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Assoc Prof Kathy Michell

BSc (QS) MPhil (with distinction) (Cape Town) PhD (Salford)

Head of Department

Tel: 021 650 3443


After graduating with her undergraduate degree, Kathy worked as a quantity surveyor. She joined the University of Cape Town as a Lecturer at the beginning of 1995. During the latter part of the 1990’s she was awarded her MPhil degree, with distinction. This research entailed a systems-based analysis of the design team as a temporary management structure and the subsequent impact this has on client satisfaction. Kathy spent 2001-2002 gaining international experience in teaching and undertaking research at the University of New South Wales in Australia. She recently completed her PhD on community-based facilities management and its role in leveraging social and local economic development in previously disadvantaged communities. During her time at the University of Cape Town, she has also been appointed as Programme Convener for both the Construction Economics and Management Programme and the Property Studies Programme. Kathy is a professionally registered quantity surveyor with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession. She is also a member of The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Chartered Institute of Building, The American Association of Cost Engineers, and the South African Facilities Management Association.

Research Interests

  • Urban and Community-based Facilities Management
  • The application of systems thinking within the management context
  • Work space planning and design
  • Usability of buildings


Property Development, Measurement/Quantity Surveying, Facilities Management, Property Investment Mathematics

External Responsibilities

Committee Member for the Western Cape Chapter of the South African Facilities Management Association.

Academic member of the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession.

Reviewer for a number of internationally refereed journals including Facilities; Construction Management and Economics; Engineering Construction and Architectural Management; Journal of Construction Procurement; and the Journal of Contemporary Management.

Organising Committee for the CIB W70, W92 & TG72 Conference in Cape Town