Paula Cadima is Co-director of MSc + MArch Sustainable & Environmental Design Programme at the AA Graduate School. She 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 Faculty of Architecture’s Diploma courses, Technical University of Lisbon, where she also created and directed the post-graduate Master’s Course on Bioclimatic Architecture. 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 is the president of PLEA since 2011.


1979-85     Diploma in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), Portugal
1993-94     Environment & Energy Studies Programme, AA Graduate School, Portugal
1994-00     PhD Environment & Energy Studies, AA Graduate School, UK


1985    Certified Professional Training, Stadtplannungsamt Zürich (SPAZ), Switzerland
1987    Registered Architect (OASRS – Portugal)
2008    Registered Qualified Expert for the Energy Certification of Buildings (OASRS)


2014-    Co-Director, MSc + MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School, London
2010-    PhD Supervisor, PhD Programme, AA Graduate School, London
2010-13    Course Master MSc and MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA Graduate School, London
2002-05     Director, MPhil Bioclimatic Architecture Programme, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon
2004-05     Professor, Urban Comfort, Architecture & Territorial Planning, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon
2001-05     Regent Professor, Environmental Design, Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon
2001-05     Regent Professor, Environmental Design, Interior Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, UTL, Lisbon
1994-98     Course Tutor & Research Assistant, MA Environment & Energy Studies, AA Graduate School, London

She is currently supervising 2 PhD candidates at the AA School, has supervised 3 PhD and 1 MPhil students to successful completion and examined 15 PhD (8 in the UK, 2 in Belgium and 5 in Portugal) and 5 MPhil in Portugal.


2015    Research Assessor, Research Through Design 2015 Call, The Technology Foundation STW – Dutch Funding Agency for Academic Research.
2015        External Examiner, PhD School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
2015        External Examiner, PhD Architectural Sciences, Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium
2015        External Examiner, PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Brighton, UK
2014-16    External Examiner for Academic Promotions, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
2014-15    Referee on academic appointments, Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Urbanism, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
2014    Examination Panel Jury, PhD Sustainable Energy Systems MIT Portugal Programme, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
2013    Research Assessor, Bilateral Cooperation Programme, Development of International Networking and Cooperation, Cyprus-Romania, Research Promotion Foundation.
2013    External Examiner, PhD Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Urbanism, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
2012    Internal Observer, Re-Validation Committee, Housing & Urbanism Graduate Programme, AA
2012    Internal Observer, Re-Validation Committee, Histories & Critical Thinking Graduate Programme, AA
2011    Internal Observer, Validation Committee, DipHE in Spatial Design Graduate Programme, AA
2010-    Internal Examiner, AA PhD Programme
2010-    Panel Chair, PhD Examination, AA PhD Programme
2010        External Examiner, PhD, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
2009-10    Internal Examiner, PhD in Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
2007    External Examiner, PhD, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
2004        External Examiner, PhD Faculty of Science and Technology, University Nova of Lisbon, Portugal
2004        External Examiner, PhD in Geography & Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal


2003-05    UrbanDynamics – Co-Founder+Director. Projects included the rehabilitation of a mixed-used 18th century building, Lisbon, and the refurbishment of a country palace, Évora, with passive cooling design strategies.
1989-90     Tirone Nunes Urbanismo. Passive solar design of a residential condominium, Sintra.
1989    Sua Kay Architects. Design of various office buildings, including UBS- Union Bank Switzerland, Headquarter Bank of Portugal, Lisbon, Edifício Suécia, Oeiras, Tourism Village Dunas Douradas, 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 the 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 & pedestrian routes and urban structures.
1980-81    Trainee Architect, Architect Vasco Croft Moura. Design development for a Tourism Scheme in Quinta do Lago, Algarve, and a Residential Development of 60 apartments in Outeiro da Vela, Cascais.

From 1985 until 2003 she also practiced in private on the design of various projects in Portugal, including urban allotment masterplans, 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 Town Hall of Lisbon with artist Miguel Branco and designer Filipe Alarcão.


2012    Sustainable Design Guidelines for Family Housing, London Borough of Hackney, London, UK – S333 Architecture+Urbanism,
2005    Design for a House in Quinta da Beloura, Sintra, Portugal – Atelier Miguel Mira Arquitectos, Lda.
2002    International Competition for the Elderly Centre, Oeiras, Portugal – UTOPOS.
International Competition for the Elderly Centre, Portela de Carnaxide, Portugal – Architect Mª Manuel Godinho
2001    International Competition for the School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute in Beja, Portugal – ACE-Engineers.
2001    Headquarters, Technical Centre and Sports Facilities, Portuguese Football Federation in Sintra, Portugal – PAL – Planeamento e Arquitectura Lda.
2000    International Competition for the Art Crafts and Health Schools of the Polytechnic in Castelo Branco, Portugal – Architects Jorge Estriga and Rita Amado.


2009-10    European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), European Commission, Brussels. Research Programme Management and Coordination of Evaluation Panels, ERC Advanced and Starting Grants.
2005-09    Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI), European Commission, Brussels. Project Management and Coordination of Evaluation Panels, Energy Efficiency Unit, Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.


2016-17    Member of International Advisory and Scientific Committees, 33rd International PLEA Conference, Design to Thrive, Edinburgh, UK.
2016    Member of International and Scientific Committees, 32nd International PLEA Conference, Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, USA.
2016    Jury Member, Liget Budapest International Architectural Design Competitions for the Museum of Ethnology in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary.
2016    Member of the Scientific Committee, Sustainable Built Environment Conference SBE16, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland.
2014-15    Jury Member, Liget Budapest International Architectural Design Competitions for 5 new museum buildings in the City Park of Budapest, Hungary.
2015    Member Advisory & Technical Committees, 31th International PLEA Conference, Architecture in (R)evolution, Bologna.
2011-16    President, PLEA (Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design) International Network
2014    Member of Advisory and Scientific Committees, 30th International PLEA Conference, Sustainable Habitats for Developing Societies, Ahmedabad, India.
2010-14    EC Expert/ Technical Evaluator, European Commission, EACI (Eco-Innovation/ Build-Up Skills), DG ENER (Smart Cities) and DG Research & Environment (Collaborative Projects – Energy Efficient Buildings), Brussels, Belgium.
2009    Chair, Environment & Sustainable Architecture working group, Architect’s Council of Europe (ACE), Brussels, Belgium.
2005-10    Member, Directors Board, PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture and Sustainable Urban Design)
2005    Jury Member, Bioclimatic Buildings – Solar Father Himalaya Higher Education Design Competition, SPES (Portuguese Society of Solar Energy), ISES International Solar Energy Society, Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal.
2004-11    Member, Directors Board, Association Francisco d’Ollanda – Projects&Research, FAUTL, Lisbon, Portugal
2004-05    EC Expert/ Technical Evaluator, European Commission, DG Research (Energy and Environment), DG Education & Culture (Erasmus Mundus) and DG TREN (Intelligent Energy-Europe), Brussels, Belgium
2004    Member, Technical Committee, International Conference HB 2006 Healthy Buildings: Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, Lisbon 4-8 June 2006, IDMEC, University of Oporto, Portugal.
2003-05    Member, Directors Board, “Environment Nucleus”, Order of Portuguese Architects, Lisbon, Portugal.
2002-05    Member, Commission for the Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Ministry of Public Buildings, Transports and Habitation, (CSOPT), Lisbon, Portugal.
2001    Member, Solar Passive Buildings Group, FORUM Project – Renewable Energies in Portugal, Ministry of Economy, National Institute for Engineering & Industrial Technology (INETI), Agency for Energy (AGEEN) and DG for Energy (DGE), Lisbon, Portugal.


2016    IEA EBC Annex 71: Building Energy Performance Assessment Based on In-Situ Measurements
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 Architects’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


2016    (with N. Al Sabbagh and S. Yannas) Improving Pedestrian Thermal Sensation in Dubai. Proc. PLEA 2016 Conference, Los Angeles, United States.
2016    (with A. Juneja) Courtyards as Semi-outdoor Learning Spaces: Exploring the potential of outdoor learning in primary schools. Proc. PLEA 2016 Conference, Los Angeles, United States.
2016    (with L. De Rosso) Pocket Parks in São Paulo. Proc. PLEA 2016 Conference, Los Angeles, United States.
2015     (with P. Sirichanchuen) A New Design to Achieve Thermal Comfort in Low-Income Community in Bangkok, Thailand. Proc. PLEA 2015 Conference, Bologna, Italy
2015    (with S. Pardeep) Passive Techniques for 24 Hour Working Environments: Design Strategies for Offices in Bangalore. Proc. PLEA 2015 Conference, Bologna, Italy.
2015     (with R. Qubrosi) Lessons from a Bedouin: Desert Adaptive Architecture. Proc. PLEA 2015 Conference, Bologna, Italy.
2015    Mais Conforto e Menos Energia na Renovação de Edifícios Habitacionais em Climas Mediterrânicos, O Edifício Ambiental. In Goncalves J.S. and K. Bode (Eds) Edificio Ambiental. Oficina de Textos, São Paulo.
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 Paulo.
2008    (with S. Pelham). Embedded Stone Wall Construction in Lisbon. Proc. PLEA 2008 Conference, Dublin
2008    (with V. Berrutto and G. Sutherland). Raising Energy Efficiency in Buildings through the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme. Proc. International Passive House Conference, Nurnberg
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     (with S. Wever).Thermal Optimisation of the Vertical Opaque Envelope: Variable Insulation an Innovative Approach”, Proc. PLEA 2007 Conference, Singapore
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 Publishers) Ltd. London.
1998    The Effect of Design Parameters 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).


1998-99    Specialization Grant, Fine Arts Department, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
1998    Best PLEA Poster Award, PLEA 1998 International Conference.
1994-98    PhD Research Grant, Science Programme & Praxis XXI, JNICT (Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica).
1987    2nd Prize for an Urban Kiosk Prototype (with Architect JF Landerset Cadima), Public Design Competition, promoted by the Municipality of Lagos, Portugal.
1985    2nd Prize Window Display Design Competition (with Artist M. Branco and Designer F. Alarcão), Open Competition promoted by the Municipality of Lisbon, Portugal.
1984-85    Professional Traineeship Abroad, IAESTE (International Association for Exchange of Students for Technical Experience).


AA –        Architectural Association, United Kingdom
OA –        Order of Architects, Portugal
PLEA –        Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design, International Network
UIA-ARES –    International Union of Architects, Architecture and Renewable Energy Sources
ICOM –        International Council of Museums