Construction Education Summit 2023 (CES23)

CES23 Presenters

Dr Annika van Aswegen - CES23

Dr Anika van Aswegen

Dr Anika van Aswegen is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pretoria. She is the coordinator for the Professional Masters in Architecture programmes and the postgraduate programmes in Interior Architecture. Her teaching and research challenge the conventions of design pedagogy in the spatial design studio. Her PhD research focused on transformative learning by integrating provocations and progressive pedagogy as deliberative and productive design actions. She interweaves research themes across a variety of contexts in her design studios – identity formation, belonging and meaning-making towards design citizenship. Dr van Aswegen has played a leading role to establish an empathetic approach to architecture in the department, challenging the role of the architect by shifting perspectives and ways of thinking. Her human-centred emphasis expands to a humanity-centred focus to improve the quality of life. She is a reviewer for two international journals.

Prof Lykke Brogaard Bertel - CES23

Prof. Lykke Bertel

Lykke Brogaard Bertel is Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Center for Problem-based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO. She has a background in technology-enhanced learning and her main research interests are in problem-based learning and teacher training in engineering education, transformation and management of change, emerging technologies and complex problem-solving competencies in a life-long learning perspective.

Prof Theo Haupt - CES23

Prof. Theo Haupt

Prof Theo C. Haupt is a South African National Research Foundation-rated Research Associate in the Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He has been involved in health and safety practice and research for several years with a PhD from the United States focusing on alternative approaches to managing health and safety in construction. He is an advocate for incorporating health and safety in every aspect of construction and across all phases of construction projects.

Bob Hindle - CES23

Mr RD (Bob) Hindle MSc.

Pr.CPM, Past President of The Chartered Institute of Building – Southern Africa,

Bob has more than 50 years involvement in the industry.

  • From craftsman to MD of major construction companies in UK and SA (30 yrs).
  • Senior Lecturer at UCT. CE&M Dept. (15 years)
    • Programme initiator & designer UCT CPM Masters
    • Deputy Director, designer & presenter CMP, Stellenbosch (1995 – 2010) Industry driven, post-grad programme.
    • Founding member & 1st Chair of the SACPCMP Construction Management Development Committee.
  • Construction business development consultant
  • Director of NGO – Development Action Group (1999-2018)
  • Researcher & writer.
  • Businessman.

He has a reputation for being a:

  • Big-Picture analyst and a
  • Construction Industry Development Activist
Prof Claudia Loggia - CES23

Prof. Claudia Loggia

Prof Claudia Loggia is Associate Professor and Academic Leader for Housing at the School of Built Environment & Development Studies (SoBEDS), University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

She holds a PhD in Building Engineering and a MScEng (summa cum laude) from Cagliari University (Italy). She has extensive experience in trans-disciplinary research projects and consultancy work in the areas of: energy efficient building design and retrofit, green infrastructure, sustainable urban regeneration, informal settlements upgrading.

Since 2016, Claudia is a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow (2016-2023), for a project in partnership with the University of Westminster (London), titled: “Building Urban Resilience for Self-Reliance in African Cities”. She was also Principal Investigator for the South African team of the ISULABANTU project ( ) focused on Community-led Upgrading for self-reliance in informal settlements in South Africa. This project was a 3-year ESRC/NRF Urban Transformation in SA Grant in partnership with the University of Westminster, University College London, the eThekwini Municipality and a local NGO called uTshani Fund.

She is also collaborating on valuable research projects in South Africa with local governmental institutions, NGOs and local communities, such as the uMngeni Resilience Project aimed at increasing resilience of vulnerable communities in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal and the informal settlement upgrading of Khan Rd settlement in Pietermaritzburg.

Since 2018, she is Member of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) International Development Peer Review College.

Since 2022, she is an NRF C-rated researcher.

Since 2012, she is a Green Star South Africa Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Prof John Smallwood - CES23

Prof. John Smallwood

Prof John Smallwood is the Professor of Construction Management in the Department of Construction Management, Nelson Mandela University, and the Principal, Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE). Both his MSc and PhD (Construction Management) addressed construction health and safety (H&S). He has conducted extensive research and published in the areas of construction H&S, ergonomics, and occupational health (OH), but also in the areas of construction management education and training, environmental management, health and well-being, primary health promotion, quality management, risk management, and the practice of construction management.