalama, Sri Lanka 10th - 15th February 2008(CDROM publication)
Lee, G.K.L. and Chan, E.H.W. (2008). Benchmarks for achieving environmental sustainability in Hong Kong through urban renewal. 3rd International Symposium on Environment. Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece, 22-25 May 2008.
Lee, G.K.L. and Chan, E.H.W. (2007). A revolution in Hong Kong urban renewal. International Networking for Young Scientists (INYS) Conference 2007 on "Policy Issues of Sustainable Built Environment Research".  British Council and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China, 24-26 January 2007.
Qian Q.K. & Chan E.H.W. (2007) Government Measures for Promoting Building Energy Efficiency (BEE): A Comparative Study between China and Some Developed Countries, The 12th International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, 8 to 10 August 2007, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Lee GKL, Kwok CSC & Chan EHW (2007) Public Housing Design Parameters Having Impacts On Community Health And Safety- Residents' View, The 12th International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, 8 to 10 August 2007, University of New South Wales, Australia.
Lee, G. K. L. and Chan E.H.W. (2007) Design Factors for Meeting Sustainable Development Objectives of Urban Renewal Projects. In: Sustainable Building Conference (SB07) Hong Kong – Connected; Viable; Livable; Stay Healthy.  Hong Kong, China, Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau of The Hong Kong SAR Government and Professional Green Building Council, 4-5 December 2007.
Au M.C.Y. & Chan E.H.W. (2006) Relationship between Organizational Size and Contractor’s Behavioural Pattern in Pricing Weather Risks, International Conference: Sustainable Development through Culture and Innovation (CCIM), 26-29 November 2006, British University in Dubai, Dubai, UAE (CD-ROM publication).
Lee G. K. L. and Chan E.H.W. (2006) Sustainability Assessment Model for Urban Renewal Projects in Hong Kong.  In: 2nd Mega-cities International Conference 2006 – Urban Form & Lifestyle, Health & Environment.  Guangzhou, China, Guangzhou University, 1-3 December 2006
Lee G. K. L. and Chan E.H.W. (2006) Urban Settings in affecting Environmental Sustainability of a Development. In: 1st International Conference - Architecture & Urban Planning (ARUP) 2006.  Cairo, Egypt, Ain Sahms University,  28-30 October 2006
Qian K., & Wu J. and Chan E.H.W. (2006) Policy Deficiencies in Promoting Building Energy Efficiency in Mainland China, The CRIOCM2006 International Symposium on “Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate” 3-5 November, 2006, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China.
WONG F.W.H., LAM P.T.I., Chan E.H.W. (2005) "Optimising Procurement Approaches to Address ‘Constructability’ Problems". In Prof. Sidwell, A., ed., QUT Research Week International Symposium, Vol. 1, Brisbane, Australia, 4-8 July 2005, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, pp.66.
Lam P.T.I., Chan E.H.W. and Wong F.W.H. (2005) The Contribution of a Buildability Assessment Model Towards Sustainability of Designs. In: Wang Y.W. and Shen Q.P. (Ed.), 2005 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management, Harbin Institute of Technology and University Sains Malaysia, 12-13 December, Penang, Malaysia.
CHAN  P.C., WONG K.W., CHAN E.H.W., LEE GKL  (2006) "Work Study on Plumbing Installation Process in Hong Kong after the Outbreak of SARS". International Conference on Building Education and Research (BEAR) , Hong Kong, 10-13 April 2006, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, pp.95-95.
Lee G. K. L. and Chan E.H.W. (2006) Effective Approach to Achieve Sustainable Urban Renewal in Densely Populated Cities. In: 1st International CIB Student Chapters Postgraduate Conference – Built Environment and Information Technologies.  Ankara, Turkey, CIB Students Chapters, 16-18 March 2006
Chan E.H.W. & Ho D.C.W. (2005) Healthy Building: Community Healthy & The Built Environment, Construction Industry Institute- Hong Kong, 223pp.
Doctoral and 
1 Chan E.H.W. A Study of Dispute Management Relevant To Disputes Arising In International Construction Projects Involving Both European And East Asian Cultural Factors, Ph.D. Thesis, King’s College, University of London, 484pp.
2 CHAN, E.H.W. Environmental Design for Hotel Buildings in Subtropics- An Energy Conscious Design, M.A.(Arch) Thesis, University of Sheffield, 144 pp.
Co-Editor, International Journal of Construction Management,(Since 2001)
Editor, HKIA Journal: The Official Journal of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, (Since 1996-)
Member of Editorial Board, Asian Dispute Review, HKIAC (2004 - )
Full CV
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Updated on July 2012