Dr. Umberto Berardi

Current Academic Appointment (since July 2014)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Director of the BeTOP Lab - http://www.arch.ryerson.ca/resources/facilities/building-science-lab/

Research Interests (Building Science/Physics)

  • new materials: organic and inorganic Phase Change Materials, aerogel-enhanced products
  • energy efficiency: integration of energy saving technologies (green roofs, double skin facades) in buildings
  • acoustics: both architectural acoustics (sound propagation, energy decay, shape optimization) and building acoustics (noise insulation, new natural materials)
  • lighting: daylight, glare metrics, shading systems, building simulation
  • sustainability: sustainability assessment at building, community and city level, diffusion of green technologies, smart city

Previous Academic Appointment (July 2012-June 2014)

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (also affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering), Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA

Group Leader of Building Science and Technology

Visiting Research Experience

  • 2019- , Visiting Professor, Catholic University of the North, Chile
  • 2017, Visiting researcher, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Civil and Transport Engineering, Trondheim, Norway
  • 2014-2015, Visiting faculty Civil and Environmental Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA
  • 2011, Visiting researcher International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS) - United Nations University of Maastricht, NL
  • 2010, Visiting researcher Building Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory, LCs Smith College of Engineering & Computer Science, Syracuse University, USA


2010-2011 High Specialization Degree - Scuola Interpolitecnica, Politecnico di Bari-Torino-Milano, Italy

2009-2011 PhD in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

2008-2009 Master of Science in Sound and Vibration - Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, UK

2004-2008 Degree (5-years Laurea -completed in 4 years only) in Architectural-Engineering (Ing. Edile Architettura), Politecnico di Bari, Italy (100/100 cum laude and plause: average grade 29.86/30 among 33 exams, 23 exams with an evaluation of 30/30 cum laude)

1998-2006 Piano Degree (Diploma), Conservatorio di Foggia "U. Giordano"