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.

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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
  • Master's degree external examination, Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology (CEM) University of Cambridge.
  • PhD internal examination, ENU -- candidate: Mike Bather
  • External PhD supervision, DIARC, University of Naples Federico II
  • PhD external examination, University of Colorado Boulder
  • PhD external examination, Polytechnic University of Bari

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • 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 Czech Science Foundation (GACR) the main public funding agency in the Czech Republic supporting all areas of basic 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

  • Guest lecture: Buildings, construction & climate change – Polytechnic of Turin
  • Guest lecture: Timber Construction and Climate Change — VPM Architectural Workshop, Acireale, Italy (2021)
  • Guest Lecture: Numerical form-finding of “compression-only” structures — Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne (2014)

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD supervision (DoS) joint ENU and Dongguan University of Technology.
  • PhD Viva Chair, Edinburgh Napier University. Student candidate: Mohamed Jama Mohamed

 

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

 

Date


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Special issue on Sustainable Structures: Whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2022)
Special issue on Sustainable Structures: Whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency. Structures, 38, 225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.istruc.2022.02.010

Environmental benefits of material-efficient design: a hybrid life cycle assessment of a plastic milk bottle

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Li, M., Saint, R., Lenzen, M., & D'Amico, B. (2022)
Environmental benefits of material-efficient design: a hybrid life cycle assessment of a plastic milk bottle. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 30, 1044-1052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2022.01.028
Over a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, 20,000 every second. While there is agreement that single-use plastics should be phased out, records o...

Life cycle assessment of 61 ducted gas heating upgrades in Australia

Journal Article
Peukes, I., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
Life cycle assessment of 61 ducted gas heating upgrades in Australia. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-04-2021-0052
Operational energy use in buildings, accounts for 28% of global energy demand. One method to reduce operational energy is upgrading old appliances to more efficient ones. In A...

Enhancing the practicality of tools to estimate the whole life embodied carbon of building structures via machine-learning models

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Luque Anguita, M., Lange, M., D'Amico, B., & Hart, E. (2021)
Enhancing the practicality of tools to estimate the whole life embodied carbon of building structures via machine-learning models. Frontiers in Built Environment, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2021.745598
The construction and operation of buildings account for significant environmental impacts, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy demand, resource consumption and wa...

Decoupling density from tallness in analysing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of cities

Journal Article
Pomponi, F., Saint, R., Arehart, J. H., Gharavi, N., & D'Amico, B. (2021)
Decoupling density from tallness in analysing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of cities. npj Urban Sustainability, 1, https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00034-w
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...

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 ...

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

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