Welsh School of Architecture staff

Enrico Crobu, MSc

Research Associate
Enrico Crobu
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Welsh School of Architecture
Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue,
CF10 3NB
Email CrobuE@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 0506
Fax 029 2087 4623



Enrico is PhD student and Research Associate at Cardiff University in the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA). His background is Building Engineering. Enrico area of expertise is modelling and simulation of building physics phenomena, including ventilation in buildings (using CFD computational fluid dynamics tools), natural lighting analysis (Radiance) and thermal performances (dynamic thermal modelling and compliance analysis BRUK PartL).

Enrico is now part of the SOLCER project (Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region). SOLCER investigates 'smart operation' of energy supply, storage and demand systems in Wales. Enrico's role is to study and model the spatial complexity of energy ecosystem of demand, supply and storage at building scale. Among the variables being investigated within this ecosystem are people behaviour, household time use, energy consumed by domestic appliances, demand shifting, interaction between occupants and appliances.

Research Interests

In 2009 as part of the "Centre of Research in the Built Environment" (CRiBE), Enrico focused his research on the study and design of software interfaces. He collaborated for the development of the SAP Sensitivity Tool 2009 an interface for Compliance Analysis of domestic buildings.

Research interests are: Development of mobile phone Apps, Develop innovative dissemination techniques, Design for sustainable housing, Integration of renewable energy in architecture, Dynamic building energy modelling, CFD - pedestrian discomfort, Naturally ventilated buildings, Modelling daylight, Passive design.

Teaching profile

MSc Dissertation Supervisor (2010 - 2014) in the area of CFD, Thermal Modelling, Compliance analysis and study of Software Interfaces.

In 2012-13 Co leader in the MSc module "Building Performance Modelling" and responsible for Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) course. In the same year, he has been Teaching Assistant in Building Environmental Modelling, responsible for thermal and environmental modelling.

Other information

CONSULTANCIES (as Researcher at Cardiff University):

  • Daylight analysis of an office building in Shotton (North Wales) for BREAM assessment
  • Daylight analysis of a multi-storey office building in Newport (Wales)
  • Set up and support for wind tunnel testing of a custom built wind turbine for a local manufacturer.


  • 2009 MSc Renewable Energy and Architecture,Nottingham University, UK
  • 2006 MArch Self Sufficient Buildings, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, Barcelona.
  • 2004 Degree in Building Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy, with laude.