Mr Henrique Sala Benites
Casual Academic

Mr Henrique Sala Benites

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Built Environment

PhD candidate in the UNSW School of Built Environment with over 15 years of experience in architectural science, sustainability, and certifications schemes such as LEED and AQUA‐HQE. As an architect and urbanist, he holds a master’s degree in bioclimatic architecture and a postgraduate degree in urban engineering. Besides being an Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy Pioneer (2020), he engages in different initiatives of climate change, nature‐based solutions, urban sustainability, and circular economy, including the development of international standards.

My PhD research underway proposes a 'Regenerative Circularity for the Built Environment' (RC4BE) approach to be used in positive-impact transitions of existing urban areas. 

As an academic, researcher, and practitioner, my interests lie in most topics concerning built environment sustainability, on both building and urban scales, such as circular economy, regenerative design, community/precinct planning, building design and construction, climate change mitigation and adaptation, life cycle analysis, urban metabolism, nature-based solutions, livability, mobility, urban transitions, rating systems, urban heat island, etc.

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Sala Benites H; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2022, 'A Future-Proof Built Environment through Regenerative and Circular Lenses—Delphi Approach for Criteria Selection', Sustainability, vol. 15, pp. 616 - 616,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Sala Benites H; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2022, 'A neighbourhood-scale conceptual model towards regenerative circularity for the built environment', Sustainable Development,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Sala Benites H; Osmond P; Prasad D, 2022, 'Inquiry on Perceptions and Practices of Built Environment Professionals Regarding Regenerative and Circular Approaches', Buildings, vol. 13, pp. 63 - 63,

Engaged in the following research activities:

  • Regenerative circularity for the built environment
  • Exploration of sustainability and liveability in existing eco urban developments
  • Bioconnectivity and nature-based solutions for the regeneration of social and environmental boundaries in urban areas
  • Decarbonisation of urban areas
  • Circular economy business models for the construction sector
  • Informal urbanism

My Teaching

Sessional academic tutoring for:

  • SUSD0002 Building Ecology and Life Cycle Thinking
  • SUSD003 Energy and the Built Environment
  • SUSD0016 Sustainable Infrastructure
  • ARCH1361 Architectural Science and Building Environment