UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Hector Altamirano

Dr Hector Altamirano

Associate Professor

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2005

Teaching summary

Dr Hector Altamirano is a Lecturer in Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, Faculty of the Built Environment, and module leader of the Building Solar Design module of the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering. He also teaches in the Comfort and Health module of the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering and in the MSc in Sustainable Heritage. He also supervises research students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2011
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2002
First Degree, Bachelor of Architecture | 1997


Hector Altamirano is a building scientist with a broad research interest in energy, the indoor environment and the operational performance of buildings. Hector is a trained architect with an MA in Energy, Environment and Sustainable Design, and a PhD in Building Science. 

As a regional coordinator for social housing development at the Chilean Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning he worked on the Chile Barrio Programme aimed to develop low cost, energy efficient social housing. He was a researcher and co-founder of the Bioclimatic Laboratory at the Central University of Chile where he taught sustainable building design. 

In October 2005 he joined the Complex Built Environment Systems (CBES) Research Group at the Bartlett, UCL as a doctoral student where he contributed to a number of projects funded under DCLG Building Operational Performance Framework as well as EPSRC/Carbon Trust funded CaRB project. In 2009 he moved to the Healthy Infrastructure Research Centre at the UCL Department of Civil and Geomatic Engineering where his work focused on exploring the relationship between infrastructure (buildings) and infectious disease transmission (e.g. tuberculosis, bird flu).