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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

  • 612 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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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

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

Research Degree Supervision

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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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Research Output

A Framework for Emergent Needs Analysis During Front End Design In Social Housing

Serugga, J., Kagioglou, M. & Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P., 1 Aug 2020, Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction: Holistic Overview of Structural Design and Construction. Vacanas, Y., Danezis, C. M., Singh, A. & Yazdani, S. (eds.). ISEC Press, 6 p. AAW-04. (Proceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction; vol. 7, no. 1).

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

Open Access
  • An online platform to unify and synchronise heritage architecture information

    Jordán Palomar, I., García Valldecabres, J. L., Tzortzopoulos, P. & Pellicer Armiñana, E., 1 Feb 2020, In : Automation in Construction. 110, 17 p., 103008.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    A Semantic-based Framework for Automated Rule Checking in Healthcare Construction Projects

    Soliman Junior, J., Torres Formoso, C. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 1 Feb 2020, In : Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. 47, 2, p. 202-214 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    A Utilitarian Decision - Making Approach for Front End Design - A Systematic Literature Review

    Serugga, J., Kagioglou, M. & Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P., 19 Feb 2020, In : Buildings. 10, 2, 34 p., 34.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • Challenges and opportunities for early project collaboration

    Gomes, D. & Tzortzopoulos Fazenda, P., 10 Mar 2020, Lean Construction: Core Concepts and New Frontiers. Tzortzopoulos, P., Kagioglou, M. & Koskela, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, p. 408-425 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    External Examiner for Masters by Research

    Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Examiner)

    6 Oct 2020

    Activity: Examination typesMasters by Research Examination

    External Examiner for Masters by Research

    Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Examiner)

    9 Sep 2020

    Activity: Examination typesMasters by Research Examination

    External Examiner for Masters by Research

    Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Examiner)

    7 Aug 2020

    Activity: Examination typesMasters by Research Examination

    External Examiner PhD student

    Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Examiner)

    27 Jul 2020

    Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

    IGLC28 International Doctoral Summer School

    Patricia Tzortzopoulos Fazenda (Panelist)

    11 Jul 202012 Jul 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

    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