The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Dr. Gulnaz Aksenova

Dr. Gulnaz Aksenova

Lecturer in Building Information Modelling and Management

The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
20th Jul 2020

Research summary

Gulnaz's research interests are related to the digital transformation of the industries. Specifically, she holds expertise in the following topics: platforms, ecosystem governance, business model innovation, national initiatives, industry's digital evolution, Building Information Management (BIM), system engineering & integration, systems thinking, and how digital innovation is changing the business context. She has also researched industry-specific applications such as Mixed Reality, digital twins and any other aspects of digitalization of the AEC industry. 

Gulnaz's research is both empirical using qualitative data and conceptual (theory-building) at the intersection of organization science, digital and strategic management.

Teaching summary

Gulnaz is leading the module BCPM0092: Management of Major Programmes with Digital for the MSc in Digital Engineering Management. 

She is also leading BCPM0050: System Integration and Building Information Management (BIM) for the MSc Construction Management and Economics & MSc Project and Enterprise Management. 

Gulnaz is co-leading MSc Dissertation module with Dr Vedran Zerjav since 2021

Past modules:

    BCPM0087: Digital Briefing and Scope Management (2020)


Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Fellowship |
University of Liverpool
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy |
Other higher degree, Specialist in Architectural Design |
University of Salford
Masters, MSc in Digital Architectural Design |


Gulnaz Aksenova is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) inBuilding Information Modelling and Management at the Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London (UCL).

Before UCL, Gulnaz was awarded a PhD (2020) from the University of Liverpool in Strategic Management and Building Information Management in the digital Built Environment Sector. Her interdisciplinary PhD is a joint product of the University of Liverpool Management School and School of Architecture. In her PhD, she conducted an empirical study on the dark side of ecosystem orchestration around implementation in Finland and California. For a study on Californian BIM implementation, she was a visiting researcher at the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) at Stanford University (2018). She presented her PhD work at high-profile industry events in Finland, the UK, Spain and Canada, and the academic events.

Gulnaz has experience in research, industry and academia-industry engagement. Gulnaz served as a researcher for a study on the ecosystem for competency mediation between supply and demand in the UK construction industry for The Pedagogy and Upskilling (PUN) Networkcontributing to the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). Gulnaz has industry experience with BIM in a large-scale project executed by PomerleauContracting and Construction Management firm in Canada (2015). She researched at the School of Management at École Des Sciences De La Gestion (UQAM) andConstruction Engineering Department at École De Technologie Supérieure (2014-2016) in Montréal, Canada, for the projects on the digital transformationof the Quebec AEC industry with BIM. Gulnaz was a Managing Editor at the International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC) from September 2016 until January 2021.