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Dr Sergio Altomonte is Professor of Architectural Physics (Professeur en Physique appliquée au domaine de l'Architecture) at the Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Urbanism (LOCI), Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium), where he develops his research activities in the context of the group Architecture et Climat. He has been a fully-registered Architect since 1999. He fluently speaks Italian, English, French, and Spanish (and studying Mandarin).
Dr Altomonte obtained cum laude his BArch/MArch in Architecture in 1998 (1st class honours degree) at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy. In 2001, he was awarded the Master in Architecture and Sustainable Development (MAS) by the associate institutions EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), UCL (Universite’ Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), and EAT (School of Architecture of Toulouse, France), with a final dissertation (in French) on Innovating materials and sustainable architecture, supervised by Prof. J.-B. Gay (EPFL) and A. De Herde (UCL). In 2004, he was awarded his PhD in Environmental Design and Engineering at the University of Rome La Sapienza with a thesis on Advanced building envelopes and switchable glazing technology. The thesis was published as a technical monograph, L'involucro architettonico come interfaccia dinamica, Alinea, Firenze, 2005.
Between 2004 and 2007, Dr Altomonte divided his life and academic activity between Italy and Australia. In Italy (six months each year), he worked as principal of his design firm "Altomonte Associati" and lectured (part-time) at the School of Architecture "L. Quaroni", University of Rome La Sapienza, and at the School of Architecture of the University of Camerino. In Australia (six months each year), he was an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University (Melbourne), being a member of MABEL (Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory).
Before joining the Université catholique de Louvain in 2017, Dr Altomonte was Assistant (2007-2010) and Associate (2010-2017) Professor in Architecture and Environmental Design at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham (UK). During this period, Dr Altomonte has held various roles in academic, teaching, and research management. He served from 2010 to 2013 as the Course Director of the Diploma in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2), playing a key role in the accreditation and validation of the programme by the relevant professional bodies in the UK, and contributing to the redesign of the curriculum towards its conversion to a recognized 2-year MArch in Architecture. Between 2013 and 2015, he held the role of Director of Teaching and was a member of the Faculty of Engineering Learning and Teaching Board, with direct responsibilities in coordinating the Department's teaching and learning activities, including curriculum development, internationalization (e.g., the international RIBA validation of the Architecture programme offered by the Department at its campus in Ningbo, China), research-informed teaching, and liaison with accrediting bodies. Since 2012, Dr Altomonte is Director of the Environmental Science, Modelling and Psychophysics research cluster within Environment, People and Design (ePad), a research group that he co-directs. Since 2014, he is a member of the University of Nottingham Quality and Standard Committee (QSC).
In 2013/15, Dr Altomonte was granted by the Villum Foundation (Velux Group) a Visiting Professorship of the duration of two years to engage in research and teaching activities in collaboration with the Institute of Building Technology, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen (Denmark). Supported by research funding, this Visiting Professorship focused on areas of study related to daylighting and human physio-psychological response to environmental stimuli, occupant comfort and behaviour, and the use of building performance simulation tools in the education and practice of architectural design.
In 2012/13 and in 2016, Dr Altomonte spent periods of sabbatical research leave at the Center for the Built Environment (CBE), College for Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley (USA). These periods of study focused on investigation of the relationship between occupant satisfaction with indoor environmental quality in office buildings and green rating certification systems (e.g., LEED). This collaboration has resulted in paper publications in peer-reviewed international journals (e.g., Building and Environment) and conferences, other than ongoing research partnership with CBE at Berkeley.
He is author of some 70 research outputs, including a single-authored book, essays and chapters in edited books, edited research publications, and several refereed papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings. In 2002, he was awarded the PLEA Award for his Poster Paper Switchable Façade Technology in Environmental Design, and in 2004 he received the ies: the Lighting Society Award. Dr Altomonte has attracted, or contributed to, a research portfolio totalling in excess of € 5 Million, collaborating with world-leading experts, academic institutions, and industrial groups across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has tracked several thousand downloads and solidly growing citations to his scholarly work. He is regularly invited to address conferences and lead scientific events worldwide, and to contribute to special issues of journals and to scientific publications. Dr Altomonte is a board Member of the PLEA (Passive Low Energy Architecture) network, an international organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design through international annual conferences, workshops, and related activities. In 2014, Dr Altomonte was granted the title of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is an active Member of the CIBSE Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL) and of the CIBSE Daylight Group.
Year Label Educational Organization 1992 Laurea in Architettura University of Rome La Sapienza 2000 Master Europeen en Architecture et Developpmenet Durable Universite Catholique de Louvain 2000 Dottore di Ricerca in Progettazione Ambientale University of Rome La Sapienza
His research expertise lie at the intersection between architectural design, indoor environmental quality, human psychophysics, and sustainable development, aiming at the development and testing of strategies and solutions that enhance user comfort, health, and well-being, support energy performance, and improve the spatial qualities of buildings’ design. He has considerable experience in qualitative and quanittative experimental studies, statistical modelling, and environmental simulation. He is author of over 70 research outputs, including a single-authored monograph, chapters in books, edited scientific publications, and papers in peer-reviewed international journals and proceedings. He has contributed to establish a research portfolio in excess of £ 4 Million, collaborating with experts, academia, and industry in UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and USA. His current research include:
• Indoor environmental quality and occupant comfort, health, and well-being
• Discomfort glare, and human physio-psychological responses to visual stimuli
• High-performance building envelopes and control strategies
• Education for sustainable environmental design
• E-learning, m-learning and interactive pedagogical tools
Dr Altomonte has attracted, or contributed to, a research portfolio totalling in excess of € 5 Million, collaborating with world-leading experts, academic institutions, and industrial groups across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. He has tracked several thousand downloads and solidly growing citations to his scholarly work. He is regularly invited to address conferences and lead scientific events worldwide, and to contribute to special issues of journals and to scientific publications.
Prignon, Martin ; Arnaud Dawans ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Van Moeseke, Geoffrey. A Method to Quantify Uncertainties in Airtightness Measurements Zero-Flow and Envelope Pressure. In: Energy and Buildings, Vol. 188-189, p. 12-24 (2019). doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2019.02.006 (Accepté/Sous presse).
Kent M.G ; Cheung Toby ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Schiavon Stefano ; Lipczyńska, Aleksandra. A Bayesian method of evaluating discomfort due to glare: The effect of order bias from a large glare source. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 146, no.-, p. 258-267. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.10.005.
Michael G. Kent ; Steve Fotios ; Altomonte, Sergio. An experimental study on the effect of visual tasks on discomfort due to peripheral glare. In: LEUKOS: The Journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society, Vol. 15, no. 1, p. 17-28. doi:10.1080/15502724.2018.1489282.
Kent, Michael G. ; Fotios, Steve ; Altomonte, Sergio. Order effects when using Hopkinson's multiple criterion scale of discomfort due to glare. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 136, no.-, p. 54-61 (2018). doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2018.03.022.
Altomonte, Sergio. The challenges of academic publishing. In: BRI Community.
Kent, Michael G ; Fotios, Steve ; Altomonte, Sergio. Discomfort glare evaluation: The influence of anchor bias in luminance adjustments. In: Lighting Research & Technology, Vol. 51, no. 1, p. 131-146 (2017). doi:10.1177/1477153517734280.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Schiavon, Stefano ; Kent, Michael G. ; Brager, Gail. Indoor environmental quality and occupant satisfaction in green-certified buildings. In: Building Research & Information, Vol. 47, no. 3, p. 255-274 (2019). doi:10.1080/09613218.2018.1383715.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Saadouni, Sara ; Kent, Michael G. ; Schiavon, Stefano. Satisfaction with indoor environmental quality in BREEAM and non-BREEAM certified office buildings. In: Architectural Science Review, Vol. 60, p. 343-355 (2017). doi:10.1080/00038628.2017.1336983.
Kent, Michael G. ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Wilson, Robin ; Tregenza, Peter R.. Temporal effects on glare response from daylight. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 113, p. 49-64 (2017). doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.09.002.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Brian Logan ; Peter Rutherford ; Robin Wilson. Interactive and situated learning in education for sustainability. In: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 17, no.3, p. 417-443. doi:10.1108/IJSHE-01-2015-0003.
Michael G Kent ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Peter Tregenza ; Robin Wilson. Temporal variables and personal factors in glare sensation. In: Lighting Research and Technology, Vol. 48, no.6, p. 689-710 (2016). doi:10.1177/1477153515578310 (Soumis).
Altomonte, Sergio ; Kent, Michael G. ; Tregenza, Peter R. ; Wilson, Robin. Visual task difficulty and temporal influences in glare response. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 95, p. 209-226 (2016). doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.09.021.
Michael G Kent ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Robin Wilson ; Peter Tregenza. Discomfort glare and time of day. In: Lighting Research and Technology, Vol. 47, no.6, p. 641-657. doi:10.1177/1477153514547291.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Peter Rutherford ; Robin Wilson. Human factors in the design of sustainable built environments. In: Intelligent Buildings International, Vol. 4: Workspaces Promoting Wellbeing, no.7, p. 224-241. doi:10.1080/17508975.2014.970121 (Soumis).
Altomonte, Sergio ; Stefano Schiavon. Influence of factors unrelated to environmental quality on occupant satisfaction in LEED and non-LEED certified buildings. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 77, no.-, p. 148-159. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2014.03.028.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Peter Rutherford ; Robin Wilson. Mapping the Way Forward: Education for Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Design. In: Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, Vol. 21, no.3, p. 143-154. doi:10.1002/csr.1311.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Stefano Schiavon. Occupant satisfaction in LEED and non-LEED certified buildings. In: Building and Environment, Vol. 68, no.-, p. 66-76. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.06.008.
Altomonte, Sergio. Climate Change and Architecture: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Developmen. In: Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, no.1, p. 97-112. doi:10.5539/jsd.v1n1p97.
Altomonte, Sergio. Daylight for Energy Savings and Psycho-Physiological Well-Being in Sustainable Built Environments. In: Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, no.3, p. 3-16. doi:10.5539/jsd.v1n3p3.
Altomonte, Sergio. CH2 - Lighting and Physiology. In: Construction Economics and Building, Vol. 5, no.2, p. 40-46.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Peter Rutherford ; Robin Wilson. Indoor Environmental Quality: Lighting and Acoustics. In: Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Martin Abraham, 2017. 9780128046777. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.10196-4.
Kent, M. ; Fotios, S. ; Altomonte, Sergio. Experimental Biases in Discomfort Glare Evaluations. PLEA 2018 - International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit (Hong Kong, du 10/12/2018 au 12/12/2018). In: Smart and Healthy within the 2-degree Limit, 2018.
Abdelwahab, S. ; Kent, M. ; Rutherford, P. ; Altomonte, Sergio. Sensitivity Analysis for Energy Modelling based on Daylight Simulations. International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (London, du 12/09/2018 au 13/09/2018). In: SDBE - Sustainable Design of the Built Environment, 2018.
Fox Caroline ; Lucelia Taranto ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Mark Gillott. A review of the potential of smart homes to support independent living. 6th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (Bologna, du 17/07/2017 au 20/07/2017). In: Proceedings of CSET 2017, 2017.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Walker, K. ; Kent, M. ; Brager, G. ; Schiavon, S.. Are occupants more satisfied with indoor environmental quality in green-certified buildings?. PLEA 2018 - International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (Edinburgh, du 03/07/2017 au 05/07/2017). In: Proceedings of PLEA 2017, 2017.
Abdelwahab, S. ; Kent, M. ; Altomonte, Sergio. Sensitivity analysis for the daylight simulation of complex façades. Advanced Building Skins (du 04/10/2017 au 05/10/2017). In: Advanced Building Skins, 2017.
Kent, M. ; Altomonte, Sergio ; Wilson, R. ; Tregenza, P.. Temporal variability on discomfort glare from daylight. Velux Daylight Symposium (du 03/05/2017 au 05/05/2017). In: Velux Daylight Symposium, 2017.
Ayman Wagdy ; Fatma Fathy ; Altomonte, Sergio. Evaluating the Daylighting Performance of Dynamic Façades by Using New Annual Climate-Based Metrics. PLEA - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. (Los Angeles, du 11/07/2017 au 13/07/2017). In: Proceedings of PLEA 2016, 2016.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Sara Saadouni ; Stefano Schiavon. Occupant Satisfaction in LEED and BREEAM-Certified Office Buildings. PLEA - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture.. In: Proceedings of PLEA 2016, 2016.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Kent, M. ; Wilson, R. ; Tregenza, P.. Task difficulty, temporal variables and glare response. PLEA 2016: Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments (Los Angeles, du 10/07/2016 au 12/07/2016). In: Proceedings of PLEA 2016, 2016.
Altomonte, Sergio ; Hana Reimer ; Peter Rutherford ; Robin Wilson. Towards Education for Sustainability in University Curricula and in the Practice of Design. PLEA - 29th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (Munich, Germany, du 10/09/2013 au 12/09/2013). In: Proceedings of PLEA 2013, 2013.
Altomonte, Sergio. Educate! Sustainable Environmental Design in Architectural Education and Practice. PLEA - 28th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture (Lima, Peru, du 07/11/2012 au 09/11/2012). In: Proceedings of PLEA 2012, 2012.