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PhD projects

Use of Building Information Modelling for value generation Value generation in healthcare design Evidence Based Design Effects of the built environment into health outcomes Wayfinding in the design of hospitals Design front end, requirements capture and management Waste in design – Lean Construction Perspective Visual Management Wellbeing through design Use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the retrofit of social housing Mass customisation in social housing Participatory design and co-design

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Research Expertise and Interests

  • Design Management
  • Lean Design and Construction
  • Healthcare design
  • Value Generation
  • Design front-end
  • Collaboration in Design
  • Participatory approaches in design
  • Requirements capture and management


Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda has graduated in Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil and has industrial experience in collaborative design integration and management. Patricia is Professor of Integrated Design, Associate Dean for Research at the School of Art Design and Architecture, and Director of the Innovative Design Lab.  and Head of Department of Architecture and 3D Design from September 2014. Patricia joined the University of Huddersfiled on the 8th of May 2014 as Head of Department for Architecture and 3D Design (up to the 7th of January 2018). Her role combines research, administration and teaching activities. She has taught on the areas of Design Management, Value Generation and Building Information Modelling in architectural design, developed a number of research projects, supervised research students and published widely.

Patricia’s career encompasses design, architecture, new product development and the built environment, with a focus on multidisciplinarity, integration between design and construction through collaborative working, and value generation in design. She initially specialised in design management through a masters at the Postgraduate Programme of Civil Engineering -UFRGS, Brazil. As a design manager, she was responsible for managing client requirements and implementing process innovation to improve effectiveness and efficiency of design and its interfaces with contruction. This practical experience underpins her research and teaching interests.

Patricia’s PhD was awarded in 2004 by the University of Salford, UK, and focused on the design and implementation of product development process models in construction companies. Before completing her PhD, Patricia joined the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford as a research assistant on the EPSRC funded Salford Centre for Research and Innovation in the Built and Human Environment (SCRI). She became an Academic Fellow, developing research on the design of healthcare built environments, and developed the MSc Built Environment for Healthcare. Patricia was appointed as research coordinator at HaCIRIC (Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre, EPSRC IMRC). She has developed and lead the MSc BIM and Integrated Design, launched in 2011. Following, she became Director of the Design and Property Management Directorate at the School of the Built Environment.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Architecture
  • Design Management
  • Healthcare Design
  • Value Generation
  • Product Devlopment
  • Lean construction
  • Requirements Capture
  • Building Information Modeling
  • Social Housing
  • Manufacturing
  • Architectural Design
  • Operations Management

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Projects 2014 2019

Research Output 2002 2020

A Model for Analysis of Emergent Needs During Front End Design Decision Making

Serugga, J., Kagioglou, M. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 23 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) CRC 2020 Conference Proceedings. ASCE Library

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Decision making

An online platform to unify and synchronise heritage architecture information

Jordán Palomar, I., García Valldecabres, J. L., Tzortzopoulos, P. & Pellicer Armiñana, E., 21 Nov 2019, In : Automation in Construction. 110, 17 p., 103008.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A Predictive Method for Benefits Realisation Through Modelling Uncertainty in Front End Design

Serugga, J., Kagioglou, M. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 2019, Proceedings of 27th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction (IGLC). p. 1321- 1332 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Decision making
Quality function deployment
Open Access
health care

A Vision for the Future of the Computer-Aided Tolerance Management in Construction Based on the Lessons Learned from Manufacturing

Talebi, S., Tzortzopoulos, P., Koskela, L., Poshdar, M., Tommelein, I. D., Tezel, A. & Antunes, R., 21 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the CIB World Building Conference 2019: Constructing Smart Cities. Hong Kong: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction , p. 926-935 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Computer systems

Activities 2005 2019

  • 19 Oral presentation
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...

Projeto baseado em evidência no contexto de prédios de saúde

Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Speaker)
17 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Verificação Automatizada de Requisitos Regulamentares em Projetos Hospitalares com o uso de BIM

Joao Soliman Junior (Speaker), V Fonseca (Speaker), Carlos Torres Formoso (Speaker), Patricia Tzortzopoulos (Speaker)
12 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Processo de projeto na plataforma BIM: uma reflexão sobre coordenação, colaboração e comunicação

Tecia Duarte (Speaker), Monica Salgado (Speaker), Patricia Tzortzopoulos (Speaker)
12 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Journal)

Carlos T. Formoso (Reviewer), Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Reviewer), Daniel Forgues (Reviewer)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Press / Media

RIBA President Calls for Step Change in Gender Parity at Conference

Dilanthi Amaratunga & Patricia Tzortzopoulos


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities