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Dr Dragana Nikolic

Portrait of Dr Dragana Nikolic, Lecturer in Digital Architecture at University of Reading
  • Academic research and teaching
  • Module Convenor, Information & Communication (UG), Digital Technology Use in Construction (UG), Advanced Visualisation & Interactive Technologies (PG)
  • IT Liaison for School of the Built Environment VisLab and BIM Lounge Manager
  • Co-Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

Areas of interest

Understanding how digital tools and advanced simulation technologies (e.g. virtual and augmented reality, digital and rapid prototyping) may improve visualisation of design concepts, and decision-making processes for architecture, engineering and construction.

Additional areas of interest include building information modelling (BIM) concepts, game theory, and engineering education.

Research centres and groups


I received a PhD degree in Architectural Engineering and MSc in Architecture, both from 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 visualisation 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 visualisation technologies to support both the construction industry and education.

Academic qualifications

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

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Reviewer, EES Journal of Building Engineering 
  • Reviewer, 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
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).