Dr. Ernesto Valero Thomas is a professional in the fields of Architecture and Urban Studies. His research focuses on designing hybrid methods for mapping the flow and consumption of ecosystem services (water, food, fuels, and waste) in emerging cities around the world. Ernesto’s goal is to shape architectural practices, energy-efficient infrastructures, and cultural narratives of environmental sustainability in developing contexts. From 2017 to 2020 he held the position of Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Design at DETAO-Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, where he served as the Academic Coordinator of the Ecological Architecture Design Program.
His professional background is in developing solutions to urban mobility and implementing them in Mexico City. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals from the United States (UCLA), Mexico (UNAM), and in the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming (Penguin Random House). As a member of Editorial Boards, Dr. Valero Thomas has collaborated in the publication of Methodologies for Sustainable Projects (ESALA, Scotland), and the Proceedings of SENVAR 2018: Architecture and the Built Environment Towards Future Challenges (SENVAR-Atlantis Press, Indonesia).
He has taught courses at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), including Technology and Environment 1 and 2. His research findings have been presented in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, Taiwan, India, South Korea, and China. Ernesto holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Edinburgh. He received an MSc in Advanced Sustainable Design from the University of Edinburgh, and a BArch at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Ernesto served as President of the Mexican Society at the University of Edinburgh from 2012 to 2013.