Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

Staff Profile

Dr Carlos Calderon

Senior Lecturer; Degree Programme Director of MRes in Urban Energy, Technology and Policy; Senior Tutor (Architecture)



I am a senior lecturer (associate professor in North America) in the School of Architecture at Newcastle University. I am a qualified Civil engineer with a PhD in applied computer science.
My research interests lie at the intersection of the built environment and computation around three main areas: energy and carbon modelling in buildings, communities and cities; smart materials and environments; and intelligent systems and digital design.

I am actively working with local authorities, policy makers, modellers and technologists on transitioning cities building stock and communities towards a secure, clean, and affordable energy future. I have done extensive work in Newcastle upon Tyne.

A full C.V. can be found in  ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) and  LinkedIn profile


Completed Certificate of Academic Practice at Newcastle University (UK)
PhD in applied computing at Teesside University (UK)
Civil/Structural Engineering at Madrid University (Spain)

Previous Positions

Present-Aug 03 Lecturer. Newcastle University. School of Architecture. –UK

March 07-Sep07 Visiting Scholar. Harvard University. Graduate School of design -USA

Jan04 Visiting Lecturer. Hong Kong City University, School of Computing. –Hong Kong-
Jul 03-Oct 01 Lecturer. Teesside University. School of Computing. –UK-
Jul 03-Jul 02 Scientist and deputy project coordinator of ALTERNE project (IST-38575) Teesside University. School of Computing. –UK-
Oct01-Oct 98 Research Engineer. Teesside University. School of Science and Technology. –UK-
May02 Visiting Investigator. University of Paris 1. –France-
April 01-Oct 00 Visiting Investigator. Virtual System Laboratory, Gifu University.–Japan-
Sep 98-Jul 98 Graduate Engineer. Cheshire Engineering Consultancy. –UK-
Specialised Translator. Baker Wilkins & Smith (BWS).–UK-.
Oct 97-May 97 Junior Engineer, N.E.C.S.O Entrecanales y Cubiertas.–Spain-
May 97-Jun 96 Assistant manager, FE Y ALEGRIA (South American Non-profit Organisation).–Spain-


Member of the Spanish Institute of Civil Engineers. Number: 14004.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Eduction Academy.




I do welcome PhD applications in areas related to my research projects and interests.

Research projects:

  • Modelling the effects of household practices on heating energy consumption in social housing. PhD student: Macarena Rodriguez.   It is a collaborative project  with Your Homes Newcastle (YHN) and Newcastle City Council.
  • Spatial energy infrastructure planning for cities's sustained development. PhD student: Javier Urquizo. It is a collaborative project  with  Newcastle City Council
  • Decentralised energy: willingness to opt-in. Paul Hunt, Adam Price, Andrew Hird
  • Thermo-Electric (TE) air conditioning module as a reversible space heating and cooling system for buildings. PhD student: Cheng Wang
  • Energy Path Network, Newcastle City Council's output verification. Prof Chris Underwood and Dr Jialiang Yi

Research Interests:

Energy and Carbon in Cities, Communities, and Buildings

  1. Simulation ICTs for predicting/estimating the dynamic behaviour of a system as part of the design function
  2. Causal Modelling ICTs used to describe / predict relationships in physical systems
  3. Modelling and Simulations ICTs: What-if scenarios
  4. Modelling and Model development as to understand retrofit of infrastructure in cities

Smart Materials and Environments

  1. Design methods and techniques to enable the application of smart materials and environments in architectural and urban settings.
  2. Design conceptualisation ICTs for requirement engineering & ideation .
  3. Human factors Engineering ICTs to gather and model data describing the behaviour of end users/energy consumers

Intelligent systems and Digital Design

  1. Visual / spatial design ICTs
  2. Application of Artificial Intelligence techniques to the resolution of complex spatial problems
  3. Navigational methods in 3D synthetic spatial environment

Esteem indicators:

MEP-Scientist pairing scheme 2015 European Parliament (Brussels, Belgium)

Research Fellowships: 

University of Paris (France)
Virtual Systems Laboratory (Japan)
Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA)

Visiting Lecturer at  Hong Kong City University, School of Computing (China)

Selected for the EPRSC Design in the Built Environment network

Book reviewer:

Routledge/EarthScan (

Blackwell publishers ( ).

Journal Reviewer:

Energy Research and Social Science 

Climate Change


Sustainable Cities and Society 

Presence, MIT Press. 

Architecture Research Quaterly

ITCom journal 

Interacting with Computers

Journal Editorial Board:

Informes de la construccion.

External PhD examiner:

Mr Arash Jalalian for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Newcastle University Australia, August 2012

Grant Reviewer

  • European Commission. DG Connect.

           Research call evaluator and grant panel member for FP7 (ICT 2013-10. Objective 8.1. 32 Million Euro.     Minimum 40% IPs and 30 % Streps) and Horizon 2020 (ICT Horizon 2020 2014-1. ICT18. 14 Million Euro.) (ICT Horizon 2020 ICT19a) calls .  

           Reviewer and panel member. Energy management in non-domestic buildings (3 Million Pounds).
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).  Netherlands Research Council.
            Reviewer. Uncertainty Reduction in Smart Energy Systems. 6.5 Million Euro. 

         Reviewer. Future Research Leaders.

Project reviewer for FP7:

 Monitor implementation actions:

-IdeaGarden. ICT-2013. Objective 8.1: Technologies and scientific foundations in the field of creativity

-Creatif. ICT-2013. Objective 8.1: Technologies and scientific foundations in the field of creativity

Conference Reviewer:

CAAD futures





Funded research:

£48850.72 Evaluation of EnergyPath Network Outputs in Newcastle upon Tyne. Energy Technology Institute, UK (Loughborough, United Kingdom) 2018-07 to 2019-101 | Contract Ref: ESC/17/3

CityKeys European Commission (Brussels, Belgium2015-02 to 2017-01  

£47,595 PhD studentship on spatial urban energy modelling (2012). In kind contributions from Cambridge Architecture Research and Your Homes Newcastle.

£9,281 EPSRC (2007). Advanced Computing Techniques in the areas of: interactive spatial environments; biomimetic generative methods and motion graphics. 

£500 Royal Academy of Engineering (2007). Visit to Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.   


Undergraduate Teaching

ARC 1016 Professional Studies

ARC2024 and BA stage 3 dissertation

ARC 3020 Introduction to Architecture (part of stage 3 in Civil and Structural Engineering)

Postgraduate Teaching

ARC 8020 Urban Enegy