Staff Profile:Dr Dragana Nikolic

Dr Dragana Nikolic
Job Title:
Lecturer in Digital Architecture

Academic research and teaching.
Module convenor: Information & Communication (UG), Digital Technology Use in Construction (UG), Advanced Visualisation & Interactive Technologies (PG)
IT liaison for SBE
VisLab and BIM Lounge Manager

Dipl.Eng. in Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2003.
M Arch, The Pennsylvania State University, 2006.
PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011.

External responsibilities:
Reviewer for: EES Journal of Building Engineering
ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering
AI EDAM Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing
BRI Building Research & Information Scientific Committee member for CIBW78 2018

Areas of Interest:

Understanding how digital tools and advanced simulation technologies (e.g. virtual and augmented reality, digital and rapid prototyping) may improve visualization of design concepts, and decision-making processes for architecture, engineering and construction. Additional areas of interest include building information modelling concepts, game theory, and engineering education.

Career Path:
I received a Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering and M.S. in Architecture, both from the Pennsylvania State University. Before my graduate studies, I was a practicing architect in Serbia after obtaining my undergraduate degree from the University of Belgrade.

To date, my work has been focused on advanced digital and visualization technologies to support and improve design and construction. I continue to investigate pedagogical methodologies and create digital teaching tools to bring more active and experiential learning of construction management and engineering challenges. Both my doctoral and postdoctoral work on the Virtual Construction Simulator Game project done at Penn State with Dr. John Messner were funded by the NSF, with its second grant awarded in 2012.

As I am starting new and exciting work with the University of Reading, I continue to work on high end visualization technologies to support both the construction industry and education.

Research groups / Centres:

Digital Practices
Organisations, People and Technology

Professional Memberships:
Associate member ASCE


Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 6039
131 Chancellor's Building

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