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Dr. Gulnaz Aksenova
Torrington Place
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  • Lecturer in Building Information Modelling and Management
  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Gulnaz Aksenova is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Building Information Modelling and Management at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London (UCL).

Before UCL, Gulnaz was awarded a PhD (2020) from the University of Liverpool in Strategic Management and Building Information Management in Digital Built Environment Sector. Her interdisciplinary PhD is a joint product of the University of Liverpool Management School and School of Architecture. In her PhD, she conducted an empirical study on the dark side of ecosystem orchestration around BIM implementation in Finland and California. For a study on Californian BIM implementation, she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University (2018). She presented her PhD work at high-profile industry events in Finland, the UK, Spain and Canada, and academic events.

Gulnaz has experience in research, industry and academia-industry engagement. Gulnaz served as a researcher for a study on the ecosystem for competency mediation between supply and demand in the UK construction industry for The Pedagogy and Upskilling (PUN) Network contributing to the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). Gulnaz has industry experience with BIM in a large-scale project executed by Pomerleau Contracting and Construction Management firm in Canada (2015). She researched at the School of Management at École Des Sciences De La Gestion (UQAM) and Construction Engineering Department at École De Technologie Supérieure (2014-2016) in Montréal, Canada, for the projects on the digital transformation of the Quebec AEC industry with BIM. Gulnaz was a Managing Editor at the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) since September 2016 until January 2021.


Research Summary

Gulnaz's research interests are related to digital transformation of the industries. Specifically, she is interested in the following topics: technological platforms, ecosystem governance, business model innovation, industry's digital evolution, system design, system engineering & integration, systems thinking, complexity science and how digital innovation is changing the business context. She is also interested in industry-specific applications such as Building Information Management (BIM), Mixed Reality, digital twins, Ai and any other aspects of digitalisation of AEC industry. 

Gulnaz's research is both empirical using qualitative data and conceptual (theory-building) at the intersection of organisation science, digital and strategic management.

Teaching Summary

Gulnaz is leading the module BCPM0092: Management of Major Programmes with Digital for the MSc in Digital Engineering Management. 

She is also leading BCPM0050: System Integration and Building Information Management (BIM) for the MSc Construction Management and Economics & MSc Project and Enterprise Management. 

Gulnaz is co-leading MSc Dissertation module with Dr Vedran Zerjav since 2021

Past modules:

    BCPM0087: Digital Briefing and Scope Management (2020)

20-JUL-2020 Lecturer in Building Information Modelling and Management The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction UCL, United Kingdom
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