Mr McKean, Emeritus Professor of Scottish Architectural History at the University of Dundee, was described as the foremost authority on Scottish architectural history, with a distinguished career that also included being chairman of the Unesco Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.
He was appointed Head of the School of Architecture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design -then part of the University of Dundee - in 1995, before taking up his position as Professor of Scottish Architectural History in the university's history department in 1997.
He was a passionate advocate of preserving Dundee's industrial architectural history and led hundreds of walking tours of the city.
Mr McKean was given an Honorary Stephen Fry Award by the university in 2012, for his lifetime achievements in engaging the public with his research in Scottish architectural history.
Professor Christopher Whatley, Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, said: "Charles McKean was a major voice in Scottish architecture and history and someone who made a tremendous impact in everything he did.
"Charles played a critical role in establishing history at Dundee as a leading UK centre in the discipline."