UCL Energy Institute

Dr Virginia Gori

Dr Virginia Gori

Lecturer in Buildings and Energy

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2014

Research summary

Virginia’s research focusses on data-driven operational performance of buildings to gain better insights on the energy performance of the building stock and its potential for retrofit, with a particular focus on historical and traditional buildings.

Her expertise lies at the interface of combining building physics, in-situ monitoring, and data modelling and analysis (including the use Bayesian statistics). She’s also experienced in designing and undertaking long-term monitoring campaigns, and the relative data collection and management process.

Virginia has a keen interest in energy demand reduction in the built environment and sustainable design, both at the urban and building level.

Teaching summary

Since A.Y. 2019/2020 Virginia has been leading the Building Physics & Energy module on the Engineering & Architectural Design MEng programme.

Virginia also co-designed and co-delivered (for 6 years) the Fundamentals of Building Physics course, a 4-week-long introduction to building physics for post-graduate students on the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc and Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings MSc.

Virginia supervises PhD and masters students on a range of topics related to her research interests. She also acts as personal tutors for undergraduate students.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2017
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2014
Universita degli Studi di Firenze
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 2010


Dr Virginia Gori is currently Lecturer in Buildings and Energy at the UCL Energy Institute, working on and contributing to the leadership of Subtask D of the IEA Annex 81 “Data-Driven Smart Buildings” programme. Within this role,Virginia is involved in mapping the current technology and innovation landscape in the area of smart-buildings and data-driven building services to evaluate the merits and limitations of adopting data-driven smart building technologies and policies.

After earning an MRes in Built Environment Energy Demand Studies and a PhD in Energy and the Built Environment, Virginia was individually awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. In her PhD, Virginia developed a novel Bayesian-based framework for the robust characterisation of the thermophysical properties of building elements from short and seasonal-independent in-situ surveys, whilst her fellowship research built on this work and expanded into whole-building performance.

Virginia is Associate Editor for Buildings & Cities journal, technical committee member for the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and active member on a number of International Energy Agency Annex projects.