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Dr. Joao Soliman-Junior is a Lecturer in the Built Environment at the Innovative Design Lab, Department of Design & The Built Environment, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Huddersfield.

Joao's involvement on academic research started in Brazil, in 2012, during his period as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Building Innovation Research Unit (Norie) – research centre from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). During the years Joao was part of Norie, he collaborated on multiple national and international research projects focused on the use of digital technologies and Building Information Modelling (BIM) to support building design and construction.

Joao has graduated in Civil Engineering in 2016 and was awarded his MSc in 2018 by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. During his masters, Joao explored how technology and automation could help streamline the assessment of healthcare building design in Brazil, from a regulatory perspective. Joao has expanded his research on automated regulatory compliance focusing on the British healthcare framework and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Huddersfield (UK) in 2023.

Joao's research encompasses the use of technology, automation and BIM to support architectural and engineering building design. His career is focused on multidisciplinary research and has been strongly anchored to Lean principles. Most of his research engagement has been in projects with an important involvement from the industry, underpinning his practical and collaborative initiatives.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Healthcare Building Design
  • Automated Regulatory Compliance
  • Requirements Capture and Management
  • Design Automation
  • Social Housing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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