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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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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