We are experts at diagnosing functional design failures.

 

OUR HISTORY

I started Space Analytics to focus on solving functional and economic problems of built environments from the perspective of owners and users after working in and teaching architecture for 10 years at IIT in Chicago, ASU in Phoenix and the University of Colorado. I value my teaching experience and remain in touch with former students in the United States and Europe.

I'd previously been a management consultant in Philadelphia and New York. As I was starting my education in architecture, I began developing a methodology based on network analysis and cognitive mapping that would transform everyday spaces into nodes and links of networks. This methodology defines our distinctive competence.

My analyses have resulted in some of the highest damages awards in architectural copyright, in eight digit premises liability awards, in recognizing substantial impairment of access, in the redesign of building and places and in main street redevelopment plans leading to large property value increases.

Our early work focused on shopping centers with vacancy problems and performance in hi-tech offices. We worked on hospital design and analyzed the patient floors of two large tertiary-care hospitals in New York. New projects involved hydroprocessing plants, architectural design competitions, hosptality, design in valuation contexts, shopping streets, very large luxury houses and public space. Project clients include high-tech firms, real estate consultants, architects, appraisers, investors, non-profits, manufacturers, health care providers, community organizations, business improvement districts, individuals and local government.

My first expert witness assignment was an unjust enrichment case involving design and valuation.  As I was starting my firm, I began writing a column for the local business newspaper about architecture, planning and real estate. An attorney had read some of my columns and put me to work on a premises liability case involving Denver's performing arts center that went to the Colorado Supreme Court.  I worked on more premises liability cases, a major hospitality case In Guam and my first intellectual property case. In litigation, we have worked with many small and other large and well-known firms such as Ball Janik

  • Fairfield & Woods
  • Foley Bezek Behle & Curtis
  • Hilliard Munoz Gonzales
  • Pisanelli Bice
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Lewis, Bribois, Bisgaard & Smith
  • Morris Politch & Purdy
  • O’Hagan Meyer
  • Pretzel & Stouffer
  • Thompson Coburn
  • Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

I joined the American Real Estate Society and received two manuscript awards for papers that showed applications of the methodology.  My papers became articles published in scientific and scholarly journals.  I've made many local, national, and international presentations including keynote addresses, have testified on Court TV and been interviewed on American Public Radio. And I have lectured on three continents on behavioral economics, decision-making and judgment biases of real estate and design professionals.

I am on the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Urbanism (CFSU) in Pontano, Italy and was previously a board member of the American Institute of Economic Development, the City Club of Denver and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Colorado. Several years ago I was an Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute and Cass Gilbert Visiting Lecturer, University of Minnesota.  I'm a member of the American Real Estate Society, Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In 2005, I became Head of the Real Estate Management and Development Group at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and a few years later Aldar Dean of Business at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. Periodically, I get involved in entrepreneurial ventures with and on the boards of start-up companies.

My degrees include a Bachelor of Science (Communications) from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign; Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Master of Science (Architecture) (thesis distinction), The Bartlett School, University College London, London, England; Doctor of Technology Built Environment (Higher Doctorate), Ulster University, Northern Ireland.  A condensed curriculum vitae is available here.

 

ETHICS

I follow the ethics guidelines of the multi-disciplinary organization Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and have taught their ethics webinars. I have consciously avoided the chains of one professional culture and the resulting implicit bias. My professional designation is with RICS, which worldwide includes over 118,000 professionals in valuation, design, planning, construction, business valuation, management consulting, art valuation, facilities management and others.


TEAM

  • M. Gordon Brown, DTech, FRICS

    Dr. Brown’s analyses have resulted in the highest damages award in architectural copyright, in eight digit premises liability awards, in recognizing substantial impairment of access, in the redesign of building and places and in main street redevelopment plans leading to large property value increases. He is recognized for focused high quality research, leadership, ability to communicate difficult ideas in clear language, showing how to measure access, and his neural theory of urban form. His writing has won awards in both real estate and architecture. After six years as a professor of architecture at IIT, ASU (where he started the joint MArch/MBA program and was Visiting Science and Engineering Research Council Fellow, University of London), and Colorado (where he was Associate Dean), he started Space Analytics in 1989 to focus on diagnosing and solving functional and economic failures of buildings and urban places from the perspective of owners and users.

    Dr. Brown has written and published several dozen peer-reviewed articles, professional articles, criticism and reviews, and newspaper columns. He has made many national, international and local presentations including keynote addresses and has testified on Court TV and was interviewed on American Public Radio. He has lectured on behavioral economics, decision-making and judgment biases of real estate and design professionals on three continents.

    His recently published book by Routledge, Access, Property and American Urban Space, examines long-term changes in American urban configurations and their impact on spatial transaction costs. Recently published in Frontiers in Psychology, From Savannas to Settlements: Exploring Cognitive Foundations for the Design of Urban Spaces,is a breakthrough in understanding how human origins have influenced the form of cities worldwide.

    Dr. Brown is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Sustainable Urbanism (CFSU) in Pontano, Italy and was previously a board member of the American Institute for Economic Development, Range-Play Golf and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Colorado. He has memberships in the American Real Estate Society, the Congress of the New Urbanism, Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Economics Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association, Previously he was Head of the Real Estate Management and Development Group at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Aldar Dean of Business at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE And Academic Fellow of the Urban Land Institute. He loves to cook, raises sight hounds and was a competitive fencer.

    His degrees include a Bachelor of Science (Communications) from the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign; Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Master of Science (Architecture) (thesis distinction), The Bartlett School, University College London, London, England; Doctor of Technology Built Environment(Higher Doctorate), Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

  • Jane Kruizenga, PhD

    Research Administrator: Jane Kruizenga, PhD

    Dr. Kruizenga started her career as a teacher, was a school district HR officer, received a PhD, and then ran a statewide school-to-work program in Arizona. She has taught in courses in administration and presented her school-to-work program in the White House. After several courses in health care administration, she then supervised a leading AIDS clinic and was the research administrator for a cancer research institute in Colorado. She joined Space Analytics in 1995. She is also a felter whose work has been in local and regional juried shows.

    Her degrees: Bachelor of Arts from Hope College, Holland, Michigan, Master of Science in Education from Minnesota State University More head and Doctor of Philosophy from Arizona State University.

    We work with architects, appraisers, planners and other consultants and employ university students as needed.