Professor Branka Dimitrijevic

Architecture

Personal statement

Branka Dimitrijevic is Professor of Architecture and Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Department of Architecture, and Associate Dean Knowledge Exchange at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She holds an MSc in Revitalisation of Architectural and Urban Heritage and a PhD in History of Architecture. Branka has taught history of architecture, evaluation and reuse of architectural and urban heritage, sustainable building design and urban planning, and integration of low carbon infrastructure systems at the universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, United Kingdom, and as Visiting Professor at universities in Italy.

Branka is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal on Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development and a referee for the journals Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Systems, Land Use Policy, International Journal for Sustainable Built Environment, Journal of Clinical Research and Governance, Buildings, Construction and Building Materials,  Sustainable Cities and Society, Energy Policy, Engineering SustainabilityFacilities and SPATIUM. Branka has been a referee for research applications submitted to Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; Ministry of Sciences, Serbia; NESTA, UK; Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Cardiff City Council, UK; and assesses the applications submitted to Innovate UK. Branka also assessed research outputs submitted to the Italian Evaluation of Research Quality Exercise.

Branka has established strong links with the construction sector in particular and across engineering professions through a series of multi-institutional knowledge exchange projects since 2000: Network of Construction Creativity Clubs, Centre for the Built Environment, Scottish Construction Centre, CIC Start Online and Mainstreaming Innovation, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government. They attracted over 6,000 delegates at live events and over 3,600 members of online projects. Branka’s  other key professional engagements include membership in Scottish Construction Forum (2009-2012), the Boards of Scottish Sustainable Development Forum (2010-2013) and Architecture+Design Scotland (2010-2014), and the 2020 Climate Group (since 2012). 

Branka has developed the proposal for and led the establishment of the Flexible Learning Centre (FLC) at the Faculty of Engineering which was launched in November 2016. Branka has led the production of the online CPD courses published by the FLC on ‘Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting’ and 'Decision-making for Place Making'.  

Publications

Application of ICT for urban regeneration, environmental protection and social equality in Scotland
Dimitrijevic Branka
Places and Technologies 2017, pp. 1-8, (2017)
Sustainable reuse of modern movement heritage buildings : problems and solutions in Scotland and Italy
Guida A., Pagliuca A., Dimitrijevic B.
Structural Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture XIVWIT Transactions on The Built Environment Vol 153, pp. 555-565, (2015)
From transition towns to smart cities : opportunities and challenges
Dimitrijevic Branka
Computers and Law Vol 26, pp. 26-28, (2015)
Strengthening the sustainability of built heritage in Scotland
Dimitrijević Branka
Architecture and Science Vol 1, pp. 6-12, (2014)
Novi pristupi u stvaranju "prelaznih naselja"; promocija inovacija kroz saradnju univerziteta i preduzeća; organizacije koje pomažu saradnji univerziteta i industrije
Dimitrijevic Branka
Klimatske promene i izgradjeni prostorKlimatske promene i izgradjeni prostor, (2013)
Konsultacije sa stanovništvom u planiranju in regeneraciji naselja
Dimitrijevic Branka
Klimatske promene i izgradjeni prostor: Politika i praksa u Skotskoj i SrbijiKlimatske promene i izgradjeni prostor: Politika i praksa u Skotskoj i Srbiji, (2013)

more publications

Professional activities

Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities
Chair
16/6/2017
Places and Technologies 2017
Speaker
8/6/2017
Semiconductors and LEDs – Professional Learning Day
Organiser
5/6/2017
KLABS workshop at the University of Strathclyde
Organiser
31/5/2017
Spatium (Journal)
Peer reviewer
25/5/2017
Online CPD for STEM teachers: Consultation event
Organiser
24/5/2017

more professional activities

Projects

Erasmus Staff Mobility Programme - IUAV, Venice, Italy
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Erasmus Staff Mobility Programme - teaching and work on book co-editing at IUAV, Venice, Italy
Period 13-Mar-2017 - 17-Mar-2017
Flexible Learning Centre
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Establishment of the Flexible Learning Centre of the Faculty of Engineering to assist in developing and delivering online CPD courses, and UG and PG programmes
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 28-Nov-2016
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund Project
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 01-Feb-2019
CIC Start Online
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
It was a joint project of seven Scottish universities funded by European Regional Development Fund and Scottish Government’s SEEKIT programme, from 1st September 2009 until 28th February 2013. The project aim was to support the development and testing of innovations for sustainable building design an refurbishment. The project objective was to support collaboration between academia and Scottish small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in developing and testing innovations for sustainable building design and refurbishment. The project was led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU), Glasgow School of Art (GSA), Heriot-Watt University (HWU), the Robert Gordon University (RGU), University of Edinburgh (UoE) and the University of Strathclyde Glasgow (USG). CIC Start Online run a quarterly competition for feasibility studies (FS) and academic consultancies (AC) on sustainable building design and refurbishment undertaken for the benefit of Scottish SMEs. The joint academic/industry applications were assessed by the independent Assessment Panel whose members were representatives of Buildings Standards Division of the Directorate for the Built Environment of Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers and energy efficiency consultants. The project attracted over 2,400 members nationally and from 53 other countries as its outputs were disseminated online through 40 interactive webinars, two online conferences, 15 live conferences and a quarterly online magazine.
Period 01-Sep-2009 - 28-Feb-2013
Mainstreaming Innovation
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
Mainstreaming Innovation was a one-year (01/04/2013-31/03/2014) project of nine Scottish universities, led by Glasgow Caledonian University, which aimed to reduce carbon emissions by supporting academic/industry collaboration in testing innovations for the integration of sustainable infrastructure into the existing built environment (e.g. housing, education, healthcare and other building estates). Other partners were the University of Strathclyde, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow School of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, University of Abertay Dundee and University of Edinburgh. By the end of March 2013 the project had 901 members. Along with the members from Scotland and the rest of the UK, the project has attracted members from 30 countries: Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Philippines, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and USA.
Period 01-Apr-2013 - 31-Mar-2014
Reinforced Concrete Condition Assessment in Heritage Buildings: Lion Chambers in Glasgow (UK) and Duni Theatre in Matera (Italy)
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator)
The research objective was to provide new information on the compressive strength of reinforced concrete structures of two prominent examples of modern architecture by using innovative, non-invasive testing techniques. The first one is Lion Chambers in Glasgow, designed by the architects Salmon, Son and Gillespie and completed in 1907. The second one is Duni Theatre in Matera (Southern Italy), designed by the architect Ettore Stella and completed in 1946. The research methodology included (a) the context in which the buildings were designed, (b) their history, (c) building technologies used, (d) non-invasive testing of the reinforced concrete structures, (e) the analysis of the test results and (f) the conclusions.
Period 01-Feb-2011 - 30-Jun-2011

more projects