Bernardino D'Amico

Bernardino DAmico

Dr Bernardino D'Amico - Laurea Arch PhD FHEA

Associate Professor

Biography

After obtaining his Laurea Magistrale (Master's degree) in Architecture in 2010 from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, Bernardino took up an internship at CMMKM. He was working as an architectural engineer on various research-driven projects, such as gridshell.it, where he was responsible for the structural design of a series of prototypes, including ReSonant String Shell, a timber acoustic shell for outdoor chamber music concerts. He was also involved in a joint research collaboration between the department of Construction and Mathematical Methods in Architecture (University of Naples Federico II) and the department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (University of Chieti-Pescara G. D’Annunzio, Italy) where he carried out theoretical and laboratory test-based investigations on a novel lightweight cold-formed steel beam. In October 2012 he joined the School of Engineering and the Built Environment of Edinburgh Napier University, as a PhD candidate, to develop computer-aided methods for the design of free-form grid-shell structural systems.

Bernardino's research interests lie in the general realm of design, analysis and fabrication of sustainable buildings and structures with focus on Computational Structural Design and Optimization.

In February 2017, he created with his colleague Dr Francesco Pomponi the REBEL (Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab) Group, which aims to address sustainability issues in the built environment holistically.

News

Events

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member of the departmental Student Staff Liaison Committee
  • Member of the School Research Degree Committee

 

Editorial Activity

  • Guest editor for "Sustainability" journal - MDPI (Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: exploring links, scales, and environmental impacts)
  • Guest editor for "Structures" journal - Elsevier (Special Issue on sustainable structures: whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD external examination, ETH Zurich
  • PhD external examination, University of Colorado Boulder
  • External PhD supervision, DIARC, University of Naples Federico II
  • PhD external examination, Polytechnic University of Bari

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Winner of the RISE award for Design, Innovation and Creativity
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize 2015, Innovation in Timber Engineering and Wood Science.
  • Member of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, (IASS).

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Review for the Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (FONDECYT) the public fund of the Government of Chile to promote basic scientific and technological research.
  • Review for the TRAIN@Ed Fellowship, part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND scheme
  • Reviewing activity for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the national research council of the Netherlands
  • Review activity for Edinburgh Napier University internal funding competition (AY 2018/2019).

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Lecture: Numerical form-finding of “compression-only” structures.

 

Reviewing

  • Peer review of SEBE research outputs for REF 2021
  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer award 2016
  • Reviewer for more than 20 internationally leading research journals --- Full details at: https://publons.com/researcher/1468865/bernardino-damico

 

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Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures

Journal Article
Hart, J., D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2021)
Whole-life embodied carbon in multi-storey buildings: steel, concrete and timber structures. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 25(2), 403-418. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.13139
Buildings and the construction industry are top contributors to climate change, and structures account for the largest share of the upfront greenhouse gas emissions. Whilst a ...

Timber And Wood-based products

Book Chapter
D'Amico, B. Timber And Wood-based products. In J. Bull (Ed.), ICE Manual of Structural Design: Buildings. Institution of Civil Engineers Publishing. Manuscript submitted for publication

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D'Amico, B. Timber And Wood-based products. In J. Bull (Ed.), ICE Manual of Structural Design: Buildings. Institution of Civil Engineers Publishing. Manuscript submitted for publication
Timber has been used as a structural material for many centuries and a renewed interest in (and calls for) a greater use in construction is now observed. This has been mostly ...

Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Saint, R., Arehart, J. H., Gharavi, N., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
Analysing the life cycle greenhouse (GHG) emissions of cities: decoupling density from tallness. npj Urban Sustainability,
The UN estimate 2.5 billion new urban residents by 2050, thus further increasing global greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and energy demand, and the environmental impacts cause...

A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., & Srubar III, W. V. (2021)
A New Estimate of Building Floor Space in North America. Environmental Science and Technology, 55(8), 5161-5170. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c05081
Floor space is a key variable used to understand the energy and material demands of buildings. Using recent datasets of building footprints, we employ a random forest regressi...

Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment

Journal Article
Arehart, J. H., Hart, J., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2021)
Carbon Sequestration and Storage in the Built Environment. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 27, 1047-1063. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2021.02.028
The increasing interest in bio-based construction materials has resulted in the emergence of the concept of “buildings as a carbon sink”. Quantifying and comparing the effects...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

Book
Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/books978-3-03943-816-7

A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Li, M., Sun, Y., Malik, A., Lenzen, M., Fountas, G., …Luque Anguita, M. (2021)
A Novel Method for Estimating Emissions Reductions Caused by the Restriction of Mobility: The Case of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 8(1), 46-52. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00764
The COVID-19 pandemic is the single largest event in contemporary history for global mobility restriction, with the majority of the world population experiencing various forms...

Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., & D’Amico, B. (2020)
Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts. Sustainability, 12(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219189
Projected population growth and urbanization rates will create a huge demand for new buildings and put an unprecedented pressure on the natural environment and its limited res...

Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink? A Reality Check on Feasibility Limits

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Hart, J., Arehart, J. H., & D’Amico, B. (2020)
Buildings as a Global Carbon Sink? A Reality Check on Feasibility Limits. One Earth, 3(2), 157-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2020.07.018
The built environment is hard to decarbonize but has a pivotal role in climate-change mitigation amid rapid urbanization. Substituting conventional building materials with bio...

Global potential for material substitution in building construction: the case of cross laminated timber

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., Pomponi, F., & Hart, J. (2021)
Global potential for material substitution in building construction: the case of cross laminated timber. Journal of Cleaner Production, 279, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123487
The building and construction sector is a large contributor to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and consumes the vastest amount of natural resources. Widely considered a...

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