In Memoriam Professor Chan Pak Woon David

The international real estate research community mourns the loss of one our leaders, Dr. David Chan, President of the Asian Real Estate Society (AsRES) and member of the IRES Board of Directors, on 9 November 2022.

Prof. Chan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a master’s degree in China laws from Jinan University, and a doctoral degree of management science in tourist management from Sun Yat-Sen University. He also completed an Advanced Management Programme from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Dr. Chan had more than 30 years of experience in the hotels and resorts industry and previously held managerial roles in several international hotel chains, including Area Vice President of Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. In addition, he actively contributed to the development of the industry.

Dr. Chan became Professor and Director of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management in the Faculty of Business Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2018 where he was highly respected and regarded as a peer, supervisor, leader, mentor, and friend. Dr. Chan joined the AsRES Board of Directors in 2019, became Vice President in 2020, President Elect in 2021, and President July 2022. He was also elected as one of the three AsRES representatives to the IRES. Board of Directors. He was also serving as President of the Global Chinese Real Estate Congress at the time of his death.


The 2021 IRES awards were announced at the IRES Board meeting on May 12.   The recipients are:

IRES Achievement Award: Mo Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez’s internationally cited research includes work on spatial statistics, corporate real estate, REITs, capital markets and commercial real estate, appearing in journals such as Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. In addition, he is as an editor for Journal of Real Estate Literature.  Mo has served as a member of the IRES and ARES Boards of Directors, Executive Director of the James R. Webb ARES Foundation, and ARES Director of Finance.  He was instrumental in the formation of LARES and development of the IRES website and continues to champion support for doctoral students and faculty in emerging countries.

IRES Service Award: Bob Martens

Dr. Martens is a long-serving member of the ERES Board of Directors and organized the 2013 ERES conference at which IRES held its Board of Directors meeting.  He spearheaded the effort to create and host a searchable digital library of conference and symposium papers and abstracts for IRES, LARES, and AfRES, creating permanent records that members of all societies can access to further their research.

IRES Corporate Leadership Award:  Department of Construction Economics and Management, University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town Department of Construction Economics and Management has played an active role in supporting AfRES.  The Department has hosted AfRES annual conferences and seminars as well as the office of the AfRES Executive Director, providing financial and staff support.  In 2017, the Department enthusiastically took on the relaunching and operation of the Journal of African Real Estate Research within the Urban Real Estate Research Unit, ensuring a peer-reviewed outlet for African real estate researchers. (news story)