CIOB: We are redefining construction management, says CIOB President

Professor Li Shirong President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has announced that the CIOB is making good progress in producing a definition of Construction Management that is inclusive, challenging and fit for a new order.

Speaking at the Institutes Annual Dinner in London’s Guildhall Professor Li said, “Construction Management is how we’ve described the work of our members over many years, but we’ve lacked an inclusive definition to embrace the wide range of skills, specialisms and values which our members bring to the management of built environment development.

“The prototype we have developed draws on our 176 year history, but it also reflects a 21st century view of a profession which is concerned with the entire life cycle of built assets, with an emphasis on sustainable development.

“But it’s more than a definition, because it also provides an agenda for improvement. The CIOB knows that construction industries throughout the world need to do better in many respects if they are to contribute fully to the achievement of economic prosperity, sustainable environments and healthy fulfilled populations.

“By expressing our role clearly, we increase our opportunities to be of service; we also help to attract into our profession the creative and able young people who will be needed to meet those challenges.”

The project which has already encouraged views across the broad spectrum of CIOB membership is set to be completed in June 2010.

A webcast of the CIOB’s Annual Dinner will be available at www.ciob.org shortly after the event.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) represents for the public benefit the most diverse set of professionals in the construction industry.

Our Mission

To contribute to the creation of a modern, progressive, and responsible construction industry; able to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges faced in the 21st century.

Our 7 Guiding Principles

· Creating extraordinary people through professional learning and continuous personal development.
· Promoting the built environment as central to the quality of life for everyone everywhere.
· Achieving a sustainable future, worldwide.
· Advocating exemplary ethical practice and behaviour, integrity and transparency.
· Pursuing excellence in management practice, and technological innovation rooted in evidence based science.
· Being socially responsible and working responsibly.
· Enabling our members to find an emotional resonance with the Institute; their success is our success.

We have over 45,000 members around the world and are considered to be the international voice of the building professional, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the management of the total building process.

Chartered Member status is recognised internationally as the mark of a true, skilled professional in the construction industry and CIOB members have a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards within the built environment.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend CIOB Press and Communications Manager on t: 01344 630 766 or e: stownsend@ciob.org.uk.