Professor Branka Dimitrijevic


Personal statement

I am Professor of Architecture and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Engineering at 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 17 other international journals. I have been a referee for research applications submitted to EUREKA: Eurostars; Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation; Swiss National Science Foundation; Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation; Ministry of Sciences, Serbia; NESTA, UK; 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 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

    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

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


Synchrony-city : Sarajevo in five acts and few intervals
Harrington Selma, Dimitrijevic Branka, Salama Ashraf M
ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research Vol 13, pp. 573-594 (2019)
Agile urban planning and phased housing construction for migrating populations
Dimitrijevic Branka
Environmental Impact of Illegal Construction, Poor Planning and Design Environmental Impact of Illegal Construction, Poor Planning and Design, pp. 25-35 (2019)
Ecological frameworks as a strategy for social innovation in the built environment
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
IGU Urban Commission Meeting (2019)
Frameworks for citizens participation in planning : from conversational to smart tools
Horgan Donagh, Dimitrijevic Branka
Sustainable Cities and Society Vol 48 (2019)
Fragile republic : defragmenting the public space in Sarajevo's museums quadrant
Harrington Selma, Dimitrijevic Branka, Salama Ashraf M
Field Conditions (2019)
Cracks and light : observing the resilience of the history museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Harrington Selma, Dimitrijevic Branka, Salama Ashraf M
Martor Vol 23, pp. 143-161 (2018)

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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, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1991); reuse of architectural and urban heritage (MSc, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 1985), sustainable building design and urban planning (since an EPSRC funded research project at the University of Strathclyde, 1988-2000; CIC Start Online project, 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); changing roles of museums (2015-ongoing); social innovation systems for resilient communities (BRE Trust-funded research 2015-ongoing); inclusive cultural heritage tourism (2018-ongoing).  

PhD and MSc Examinations:

  • 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

Sustaining Built Heritage
AHRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
American University of Sharjah (External organisation)
Community Engagement and Consultation Case Study: Linlithgow, Scotland
Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Sage Open (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
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
BRE Framework Collaboration / S130160-107
Dimitrijevic, Branka (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 30-Jan-2020

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