Pamela Cabrera

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Pamela Cabrera is a Peruvian architect and climate engineer. Cabrera is a senior associate at Transsolar KlimaEngineering. Her work centers on building science and new material assemblies for passive climate control design. She understands the importance of creative thinking and an interdisciplinary approach between art and science, linking architecture to engineering. Her experience as a practicing architect combined with her rigorous studies in energy and building technology well-suits the core goals at Transsolar of low-tech, high comfort design. At Transsolar, she works on projects that can affect human behavior and energy consumption towards healthier and more resilient architectures. 

Her professional experience has alternated between New York and Lima, where she co-ran the studio CE-AD for three years. She is a partner at the Peruvian NGO Construye Identidad, where she contributes with research on vernacular buildings and materials. She has a BArch from The Cooper Union and a Master’s in Design Studies in Energy & Environment from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she received the Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability. Her thesis work on membrane dehumidification received the US Department of Energy Building Technologies ‘ABC’ award for further R&D, and she has presented her work in various conferences and universities including IBPSA and Facades+.

Cabrera's CV is available here

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