Mila Duncheva

Mila Duncheva

Dr Mila Duncheva

Associate Lecturer

Biography

Mila Duncheva is an Associate Lecturer at the Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structure, working on multiple industry-driven research projects in offsite timber construction, including volumetric, Cross-Laminated Timber, closed timber panels and other innovative building systems. Mila's work focuses on the Multi-Factor Productivity of offsite construction systems, and knowledge integration in both industry and academia on offsite construction.

Mila is a module leader in Integrated Engineering Design (CTR10130), and in 2018/2019 she also led Project Management (CTR08107). Both of these modules were historically under-performing and Mila transformed them into examples of best-practice teaching including overwhelmingly positive Module Evaluations, and a nomination for an Above & Beyond award. Mila co-delivers Dissertation and Integrated Engineering Design (CTR11523) where students work under the guidance of industry experts to deliver competitive engineering project pitches. In the upcoming academic years Mila will also lead on a Design for Manufacture and Assembly module with MSc and GA students in the BSV group.

In-between these activities Mila finalised her PhD thesis on a comparative multi-faceted productivity analysis of four offsite timber systems with consideration for the design, manufacturing and construction stages, at the University of Strathclyde, supervised by the University of Glasgow. Beforehand she graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) Architecture degree from the University of Kent, Canterbury and completed her RIBA Part 1 work experience with two residential architecture practices in the EU.

Events

Esteem

Fellowships and Awards

  • Teaching Fellow
  • Outstanding Employer Engagement in Universities - The Herald Higher Education Awards 2018

 

Invited Speaker

  • MOD X Symposium, Boston and New York City

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Chartered Institute of Building
  • Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Member
  • The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland - Membership

 

Visiting Positions

  • Archineering Visiting Professorship in Washington State University

 

Date


12 results

Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design

Journal Article
BuHamdan, S., Duncheva, T., & Alwisy, A. (in press)
Developing a BIM and simulation-based hazard assessment and visualization framework for CLT construction design. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management,
The sustainability of the urban built environment has previously been investigated through many angles in relation to the growing global urban population and provision of ener...

Offsite Ready Booklets

Report
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., Henquel, V., Leitch, K., Stinson, J., Plant O'Toole, E., …Ferriz-Papi, J. A. (2020)
Offsite Ready Booklets. Edinburgh: Construction Industry Training Board

Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems

Report
Mora, L., Deakin, M., Reid, A., Hairstans, R., Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., …Lang, V. (2020)
Increasing offsite housing construction in Scotland: An evidence base to support new policy and systems. Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Scottish Enterprise. and the Scottish Government
The purpose of this project is to provide evidence of the potential contribution offsite construction offers to address the challenges faced by the affordable housing sector i...

Timber products for retrofit in the UK – market potential, applications analysis and next steps

Presentation / Conference
Duncheva, D. M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, P. R. (2019, September)
Timber products for retrofit in the UK – market potential, applications analysis and next steps. Presented at Seminar on wood products in the round, Wood Technology Society of IOM3, organised by Daniel Ridley-Ellis

Core off-site manufacture industry drivers.

Book Chapter
Hairstans, R., & Duncheva, T. (2019)
Core off-site manufacture industry drivers. In J. S. Goulding, & F. P. Rahimian (Eds.), Offsite Production and Manufacturing for Innovative Construction: People, Process and TechnologyTaylor & Francis
The manufacture and pre-assembly of components, elements or modules offsite before installation into their final location are evident throughout construction history. Medieval...

Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Duncheva, T., & Bradley, F. F. (2019)
Multifaceted Productivity Comparison of Off-Site Timber Manufacturing Strategies in Mainland Europe and the United Kingdom. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 145(8), https://doi.org/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0001641
Offsite construction methods have been suggested as a necessity for improving the efficiency and productivity of the construction industry through implementation of automation...

Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems

Conference Proceeding
Duncheva, T., & Hairstans, R. (2019)
Decision Support Tool for Enhancing the Economic Impact of Construction using Offsite Systems. In Proceedings of the 2019 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit. , (116-123). https://doi.org/10.29173/mocs84
The construction industry is facing productivity stagnation across the globe, and several hypotheses to explain this phenomenon exist, most often associated with low use of di...

Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process.

Conference Proceeding
Duncheva, T., BuHamdan, S., Hairstans, R., & Al-Hussein, M. (2017)
Bim-enabled health & safety analysis of cross laminated timber onsite assembly process. In A. G. BRUZZONE, F. LONGO, F. DE FELICE, C. FRYDMAN, M. MASSEI, & A. SOLIS (Eds.), MAS 2018
There is a global need for sustainable urban housing and offsite timber systems such as Cross Laminated Timber construction can be part of the solution to this need. However, ...

Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood

Presentation / Conference
Duncheva, M., Calcagno, C., & Hairstans, R. (2018, June)
Sustainable Communities Premanufactured from Wood. Poster presented at Timber 2018
The UK produces high quantities of softwood timber through forestry plantations concentrated in Scotland, however this resource is currently under-used and its full potential ...

Timber Frame Workbooks Design: Knowledge, Practical Skills and Health and Safety

Other
Duncheva, M., Milne, M., & Hairstans, R. (2017)
Timber Frame Workbooks Design: Knowledge, Practical Skills and Health and Safety. Edinburgh
No abstract available.