Patrick T.I. Lam
PhD, MSc, Associateship (in BTM), Dip.Finance, MHKIS, MHKIE, MHKICM, MSISV, MSIArb, MRICS, MCIOB, RPE, RPS, CCP

Associate Professor & Award Coordinator for MSc / PgD in PM

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Patrick Lam has had rich professional and academic experiences since graduating from the Hong Kong Polytechnic in the 1980s. On the professional side, he had practised for 10 years in multi-disciplinary design office, consultant quantity surveyors and contractor/developer both in Hong Kong and Singapore. On the academic side, he has had substantial experience lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in universities and polytechnics both locally and overseas. Whilst teaching, Patrick is active in research and consultancy projects.The teaching team (MSc in Project Management) which he leads has won outstanding Academic ProgrammeDevelopment Awards at both the departmental and faculty levels in 2009/2010.

Winner of Departmental Award for Outstanding Teacher (2015/16)...more

Main areas
Construction Economics (for Surveying & Property Management)
Project Evaluation & Development (integrated with online learning)
Development Finance (MSc progamme - Mixed mode and CyberU)
Research and Scholarly Activities
Procurement Systems
Project Financing, PPP and Business models
Construction Contracts and Specifications
Quality and Buildability issues
Clean Development Mechanism
Projects (as Principal Investigator)
A Model on Buildability Assessment for Hong Kong (CERG project)
Benchmarking Buildability by Implementing theBuildability Assessment Model in Hong Kong (CERG project)
A Buildability Assessment System for the Scheme Design Stage of Building Projects in Hong Kong (BRE departmental project)
An Investigation of Pitfalls in Output Specifications for Public-Private Partnership Projects and their Solutions (GRF project)
An Investigation into Energy Performance Contracting for enhancing its role in energy conservation in Hong Kong (GRF project)
A Framework for the Sustainable Adoption of Green Specifications in the Hong Kong Construction Industry (PolyU Intra-faculty project)
Critical Success Factors for Bond Financing of Infrastructure Projects in Asia
The Applicability of Clean Development Mechanism in the Building Sector of Hong Kong (ongoing)
Projects (
as Co- 
Sustainable building maintenance: balancing empolyment, costs and carbon emlusions (GRF project)
Financing Contractors: The Case of Bank Lending in Hong Kong (CERG project)
Developing a Best Practice Framework for Implementing Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Hong Kong (CERG project)
Evaluating the Key Risk Factors and Risk Sharing Mechanisms for Target Cost Contracting (TCC) Schemes in Construction (CERG project)
Developing an Equitable Risk Sharing Mechanism for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects in the PRC (a National Science Foundation of China/RGC Joint Research Scheme with Tsinghua University)
Programme Leader for MSc/PgD in Project Management (2007-ongoing)
Member of University’s Works Funding Sub-committee (2007-ongoing)
Faculty Board Member, Faculty of Construction and Land Use (2002-2004)
Consultancy and Professional Service
Developed office standard architectural specifications for a major quantity surveying practice in Singapore (2000-2001)
Team member of HKIE consultancy project on “An analysis of the state of Hong Kong's buildings” (2007)
Core Member of PolyU team in collaboration with HKU team for:- ¡§Reinventing Hong Kong Construction Industry for its Sustainable Development¡¨, (sponsored by the CII-HK: 2007-2008)
Core Team member for MTRC consultancy project on “Application of Public-Private Partnerships in Urban Rail-Based Transportation Project” (sponsored by Asian Development Bank: 2007-2009)
Core Member of Procurement Study for Phase 3 development (Client: Science and Technology Parks: 2009-2010)
Academic / Professional
Associate Editor for the Journal of Built Environment Project and Asset Management (an Emerald Publication)
Selected Recent Publication List
Book Chapters
Lam P.T.I.(1990) A Critical Comparison of Construction Procurement and Contracting Systems in Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong, a report published by the Hong Kong Polytechnic (with copyright approval by the College of Estate Management, U.K.) as sponsored by the Jones Lang Wootton Travelling Scholarship
Walker, C, Smith, A, and Lam P.T.I., et al (1995),Privatised Infrastructure: The BOT Approach, Thomas Telford, London, (contribution of 4 chapters and a case study)
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. and Chan, E.H.W. (2008) Quantitative Assessment of Buildability, In Chan, E. (Ed.) Contractual and Regulatory Innovations in Building & Real Estate, PACE Publishing Ltd.
Lam, P.T.I. Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., Poon, C.S. and K.P. Chun (2009) An overview of the development of green specifications in the construction industry worldwide, International Sustainable and Urban Regeneration: Case Studies and Lessons Learned, ICONUS, 86-93
Lam, P.T.I.(1995) Application of Value Engineering in the Construction Industry,    The Asia Pacific Building and Construction Management Journal, , Hong Kong, 1, 18-24
Lam, P.T.I. (1999) A Sectoral Review of Risks Associated with Major Infrastructure Projects,International Journal of Project ManagementPergamon, UK, 17(2) 77-87
Lam, P.T.I. (2002), Buildability Assessment: The Singapore Approach, Journal of Building and Construction Management, Hong Kong, March, 7(1) 21-27
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2004) The Use of Construction Specifications in Singapore, Construction Management and Economics, Dec. 22(10),1067-1079
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2004) An investigation into the use of specifications in procuring construction works, Journal of Construction Procurement, 10(2), 118-139
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006), Contributions of designers to improving buildability and constructability, Design Studies, 27, 457-479
Lam, P.T.I, et al (2006), An evaluation of the need for a quality assessment scheme for private sector construction projects in Hong Kong, The International Journal of Construction Management, 6(1), 27-43
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) An international treatise on construction specification problems from a legal perspective, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, July, 133(3), 229-237
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) Building features and site-specific factors affecting buildability in Hong Kong,Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 5(2), 129-147
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2008) Benchmarking buildabilityusing the Buildability Assessment Model in Hong Kong, HKIE Transactions, March, 15(1), 1-11
Lam, P.T.I., and Wong, F.W.H. (2008) Implementing the Buildability Assessment Model forBuildability Improvement, Journal of Architectural Science Review, 51(2), 173-184
Lam, P.T.I. and Wong, F.W.H. (2009) Improving Project Performance Through BuildabilityBenchmarking, Construction Management and Economics,27(1-3), Jan, 41-52
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2009) Integrating Green Specifications in Construction and Overcoming Barriers in their Use, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, ASCE, 135(4), 142-152
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2010) Factors Affecting the Implementation of Green Specifications in Construction, Journal of Environmental Management, 91(3), 654-661
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. and Tse, K.T.C. (2010) The Effectiveness of ICT for Construction Information Exchange amongst Multi-disciplinary Project Teams, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, ASCE, (24)4, 365-376
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., Poon, C.S. and Chun, K.P. (2011) Environmental management system vs green specifications: How do they complement each other in the construction industry?, Journal of Environmental Management, 92(3), 788-795
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, E.H.W., Chau, C.K., and Poon, C.S. (2011) A sustainable framework of "green" specification for construction in Hong Kong, Journal of Facilities Management, 9(1), 16-33
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H. (2011) A comparative study of buildability perspectives between clients, consultants and contractors, Construction Innovations: Information and Process Management, 11(3), 306-320
Lam, P.T.I.,Chiang, Y.H. and Chan, S.H. (2011) Critical success factors for bond financing of construction projects in Asia, ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 27(4), 190-199
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C., Akintoye, A. and Javed A. A., (2011) Use of output specifications in PFI housing projects: how they differs from prescriptive specifications, Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management 1(2), 43-48
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H., Chan, A.P.C., Shea, W.C.Y. and Lau, J.W.S. (2012) A scheme design buildability assessment model for building projects, Construction Innovations: Information and Process Management, 12(2), 216-238
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2006) An Overview of the International Community on the Payment Security of Workers’ Wages, Proceedings of Symposium on the Reform and Innovation of China ConstructionLabour Policy, Ministry of Construction and the University of Chongqing, Nov, China Building Publishing Company
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2006) Buildability of upgrading works: benchmarking Singapore’s experience,Proceedings of the Ageing Building: Threats and Opportunities, Construction Industry Instititue – Hong Kong, 21 Nov, Kowloon, Hong Kong (CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Buildability and Productivity in Singapore – Lessons for Hong Kong SAR., In Zhao, Z.Y., Yu, M.X., Feng, C.C. and Kuan, L.L. (Ed.)Proceedings of the CRIOCM 2006 International Research Symposium, 3-5 Nov, Beijing, .338-347
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) Buildability of building services designs for high-rise construction, In Baldwin, A., Hui, E., and Wong, F. (Ed.) Proceedings of the BEAR Conference on Construction sustainability and innovation, Vol. 1, 10-13 April, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 84-93
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2006) A process flow model for the preparation and use of construction specifications, In Baldwin, A., Hui, E., and Wong, F. (Ed.) Proceedings of the BEAR Conference on Construction sustainability and innovation, Vol. 1, 10-13 April, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 76-85
Lam, P.T.I., et al (2007) A Generic Framework of Performance Specifications for Specialist Works, InSyed M Ahmed, Salman Azhar and Sherif Mohamed (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, July 11-13, Griffith University and Florida International University, Goldcoast, Australia, 350-357
Lam, P.T.I. et al (2007) Constructability Reviews: A Strategic Process in Design Developmen. In CheahY.J., Chen P.H., Chew A.S., et al (Ed.) Proceedings of ICCPM / ICCEM 2007, 1-2 Mar, NanyangTechnological University of Singapore, Singapore, 37 -46
Lam, P.T.I. (2007) Output specifications for public-private projects – pitfalls and the way forward, In Dai Da-shuang and Su Jing-qin (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Concession Public / Infrastructural Projects, 24-26 Aug., Dalian: Dalian University of Technology Press, ISBN 978-7-5611-3689-8, 3-9
Lam, P.T.I., Wong, F.W.H., Choy, L.H.T. and Cheung, M.K.H. (2008) Behavioural patterns in the use of Information Exchange Systems among construction professionals in Hong Kong, Proceedings of the International Research Symposium on Advancement of Construction Management and Real Estate, co-organised by the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management, Renmin University of China, etc., Beijing, PRC, 31 Oct-3 Nov, 343-346
Lam, P.T.I. Chan, E.H.W. and K.P. Chun (2009) The prospects of adopting green specifications for public sector construction works ¡V the case of Hong Kong, Proceedings of the Conference on Translating Sustainable Design into Sustainable Construction Conference, jointly organized by Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff School of Art & Design and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, Cardiff, UK, 4 Sept, (in CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C. and Wong, F.W.H. (2010) A study of Key Design Decisions at the Scheme Design stage of building projects in Hong Kong SAR with a view to buildability enhancement, Proceedings of the 15th CRIOCM International Symposium on Advancement of construction management and real estate, co-organised by the Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management and the University of Technology Malaysia, Johor, Malaysia, 7-8 Aug., 355-367, ISBN: 978-967-0104
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C. and Chan, S. (2010) A Best Practice Framework of Output Specifications for PPP projects, Proceedings of the CIB World Congress 2010 on Building a Better World, Salford, UK, 10-14 May (in CD-ROM)
Lam, P.T.I., Chan, A.P.C., Akintoye, A. and Javed, A.A. (2011) Use of Output Specifications in PFI Housing Projects, Proceedings of the ICCEPM 2011, 4th International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management, 16-18 Feb, Sydney, Australia (CD-ROM)

Updated on June 2014