ONE of Victoria’s pre-eminent valuation professionals, Brian Dudakov, has received one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, the Australian Property Institute’s Sydney Ferguson (Dick) Whittington Memorial Award, following more than 40 years of practice.
The Award is available to Fellows and Associates of the API, and may only be awarded on one occasion each year, and at the sole discretion of the Victorian State Committee.
It is named in honour of the late S. F. (Dick) Whittington, a founding member of the Commonwealth Institute of Valuers formed in 1926, the forerunner of the API, and was first awarded in 1986.
Dudakov is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and a Certified Practising Valuer.
He completed the valuations course in the 1970s and has worked at Urbis, previously AT Cocks & Partners, for more than 40 years, having been mentored in his early years by highly regarded valuer Terry Cocks.
His field of expertise has been litigation and acquisitions, taking him into many and varied property types such as englobo land, industrial, retail, landfills, quarries, etc. This work involves attendance at conferences, mediations, appearing as an expert in the Federal Court, Supreme Court, County Court and VCAT.
API Chief Executive Officer, Amelia Hodge said the award for professional excellence takes into account the professionalism of the recipient; their contribution to the professions of property valuation, land economy and plant and machinery valuation, as well as the significance of their work and activities.
“Brian’s expertise is sought by Government, lawyers, private and public companies.
“He has trained and mentored many current members of our Institute who have worked at various times at Urbis and its predecessors,” she added.
“Brian is a well deserving recipient of this award and we trust he will continue to contribute to our profession into the future.” Hodge said.
Brian has been a guest lecturer at RMIT on land subdivision for a number of years and participated in the API CPD training workshops, most recently on being an Expert Witness. He is a past Directorial Councillor in Victoria, a Viva Voca Examiner, and the current Chairman of Discussion Group No 3, and has also been a sessional member of VCAT in the Land Valuation List.
Australian Property Journal