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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

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

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Projects 2017 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

computer aided design
decision making

BIM FM: An international call for action

Codinhoto, R., Donato, V., Comlay, J., Adeyeye, K. & Kiviniemi, A. 7 Feb 2018 In : International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (IJ3DIM). 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Great Britain
cost reduction
research project

Architecture: Healing architecture

Codinhoto, R. 18 May 2017 Design for Health. Tsekleves, E. & Cooper, R. (eds.). Abingdon, U. K.: Routledge, p. 111-153 43 p. (Design for Social Responsibility)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Social interaction

Development of an impact assessment tool for demolition

Kunieda, Y. 2017 491 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Land fill
construction industry

Evidencing changes in design practice

Codinhoto, R. & Kiviniemi, A. 2 Jan 2017 In : Architectural Engineering and Design Management. 13, 1, p. 1-2 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial