Mila Duncheva

Mila Duncheva

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. She is also involved in the delivery of building design and architectural technology modules. In-between these activities Mila is finalising 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.

Throughout these experiences Mila has had the opportunity to take part in the following additional activities:
- Carbon audit with the Carbon Trust, working with a local business to evaluate their current energy consumption and outline strategies for carbon and cost savings [completed 2015]
- Common Purpose Leadership School, a three-day course including interactive activities and working with two local businesses to deliver solutions to specific problems, where Mila was group leader and spokesperson [completed 2016]
- Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA), creating visualisations for planning approval within a larger SEDA project on the construction of a community centre in Edinburgh [completed 2017]
- Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), offsite productivity research on the first Gold Standard volumetric development in Scotland and on the tallest CLT building in Scotland; also involved in organizing knowledge exchange activities [2016-2018]
- Built Environment Exchange (beX), international knowledge exchange in Canada and Sweden with a focus on offsite timber systems, including a presentation at the renowned Modular and Offsite Construction Summit 2016. Mila was involved in organising and overseeing a knowledge exchange week with Harvard Graduate School of Design architecture students and engineering students from Edinburgh Napier University. Through the beX programme Mila continuously supervises students' employability work at COCIS [ongoing]
- Structural Timber Association, production of Timber Frame Manufacturing and Timber Frame Design workbooks to aid the up-skilling of the offsite timber industry across the UK [completed 2018 with ongoing updates]
- Offsite Solutions Scotland, facilitating a consortium of 10 offsite manufacturers who have come together to share Research and Development, including involvement in OSS marketing activities [May 2017-July 2018]
- Forestry Commission, analysing sustainable communities and how Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) can aid environmental, social and economic sustainability [ongoing]

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