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18:30 - 19:30 3 October 2017

Rethinking Infrastructure: Professor Raymond Levitt, Stanford University


Bartlett School of Architecture
22 Gordon Street | London | WC1H 0QB | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Prof Raymond Levitt, Kumagai Professor in Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford University, Prof Levitt teaches classes and conducts research on organization, governance and entrepreneurship in construction in Stanford's Sustainable Design and Construction program. Prof Levitt founded and directs Stanford’s Global Projects Center (GPC), which conducts research and executive education focused on the financing, governance and sustainability of global building and infrastructure projects. In 2017, he launched a new GPC initiative to explore and create disruptive business opportunities arising from the collection, integration and analysis of “big data” from multiple, public and private sources in emerging “Digital Cities”.

Political, economic, social and technological trends since the 1600s have shaped the structure of labor markets and firms in the US construction industry along with the structure of the construction industries in many other developed countries.

The resulting industry structure of firms and labor markets has responded to these trends in ways that have contributed to the stagnation of labor and total factor productivity since the 1950s, relatively poor cost, schedule and safety performance, and significant barriers to systemic innovation in what is often the second largest industry in many developed countries.

This lecture traces some of the key forces that have shaped the industry into its current vertically, horizontally and longitudinally fragmented form and provides some thoughts about how emerging technologies and business strategies that embrace them can overcome some of the inefficiencies and problems the current industry structure has created and perpetuated.


Niamh Ryan
+44 (0)2031083304 | bscpm.comms@ucl.ac.uk