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Emanuele Naboni

BArch, MArch, PhD Building Science, Licensed Architect, Lektor

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Curriculum vitae

Dr Emanuele Naboni (BArch, MArch, MPhil, PhD in Building Science, LEED AP, Licensed Architect) is, since 2010, Associate Professor at the Institute of Technology of the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen, School of Architecture (KADK). He teaches and researchers in the field of Sustainable Design at different scales: Urban, Buildings and Components with a focus in linking Ecosystems and Humans via Performative, yet qualitative, Design. He is teaching at various Programs, with a major focus on the Master of Architecture in Extreme Climates, and he is Co-director of the Building Performance Simulation Lab, which focuses on Environment simulation. He teaches in the PhD School running a course on Research Methods.

Emanuele was invited Professor at LESO at EPFL Lausanne (2016/17) and South East University in Nanching (2017),  invited Professor at the Centre for the Built Environment, College of Environmental Design, the University of California Berkeley in (2013). He was Visiting Teacher at the Architectural Association in London (2013) and Nottingham University (2014). He was a researcher at the Environment and Energy Technology Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) (2010 and 11).  In 2007, he was awarded a PhD from Politecnico di Milano in Architectural Technology, spending a period of 3 years at the University of California at Berkeley, thus obtaining a double degree. Previously, he had his Masters in Architecture (2002) (cum laude) at Politecnico di Milano.

Emanuele worked for years in the field of sustainable design contributing to 47 buildings design, 36 of which are built. He sketches and draws sustainable architectural designs, performs simulation, measures post construction performances.  He consulted foremost international architectural offices including BIG, William McDonough and Mario Cucinella Architects, with his office e3Lab founded in 2010 ( He has consulted for the implementation of sustainable strategies for a series of Sustainable systems in USA, Europe, and Asia and developed new façade types for various manufacturers that are now in the market (2003-13). He consulted Autodesk for the development of Building Performance Simulation Tools for building performance modelling. Emanuele was sustainable design specialist and analyst at the “Performance Design Studio” of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP for 4 years. He developed prefabricated facades prototypes with a spin-off of Gehry Technologies. He won several sustainable design competitions. His projects and researches are published in magazines such as DETAIL, Architectural Record, Domus.

He is one of the principal proposers and leader of the running EU COST RESTORE: REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative (2016) and the EU COST SHELD-ON: Indoor Living Space improvement: Smart Habitat (2017). He is also a member of the EU Project BeInterBaltic a project for the exploitation of Interdisciplinary Design research and pedagogies. In 2011 and 2014 Dr Naboni obtained two grants from FP7 EU programs for sustainable design with the implementation of energy simulation in cloud computing environments and the development of Façades sustainable design APPs. He worked together with humanitarian agencies to develop climatic dwellings in Tanzania and Thailand (2012). He is in the scientific committee of the main conferences of sustainable design such as PLEA, CISBAT and IBPSA. He is a reviewer of the highly ranked Journals such as Energy and Buildings, the Journal of the Built Environment and others. He is the author of several publications related to sustainable architecture, including a co-authored book “Green Buildings Pay” for Routledge with Brian Edwards (2012), contributions to RIBA Publications and DETAIL. He is currently contracted with Taylor and Francis for the book “Tools for Sustainable Design”.


Current Positions:

Associate Professor in Climate Architecture at the Institute of Technology, Architecture, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

Founder of e3Lab ( – Sustainable Design Consultancy

Previous Positions:

2016-17 LESO- EPFL Lausanne, Invited Professor

2017 SouthEast University, Nanjing, China, Visiting Professor

2014 University of Nottingham / Lecturer 

2013 Architectural Association  / Teacher

2012 UC Berkeley - Center for Built Environment  / Researcher

2011 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / Scientist at Environmental Energy Technology Division 

2010/11 Autodesk 

2006/10 Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP / Design Specialist at the Performative Design Group

2005/07 Lawrance Berkeley National Laboratories / Researcher

2005 Michelle Kaufmann Designs / Sustainable Design Specialist of Efficient Prefabricated Buildings

2004 Loisos + Ubbelodhe  / Sustainable Design Analyst

2003 Politecnico di Milano, Department of Building, Environment, Sciences and Technology / Researcher

Research area

  • Architecture
  • Digital Environmental Sustainable Design
  • Urban Adaptation to Climate Change and Carbon Impacts
  • Outdoor Thermal and Visual Comfort
  • Building and Adaptive Facade Daylighting, Thermal Comfort, Energy Impacts
  • Circular Economy and Life Cycle Assesment by Design
  • Human Centric Design and Physiology

Projects 2011 2016


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Project: Research

Perfomance of Wood in Architecture

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Project: Research


Naboni, E. & Al, S.


Project: Other


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Project: Research

Research Output 2011 2019

About the Triggering of UN Sustainable Development Goals and Regenerative Sustainability in Higher Education

Naboni, E., Sonetti, G. & Brown, M., 7 Jan 2019, In : Sustainability. 2019, 11(1) , 254

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Adaptive design through nature-based technologies and solutions: An innovative process characterising urban regeneration.

Andreucci, M. B., Coccolo, S., Theochari, D. & Naboni, E., 2018, Healthy landscapes: Green, regeneration, safety. 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

A New Framework to Evaluate Urban Design Using Urban Microclimatic Modeling in Future Climatic Conditions.

Naboni, E., Coccolo, S., Mauree, D., Nik, V., Perera, A. T. D. & Scartezzini, J-L., 2018, In : Sustainability. 10 (4), 1134

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Development of an Adaptive Passive Façade: A replicable approach for managing multiple design solutions

Naboni, E., Ricci, A., Ponzo, C. & Gaspari, J., 2018, Smart and Healthy Within the Two-Degree Limit. p. 353-358

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review

Exploring the Potentials of ICT Tools for Human-Centric Regenerative Design

Naboni, E., Sonetti, G. & Brown, M., 2018, In : Sustainability. 10, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2010 2018

ETH Zürich

Emanuele Naboni (Visiting researcher)
Nov 2018Feb 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Regenerative Design in the Digital Practice

Emanuele Naboni (Participant)
15 Oct 201819 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference

Reviewer of Project applications for European Union

Emanuele Naboni (Participant)
1 Jan 2018 → …

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Restorative Sustainability, Biophilia, and Sustainability Education

Emanuele Naboni (Organizer)
13 Nov 201717 Nov 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conference

COST - REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy (External organisation)

Emanuele Naboni (Member)
1 Feb 20171 Feb 2021

Activity: Membership typesMembership in research network