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Dr May Bassanino

Research Fellow


0161 295 6563


May is an architect, with experience both in the UK and the Middle East. May received her M. Arch in 1993, followed by her PhD in 1999 in Architecture from the University of Liverpool. May’s doctoral studies in CAD investigated the effect that presentation techniques can have on the perception of computer-generated architectural images.

May worked at the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield between 1999 and 2004 as a Research Associate then a Lecturer before she joined the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford in 2007.

Since then May has become a member of the THINKlab research team and has been involved in a number of European research projects building a strong research direction in the area of collaboration modelling and evaluation framework. During her academic career, May has also been involved in teaching accredited Architecture UG and PG courses.

Research Interests:

Computer Aided Design (CAD); Collaboration and usability testing; IT in Construction; Construction Briefing and the Design Process and Open Innovation in the Ecosystem.

Research Projects (current and previous):

Design4Energy funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme)
ProSEco funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme)
Visionair EU project (Vision Advanced Infrastructure for Research) funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme)
FIRM (A Framework for Research and Innovation in MediaCityUK)
CoSpaces Integrated Project funded by the EC under the IST Programme of the FP6

Qualifications and Memberships:

PhD in Architecture

M. Arch in Architecture

B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering


Fernando T., Wu K. and Bassanino M. (2013). Designing a Novel Virtual Collaborative Environment to Support Collaboration in Design Review Meetings, ITCon, Vol. 18, No. 372-396.

Bassanino M., Fernando T. and Wu K. (2013). Can virtual workspaces enhance team communication and collaboration in design review meetings?, Architectural Engineering and Design Management.

Bassanino M., Wu, K.C., Yao, J., Khosrowshahi, F., Fernando, T. & Skjærbæk, J. (2010). The Impact of Immersive Virtual Reality on Visualisation for a Design Review, 14th International Conference Information Visualisation, London, United Kingdom, 585-8.

Bassanino M., Gautier, G., Wu, K. C., Fernando, T. & Skjærbæk, J. (2009). An Innovation Approach to Improve Collaboration in a Futuristic Design Review, Global Innovation in Construction, University of Loughborough, UK.

Gautier G., Kubaski S., Bassanino M. and Fernando T. (2009). Solving the human problem: investigation of a collaboration culture, I-ESA: International conference on Interoperability for Enterprise Software and Applications  Beijing, China, 261-267.

Gautier G., Piddington C., Bassanino M., Fernando T. and Skjærbæk J. (2008). Futuristic design review in the construction industry, Proceedings of the eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction Conference, Sophia-Antipolis, France, 625-633.

Hinrichs E., Bassanino M., Piddington C., Gautier G., Khosrowshahi F., Fernando T. and Skjærbæk J. O. (2008). Mobile Maintenance Workspaces: Solving Unforeseen Events on Construction Sites More Efficiently, Proceedings of the eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction Conference, Sophia-Antipolis, France.

Bassanino M., Underwood J., Allen T., Khosrowshahi F. and Stokes E. (2008). Towards Developing an Industry led Educational Framework Using Lean Approach, IGLC 16th Proceedings, Manchester, UK.

Lawson B., Bassanino M., Phiri M. and Worthington J. (2003). Intentions, practices and aspirations: understanding learning in design, Design Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2, 327-329.

Bassanino M., Male S., Lawson B., Till J. and Worthington J. (2003). Developing new modules for dseign and management, Building the Link Conference, Oxford, UK.,

Bassanino M., Phiri M., Lawson B. and Worthington J. (2003). Management Tools and Diagnostic Techniques to Foster Learning, The Bear 2003 CIB W89 international Conference on Building Education and Research, Salford. UK.

Lawson B. and Bassanino M. (2001). Developing a generic briefing tool as a module for post-graduate management courses, Towards a VM and VE Educational Framework at Masters Level Conference, Florida, USA.

Bassanino M. and Brown A. G. P. (1999). Computer generated architectural images: a comparative study, 17th Conference of eCAADe, Liverpool, UK.

Brown A. G. P. and Nahab M. (1996). Human interpretation of computer generated architectural images, CAD and Creativity, Bialystok, Poland.