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Dr Ivan Korolija
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  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Ivan Korolija is a Lecturer in Building Systems Modelling at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. He is an expert in the energy performance of buildings with a particular focus on heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), data-driven building operation and control optimisation, and urban scale and stock-level building energy modelling and simulation. Ivan graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia where he specialised in HVAC systems. 

Ivan’s academic career started in 2006 at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, with undertaking PhD research on the energy efficiency of HVAC systems, funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. After the successful completion of this programme, Ivan stayed at De Montfort’s Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) as a Research Fellow in Energy Systems where he worked from 2012 to 2016.

Ivan joined UCL in 2016 where he started his research career within the Bartlett at the UCL Energy Institute (EI) as a Research Associate in Stock Level Modelling. He was appointed as a Lecturer in Building Systems Modelling at the IEDE in June 2017; the role he has been holding to date.

Before the commencement of his doctoral research, Ivan worked as a building services mechanical design engineer, and as an energy consultant on many international projects. He was involved in the design of sustainable building services for various building types, mainly non-domestic, such as sports facilities, hospitals, hotels, office buildings and multi-purpose shopping centres, where he passed through the complete design process from concept/detail design up to creating tender documentations.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Ivan’s research interest is to improve the energy performance of buildings and associated building services systems, to tackle the net-zero carbon challenge while maintaining indoor conditions at a high level for all building users and processes. This interest builds on his industrial experience, and it is expanded into a digital domain due to the vast amount of data which can be collected in buildings and used for improving building operations. The scale of applications Ivan is interested in ranges from individual buildings to urban areas and up to the national stock or stock-segment level.

Ivan has participated in numerous scientific research projects, knowledge transfer partnership programmes, and research consultancy, and has contributed to the development of urban scale modelling platforms. The following is the list of the major projects Ivan has participated in:

  • High-Quality Data-Driven Services for a Digital Built Environment towards a Climate-Neutral Building Stock (DigiBUILD)
  • Smart Tool for Electrification & Decarbonisation of Stores (Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Tesco PLC)
  • School Buildings Adaptation, Resilience and Impacts on Decarbonisation in a Changing Climate (ARID)
  • Grounded Energy Modelling for equitable urban planning in the global South (GEMDev)
  • London Solar Opportunity Map (LSOM)
  • iNtelligent Urban Model for Built Environment Research (iNumber)
  • A modelling platform generating dynamic building energy simulation models (SimStock)
  • A modelling platform for schools (MPS)
Teaching Summary

The core of Ivan’s education activities is linked to the MSc Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering (SBDE) programme. As a co-founding Deputy Programme Leader, he significantly influenced the programme curriculum designed to enable the digital transformation of traditional building services engineering educational offerings. He has developed and has been leading two core modules (Engineered Environmental Elements and Integrated Building Systems Simulation) since the programme launch in 2018.

From 2017 to 2020 Ivan was involved in the MEng Engineering and Architectural Design (EAD) programme (launched in 2017) as a lead for two modules: year 1 Building Physics and Energy (2017-19) and year 3 Design Practice 2 (2019-20) where he was responsible for the building services aspects of the integrated building design.

In addition to his major commitment to the above-mentioned modules, Ivan has regularly contributed to other taught modules at UCL as an invited lecturer for Building Systems Modelling (MSc Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering), Integrated Building Design for Health and Wellbeing (MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings), Advanced Building Simulation and Efficient Building Services Systems (MSc Environmental Design and Engineering).

Further to teaching at the MSc and MEng levels, Ivan supervises a number of students at the postgraduate level across the Bartlett Faculty which includes supervision of MSc dissertations for the MSc Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering and MSc Environmental Design and Engineering. At the doctoral level, he supervises several PhD students across UCL, at the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, the UCL Energy Institute, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment.

2017 Lecturer Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2016 – 2017 Research Associate UCL-Energy Institute UCL, United Kingdom
2012 – 2016 Research Fellow Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development De Montfort University, United Kingdom
2007 – 2010 Marie Currie Research Fellow Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development De Montfort University, United Kingdom
2005 – 2006 Building Services Design Engineer   Energoprojekt, Serbia
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