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Dr Virginia Gori
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  • Lecturer in Buildings and Energy
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Dr Virginia Gori is currently Lecturer in Buildings and Energy at the UCL Energy Institute, working on and contributing to the leadership of Subtask D of the IEA Annex 81 “Data-Driven Smart Buildings” programme. Within this role,Virginia is involved in mapping the current technology and innovation landscape in the area of smart-buildings and data-driven building services to evaluate the merits and limitations of adopting data-driven smart building technologies and policies.

After earning an MRes in Built Environment Energy Demand Studies and a PhD in Energy and the Built Environment, Virginia was individually awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. In her PhD, Virginia developed a novel Bayesian-based framework for the robust characterisation of the thermophysical properties of building elements from short and seasonal-independent in-situ surveys, whilst her fellowship research built on this work and expanded into whole-building performance.

Virginia is Associate Editor for Buildings & Cities journal, technical committee member for the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and active member on a number of International Energy Agency Annex projects.
Research Themes
Research Summary
Virginia’s research focusses on data-driven operational performance of buildings to gain better insights on the energy performance of the building stock and its potential for retrofit, with a particular focus on historical and traditional buildings.

Her expertise lies at the interface of combining building physics, in-situ monitoring, and data modelling and analysis (including the use Bayesian statistics). She’s also experienced in designing and undertaking long-term monitoring campaigns, and the relative data collection and management process.

Virginia has a keen interest in energy demand reduction in the built environment and sustainable design, both at the urban and building level.

Teaching Summary

Since A.Y. 2019/2020 Virginia has been leading the Building Physics & Energy module on the Engineering & Architectural Design MEng programme.

Virginia also co-designed and co-delivered (for 6 years) the Fundamentals of Building Physics course, a 4-week-long introduction to building physics for post-graduate students on the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc and Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc.

Virginia supervises PhD and masters students on a range of topics related to her research interests. She also acts as personal tutors for undergraduate students.

Academic Background
2017   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2014   Master of Research University College London
2010   Bachelor of Science Universita degli Studi di Firenze
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