Ernesto Valero Thomas: Profile

Ernesto Valero Thomas is a professional in the fields of Architecture and Urban Studies. His research focuses on designing cartographic methods of representation in the built environment, tracing the flow and consumption of ecosystem services (water, food, fuels, and waste) in emerging habitats around the world. Ernesto’s goal is to shape architectural practices, energy-efficient infrastructures, and cultural narratives of environmental sustainability in developing contexts. He holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design at DETAO-Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.

His professional background is in developing solutions to urban mobility and implementing them in Mexico City. As Research Fellow in Project Drawdown, Ernesto investigated the potential financial and emission-reduction impacts of walkable cities and airplane fuel efficiency between 2015-2045 in a global context. His work has been published in academic 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). Ernesto was a member of the team that published volume 33 of the Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal, Methodologies for Sustainable Projects (ESALA).

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 and China. Ernesto holds a PhD in Environmental Design and Architecture 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.