PhD success for Edgar Pina Hernandez
Congratulations to Edgar Pina Hernandez on being awarded his PhD in October 2019. Edgar’s thesis was entitled ‘An investigation of the thermal comfort and climate change resilience of bioclimatic design strategies for free running social housing in San Luis Potosi City, Mexico’. In his research, Edgar used his architectural skills to develop a social housing prototype. This was designed in a contextually responsive way that incorporated several aspects of sustainable bioclimatic design and which used locally available construction materials. Then, the prototype’s energy and thermal comfort performance were investigated using dynamic thermal simulation software in order to test the climate change resilience of the bioclimatic strategies.
During his time in Liverpool, Edgar was involved with a LiNK placement scheme that undertook market research for the RIBA Northwest Exhibition Centre and a Newton-funded workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, considering ‘Empowering Local Communities to Develop a Sustainable Built Environment’. Edgar has now returned to Mexico to continue his architectural practice and to advance his academic career.