Luis Matias Barajas Saldaña

Luis Matias Barajas Saldaña

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Room number and address: 
Office 3.82.03


Ph.D.,  Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2015, Technology, Building and Urban Planning)
M.S.,    Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2009, Technology in Architecture, Building Facilities and Energy Efficiency)
B.S.,     Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila (2001, Achitecture)


Luis Matias Barajas Saldaña is a Professor in the Science Department, experienced in advanced research-oriented in Sustainability, Energy analysis, Environmental planning and development. He commenced his academic career in Europe (Barcelona, Spain) experienced in teaching and academic tutoring to Master and PhD graduate students. Dr. Barajas publications have dealt with teaching and use of Building performance simulation software related with Energy Efficiency. From 2015-2016 he was part of the European Union, Cooperation in Science and Technology action TU 1104 "Smart Energy Regions", were he collaborate and taught in countries like Serbia and England.

PhD in Energy Efficiency, trained in Applied Physics in Architecture with a Master degree in building sustainability, building systems and facilities with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture specialized in Domotics, which seeks to promote a change in his field through the introduction of energy analysis of buildings through new approaches and strategies for energy efficiency methods. His goal is to promote sustainable development practices to turn them into referents for the future generations, incorporating environmental and sustainability criteria as added value to projects and services.

One of his biggest interest is to change the perspective of how we look our Environment  and how we affect it, and there is no better way to achieve a change, by been Sustainable, saving energy and using his knowledge on how to solve problems of sustainability such as climate change in our world, by teaching new generations.

Professional Memberships

Building Technology Educators’ Society (BTES)

Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)

Scientific National System of Researchers of Mexico CONACYT (SNI)

Former Member of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology - COST

Course Taught

Current courses at John Jay College

SCI 222: Ecology of the five Boroughs of NYC

SCI 112: Environmental Science: A Focus on Sustainability (Lecture)

SCI 100: Case Studies in the Sciences: First Year Justice Core Seminar

Previous courses at John Jay College

SCI 112: Environmental Science: Hudson River Water Analisys (Laboratory)

Languages spoken/fluent in

Spanish, English, Catalan

Scholarly Work

Establishing a method to perform a BPS - Building Performance Simulation, The Welsh School of Architecture - Proceedings of the international conference 'Smart Energy Regions', 11th and 12th February 2016, Cardiff UK March 1, 2016

Thermal evaluation of buildings,, January 20, 2016

Efficient use of software in architecture: DesignBuilder and Dialux,, May 12, 2014

Thermal Comfort and Energy Performance of Social Housing in Hot-Dry Climates, PLEA2012 - 28th Conference, Opportunities, Limits & Needs Towards an environmentally responsible architecture Lima, Peru November 9, 2012



Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Environmental Policy & Protections

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Environmental Justice

Environmental Protection

Analysis Environmental

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Fuels