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Dr Laura Florez Perez
Room 242
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44(0) 2076794466
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  • Associate Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Laura Florez-Perez is an Associate Professor in the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. She completed her PhD in Building Construction at the Georgia Institute of Technology, US, in 2015. She also received a MSc in Building Construction from Georgia Tech and dual degrees, BSc in Civil Engineering and BSc in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.

She started as Senior Lecturer in Built Environment at Northumbria University in 2016 before moving to UCL in 2019. Dr Florez-Perez is the recipient of the 2014 Best Student Paper Award from the Construction Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) and the 2013 Finalist of the Paper Award of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).

Prior to moving to the UK, Dr Florez-Perez worked as project manager in Pyramid Masonry in the US and as an engineer in Proyectos & DiseƱos (PYD) SAS in Colombia.

Research Summary

Dr Florez-Perez's research interests are broadly in the areas of construction management and engineering with a focus on decision support systems, mathematical modelling applications and information technologies. This includes: data analytics for productivity and process improvement; integration of project information into optimisation and simulation models for resource-efficient operations; project control systems for workforce management and intelligent automation for planning construction tasks; knowledge extraction and management for BIM optimisation; and decision making models for sustainable construction, materials selection, and development.

Dr Florez-Perez has published extensively in the fields of Construction and the Built Environment with a focus on decision support systems and IT tools, including numerous articles in journals such as Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Journal of Management in Engineering, Building and Environment, Materials & Design, International Journal of Project Management, and Journal of the Operational Research Society. She has presented her work at numerous international conferences including the International Group for Lean Construction Conference, Creative Construction Conference, European Conference on Computing in Construction, ARCOM, ISARC, and Construction Research Congress. 

Her past experience also includes funded work for the British Council Institutional Links, British Council Newton Fund, EU Tempus, Santander International Mobility, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT)and collaborations with the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and the Mason Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

Teaching Summary

I contribute to the following modules on our taught programmes:

BCPM0041 Managing Construction

BCPM0066 Project Management I

BCPM0071 Professional Skills for Project Management

OCT-2019 Lecturer Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction UCL, United Kingdom
FEB-2016 Senior Lecturer Built Environment Northumbria University, United Kingdom
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