Teaching Staff

SIMOS YANNAS DiplArchEng  AADiplGrad(Hons) PhD

Simos Yannas is the Director of the MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design (AA SED) and the Chair of the AA School’s PhD Committee. He has led environmental design research and teaching at the AA since the late 1970’s. His latest research and publications are on adaptive architecturing, refurbishing the city, and on vernacular architecture. His earlier book “Roof Cooling Techniques” was shortlisted for the RIBA International Book Award for Architecture. He is a founding member of the PLEA international expert network on sustainable architecture and urban design.



Paula Cadima  has been in architectural practice and environmental research for more than twenty five years and has taught at the AA Graduate School and at the Technical University of Lisbon, where she created and directed the master’s course on Bioclimatic Architecture and taught at the Faculty of Architecture’s diploma courses. Working for the European Commission in Brussels for five years before returning to London 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 is the president of PLEA since 2011.



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 environmental consultant on the new headquarters for Petrobras in Rio de Janeiro and with ChapmanBDSP on projects in the UK and abroad including leading the environmental team on the Velodrome for the London 2012 Olympic Games.




Jorge Rodríguez Álvarez studied architecture and urbanism at ETSAC, completed a Master in Building Conservation & Urban Regeneration at USC and was awarded a distinction in the MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA.  He is a cofounder of SAAI an environmental design consultancy with projects in Europe, Asia and America. He has completed a PhD thesis on  sustainability at the urban scale. He has taught on the SED programme since 2008 and also lectures at ETSAC, Spain



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.


1efa0e5BYRON MARDAS DipArchEng MSc (AA E+E)

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 in 2013 and works at Foster and Partners, as an Environmental Design Analyst.




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.