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Patrick Lecomte is professor of real estate, Université du Québec à Montréal, School of Management (ESG UQAM). His research focuses on real estate innovations and smart buildings. Before moving to Canada in 2021, Patrick was based in Singapore for 12 years where he worked for ESSEC Business School (France) as Deputy Director of Excellence Centres and Henley Business School at the University of Reading (UK) as Associate Professor in real estate finance. While based in Asia, Patrick collaborated closely with the real estate industry and conducted research on Asian commercial real estate markets, corporate governance of the Asian listed real estate sector as well as innovations in real estate (e.g., property derivatives, digitalisation, tokenisation). His research has been published in books, academic journals, industry publications, newspapers and magazines.


  • 2021–present
    Professor, Real Estate


  • 2012 
    University of Paris-Nanterre (Paris, France), Doctorate real estate
  • 2004 
    Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK), M.Phil land economy
  • 1992 
    Columbia University (New York, USA), M.B.A finance
  • 1990 
    University of Paris-Dauphine (Paris, France), D.E.S.S corporate finance
  • 1989 
    University of Paris-Dauphine (Paris, France), Master management

Professional Memberships

  • European Real Estate Society
  • RealPac Research Committee
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association (AREUEA)
  • OBVIA- International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital Technology
  • RED (Real Estate Data ) Foundation- Research Committee