Dr Sonja Dragojlovic-Oliveira

About me

Sonja trained in architecture and has held numerous senior design posts in award winning firms in the UK and internationally. Her interests span consultancy practice, research and teaching in architecture, creative digital and physical evaluative processes, innovative sustainability education approaches and institutional theory. Her PhD work explored sustainability evaluation practices in architectural awards drawing on institutional logics and work. Currently she is exploring dimensions of energy literacy in architectural education as well as the interface between digital and physical energy evaluation in design. Sonja's work engages with research domains within architecture, management, institutional theory and education communities.

Area of expertise

Sonja's main interests are in understanding how and why certain evaluative decisions in design count; how they are justified, legitimated and promoted. She has developed expertise in sustainability evaluation in architecture, creative management and micro negotiation processes between mutiple institutional logics. She is also interested in how particular evaluative understandings (digital and physical) develop over time drawing on historical approaches. Her current research focuses on design interfaces between energy, engineering and architecture within education, practice and professional development. She is developing expertise in the field of energy literacy dimensions in built environment education through visual ethnographic approaches. She is also exploring effects of early design energy modelling tools on design practice in architecture and engineering. Sonja is a member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Sustainable Society Network (SSN), Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) and the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA). She also frequently collaborates with artists, sculptors, photographers and installation performance modellers to develop novel methods in visualising and communicating energy in challenging design contexts. 

My Publications