Elena Goicolea Güemez

Consultant architect

Architect specialising in sustainability and adaptation to climate change and expert in development cooperation. Currently working on adaptation of urban centres to climate change, nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development, valorisation of construction waste, and co-creation.

About Elena

Elena is a senior architect (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), specialised in Sustainability and Adaptation in the built environment (Master’s degree at the University of East London), as well as an expert in International Development Cooperation.

She expresses her environmental and social vocation by participating in different projects and associations (Madrid, Turkey). She works in Senegal with Architecture without Borders, thanks to a grant, coordinating earth building workshops, project evaluation and needs analysis.

She learns the logics of construction thanks to her experience in various architectural studios (Madrid, Kenya). She embarked on her path in sustainable building by setting up her own studio where she develops residential projects (private and public) and energy efficient renovations.

Her background allows her to research on climate change, urban development, nature-based solutions, building rehabilitation, sustainable materials, etc. She uses life cycle analysis tools applied to the construction and renovation of buildings.

Within Icatalist,she develops R&D and consultancy projects focused on adaptation to climate change in urban areas, particularly through the application of nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development and the recovery of construction and demolition waste. She works in co-creation processes reaching a holistic view of the challenges.

"A society that is allowed to admit and articulate its non-material human needs and find non-material ways of satisfying them would require much lower material and energetic outputs and would provide much higher levels of human fulfilment."

- Donnella Meadows

Current positions

Urban Area Manager at Icatalist

About Elena

Elena is a senior architect (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid), specialised in Sustainability and Adaptation in the built environment (Master’s degree at the University of East London), as well as an expert in International Development Cooperation.

She expresses her environmental and social vocation by participating in different projects and associations (Madrid, Turkey). She works in Senegal with Architecture without Borders, thanks to a grant, coordinating earth building workshops, project evaluation and needs analysis.

She learns the logics of construction thanks to her experience in various architectural studios (Madrid, Kenya). She embarked on her path in sustainable building by setting up her own studio where she develops residential projects (private and public) and energy efficient renovations.

Her background allows her to research on climate change, urban development, nature-based solutions, building rehabilitation, sustainable materials, etc. She uses life cycle analysis tools applied to the construction and renovation of buildings.

Within Icatalist,she develops R&D and consultancy projects focused on adaptation to climate change in urban areas, particularly through the application of nature-based solutions, sustainable urban development and the recovery of construction and demolition waste. She works in co-creation processes reaching a holistic view of the challenges.

"A society that is allowed to admit and articulate its non-material human needs and find non-material ways of satisfying them would require much lower material and energetic outputs and would provide much higher levels of human fulfilment."

- Donnella Meadows

Current positions

Urban Area Manager at Icatalist

Publications

Bretones Torrecilla, Lara; Alonso González de las Cuevas, Mercedes; Pascual Martínez, David;Goikolea Güemez, ElenaGarcía Mozota, María and Palau Montava, Sandra (2011).Settlement project ex-novo Intaca neighbourhood (Mozambique). Monograph (Working Paper). E.T.S. Architecture (UPM).

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UP2030

Guide cities through the technical and social transition needed to meet their climate-neutral ambitions.

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