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Research interests

Fadi Castronovo Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the Built Environment at the University of Brighton. His research focuses on the use of innovative technology (such as BIM, virtual and augmented reality) for the enhancement of construction management and engineering delivery process. He has researched the role of immersive virtual reality to improve the delivery process of facilities, starting from the design to the management of the facility. His research has also focused on intersecting with educational psychology, with a special focus on self-regulated learning of Lean Design and Construction practices. Lastly, his main research focus lies in the development and assessment of educational video games for the advancement of STEM education.

Approach to teaching

Dr. Castronovo's research-informed teaching applies theories of active experience-based learning using innovative approaches. These approached aim to reinforce students’ skills such as problem-solving and active learning. Using strategies such as in-class hands-on activities, multimedia tools, and educational video games, Dr. Castronovo applies constructivist and social cognitive learning theories. These theories promote learning-by-doing as a more effective, motivating, and engaging learning experience. Through these active and interactive teaching opportunities, students build their knowledge, confidence, and time and social management skills to continue to succeed in the competitive building industry. His approach to teaching students in construction disciplines directly responds to the AEC industry demand for our future workforce to have not only sufficient domain knowledge and technical skills but also strong interpersonal skills. In his teaching and mentoring, he prepare students for the ever-changing and demanding construction industry by challenging them to solve problems collaboratively, using the latest tools and the technology, while achieving environmental and quality demands.

Supervisory Interests

I am particularly interested in projects that draw knowledge from the following areas:

  • Virtual Reality in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering
  • Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Education
  • Educational Games and Simulations
  • Building Information Modelling

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: 6 Jun 2016

Master, Technical University of Denmark

Award Date: 11 Sep 2011

Bachelor, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Award Date: 14 May 2009

External positions

Assistant Professor of Engineering, California State University East Bay

1 Sep 201631 Dec 2020


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