Lecturer in Built Environment
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Dr. Monica Mateo-Garcia is a Lecturer in Built Environment at the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the School.
Monica is an Architect with over 10 years' professional and academic experience. She holds an MPhil and a PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Urban Planning from the University of Alicante, Spain. After finishing her M.Arch she worked as an Associate Partner at MACAA Arquitectura, carrying out the brief, design and on-site building supervision of housing projects.
In 2008, she moved from professional practice to academia, joining the University of Alicante as an Assistant Lecturer teaching modules in Construction and Energy Efficiency in Architecture. While working at the University of Alicante, she combined research and teaching with consultancy activities on Building Pathology and Energy Performance of Buildings. Monica joined BCU in 2018. Prior to this, she worked as a Research Associate in Low Carbon Refurbishment at Coventry University, where she developed research on low carbon technologies in refurbishment of public buildings related to an EU FP7 project.
Her field of expertise relates to lightweight façades, non-destructive techniques for energy diagnosis of building envelope, low carbon technologies and healthy indoor environments (thermal comfort, indoor air quality, end-user perception, health and well-being of occupants). She has taken part in various public funded projects as well as Industry-University projects, in which she has been principal investigator. Her research outputs have been published in leading scientific and construction sector journals and disseminated in relevant international conferences. She is also an associate editor of Energy Research Journal and reviewer of various journals in the fields of construction and building technology, sustainability and public health.
Her philosophy is that the cheapest energy is the one that is not consumed. Therefore reducing our demand for energy is the best way of cutting CO2 emissions and reducing energy bills in buildings. This philosophy has driven her research career in the last five years, trying to improve the energy performance of existing buildings using non-destructive testing and providing healthy indoor environments for occupants.