Analysis of Global Research Trends on BIM Studies in the Field of Architecture




Architecture, bibliometric analysis, BIM, construction building technology, literature review


This paper reveals the results of a bibliometric analysis on BIM and architecture to analyze and determine how the current research trends in BIM literature have evolved and diversified in the discipline of architecture. Although there are currently bibliometric analysis reviews of BIM in the literature, these studies take either the BIM process from a general perspective or the engineering-construction sectors, urban design scale. This state-of-the-art study explains a bibliometric analysis of the literature's relationship between architecture and BIM.  Through analyzing the data including keywords, authors, journals, institutions, citation rate etc., the relationship between BIM and architecture in all times till today has been mapped and visualized by using Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science database and VOS viewer program. In addition, analyzing the current literature published between 2017-2022 was highlighted and the emerging fields in architectural research were revealed. Emerging fields today in architectural research under the scope of BIM have clustered according to the keywords and these keywords are mostly related to information technologies and automation. The goal of revealing these findings extensively is to inspire future research based on the gaps and missing information in the existing literature. The unique importance of this study is to generate a knowledge base for the relationship between BIM and architecture studies based on the data including keywords, authors, journals, universities, citation rate, etc., adopting the bibliometric approach. This study provides valuable information to BIM studies in architecture research for researchers and practitioners. The current state of the research field, trend topics, and the key scholars and universities were identified.


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Author Biographies

Selen Öztürk Akbıyık, Kırıkkale University

Selen ÖZTÜRK AKBIYIK graduated from the Department of Architecture at TOBB ETU in 2016 and completed her master's degree at the Architecture Department of Bilkent University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the Department of Architecture at Gazi University and continuing her academic career as a research assistant at the Department of Architecture at Kırıkkale University Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. Her academic research areas include Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD-CAM), Computational Design, Architectural Education, Digital Fabrication in Architecture, and Building Information Modeling.

Semra Arslan Selçuk, Gazi University


Semra ARSLAN SELÇUK graduated from the Department of Architecture, SU, Konya and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture, METU, Ankara. Her research interests involve computational design and manufacturing technologies in architecture and architectural education, form-finding processes, and sustainable design approaches by using biomimetic approaches. To complete her Ph.D. studies, she visited University of Bath (2005), and to do her postdoctoral research, she studied at Texas A&M University (2011). She has been on duty at Gazi University as a full time Professor since 2014. Her recent publications include biomimesis in architecture, performative architecture, digital design technologies and CAD/CAM processes, collaborative design, modeling, information and communication technologies in design education, cognitive processes in design education and practice.


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How to Cite

Öztürk Akbıyık, S., & Arslan Selçuk, S. (2023). Analysis of Global Research Trends on BIM Studies in the Field of Architecture. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 11(1), 346–370.