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Dr Gulnaz Aksenova
Torrington Place
  • Lecturer in Building Information Modelling and Management
  • The Bartlett Sch of Const & Proj Mgt
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Gulnaz Aksenova is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Building Information Modelling and Management at the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, 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 under the supervision of Prof Tom Elfring and Prof Arto Kiviniemi. 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 is a Managing Editor at the International Journal of Architectural Computing since September 2016.


Research Summary

Gulnaz's research interests are the industry platforms and ecosystem governance, business model innovation, industry's digital evolution, and how digital innovation is changing the business context. She is also interested in industry-specific applications such as Building Information Management, Mixed Reality, and any other aspects of digitalisation. 

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 modules for the brand-new MSc in Digital Engineering Management launching September 2020:            

    BCPM0087: Digital Briefing and Scope Management, and 

    BCPM0092: Management of Major Programmes with Digital  

She is also leading BCPM0050: Project Information Systems with Building Information Modelling (BIM) 

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