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Dr Dragana Nikolić

Portrait of Dr Dragana Nikolic, Lecturer in Digital Architecture at University of Reading
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  • Associate Professor in the Digital Built Environment



Building location

Chancellor's Building

Areas of interest

  • Visualization and simulation tools for decision-making
  • Building information modelling and management
  • Digital twins for asset operation and management
  • Simulation games for engineering education
  • Sustainable design and innovation

Postgraduate supervision

Jiajing Feng - Understanding interactions between users and minor building adaptations in changing use scenarios.

Jane Bennett - Sensory navigation: reading the sensescape of a city.

Ekpo Ekpenyong - Exploring the value and use of digital twins for the built environment.

Katie McCausland, EngD - The design, development and evaluation of GIS applications as decision support tools for ecologically aware infrastructure design.

Jacob Ofori-Darko, Ph.D. - Team interactions in digitally mediated design review meetings.

Rosalie Callway, Ph.D. - Sustainable neighborhood masterplans: an analysis of the role of BREEAM Communities in green infrastructure evaluation.

Victoria Fillingham, EngD - Assessing information management as a tool for the ongoing maintenance of built assets.



CEM242 Advanced visualization and interactive technologies

CEM110 Collaboration, Practice and Innovation

CE3CDT Digital technologies in design and construction

Contributing to:

CEM210 People, Information and Technology

CEM243 New Technology, Management and Change

CEM10B Dissertation Supervision (MSc)

AA2DS3 Skills in Architectural Design

CE2BES Building Environment Systems

CE1CPR Projects

CE3CCD Dissertation Supervision (UG)

Research projects

Carbon Artifacts: a socio-material approach to low and net zero carbon building design from concept to handover; University of Reading and University of Strathclyde.

Improving interdisciplinary design reviews using collaborative virtual reality, CrossRail Innovation18 Programme, University of Reading and Imperial College London.

Virtual Construction Simulator (VCS) Game for construction engineering education, Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University.


Dr. Nikolić’s research addresses questions about how advanced digital and visualisation technologies can support and improve decision making processes in design and construction. Specifically, her research interests centre on how evolving digital practices transform the project delivery in the built environment from the technical, strategic, procedural and human perspectives. In educational context, this work raises questions about the strategies for using (inter)active and problem based learning to foster analytical and decision-making skills in the contexts of increased uncertainty and ambiguity. Collaborations with Skanska, Crossrail and Mott MacDonald among other, informed the exploration of issues such as visualization in virtual reality for training and design reviews, project collaboration, simulation, building information modelling, and digital fabrication, straddling the use of digital technologies in design practice and engineering education.

Academic qualifications

PhD, Department of Architectural Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, US, 2011

MArch, Department of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, US, 2006

Dipl.Eng. in Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2003

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Advisory Board Member for the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Digital Workstream
  • Member of the EC3 Human-Data Interaction (HDI) Technical Committee, European Council for Computing in Construction
  • Member of the Constructing Excellence Digital Construction Theme Group
  • Associate Member of the ASCE Visualization, Information Modeling and Simulation (VIMS) Technical Committee
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Association


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