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Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian Leilabadi

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Dr Farzad Rahimian is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Building Information Management, with expertise in the mainstream areas of BIM, including IT Integrated Design and Construction, Virtual-Reality Programming for Automation, Simulation and Optimisation of Design, Offsite-Manufactured-Construction, and Virtual Prototyping. He has extensive experience in VR/AR programming and prototyping, and was a key player on one the first and most famous game-like VR Environments for construction simulation. 

Farzad holds PhD degree in IT Integrated Architectural Design Studies and MSc and BSc in Architectural Engineering. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Member of Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB), Member of Regulatory Room of buildingSMART International, a First Class Registered Architect in Iran and member of CIB TG74, W119, and W121. He has considerable research and practice experience in BIM and IT Integrated Construction and Design (reported in more than 85 refereed articles; Cited in more than 250 publications). Farzad has been involved in supervision of several PhD studies. He is the Co-Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Research (MIT) and has been involved in various high-level committees. During his academic career, he contributed to various publicly funded research projects, on issues regarding BIM, Deign Integration and Advanced Methods of Construction.


Ornamental art and symbolism : activators of historical regeneration for Kazakhstan's landscape architecture
Yussupova Akmaral, Songfu Liu, Namazbay Ardasher, Rahimian Farzad Pour, Ebrahimi Ahad Nejad
Archnet-IJAR Vol 11, pp. 193-213, (2017)
Variable weight spectral amplitude coding for multiservice OCDMA networks
Seyedzadeh Saleh, Pour Rahimian Farzad, Glesk Ivan, Kakaee Majid H.
Optical Fiber Technology : Materials, Devices and Systems Vol 37, pp. 53-60, (2017)
Advanced virtual reality applications and intelligent agents for construction process optimisation and defect prevention
Asgari Zeynab, Pour Rahimian Farzad
Procedia Engineering Vol 196, pp. 1130-1137, (2017)
Review of motivations, success factors, and barriers to the adoption of offsite manufacturing in Nigeria
Pour Rahimian Farzad, Goulding Jack, Akintoye Akintola, Kolo Shaba
Procedia Engineering Vol 196, pp. 512-519, (2017)
A decade of architectural and urban research published in 'Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research'
Salama Ashraf M., Remali Adel Mohammad, Pour Rahimian Farzad
Archnet-IJAR Vol 11, pp. 6-28, (2017)
Successful education of professionals for supporting future BIM implementation within the architecture engineering construction context
Pour Rahimian Farzad, Goulding Jack Steven, Arciszewski Tomasz
Online Learning for STEM SubjectsOnline Learning for STEM Subjects, (2017)

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  • AB421: ICT Integrated Design and Management, Module Leader
  • AB212 Technology Studies 2, Lecturer

Research interests

  • Building Information Modeling
  • Lean & Six Sigma Integration in Construction
  • Modern Methods of Construction and Offsite Manufacturing
  • Information Technology in Construction
  • Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
  • Collaborative Working and ICT Integrated AEC Practice
  • Computer-aided Design Studies¬†
  • E-learning


Real-Time Simulation of Construction Projects through Hybrid Application of Building Information Modelling and Image Processing
Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, Farzad (Principal Investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Principal Investigator) Agapiou, Andrew (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
Using Artificial Intelligence for Optimising Retrofitting in Commercial Buildings
Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, Farzad (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2017 - 30-Apr-2020
KTP - Norscot
Pour Rahimian Leilabadi, Farzad (Principal Investigator)
Period 04-Sep-2017 - 03-Mar-2020

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