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).
Kauko Viitanen's recent research projects include the following:
- Models for the execution and finance of urban development projects (ATRA); Tekes + Espoo, Tampere, Tuusula, Inspira Oy, SRV Oyj, 2013-16.
- Research on resident-driven infill development possibilities – case study in urban areas in Finland (REPSU), Joint research with VTT; Finnish Academy, The Future of Housing and Living Research Programme, 2011-15
- The Voice of Customers in the Construction and Development Process of Housing, Joint research with VTT and KTH (Sweden), 2007-09, TEKES+8 companies or municipalities
- Shopping centers as part of sustainable consumption and urban structure (KOKKKA), 2008-10 TEKES and 21 companies and other organizations, joint project
- Indirect real estate investments, 2008-10, Finnish Academy