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Olivia Guerra-Santin is Assistant Professor in the chair of Smart Architectural Technologies in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). With her research, Guerra-Santin aims to design and evaluate energy-efficient and healthy environments. Her expertise involves user-centered and data-driven research methods, building monitoring and performance evaluation, and the use of Living Labs for socio-technical research. Guerra-Santin’s topics of interest include building management and control, occupant behavior and building performance.

To date, Guerra-Santin has participated in a number of research projects on monitoring performance in the Netherlands, the UK and Spain. She is interested in developing design and evaluation approaches and methodologies that make use of building monitoring data in an efficient and ethical manner. She is currently researching the possibilities arising from emerging technologies and data-driven methods to support more efficient building management and behavioral change.

Academic background

Originally from Mexico, Olivia Guerra-Santin received a degree in Architecture from the UAEMex and a MSc in Urban Environmental Management from Wageningen University. In 2010, she obtained her PhD at the OTB Institute for Housing and Mobility Studies at TUDelft. Since then, Guerra-Santin worked as research associate at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff University and as postdoc researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design of TUDelft and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. From 2016 to 2018, Guerra-Santin worked as consultant and project manager of H2020 projects on smart cities. She was appointed assistant professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2019.


It is not useful to further enhance energy performance in buildings unless we also educate occupants on the impact of their energy practices at home.

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  • Office occupants as active actors in assessing and informing comfort: a context-embedded comfort assessment in indoor environmental quality investigations

    Romero Herrera, N. A., Doolaard, J., Guerra-Santin, O., Jaskiewicz, T. & Keyson, D. V., 2 Jan 2020, In : Advances in Building Energy Research. 14, 1, p. 41-65 25 p.

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    Understanding the performance gap in energy retrofitting: measured input data for adjusting building simulation models

    Cuerda, E., Guerra-Santin, O., Sendra, J. J. & Neila, J., 15 Feb 2020, In : Energy and Buildings. 209, 26 p., 109688.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Comparing the impact of presence patterns on energy demand in residential buildings using measured data and simulation models

    Cuerda, E., Guerra-Santin, O., Sendra, J. J. & Neila González, F. J., 1 Dec 2019, In : Building Simulation. 12, 6, p. 985-998 14 p.

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    Evaluating three validation-methods for an architectural intervention for seniors with dementia in the empathic design framework : a case study

    van Buuren, L., Mohammadi, M. & Guerra-Santin, O., 2019, Dementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work: Engaging with Dementia in Context - 4th Conference, D-Lab 2019, Proceedings. Brankaert, R. & IJsselsteijn, W. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 24-34 11 p. (Communications in Computer and Information Science; vol. 1117).

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