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Research interests

Ricardo’s research is focused on advancing design theory, practice and education. On the theoretical side, his research is focused on methods that support design cognition and problem solving. The application of the principles of the mathematical method of analysis and synthesis and the use of scientific evidence within design (evidence-based design) are topics where he has been developing research.

On the practical side, Ricardo’s research has two strands: one in building information modelling applied to facilities management (BIM FM) and how the knowledge acquired in FM can be used in early design stages. The other relates to design for health and wellbeing. Both strands focus on supporting improved design practice. In addition, Ricardo has conducted research related to the application of Lean Design and Construction principles in real cases. In the last ten years, Ricardo has been developing research through EPSRC funded centres (SCRI and HaCIRIC), ESRC, MRC and NIHR.

The impact of Ricardo’s research work is the result of excellent relationship within the political, industrial and professional domains. His work has influenced policy generation and supported design and construction project management teams with the implementation of new design practices. Examples of projects includes:

  • Salford Royal Foundation Trust – Linking building and service design;
  • Government Office for Science – Foresight project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing
  • 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment - Brighton – Evidence-based design and Benefits Realisation
  • Salford City Council and UHSM – Improving environments for people with Dementia
  • Manchester City Council Town Hall Complex Project and SRFT – BIM for FM
  • Salford Institute for Dementia – International interdisciplinary project

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

External Examiner, University of West London

15 Jan 201715 Dec 2020


  • BIM
  • Building Informatin Modelling
  • Wellbeing
  • Design Management
  • Design Theory
  • Lean
  • Dementia
  • Non Communicable Diseases
  • Healthcare
  • Hospital
  • Facilities Management
  • Modern Building Design
  • Architecture
  • Digital Twins
  • Circular Economy


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