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Buildings 2022 Young Investigator Awards Online Ceremony

19 Jul 2022, 16:00 (CEST)

Award Ceremonies, Young Investigator, Buildings
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to invite you to the Buildings 2022 Young Investigator Award Ceremony that will be held online between 9:00 and 11:00 am CST on July 19, 2022.

The Buildings journal has organized the Young Investigator Award since 2020, aiming to recognize young investigators for their excellence in the field of building structures, materials, repair/renovation, building energy, physics, environment, systems, architectural design, urban science, real estate, construction management, and computers/digitization.

The Award Committee selected the 2022 winners from a high number of highly qualified candidates, based on the candidates’ academic background/potential, the their research’s relevance to the topics covered by Buildings, the innovative aspects of their research, and the strength of their references.

In this ceremony, we will have the opportunity to learn more about the winners and listen to their presentations on their latest outstanding research achievements.

Professor David Arditi

Editor-in-Chief, Buildings

Event Chairs

Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Speakers' Profiles

Prof. Dr. DAVID ARDITI (Chair)

David Arditi is a Professor Emeritus of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. He is the founder of the Construction Engineering and Management Program at Illinois Tech. The program has a solid reputation in the industry and the academic research community.

Professor Arditi’s research interests lie in almost all aspects of construction management, engineering, and support. He has published close to 400 refereed journal and conference papers with his collaborators and research students. His former research students have distinguished careers in academia, government, and industry, located in over 20 countries. According to Google Scholar, as of May 2022, David Arditi’s research papers received 13,488 citations, with an h-Index of 67.

Professor Arditi established the Burton and Erma Lewis Construction Engineering and Management Laboratory in 1995 and the Trimble Technology Laboratory in 2022 at Illinois Tech. The sum of the funds he raised in his academic career for lab development and research amount to about USD 20 million.

Professor Arditi serves on the Editorial Board of 13 research journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of /Buildings/ and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Project Organization and Management. He was elected to the College of Fellows of CMAA in 2013. He was inducted to the National Academy of Construction in 2022.

Dr. Benedetto Nastasi

Dr. Benedetto Nastasi, Architectural and Building Engineer, is an Assistant Professor in Smart Energy Systems for the Built Environment at the Department of Planning, Design and Technology of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. Dr. Benedetto Nastasi's research interests are innovative energy systems from the building to urban scale, transition pathways to a zero-carbon built environment, pioneering hydrogen applications, and open data and energy analytics.
Dr. Benedetto Nastasi received his PhD Summa cum Laude in 2015 and has an outstanding publication record, comprising more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed international journals.
Dr. Benedetto Nastasi's Scopus Scientific Citations number 1852 and his Hirsch index is 30. He is clearly a rising star in the field of smart and sustainable energy applications to the built environment. He was ranked by Stanford University study in the top 2% of researchers worldwide in both "Building & Construction" and "Energy" fields in 2019 and in 2020 and, most probably, will be in 2021. This is an outstanding achievement in today's competitive environment. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Benedetto Nastasi on his outstanding achievements.

Dr. Umberto Berardi

Dr. Berardi is Canada Research Chair in Building Science, Full Professor, and Director of the BeTOP center at Toronto Metropolitan University in Canada and Professor at Politecnico di Bari Italy. Dr. Berardi has an extensive publication record, including 150 peer-reviewed journals, 130 international conference papers, and five books. Dr. Berardi’s publications have received over 12,000 citations in Google Scholar, where he has an h-index of 50. Dr. Berardi has a body of funded research comprising over $2.5M in government and private sector sponsored research.

Acceptance Speeches from the Winners

Prof. Dr. Benedetto Nastasi
Department of Planning, Design & Technology of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
"Pleased to be awarded as Best Young Investigator in Building Science and happy to share the award with an estimated colleague. This important achievement is a further motivation to continue working in the field of Sustainable Built Environment I am passionate about and to collaborate with Buildings MDPI.
I am thankful to my family who supports and endures my academic career and the amazing people I interacted with."

Dr. Umberto Berardi
Canada Research Chair in Building Science at Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

"I am greatly honored to receive this prestigious award from Buildings and the entire MDPI family. As you consider me "Young" helps and motivates me! I want to thank my family, my tireless wife Paola, and my four kids, who are the key motivation behind the focus on what I love. Finally, this achievement follows the dedication of great students, who I had the pleasure to mentor, and that are the hands behind my studies and results."

Event Program


Time (CEST)

Opening speech 16:00-16:10
Award ceremony

Winner presentation: Prof. Dr. Umberto Berardi

Title: Nanotechnologies for a Sustainable, Resilient, Post-COVID Built Environment


Winner presentation: Dr. Benedetto Nastasi

Title: Smart Hydrogen Energy Systems for the Built Environment

Ending speech


Ceremony Recording

Ceremony Recording


This is a FREE webinar. The number of participants to the live session is limited but the recording will be made available on Sciforum shortly afterwards. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Fancy Zhai

(For Award Ceremony)

MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
Ms. Hobby Hou

(For Buildings Awards)

MDPI Branch Office, Beijing

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