Kauko Viitanen is Professor of Real Estate Economics and Valuation and Head of the Department of Built Environment in Aalto University. He has graduated from Helsinki University of Technology Department of Surveying/Institute of Real Estate Studies (current Aalto University) as Master of Science in Technology (1978) and Licentiate of Science in Technology (1978). He got his PhD at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden in the subject area of Real Estate Planning (2001).
He has also worked as Associate Professor of Land Management (1992–1998), Head of the Department of Market Research and Information Services Huoneistomarkkinointi Oy (1989-91), Researcher and senior researcher at Laboratory of Urban Planning and Building Design (Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT, 1986–88) and Cadastral Surveyor (The National Land Survey of Finland 1978–79 and 1980–86).
His fields of interest, research and expertise are real estate economics, real estate valuation, land management, land policy, real estate development, plan implementation and property taxation. Kauko Viitanen has been awarded several times with his wide and diverse life work in Real Estate Sciences. He has received The gold Medal for Life’s Work by Finland Chamber of Commerce in 2016 and Knight of the White Rose (awarded by the President of Finland).