Teaching Staff



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.



Nick Baker is a physicist who has spent the majority of his professional life as a researcher, consultant and teacher of building science and environmental design. His particular interests lie in energy modelling, thermal comfort and daylighting. He is author of the LT Method, an energy design tool, and has written and contributed to several books including Daylighting Design. His latest book The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment was published by Earthscan in 2009.





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.




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.



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.



Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves is an architect and urbanist from Rio de Janeiro where she practised with Ana Maria Niemeyer before taking the MA in Environment and Energy Studies at the AA and a PhD on the sustainability of tall buildings at the University of São Paulo, where she has taught since 1998. She has worked as an environmental consultant on projects around Brazil and won awards in a number of design competitions. Her book The Environmental Performance of Tall Buildings was published by Earthscan in June 2010.



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) 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.


SIMOS YANNAS  DiplArchEng AADiplGrad(Hons) PhD SFHEA

Simos Yannas is the founding director of the MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design and the former director of the AA School’s PhD Programme.   He was awarded a PLEA lifetime achievement award for his contributions to environmental research and teaching. His publications include Roof Cooling Techniques, –a book shortlisted for the RIBA Book Award for Architecture;  Lessons from Vernacular Architecture; Towards a Sustainable Architecture for the Tropics  –based on research carried out in Brazil, and the widely acclaimed Solar Energy and Housing Design, now out of print. A new book,  The Environmental Evolution of London Urban Housing, is being prepared for publication.  simos@aaschool.ac.uk