T. (Tan) Tan

T. (Tan) Tan



  • 2022 ESI Highly Cited Paper. Web of Science.
  • 2022 Doctoral Students' Small Grants. UCL Grand Challenges.
  • 2021 Editors' Choice Selection. Journal of Management in Engineering
  • 2020 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad. China Scholarship Council.
  • 2019 Best Paper Award. International Conference in Sustainable Buildings and Structures.
  • 2019 UCL Ph.D. Full Studentship. Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, UCL


Tan Tan holds a research position at TU Delft, and is affiliated with the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication. He has an interdisciplinary background in architectural design, project management and sustainable construction. He studied for his PhD and MSc from the Bartlett, UCL's faculty of the built environment. He obtained his BArch from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Before his PhD, He worked at the Department of Real Estate and Construction of the University of Hong Kong as a research assistant.


His current research position at TU Delft focuses on exploring implementation barriers and new project delivery methods of digital fabrication in the Swiss construction industry. He is interested in improving sustainability in complex buildings, e.g., health care, through integrated design management and engineering, e.g., DfMA & digital fabrication. 

Key Publications

  1. Tan, T*., Mills, G., Papadonikolaki, E., Li, B., & Huang, J. (2022). Digital-enabled Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) in Offsite Construction: A Modularity Perspective for the Product and Process Integration. Architectural, Engineering and Design Management. 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/17452007.2022.2104208
  2. Tan, T*., Mills, G., Hu, J., & Papadonikolaki, E. (2021). Integrated Approaches to Design for Manufacture and Assembly: A Case Study of Huoshenshan Hospital to Combat COVID-19 in Wuhan, China. Journal of Management in Engineering, 37(6), 05021007. DOI: doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000972
  3. Tan, T., Chen, K*., Xue, F., & Lu, W. (2019). Barriers to Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation in China's prefabricated construction: An interpretive structural modeling (ISM) approach. Journal of Cleaner Production, 219, 949-959.DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.02.141

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