API presents two inaugural awards at PRRES

Dr Chyi Lin Lee and Associate Professor John MacFarlane have received inaugural API awards recognising excellence in academia.

Two academics from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) have received inaugural Australian Property Institute (API) awards recognising excellence in academia in at the recent Pacific Rim Real Estate Society (PRRES) annual conference in New Zealand.

Dr Chyi Lin Lee, Director of Academic Program (Property) received the API Award for Excellence – Early Stage Academic, while Associate Professor John MacFarlane was presented with the API Award for Excellence – Senior Academic.

Citations for both awards were read by Dr Greg Costello (Curtin University and API National Education Board member) to dinner attendees at the conference, while the awards were presented by API National Education Standards Manager Tracy Kriesel. Both recipients received a trophy, certificate and $1000 cheque.

Dr Chyi Lin Lee

API Award for Excellence – Early Stage Academic

Dr Lee is an associate member of the API and has worked in creating awareness across the student body of the importance of professional bodies such as the API.

Dr Lee’s citation described a level of dedication and a diversity of activities and achievements secured that were well above what might have been anticipated for an academic at his career stage.

“He enjoys an excellent reputation for his teaching and student involvement, having been awarded the 2011 Outstanding Contribution to Student Leaning, in the College of Business and Law at UWS,” the citation stated.

“Over the past seven years he has published one scholarly book and 26 referred journal papers and was ranked as one of the top 25 researchers at the University in 2009 – again a high achievement particularly given the diverse workloads demanded of property professionals/academics.”

Dr Lee has also had considerable involvement in the alignment of property programs both within the tertiary education system (i.e. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency requirements) but also with API Accreditation.

“UWS is recognised for its high quality, contemporary property offering at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and Dr Lee’s positive contribution into that team has been noteworthy.

“Overall, Dr Lee represents the type of early stage academic who will ensure high quality of our future property professionals.”

Associate Professor John MacFarlane

API Award for Excellence – Senior Academic

As well as his significant and long-standing role in the property programs at UWS, John MacFarlane’s citation described the outstanding contribution to the API’s activities in the areas of property education, property research and property industry engagement.

John MacFarlane has been a member of the API’s National Education Committee for many years, during which time he was involved in numerous accreditations for Australian universities offering property programs.

“John has had a significant input into these property programs from a quality control and course development perspective to ensure high quality property programs are delivered throughout Australia,” the citation stated.

“He has also been the driving force in the development and delivery of the API’s Property Sentiment Survey. This API survey has been produced six-monthly for over 10 years and has been a key ingredient in the future property market directions and property cycles understanding of the dynamics of the various Australian property markets.”

John was also co-researcher in the API-funded research project on "Building Better Returns” which highlighted the significant added-value benefits provided by green office buildings in Australia. This was the first rigorous empirical study in this area in Australia and received significant recognition by the property industry in furthering the case for green office buildings in Australia. This research report has also been widely circulated in the property industry, with the results presented at several API conferences throughout Australia.

“Overall, John MacFarlane has made an outstanding contribution to property education and property research over many years. His links to the API are significant, adding considerably to the API’s mandate and profile in the property area. John has always made these generous contributions in his usual supportive and constructive manner to the fuller benefit of the API and the property industry.”