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Dr. Brown combines real-world expertise with solid academic credentials and innovative and critical thought. One of the first to develop and use network methods to analyze buildings and places, he has lectured widely and published dozens of scientific and professional articles and critical reviews. His qualifications include: Doctor of Technology (higher doctorate), University of Ulster; MSc (Architecture) (thesis distinction), University College London; MBA, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School; BS, University of Illinois, Urbana. He is a Fellow of RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).

He has analyzed over 25 problem shopping centers in the US and Europe. He was interviewed on American Public Radio about his work on problem shopping centers and the American Real Estate Society (ARES) awarded him a manuscript prize for showing how the functional obsolescence of a luxury mall built for $30 million resulted in its sale three years later for $7.8 million. ARES awarded him another manuscript prize in using shape network™analysis to show how changed spatial patterns significantly diminished the value of a property in an access taking.

In related work, Dr. Brown’s analysis and article on the spatial patterns of the most expensive but failed urban park in America led its redesign. His analysis of spatial patterns and proposals to change them on America’s longest Main Street lead to interventions that led to large increases in investment, regulatory changes and its long-term revival.

He was the expert witness on the first Colorado access taking case in over 20 years in which a court agreed with a plaintiff that there was a substantial impairment of access. In premises liability, his consulting and expert witness services have addressed catastrophic injury and death cases in multiple incidents involving parking lots and other vehicle movement areas.

He gave expert testimony in William Hablinski Architecture vs. Amir Construction Inc. et al., which received the largest award to a plaintiff for architectural copyright infringement. His testimony in a public forum case, Burt Matthews of The Homestand Flyer and Robert Lewis of The Game Program v. The Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District and The Colorado Rockies Baseball Club, Ltd., was featured on Court TV.

Dr. Brown is currently Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago where he teaches the PhD research methods course. He was recently an Urban Land Institute Academic Fellow and ALDAR Dean and Academic Dean of Business and IT at the Higher Colleges of Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Before this, he was Head of the Real Estate Management and Development Group, Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands, one of the largest graduate real estate programs in Europe.

He previously was a director of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Colorado has been on the boards of several start-up companies in education and sport. In addition, he was manager of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office and a Cass Gilbert Visiting Lecturer at the University of Minnesota, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1998. In the early 1980s, he was a professor of architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, Arizona State University and the University of Colorado and Visiting Science and Engineering Research Council Fellow at the University of London.

Dr. Brown’s public speaking engagements in the United States, Europe and the Middle East provide critical insights on architecture and real estate that go beyond reciting the conventional wisdom. He has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific, scholarly, professional and critical journals as well as dozens of newspaper columns on architecture, real estate and planning. For example:

Brown, M. Gordon and Tjibbe Teernstra (2008), Examining investor perceptions of obsolescence and value through a behavioural economics lens, Journal of European Real Estate Research, 1:3, 267-290.

Brown, M. Gordon (2011), Leasing distressed properties. Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy, December.

Brown, M. Gordon (2008), Evading economic reality: real property access takings and the slippery slope of legal language, International Journal of Law and Management, 50:6, 285-300.

Brown, M. Gordon (1990), Preventing Slips and Falls: A Cognitive Perspective, Claims, National Underwriter Company, April, 62-66..

Brown, M. Gordon (2006), Access takings: contexts, transformations and measures. The Institute for Local Government Studies, The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas.

Black, Roy T., M. Gordon Brown, Julian Diaz, Karen M. Gibler and Terry V. Grissom, (2003), Behavioral Research in Real Estate: A Search for the Boundaries, Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, 6:1, 85-112.

Brown, M. Gordon (1999), Design and Value: Spatial Form and the Economic Failure of a Mall, Journal of Real Estate Research, 17:2, 189-225.

Brown, M. Gordon and Stephen Roulac (2004), Why Can’t A Building Be More Like A Machine, Real Estate Issues, Spring, 16-21.


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As a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Dr. Brown supports and and adheres to RICS’ global framework for professional and ethical standards. There are five standards. All members must demonstrate that they:
• Act with integrity

• Always provide a high standard of service

• Act in a way that promotes trust in the profession

• Treat others with respect

• Take responsibility