Dr. Martinez-Molina is an Assistant Professor in the College of Engineering and Integrated Design at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He is a licensed architect with a PhD in Architecture gained in 2016 at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Spain. He has broad international experience in sustainable architectural design obtained in a number of countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Denmark, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and the United States. His PhD thesis, entitled, “Methodology for Energy and Thermal Comfort Assessment in Existing Buildings,” used and refined building energy simulation and monitoring techniques and contributed to a new wave of interest in preserving existing structures through adaptation to modern use. His doctoral research significantly extended his skills and experience, including conducting building performance evaluations, energy simulation and post-occupancy evaluations (POE). Dr. Martinez-Molina’s main research activities address sustainable building design and occupant comfort, health and well-being. The majority of his research experience has been gained in Europe and the United States. His current role as an Assistant Professor with UTSA brings together the skills he has honed through his diverse pedagogical and research experience and allows him to implement low-carbon technologies pursuing positive-energy buildings and create sustainable designs for a more comfortable, healthy and efficient built environment.
Dr. Martinez-Molina’s research generally focuses on the question of how to enhance building occupant satisfaction, health and well-being with sustainable design and technology. He found his passion while completing undergraduate studies in Denmark, a country that is a world leader in sustainable design and in which the end-user experience is noticeably at the forefront of architectural considerations. Particularly, he is interested in measuring and understanding the actual performance of buildings, whether they are new-build, existing, retrofitted or historic, and optimizing their performance with sustainable measures and innovative technologies.
His research clearly indicates that there does not have to be a compromise between sustainable, responsible measures and energy efficiency and occupant satisfaction; applying proper architectural technologies and designs can increase energy performance while creating a more comfortable and healthier built environment. This work has generated much academic, industry and policy interest and he have been invited to referee scientific international journals, speak at conferences and give lectures in multiple universities around the world.
Dr. Martinez-Molina is currently teaching at the UTSA Department of Architecture in the areas of Building Technology, Environmental Systems, Renewable Energy, Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ), Sustainable Design and Design-Build. He is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) by the Passive House Institute in Germany, and is also affiliated faculty at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) and Research Advisor at Green Urban Data.