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Rafael Alonso Candau


  • Rafael Alonso Candau
  • Area

    School of Architecture


    Visiting Lecturer

  • AtmosLab, cofounded by Olivier Dambron, Rafael Alonso Candau and Florencia Collo, leads technical studies at the M.A. Environmental Architecture. 

  • Biography

  • Rafael is an architect focused on mitigating the environmental impact of architecture and the built environment. He graduated from Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In 2017, he was awarded his M.Arch in Environmental Design at the Architectural Association with distinction, where he now participates as a guest jury. He is a registered architect at the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Spanish Chamber of Architects.

  • Practice

  • Atmos lab:

    In a context where human impact is leaving a costly imprint on its homeland, Atmos Lab helps architecture face the environmental challenges of our time with built-in common sense.

    Playing with temperature, sunlight or wind, we provide architects a climate-responsive frame of mind, and healthier solutions to build with: more efficient, more comfortable, more sustainable.

    With new tools for calculation and new angles for interpretation, we reinvent the dialog between engineering and architecture.

    Atmos Lab always seeks the fairest solution, the clearest course of action, and the most direct way to report its work.

    We care for simple answers, we stand up to simplistic views.

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  • External collaborations

  • Guest jury at the Architectural Association Sustainable Environmental Design postgraduate programme.

  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Alonso Candau R., S. Yannas (2018). Whole life carbon in office building design: Lessons from built precedents and design application. Proc. PLEA 2018 Conference, Hong Kong

    Alonso Candau R. (2017). Influencia del diseño arquitectónico en las emisiones de CO2 de edificios de oficinas, análisis de cinco casos pioneros en el Reino Unido y Suiza. Comunicaciones de conferencia EECN IV Madrid. 

    Botos, A., Alonso Candau, R., Hatzitheofilou, O-G., Gao, X., Heinz, E., Minh-Chau, N., ... Österlund, T. (2013). Digital Design in Sustainable Urbanism - Explorations in computational design strategies. Tampereen teknillinen yliopisto. Arkkitehtuurin laitos.

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  • Awards and Grants

  • MArch Bursary at the Architectural Association.


Current and recent research

SOSTierra. Restauración y rehabilitación de la arquitectura tradicional de tierra en la peninsula ibérica.