Paula Cadima


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.


1994-00 PhD Environment & Energy Studies, AA Graduate School

1993-94 Environment & Energy Studies Programme, AA Graduate School

1979-85 Diploma in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon


2008 Registered Qualified Expert for the Energy Certification of Buildings (OA – Portugal)

1987 Registered Architect (OA – Portugal)

1985 Certified Professional Training (SPAZ – Zurich, Switzerland)


2010- MSc, MArch & PhD in Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School, London

2002-05 Director, Master Course in Bioclimatic Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon

2004-05 Diploma in Architecture & Territorial Planning, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon

2001-05 Diploma in Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon

2001-05 Diploma in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon

1994-98 MA Programme in Environment and Energy Studies, AA Graduate School, London

She is currently supervising 2 PhD candidates at the AA School, has supervised 2 PhD and 1 MPhil students to successful completion and examined 5 MPhil and 5 PhD students in Portugal and examined 5 PhD in the UK.


2003-05 URBAN DYNAMICS – Co-Founder and Director. Rehabilitation of mixed-used 18th century building in Lisbon, refurbishment of a country palace in Évora with passive cooling design strategies.

1989-90 TIRONENUNES Urbanismo. Passive solar design of a residential condominium, Sintra.

1989 SUA KAY Architects. Design of various office buildings, including UBS-Union Bank Switzerland, Headquarter of the Bank of Portugal in Lisbon, Edifício Suécia in Oeiras, Tourism Village DUNAS DOURADAS in Algarve.

1986-88 ASSO (Arquitectos Associados)/ PAL (Planeamento e Arquitectura), Lisbon. Design of various urban and architectural projects, Hotel Centromar and Caixa Geral dos Depósitos in Funchal, NATO Lajes airbase and aparthotel in Porto Santo (refurbishment of the old concrete factory), Cultural Centre of Gafanha in Aveiro, Town Hall of ĺlhavo with passive solar design strategies and Masterplan for the seafront development of Madeira Island.

1986-87 GAPTEC (Technical Office of the Faculty of Architecture in Lisbon). Masterplan for the Campus facilities of the Technical University of Lisbon and exhibition design for the 1st Congress of the Portuguese Built Heritage in the World, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon.

1984-85 SPAZ (Stadtplannungsamt Zürich), City Planning Department of Zurich. Urban projects, including the design of the Langstrasse Unterführung urban art work, cycling and pedestrian ways and urban structures.

1985-03 Private practice design of various projects in Portugal, including new design and refurbishment of residential buildings, a kindergarten and the design of a catamaran, and collaborated with artists in various projects, among others the urban art work “Shadow Project - STAGING THE CITY” commissioned by the Metropolitan Underground of Lisbon with artist Fernanda Fragateiro, and was awarded 2nd Prize at the shop window design competition in 1985 promoted by the Townhall of Lisbon with artist Miguel Branco and designer Filipe Alarcão.


2002 UTOPOS, International Competition for the Elderly Centre in Oeiras

2001 ACE-Engineers, International Competition for the School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute in Beja

2001 PAL , Headquarters, Technical Centre and Sports facilities, Portuguese Football Federation in Sintra 2000 architects Jorge Estriga and Rita Amado, International Competition for the Art Crafts and Health Schools of the Polytechnic in Castelo Branco


2009-10 European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), European Commission, Brussels. Research Programme Management, ERC Advanced and Starting Grants.

2005-09 Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), European Commission, Brussels. Project Management, Energy Efficiency Unit, Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.


2011- President of PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture and Sustainable Urban Design)

2010-11 Technical Expert, European Commission, EACI (Eco-Innovation) and DG ENER (Smart Cities)

2009 Chair, Environment & Sustainable Architecture working group, Architect’s Council of Europe (ACE)

2005-10 Member, Directors Board, PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture and Sustainable Urban Design)

2004-11 Member, Directors Board, Association Francisco d’Ollanda – Projects & Research, FAUTL

2004-05 Technical Expert, European Commission, DG Research (Energy and Environment), DG Education & Culture (Erasmus Mundus) and DG TREN (Intelligent Energy-Europe).

2003-05 Member, Directors Board, “Environment Nucleus”, Order of Portuguese Architects

2002-05 Member, Commission for the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Ministry of Public Buildings, Transports and Habitation, (CSOPT), Lisbon

2001 Member, Solar Passive Buildings Group, FORUM Project – Renewable Energies in Portugal, Ministry of Economy, National Institut for Engineering & Industrial Technology (INETI), Agency for Energy (AGEEN) and DG for Energy (DGE)


2010-12 Environmental Design in University Curricula and Architectural Training in Europe (EDUCATE). Collaborative project sponsored by European Commission Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme

2009 Sustainable Construction – a common language for the construction sector, joint project between the Architect’s Council of Europe and the European Concrete Platform

2005-08 Climate and Urban Sustainability: comfort perception and climatic risks (URBKLIM), funded by Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)

2004 Integrating Environmentally Responsive Elements in Buildings, Annex 44, IEA-ECBCS

1999-00 Passive Cooling Handbook, European Commission Altener Programme

1994-00 Transitional Spaces, funded by Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

1994-95 Passive Cooling of Buildings, European Commission DG-XII Joule II R&D Project

1994 Design of Educational Buildings. Architecture Climate Portfolios, EC DG-XII Solinfo


2012 Education for Sustainable Environmental Design – The EDUCATE Project, Summary of Results (with EDUCATE Partners). Edited by S. Altomonte, EDUCATE Press, University of Nottingham.

2012 Criteria for Professional Qualification – White Paper (with EDUCATE Partners). Edited by S. Altomonte, EDUCATE Press, University of Nottingham..

2011 No Futuro os edifícios serão grandes fornecedores de energia, Jornal PÚBLICO Comunicação Social SA, Dia da Terra, 22 April, Lisbon.

2009 Retrofitting Homes for Better Energy Performance: the occupant’s perspective, Proc. PLEA 2009 Conference, Québéc.

2009 Promoting Lower Energy Homes: support from the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme”. Proc. Passivhus Norden Conference, Göteborg (with G. SUTHERLAND).

2008 Reabilitação da Habitação Social: os desafios para uma maior eficiência energética. Proc NUTAU 2008 International Seminar, FAUUSP, São Saulo.

2008 Embedded Stone Wall Construction in Lisbon. Proc. PLEA 2008 Conference, Dublin (with S. PELHAM).

2008 Raising Energy Efficiency in Buildings through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. Proc. International Passive House Conference, Nurnberg (with V. BERRUTTO and G. SUTHERLAND).

2008 Energy-Efficient Homes and Buildings: The beauty of Efficiency”. European Publications Office, Brussels (co-edited with T. NOEL and G. SUTHERLAND).

2007 The European Strategy Towards Sustainability in the Built Environment. Proc. PLEA 2007 Conference, Singapore.

2007 Integrated Building Design Approach. Proc. IAQVEC 2007 Conference, Sendai.

2007 Energy Efficiency – EU Targets. Proc. TIA 2007 Conference, Krems.

2007 Os Desafios da Europa para uma maior Eficiência Energética nos Edifícios e o Programa ‘Energia Inteligente – Europa (European Challenges for Better Energy Efficiency in Buildings and the IEE Programme). Jornal CONSTRUIR, August, Lisbon.

2007 Thermal Optimisation of the Vertical Opaque Envelope: Variable Insulation an Innovative Approach”, Proc. PLEA 2007 Conference, Singapore (with S. WEVER)..

2006 Retrofitting of Social Housing: 12 innovative projects for an energy-intelligent Europe”, IEEA, European Commission (co-edited with V. BERRUTTO and G. SUTHERLAND).

2005 Form and Microclimate: Spatial Confinement and Heat in the Urban Patio. Proc. PLEA 2005 Conference, Lebanon.

2005 Aplicações de Água no Controlo do Microclima dos Espaços Urbanos”, Cadernos da Faculdade de Arquitectura, Nº 4, FA-UTL, Lisbon.

2004 Os Espaços de Transição como Elementos Representativos da Relação com o Meio Ambiente. Chapter in Falas da Terra Natureza e Ambiente na Tradição Popular Portuguesa Edições Colibri e IELT, FCSH, UN Lisbon.

2000 TRANSITIONAL SPACES: the potential of semi-outdoor spaces as a means for environmental control with special reference to Portugal”. PhD Dissertation. EESP, AA, London.

2000 Solar radiation studies of various urban forms for Latitude 38°. Proc. PLEA 2000 Conference, Cambridge. James & James (Science Publisherrs) Ltd. London.

1998 The Effect of Design Paramaters on Environmental Performance of the Urban Patio: A Case Study in Lisbon. Proc. PLEA 1998 Conference, Lisbon. James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd. London.

1996 The Role of the Balcony on Buildings in the Contemporary European City: A Case Study in Lisbon. Proc PLEA 1996 Conference, Louvain-La-Neuve (with S. YANNAS).

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