Paula Cadima



Building Technology Group Spring 2020 Lectures

Refurbishing the City is a continuing SED research agenda which focuses on building case studies in London in collaboration with local architectural and engineering practices. On-site observations and measurements are followed by the use of advanced computational tools to explore current and future environmental performance scenarios. The outcomes of these building studies are consequently starting points for design research on mixed-use building design proposals aimed at offering architectural and urban adaptive opportunities for occupant comfort and well-being in the following term.

The lecture will present this approach through case studies and design projects developed by SED teams.

Image: Shadow Analysis for Equinox, London. Refurbishing the City, Term 2 Project 2019. SED Team: V. Chairopolou, A. Lei and L. Monfort.


Paula Cadima

Paula Cadima is a Director of the MArch+MSc Sustainable Environmental Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (AA).

She has been in architectural practice and environmental research for more than twenty five years and has taught at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Lisbon, where she was Founding Director of the Bioclimatic Architecture MPhil Programme. Her PhD was obtained at the AA and focused on Transitional Spaces, but her current research interests extend to themes related to refurbishing the city, urban microclimates, affordable housing, sustainable working+creative environments, energy efficiency and passive cooling design. She published over 40 papers in conferences and journals in these topics and has given invited lectures and keynote speeches, worldwide.

She has worked for the European Commission in Brussels for five years, where she was involved in the management of the evaluation, call for proposals and projects promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and world-class research in emerging fields. She chaired the Environment & Sustainable Architecture working group of the Architect's Council of Europe in 2009, and was the president of the International PLEA Network from 2011-2017 and continues as an advisor to the Board of Directors.