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Luis Matias Barajas Saldaña is a Ph.D. architect with experience in advanced research in energy analysis, sustainability, environmental planning, and development. He commenced his career in Europe (Barcelona, Spain) with experience teaching and academic tutoring undergraduate and graduate students. He is a former faculty member of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York. 

Dr. Barajas Saldaña’s publications have dealt with architecture education and the use of building performance simulation software related to energy efficiency. He was part of the European Union Cooperation in Science and Technology action TU 1104 "Smart Energy Regions," where he collaborated with countries like Serbia and England.

Dr. Barajas Saldaña has collaborated with the Building Performance Lab in New York City as an applied research scientist and has been a member of the Scientific National System of Researchers of Mexico.

He is a passionate architect focusing on bioclimatic (passive) architecture with training in national and international standard energy regulations such as the most recent energy regulation of New York City, the "Local Law 97," and standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. 

Dr. Barajas Saldaña’s most rewarding projects and activities as a professor is to work with Open Educational Resource courses. He previously has designed and taught courses titled "Energy in Architecture: Building Performance Visualization" and "Environmental Science: A focus on sustainability" and many others. Dr. Barajas Saldaña is experienced in developing curricula to raise awareness with students about how buildings perform and include the contemporary discussion which pursues to know how buildings react in the environment, the climatic conditions, and their surroundings. His passion for teaching provides a look at the energy operational response of heating and cooling systems. In addition he aims to establish how the building saving of energy works and how we can reduce carbon dioxide emissions looking at the flow of energy. 

One of his goals is to promote energy efficiency and sustainable development practices and turn them into references for his students and future architects, incorporating environmental and sustainability criteria as value added to projects and services. His motto: "There is no better way to achieve a change, other than with education, saving energy, and being sustainable."


  • Ph.D. Technology, Building and Planning, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • M.Arch. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
  • B.Arch. Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila
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