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Dr Asem Al Bunni

Dr Asem Al Bunni


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I joined LSBU in 2022, where I am a (Part-time) Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. I also practice Architecture in the UK where I am an Associate at an Architectural practice in the Midlands and in Germany, where I am a registered Architect at the Hamburg Chamber of Architects (HmbArchtG), Germany.

I originally trained as an Architect in Syria, the home of the oldest civilizations in the world, where I completed my BA in Architecture and MA in History and Theory of Architecture at University of Damascus, the oldest habitable capital in the world. Following an MA Thesis Distinction of 89%, I pursued my Higher Education by completing a MSc in BIM Management at Middlesex University, London, followed by a PhD in Building Information and Digital Twin from De Montfort University, Leicester.

My main research interests lie in the intersection of technology and architecture, specifically how technology is reshaping modern architecture and preserving heritage sites, particularly in the use of Digital Twin technology, which involves creating a digital replica of a physical building or site, to enhance design and construction processes, as well as facilitate maintenance and management.

Additionally, I am interested in exploring how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be utilised to analyse and interpret data collected from Digital Twins, ultimately informing decision-making and improving the overall functionality of buildings and sites. I strongly believe that by leveraging these technologies, we can create more sustainable, efficient, and adaptive buildings, while also preserving the cultural and historical significance of our built environment.

I led many national and international architectural schemes designing new buildings but also protecting historical assets through conservation work. One of my most iconic involvement is the discovery of King Richard III in Leicester and the digital reconstruction of his burial church “Greyfriars Church” which is on display at King Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester.

Courses taught

Architecture - BA (Hons)

BA in Architecture

Faculty of Architecture, University of Damascus, Syria

MA in History and Theories of Architecture

Faculty of Architecture, University of Damascus, Syria

MSc in Building Information Modelling Management

Middlesex University, London, UK

PhD in Building Information

De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Chartered Member

Order of Syrian Architects and Engineers

Chartered Member

Saudi Council for Architects and Engineers

Affiliate Member

Royal Institute of British Architects, UK

Chartered Member (HmbArchtG)

Hamburg Chamber of Architects, Germany

Part Time Lecturer
Faculty of Architecture, Damascus University

Leader of History and Theory of Architecture module

Design Studio Lead

Dissertation supervisor

Visiting Lecturer
De Montfort University

Leader of BIM module

Design Studio Tutor

Dissertation supervisor

Design and BIM Associate
IMA Architects

▪ Design and Project Lead of up to £150m Commercial, Retail and Residential schemes from concept to completion with full BIM coordination.

▪ Manage team members, appropriate to projects in hand.

▪ Ensure that all work is delivered in such a manner that deadlines are met; end to end processes are managed and continually improved; delivery is to a high technical standard, well presented and compliant with current standards and legislation.

▪ Meeting the operational, financial, and commercial targets of set project Business Plans, particularly with respect to health & safety, quality & environment, operational delivery, productivity, customer service and making profit.

▪ Manages all aspects of architectural and construction contracts, using traditional, design & build and other appropriate methods.

▪ Manage projects finances to achieve or exceed gross margin targets and generate cash flow by accurate and timely project client invoicing.

▪ Conduct team members appraisals, reviews, and any relevant managerial activities.

▪ Champion Internal Design reviews of current projects and enhance the team design skill set.

▪ Achieve Full BIM Accreditation through Lloyds Register.

▪ Leading the BIM implementation process and maintaining the company BIM accreditation.

▪ Be part of a wider Management Team, with responsibility for developing, owning, communicating, and putting into practice ideas to improve the performance of the architectural team.

▪ Participate in and hold regular and formal team management meetings

▪ Promote and assist with staff training & development and contribute to the company management.

▪ Provide BIM implementation and training strategies for clients and associate consultants.

▪ Successful completion of a 1:1 Digital Twin prototype (staff welfare outbuilding) as part of the company Research & Development initiative.

▪ Successful delivery of IMA 25th Anniversary event.

▪ Actively promote technology advancement and explore BIM related activities including Digital Twin and latest construction technologies on behalf of the company.

▪ Participate & lead in the preparation & pricing of Bids and ensure that timely and effective bidding for new work is always progressed and actioned to maximise the potential for winning new work.

▪ Actively promote the company through networking and other business development opportunities.

▪ Attend one-to-one business coaching sessions since September 2021 to help with the development of the company’s marketing strategy and improve work efficiencies internally.

Chartered Member / Hamburg Chamber of Architects
Affiliate Member / RIBA
De Montfort University

Guest Critic / Lecturer

September 2021
IMA Architects

Design & BIM Associate

September 2018