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Barbara Jackson, Ph.D., DBIA

Director, Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and 
Construction Management
Daniels College of Business
University of Denver 
 
After 20 years in industry as a chief estimator, senior project manager and CEO of Design-Build Services Inc., and another 15 years developing design-build and integrated project delivery education at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo Calif., Barbara Jackson has returned to Colorado where her education and career in design and construction originally began.  In August of 2013, Dr. Jackson took over the helm as the new Director of the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo.  There she has developed an educational model representing the full life-cycle of the built environment and one of the most advanced Master degrees in Integrated Project Delivery, with an emphasis on Integrated Project Leadership.
Throughout her career, Dr. Jackson has focused on integrated project delivery, design-build project management and interdisciplinary collaboration.  She is known for her work in the area of Making the Mental Shift to Integrated Services, Integrated Project Leadership and Developing the Integrated Project Team.  She is a nationally recognized speaker/trainer/consultant and has provided training and consulting services to a multitude of companies and organizations including the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Pentagon Renovation (DMJM/3DI/Hensel Phelps), Balfour Beatty, Bovis Lend Lease, Jaynes Corporation, Cynergy AEC, Interstates Engineering, Hensel Phelps, McCarthy Building Groups, Mortenson Construction, National Guard Bureau, CDM-Smith,  Sundt Construction, GKK Works, The Bannett Group Architects, 3-D International, Plan One Architects, Clark Construction, The Beck Group, Seattle Port Authority, South Pacific Division-U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, DPR Construction, PCL Construction, Turner Construction, Rosendin Electric, Santa Fe Indian School, Korte Construction, The Penta Group, The Haskell Company, Hawaii Department of Education, Panama Canal Authority, Albuquerque Schools District and others.
 
In addition to teaching, training and consulting, Dr. Jackson has also organized and hosted a number of special events aimed at transforming the AEC industry including Inventing the Future from the Future and Workforce 2020 – Women in Construction. She is the author of two books, Construction Management Jump Start and Design-Build Essentials and numerous articles on Integrated Project Leadership, Developing Integrated Project Teams, Taking Design-Build to the Next Level and Managing Design in an Integrated Process.  She has been named Outstanding Educator by Associated Schools of Construction and received both the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Leadership Award from DBIA.  She is currently working on research to benchmark cultural differences among the various built environment disciplines in an effort to positively leverage the often competing values that can impede the optimization of project outcomes.
 
Dr. Jackson holds a BS in Housing and Design, a MS in Construction Management and a Ph.D. in Education and Human Resources from Colorado State University.