Bernardino D'Amico

Bernardino DAmico

Dr Bernardino D'Amico - Laurea Arch PhD FHEA



Bernardino D'Amico is Lecturer in Structural Design at Edinburgh Napier University, UK, and is a professionally qualified Architect, Italy.
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, 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 building 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.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

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


Fellowships and Awards

  • 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

  • Reviewing activity for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), the national research council of the Netherlands


Invited Speaker

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



  • Reviewing activity for the Journal of the IASS
  • Reviewing activity for the journal "Buildings" - MDPI
  • Reviewing activity for the "Journal of Industrial Ecology" - Wiley-Blackwell
  • Reviewing activity for the "International Wood Products Journal" - Taylor & Francis
  • Review for the Journal "Building Simulation" - Elsevier
  • Reviewing activity for the "International Journal of Space Structures" SAGE
  • Reviewing activity for the journal "Construction and Building Materials" – Elsevier
  • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer award 2016
  • Reviewing activity for the journal "Engineering Structures" – Elsevier
  • Review for the "Journal of Zhejiang University" (Applied Physics & Engineering)


Current Post Grad projects