Architectural Research

During my studies and professional career, I have engaged in several architectural research projects, both as a main author and as an assistant, part of a larger team.

EDUCATE Project (2010-2011)
Research Assistant

 

In the 'Environmental Design in University Curricula and Architectural Training in Europe' project, I was partially charged with the development of a Knowledge Database of related topics such as Climate and Weather, Thermal Comfort Issues, etc, as well as the edition of all topics and coordination between foreign partners to complete de Data Base. I also assisted the dissemination of the project by producing presentations and giving presentations in international seminars. Later on, during 2013, I have assisted the rerpoduction of the Data Base into Spanish.

PHDC Project (2009-2010)
Research Associate

 

I joined the 'Passive Hybrid Downdraught Cooling' Project as a Research Associate during its final dissemination year. Main roles included the production of presentations and symposia, editorial work of the Design Manual and Sourcebook, translation into Spanish, coordination with foreing partners, and integration of a PHDC experimental system into the Nottingham HOUSE (Solar Decathlon Europe 2010), during its construction stage.

The application of 'Techno-Mud' in Residential Buildings is Chile - A Critical Review (2011)
Main Author

 

Mirentxu Ulloa and Benson Lau, “The Application of ‘Techno-Mud’ in Residential Buildings in Chile - A Critical Review.,” in Architecture & Sustainable Development, vol. 1 (presented at the Passive Low Energy Architecture, Belgium: Presses univ. de Louvain, 2011), 387–92.

TechnoMud. Thermal Comfort and Adaptive Thermal Comfort (2009)
Main Author

 

Dissertation submitted to apply to MArch Environmental Design degree. TechnoMud is an earthquake resistant, raw earth building technique, which results in a reduction of traditional earth structures thickness. This study is based on the comparison of a tehcnomud built dwelling to a standard construction type dwelling, using TAS software.

Case Study: Influence of a Rammed Earth Wall in the Thermal Performance of the AtEIC, Wales (2009)
Main Author

 

This case study analyses the impact of a rammed earth wall in the AtEIC Visitor's Centre Building, in Wales. It focuses on the performance after elements such as shelves and furniture are added during occupation. It offers possible solutions to imporove performance.