Maria Marinho de Castro is a Researcher in Environment Architecture in the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU). She has joining MSA in 2016, to work on the Fabric Integrated Thermal Storage for Low-Carbon Dwellings (FITS-LCD), a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project is a multi-disciplinary research collaboration with Universities of Strathclyde, Imperial College UCL, and Bath University.
She has a degree in Interior Design from the Escola Superior de Artes Decorativas (ESAD) Lisbon, a M.Sc. in Multimedia Engineering from the Nottingham Trent University and a M.Sc. in Renewable Energy and Architecture from the University of Nottingham.
Prior to joining the MEARU, she has submitted her PhD thesis in Sustainable Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham funded by the EPSRC through the High Fliers PhD Excellence Scholarship by the Faculty of Engineering. Her thesis examines the heating and cooling potential of ground integrated buildings on slope terrains. It looks at the effects produced by slope integration levels and types of slope building design.
During her PhD she has also worked as a teaching assistant. Employed as a Course Assistant, she prepared and delivered building simulation lectures and tutorials sessions in the M.Sc. Course Renewable Energy and Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, at the University of Nottingham.