Professor Branka Dimitrijevic


Personal statement

I am Professor of Architecture and Director of Knowledge Exchange and Post Graduate Research at the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Strathclyde. I hold an MSc in Revitalisation of Architectural and Urban Heritage and a PhD in History of Architecture. I have taught the 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

I am a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal on Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, International Journal of Architectural Research, Sustainability of Culture and Heritage (a section of Sustainability), Urban and Regional Planning, and Arhitektura i Urbanizam,  and a referee for 20 other international journals. I have been a referee for research applications submitted to EUREKA: Eurostars; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; Sweedish Research Council Formas, Swiss National Science Foundation; Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation; Ministry of Sciences, Serbia; Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), Cardiff City Council, UK; and assessed the applications submitted to Innovate UK. I have also assessed research outputs submitted to the Italian Evaluation of Research Quality Exercise. As a member of the Panel for Creative Arts and Design of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, I participated in the assessment of PhD applications.

I have 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. My other key professional engagements include membership in the 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 (2012-2014). 

I have 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 (later renamed as Engineering Online Centre). I have led the production of the online CPD courses published by the FLC on ‘Social Benefits of Innovative Lighting’ and 'Decision-making for Place Making'. I am active in the cross-University research networks 'Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship' and 'Strathclyde Ageing Network'. 

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of ArtsFellow of Higher Education Academy, peer reviewer for Arts and Humanities Research Council, and a member of the Panel for Creative Design and Arts of Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. I was a PI and director of the knowledge exchange project CIC Start Online, 2009-2013 when it was included in The Scottish Green List 2010 as one of the 20 top projects and initiatives for sustainable development.

Selected Recent Publications, Presentations, and Research Projects

Latest Research and KE Projects

Latest Books

Latest Refereed Journal Papers (abbreviated titles)

Latest Book Chapters

Latest Keynotes / Public Lectures / Conferences / International Collaboration


Has expertise in:

    External Academic and Public Engagements

    Swedish Research Council Formas, Review of grant applications, 2020

    Swiss National Science Foundation, Review of grant applications, 2020

    Arts and Humanities Research Council, member of Peer Review Colleges Academic, Strategic Review, International, and Knowledge Transfer.

    Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, Representing the University of Strathclyde in the Panel for Creative Arts and Design, evaluation of scholarship applications (2018-2020)

    University of Basilicata, Matera, Italy, Member of the PhD Board "Cities and Landscapes: Architecture, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, History and Resources" (2019)

    University of Basilicata, Matera, Italy, Visiting Professor (2011-2019)

    Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Evaluation of Research Outputs (2012, 2016)

    The Technical University of Berlin, Evaluation of research scholarship applications (2015)

    EUREKA, European Commission, Evaluation of grant applications (2016-2019)

    Danish Council for Strategic Research, Evaluation of grant applications (2013-2019)

    Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Evaluation of grant applications (2018-2019)

    Innovate UK, Evaluation of grant applications (2012-2019)

    Architecture and Design Scotland, Member of the Board (one of the company Directors), 2010-2014

    2020 Climate Group (Scotland), Member of the Built Environment sub-group, 2012-2014 

    Scottish Sustainable Development Forum, Member of the Board, 2010 – April 2013

    Scottish Construction Forum, Member of the subgroups Planet and Positioning, 2009-2012

    The Scottish Green List 2012, Keep Scotland Beautiful, awards panel member

    Carbon Trust (Scotland) Panel for the Low Carbon Building Awards in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013, Member

    Energy Saving Trust assessment panel for Energy Efficiency Awards 2009 and 2010, Member


    Online Knowledge Exchange

    Decision-making for Place Making, Online CPD course, Producer, 2017

    Social Aspects of Innovative Lighting, Online CPD course, Producer, 2016

    Flexible Learning Centre, Establishment of the centre for the production of online CPD, UG and PG programmes at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 1/05/2015-28/11/2016

    Mainstreaming Innovation, Knowledge Exchange Project, PI and Director, 2013-2014

    CIC Start Online, Knowledge Exchange Project, PI and Director, 2009-2013 

    Architect Karlo Parzik, a transcript of my PhD dissertation (1991) including plans and images of over 100 projects published online in 2006



    Professor of Architecture, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

    Fellow of Higher Education Academy since 2001; Licenced Architect in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1978; PhD in History of Architecture (University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1991); MSc in Reuse of Architectural and Urban Heritage, (University of Zagreb, Croatia,1985), Diploma of Engineer in Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1976)


Prizes and awards

UKRI MRC peer review recognition note
AHRC/UKRI letter of recognition
Emerald Literati Award 2019
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
The Scottish Green List 2010
Fellow of Higher Education Academy

More prizes and awards


Assessing park qualities of public parks in Cairo, Egypt
Aly Dalia, Dimitrijevic Branka
ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (2022)
Multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration in nature-based design of sustainable architecture and urbanism
Butt Anosh Nadeem, Dimitrijevic Branka
Sustainability Vol 14 (2022)
Systems approach to the sustainable management of urban public parks
Aly Dalia, Dimitrijevic Branka
Urban Forestry & Urban Greening Vol 68 (2022)
Public green space quantity and distribution in Cairo, Egypt
Aly Dalia, Dimitrijevic Branka
Journal of Engineering and Applied Science Vol 69 (2022)
An ecocentric approach to defining a public park system
Aly Dalia, Dimitrijevic Branka
ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research Vol 15, pp. 634-651 (2021)
A lifecycle social network analysis framework for BIM adoption in major construction projects
BAREKA Ambark Abdulmola S Ali, Chen Zhen, Agapiou Andrew, Dimitrijevic Branka
5th CU Construction Conference 2021 Exploring Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the Construction Industry (2021) (2021)

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My teaching career in Higher Education started with the teaching of the history of architecture and reuse of architectural and urban heritage at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (1981-1992). 

Following the completion of EPSRC funded research project on the sustainability of buildings at the University of Strathclyde in 2000, I developed and delivered two modules on sustainable urban planning and sustainable construction for MSc Matching Section Programme at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Strathclyde, in 2002. 

In 2006, I developed two Modules for the Lean Construction Management online course for the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde:

  • Design and Construction Management: Mobilisation and Project Planning, Health and Safety Management, Financial Monitoring, Maintenance, Construction Options
  • Post-Project Evaluation: Closing Out a Project, Health and Safety Files, Retentions and Defects Liability, Knowledge Management, Post-Project Evaluation and Post-Occupancy Feedback. 

From 2002 to date I have delivered various lectures on sustainable development and built environment at postgraduate courses at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 

As a Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, I delivered a series of lectures on sustainable urban development and building design in 2005-2013.

As a Visiting Professor at the University of Basilicata, Matera, Italy, I have delivered lectures on the sustainability of built heritage at undergraduate courses and on the application of smart technologies in managing built heritage for postgraduate students in the period 2011 to date.


Current Teaching Activities 

  • Contribute lectures in MSc Environmental Engineering and Cultural Studies
  • Master Thesis Supervision
  • PhD Supervision
  • UG Dissertation Supervision
  • Panel Review of students’ projects







Research interests

My research interests include:

  • history of architecture 
    • PhD on architecture of Czech architect Karel Parik, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1991
    • changing roles of museums (research from 2015-2020)
    • application of Jungian theories in architectural design (2020-ongoing) 
  • sustainability of the built  and natural environment:
    • reuse of architectural and urban heritage (MSc, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1985)
    • durability, adaptability and energy efficiency of buildings (EPSRC funded research 1988-2000)
    • sustainable building design and refurbishment (CIC Start Online project funded by ERDF and Scottish Government, 2009-2013)
    • impact of climate change on the built environment (research collaboration with Institute for Architecture and Urbanism, Serbia, 2011-2015)
    • integration of low carbon infrastructure systems into the built environment (Mainstreaming Innovation project, 2013-2014)
    • social innovation systems for resilient communities (BRE Trust-funded research 2015-2020)
    • sustainable management of parks (2019-ongoing)
    • multidisciplinary research on nature-based design of architecture (2020-ongoing)
    • evaluation of industrial heritage landscapes (2020-ongoing)
    • improving inherited social housing (2021-ongoing).

The above research fosters social and economic transformations that entail preservation of the natural environment while supporting innovations emerging from new knowledge and technological developments.

 Recent and current research projects 

  • Current PhD supervision:
    Sustainable Management of Public Parks in Cairo, Egypt
    Architectural Intentions: Jungian Theories on Extraversion, Introversion & Archetypal Images
    Developing a transdisciplinary collaboration framework for nature-based design of sustainable architecture
    Classification and Evaluation Methods of Modern Urban Industrial Heritage Landscape
    A strategy for regenerating small-scale housing in old neighbourhoods in China

  • Past PhD supervision:
    Social Innovation Systems for Building Resilient Communities
    The Modernist heritage and the Historical Museum of Bosnia- Herzegovina: Towards a Sustainable Reuse

  • Co-supervision of PhD research internationally

    Transport infrastructures: a strategy for the sustainable rehabilitation of the abandoned heritage, Università di Roma Tor Vergata, 2020-2021

    L’ “Inclusive Environment Design” per la fruibilità dei beni archittetonici, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, 2007-2009

  • Membership in international Doctoral Schools
    PhD Board "Cities and Landscapes: Architecture, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, History and Resources", University of Basilicata, Italy

PhD and MSc Examinations:

  • Impact of environmental performance dilapidation in dwellings, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK, 2019
  • Patterns of Sustainable Innovation in the Building Industry: Towards a Strategic Management Perspective on Environmental, Social, and Economic Values. University of Turin, Italy, 2019
  • Energy Delivery of Solar Farms with Reference to Shading, PhD, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK, 2018
  • The Development of a Pedagogical Framework for the Integration of Building Information 
     Modelling in the Architecture Degree Programme in Malaysia
    , PhD, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 2018
  • Heat Transfer in Cavity Walls, PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK, 2017
  • Analysis of the effects of aerogel insulation on the thermal performance of existing building envelopes, MRes, Edinburgh Napier University, 2017
  • Ecological Building Design: A proof of concept and identifying the factors which deter the use of Iranian vernacular principles in modern architecture, PhD, London South Bank University, UK, 2016
  • Streaming of High-Resolution Aerial Photography Textures Using A Web-Based Client/Server Model On Mobile Devices, MRes, University of Abertay, Dundee, 2016
  • Urban Morphometrics: Towards a Quantitative Science of Urban Form, PhD, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 2016
  • Towards the Industrialisation of Architecture, PhD, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 2015
  • Sustainable housing futures for a growing middle class: a contextual study of Mysore, India’, PhD, University of Edinburgh, UK, 2013
  • The acoustic effects of mortar build up within separating party cavity wails, MRes, Edinburgh Napier University, UK, 2013
  • Architectural Design Principles and Processes for Sustainability, MRes, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 2010

Professional activities

ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Open House International (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Open House International (Journal)
Peer reviewer
AHRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
Hapres Journal of Sustainability Research (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Journal)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


KA107 staff and PhD students mobility with the University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator) Grierson, David (Co-investigator)
3 academics and 2 PhD students involved in mobility activities
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Inclusive tourism in the city: how urban tourism can benefit marginalised and vulnerable communities
Baum, Thomas (Principal Investigator) Tomazos, Konstantinos (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator) Horgan, Donagh (Co-investigator)
Multi-disciplinary research-informing workshop, funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Diliman to engage with tourism from a social and economic inclusion perspective in the context of the contemporary city. Involved engagement with this theme from multiple perspectives including gender, economic, employment, human rights, urban planning, architecture, law and anthropology.
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018
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
13-Jan-2017 - 17-Jan-2017
Zero Waste Scotland Circular Economy Investment Fund Project
Grierson, David (Principal Investigator) Dimitrijevic, Branka (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2019
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator) Grierson, David (Co-investigator) Salama, Ashraf (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2015 - 14-Jan-2018
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
01-Jan-2015 - 28-Jan-2016

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