Dr Kudirat Ayinla


Pronouns: She/her
  • Lecturer in Construction Management

Research and expertise

My research mission is to promote process efficiency and performance in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry through sustainable means and the use of digital technology for a better-built environment. My research interest thus lies in the application of digital technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), Digital Twin (DT), Knowledge-based modelling systems, and Building Information Modelling (BIM), in facilitating the implementation of advanced construction methods such as Offsite Construction, Lean Manufacturing and use of Robotics in construction.

A significant aspect of my research to date has been on leveraging technology to enhance the product delivery process in the construction sector. My previous work encompasses the development of a knowledge-based productivity and performance evaluation system based on the application of ontology. I have worked extensively modelling performance metrics of cost, time, and more recently, carbon for offsite production processes.

I welcome inquiries from candidates who wish to study for a PhD in the areas of:

  • Knowledge-based modeling and application of ontology in construction
  • Off-site construction and modern methods of construction
  • Building Information Modelling applications in project delivery
  • Digital twins for process enhancement
  • Productivity and Performance Evaluation

Current research activity

  • British Council UK research grant – Embedding Digital Manufacturing and Circularity into Construction and Demolition Waste Management.

Recently completed research projects

  • Council for the Heads of the Built Environment grant – Investigating the Perceptions of Apprentices on WorkBased Learning (WBL) Mode

Recent publications

  • Ayinla, K, Cheung, F, and Skitmore, M, (2021) Process waste analysis for offsite methods of house construction – A case study of factory wall panel production. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. Vol. 148 Issue: 1, https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0002219
  • Ayinla, K., Cheung, F. and Tawil, A. (2019), "Demystifying the concept of offsite manufacturing method: Towards a robust definition and classification system", Construction Innovation, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 223-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2019-0064
  • Ayinla, K. O. and Adamu, Z. (2018) "Bridging the digital divide gap in BIM technology adoption", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 25 Issue: 10, pp.1398-1416, https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-05- 2017-0091
  • Seidu R. D, Young B. E, Stanton A, Momoh J, Ayinla K (2022), The Differing Approaches To Sustainability between Practising And Academic Quantity Surveyors. International Journal of Construction Supply Chain Management. Vol 12 Issue: 1
  • Ayinla, K., Abdullahi S., Seidu, D.R. and Madanayake, U. (2023). The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Construction Costing Practice . 39th Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2023, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 65-74.. Leed, UK 04 - 06 Sep 2023 Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).
  • Seidu R, Ayinla K, Young B, Ofori G, Ebohon O (2022) Success Factors in Mega Infrastructure Projects (MIPs): Developing Nation’s Perspectives In: Proceedings of the 22nd CIB World Building Congress, 27th - 30th June 2022, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ayinla, K., Adamu, Z. and Saka A (2021). Towards a Hybrid Approach to BIM implementation – A Critical Discourse. Proceedings of the CIB International Conference on Smart Built Environment, ICSBE 2021. Dubai 14 - 15 Dec 2021.
  • Ayinla, K, Edlira, V, Cheung, F and Tawil, R-A (2021) A Semantic Offsite Construction Digital Twin- Offsite Manufacturing Production Workflow (OPW) Ontology In: Proceedings of the Second International Workshop On Semantic Digital Twins (SeDiT 2021), 6 June 2021, Greece.
  • Madanayake, U., Ayinla, K. and Chen, Y. (2021). Gaining Competitive Advantage through BIM: Strategic Positioning Of BIM. In: Proceedings of Centre for the Integrated Delivery of the Built Environment (IDoBE) on Uncertainties in the Built Environment: How can we build a resilient future in the new normal? LSBU, London. UK 21 - 23 Nov 2021.
  • Seidu, R. D, Ayinla, K, Ojuri, O, Young, B and Momoh, J (2021) Cost Effectiveness of Implementing External Facades System. In: Proceedings of IDoBE . In: Proceedings of Centre for the Integrated Delivery of the Built Environment (IDoBE) on Uncertainties in the Built Environment: How can we build a resilient future in the new normal? LSBU, London. UK 21 - 23 Nov 2021.
  • Ayinla, K, Cheung, F and Tawil, R-A (2019) Towards an Ontology-Based Approach to Measuring Productivity for Offsite Manufacturing Method In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds) Proceedings of the 35th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2019, Leeds, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 587-596


I contribute to learning and teaching activities across the Schools programmes including:


  • Project Definition and Optimisation
  • Contracts and Law in Architectural Engineering
  • Construction Contracts, Law and Finance
  • Measurement of Complex Structures


  • Supervision of dissertations on topics aligned to my research interests


My educational background is a BEng Civil Engineering with a First Class Honours from the University of Ilorin, and an MSc in Construction Management from Loughborough University. I have a PhD in Quantity Surveying Practice focused on Knowledge-Based Cost Modelling Systems and Offsite Construction from Birmingham City University.

Before joining Loughborough University, I worked with other Higher Education Institutions in the UK where I taught across Civil Engineering, Construction Management, and Quantity Surveying programmes.  I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and have experience as a programme leader driving academic and quality standards in Higher Education. I am also a chartered member of the CIOB (MCIOB). I am currently researching in the areas of Offsite Manufacturing, Building Information Modelling, Digital Twin, Artificial Intelligence, Embodied Carbon monitoring, and Knowledge-based Engineering. Within the school, I am the Part Tutor for the First Year Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Programme.

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Charted Institute of Builders (MCIOB)

External activities

I am an expert reviewer for several international journals including ASCE Journal of of Construction Engineering and Management, The journal of Engineering Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM), and the Journal of Construction Innovation (CI).

Key collaborators

My research and enterprise activities are conducted with a range of academic and stakeholder partners, including:

  • I have collaborated with industry partners including Walsall Housing Group (whg), Hadley Group, Northmill Associates, and QM Systems on the Innovate UK project on Transforming house construction with DfMA