Sheryl Staub-French, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Sheryl Staub-French, PhD, PEng, is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is Director of the BIM TOPiCS Lab where she leads research to support the digital delivery of sustainable building projects through the collaborative use of building information modeling (BIM). She has contributed more than 100 papers in leading journals and conferences on BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation.  As Associate Dean, she helps to lead the engineering outreach program Geering Up!, which promotes engineering and STEM skills to kids and youth, parents and teachers. She also leads EDI initiatives in the Faculty to enhance the diverse representation of students in engineering, and to cultivate inclusive spaces and experiences that support all members of the community.


Puyan Zadeh, Dr.-Ing.Puyan A. Zadeh is a Building Innovation Specialist and an adjunct professor at the Project and Construction Management (PCM) group since fall 2017. He joined UBC as a postdoctoral fellow in late 2013. Before joining UBC, he obtained his B.Sc. (2001) in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Tehran, Iran and earned both his M.Sc. (2007) and Dr.-Ing. (2012) in Informatics in Civil Engineering from Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUDa), Darmstadt, Germany.

His current research at UBC covers topics related to innovation in construction including BIM-based design and coordination, application of IPD and Lean Construction, Digital Fabrication and Modular Construction, as well as XR (AR/VR/MR) for Construction.
Rachel Pottinger Rachel Pottinger, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Current Students

 NameProgramResearch Interests
Samaneh TorabifarMASc.Samaneh joined the BIM TOPiCS Lab as a MASc student in 2023. She earned her first master's degree in Architectural Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University in Iran.
Samaneh’s research interests lie at the intersection of emerging technologies in the AEC industry (including BIM, Digital Twin, and ML/AI), Construction Project Management, and Smart and High-performance Buildings.
Currently, her research explores the application of BIM and Digital Twin technologies during the operations phase of the asset lifecycle, in collaboration with the BC Government.
In her free time, she enjoys wandering in nature, hiking, camping, and doing various sports.
Sheryl Staub-French
Devarsh BhondePostdoctoral FellowDevarsh's research primarily focuses on improving collaboration and communication among stakeholders in the construction industry using new technologies. His recent projects include analyzing the performance benefits of using Virtual Reality (VR) to incorporate design inputs, improve the design coordination process using cloud-BIM tools, and apply visual analytics tools to ease the document control and progress management processes. He investigated the barriers faced by owner organizations to adopt the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) procurement model on an industry-sponsored project and is currently studying the innovative methods, tools, and processes implemented on BC Housing's first IPD project.Sheryl Staub-French, Rachel Pottinger, and Puyan Zadeh
Danilo CaronPh.D.Danilo Caron is a PhD student of mixed Italian and Anishinaabe heritage who holds an Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Fellowship. Danilo completed a Bachelor of Science in physics at Thompson Rivers University in 1999, worked as a contractor and Red Seal tradesperson, and returned to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Applied Science in civil engineering at UBC in 2020 and 2022.

Danilo’s research focuses on how the architecture, engineering, and construction industry can incorporate Indigenous knowledge in project design and delivery, which involves understanding the influence of project delivery methods, the resurgence of Indigenous governance and legal orders, intercultural collaboration, and systems change. A significant aspect of Danilo’s research are the partnerships between industry, Indigenous communities, and UBC. Co-developing research objectives, methodologies, and creating deliverables that serve each party is critical to building relationships through research.
Sheryl Staub-French
Najme Hashempour
Ph.D.Najme joined BIM TOPiCS Lab as a PhD student in 2021. She received her Master's and Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Imam Khomeini International University, Iran. Her major is construction management and engineering.

Najme is interested in improving the energy performance of new and existing buildings. Her current focus is on closing the gap between actual and designed energy performance. She is currently involved in the Vienna House Project by BC Housing, which is a social housing development pursuing Passive House certification.
Najme is interested in improving the energy performance of new and existing buildings. Her current focus is on closing the gap between actual and designed energy performance. She is currently involved in the Vienna House Project by BC Housing, which is a social housing development pursuing Passive House certification.
Sheryl Staub-French, Puyan Zadeh
Onyekachukwu OdenigboPh.D.Onyekachukwu received his Bachelor of Science degree in Building at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka (Nigeria) in 2014 and his Master of Science degree in Construction Management at the University of Lagos (Nigeria) in 2017. He joined the BIM TOPiCS lab in fall of 2021, and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in project and construction management. His research interest includes Integrated Project Delivery, Innovative process in construction, Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and Procurement and collaboration.

When Onyekachukwu isn't studying or researching design and collaboration, he also loves going to the movies and travelling.
Sheryl Staub-French, Puyan Zadeh

Past Postdoctoral Fellows

NameProgramResearch InterestsAdvisor(s)
Jianing LuoVisiting Postdoctoral fellow (2023) Construction-Oriented Architectural Design in Off-Site Construction Towards Lean Construction and Management Sheryl Staub-French, Puyan Zadeh
Puyan ZadehPostdoctoral fellow (2013) Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DfMA) for Mass Timber Construction Sheryl Staub-French

Past Ph.D. Students

NameProgramResearch Interests
Gustavo TsayPh.D. (2024) Owner-driven implementation of BIM : process, challenges, information quality, and valueSheryl Staub-French and Rachel Pottinger
Devarsh BhondePh.D. (2023)Understanding the changes resulting from the virtualization of BIM-enabled collaborative design processes in the building construction industry Sheryl Staub-French, Rachel Pottinger and Puyan Zadeh
Christian ThieleVisiting Ph.D. (2023) A Multi-stage Approach to Understand GIS Model Enrichment Used for Decision-Making Support When Developing Energy Retrofit Strategies on a Neighborhood Level Sheryl Staub-French and Puyan Zadeh

Suzana Carla Nunes Lins Espíndola
Ph.D. (2021) A framework for sustainable development management in the construction industry Thomas Froese and Sheryl Staub-French

Peixian Li
Ph.D. (2020) A systematic investigation of thermal comfort compliance criteria
Thomas Froese and Sheryl Staub-French
Marcella BonanomiVisiting Ph.D. (2017) The impact of digital transformation on formal and informal organizational structures of large architecture and engineering firms
Sheryl Staub-French
Sarmad MehrbodPh.D. (2018) Interactions and design coordination issue resolution in BIM-based building design coordination Sheryl Staub-French
Hasan Burak CavkaPh.D. (2017) Investigating the Integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Commissioning and Handover Processes to Support Operations and Maintenance Sheryl Staub-French
Erik PoirierPh.D. (2015) Towards a unified, contextual, integrative framework for BIM implementation and collaboration within project teams working in the AEC industry Daniel Forgues (ETS) and Sheryl Staub-French
Madhav NepalPh.D. (2012) Automated extraction and querying of construction-specific design features from a building information model Sheryl Staub-French

Past MASc Students

NameProgramResearch Interests
Oluwalonimi AwonaikeMASc (2024) Understanding the requirements for descriptive twins to support digital twin use cases in asset and energy managementSheryl Staub-French
Ruth IreneMASc (2024) Investigating the impact of a cloud-based BIM tool on design coordination : a case study of the Lions Gate Hospital Acute Care Facility project Sheryl Staub-French, Puyan Zadeh
Danilo CaronMASc (2022) Project delivery with Indigenous communities and methods to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowingSheryl Staub-French
Seungho HanMASc (2021) Exploring digital project delivery in renovation projects : a case study of UBC's Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility expansion project Sheryl Staub-French
Divyarajsinh ChudasmaMASc (2019) Identifying the key innovative and collaborative strategies of integrated project delivery method to achieve owner goals in housing projects Sheryl Staub-French and Thomas Froese
Jatin MaheshwaryMASc (2018) Interactive visual analytics for BIM compliance assessment and design decision-making Sheryl Staub-French
Helina Merkeb GebruMASc (2018) Space programming requirements representation, analysis and visualization at a large scale architectural firm Sheryl Staub-French
Francisco Xavier Calderón CifuentesMASc (2018)Quality control and quality assurance in hybrid mass timber high-rise constructionSheryl Staub-French and Thomas Froese
Soojung KimMASc (2017) Investigating the transition to BIM-enabled facilities management : a large public owner's perspective Sheryl Staub-French
Azadeh FallahiMASc (2017) Collaboration of programming and BIM to increase constructibility and support lean construction Sheryl Staub-French
Achintya BhatMASc (2017) Investigating the potential of visualization to address and manage project delivery issues Sheryl Staub-French
Sri KalyanMASc (2017) Framework to assess new technology applications for capturing as-built information from construction industry perspective Sheryl Staub-French and Thomas Froese
Mohamed KasbarMASc (2017) Investigating the performance of the construction process of an 18-storey mass timber hybrid building Sheryl Staub-French
Raza AliMASc (2017) Investigating BIM support for building performance assessment
Sheryl Staub-French
Hooman ShahrokhiMASc (2016) Understanding how advanced parametric design can improve the constructability of building designs Sheryl Staub-French
Yunpiao (Whitney) BaiMASc (2016) Integrating GIS and BIM for community building energy design Sheryl Staub-French and Rachel Pottinger
Noosha ShabehpourMASc (2016) A green home decision-making tool : Sustainability Weighting Assessment for Homeowners (SWAHO) Sheryl Staub-French
Behzad PilehchianMASc (2012)Change Management with Building Information Models: A Case StudySheryl Staub-French
Helia AmiriMASc (2012) Building information modeling for construction applications : formwork installation and quantity takeoff Sheryl Staub-French
Amir TangestaniMASc (2011) Evaluation of linear-scheduling-based 4D modeling approaches Alan Russell and Sheryl Staub-French
Hasan Burak CavkaMASc (2010) Characterizing bottlenecks in building design coordination meetings Sheryl Staub-French
Ngoc TranMASc (2007) Linear scheduling and 4D visualization Alan Russell and Sheryl Staub-French
Ganesh SubramanianMASc (2006) Conflict detection in 3D MEP coordination : tools, constraints and cost Sheryl Staub-French
Mahdi BeheshtianMASc (2006) Visualizing the design and construction of roadway system : a case study Sheryl Staub-French
Mani Golparvar FardMASc (2006) Assessment of collaborative decision-making in design development and coordination meetings Sheryl Staub-French
A. Reza TabeshMASc (2005)Case Study of 3D Modelling and Building System Coordination: Process And KnowledgeSheryl Staub-French
Hao NieMASc (2005) An OLAP-based PM prototype for cost control and manpower allocation Thomas Froese and Sheryl Staub-French