Teaching Staff

SIMOS YANNAS  DiplArchEng AADiplGrad(Hons) PhD SFHEA

Simos Yannas is the founding director of the SED programme and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He was a Sir Isaac Newton Design Fellow at Cambridge University and has lectured and taught in some thirty countries. He was awarded the lifetime achievement award of the PLEA international network of experts in sustainable architecture and urban design..




Paula Cadima   is the co-director of the MArch+MSc Sustainable Environmental Design, Supervisor of the AA PhD Programme and a Member of the AA Teaching Committee. 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 Technical 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 30 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 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 on the Board of Directors.


Gustavo Brunelli graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo and won an Alban scholarship to the MA in Environment & Energy Studies at the AA, which he completed with Distinction in 2004. He has worked as an environmental consultant in numerous projects in the UK and abroad, ranging from large mixed-use masterplans to small specialist exhibitions. Gustavo currently heads the Advanced Building Optimisation group at engineering consultants Hurley Palmer Flatt.




Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez studied architecture and urbanism at ETSAC, holds a Master in Building Conservation & Urban Regeneration at USC and was awarded a distinction in the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association. He won the doctoral extraordinary prize for his thesis on the energy performance of cities, which he developed at the UDC, with a research stay at UCL-Bartlett. As an architect, he has worked extensively at almost every scale, from furniture design to city level. In 2008 he co-founded SAAI, a laboratory of environmental design and specialized consultancy with projects in Europe, Asia and America. In 2015 he was granted a RIBA Research Trust Award to undertake a study on sustainable housing design.


1efa0e5MARIAM KAPSALI DipArchEng MSc (AA E+E)

Mariam Kapsali graduated with Distinction from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the National Technical University of Athens and won an IKY scholarship to the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA which she completed with Distinction. She has been a member of the SED teaching staff since 2012 and is an architect at Architype Architects. Mariam was a member of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and a Research Fellow on Building Performance Evaluation at the Low Carbon Building Group at the School of Architecture Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining the Architectural Association Mariam worked as an architect in Athens.


Herman Calleja has practiced as an architect before joining the SED M.Arch programme at the AA, graduating with distinction in 2012. Since then he has worked as an Environmental Consultant at BDSP/ChapmanBDSP assisting various design teams with regards to occupant comfort, façade design, CFD analysis, daylighting and other passive design strategies. Herman has worked on a variety of projects with different architects including Foster+Partners, RSH+P, Santiago Calatrava and Grafton Architects. His main area of interest is the combination of climate-based daylighting modelling with the assessment of occupant thermal comfort through a parametric design platform. Pursuing this research Herman has participated in various workshops and conferences including Smart Geometry, PLEA and NCEUB.

1efa0e5BYRON MARDAS DipArchEng Msc (AA E+E) LEED AP (BD+C)

Byron Mardas studied architecture and urbanism at the National Technical University of Athens and worked as an architect in Athens before taking the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA. He has joined the SED teaching staff since 2013 focusing on software and advanced computational methods. In 2014 he joined Foster and Partners where he works as a Senior Environmental Design Analyst. He is involved in the environmental assessment and improvement of several projects worldwide. His goal is to enable better integration of environmental thinking during the design process with the use of parametric and dynamic techniques.



Klaus Bode co-founded BDSP Partnership, a London-based environmental engineering firm with offices in London, Belgrade and Sao Paulo and projects in many countries. He was project engineer on Foster+Partners’ Commerzbank and on Rogers/Piano’s Potsdamer Platz developments in Berlin. He has collaborated with the Rogers Partnership on the Welsh Assembly building in Cardiff, with the sculptor Antony Gormley on the engineering of the Blind Light exhibition and with Grafton Architects on the Bocconi University in Milan among other projects.