Irene Martin



Irene Pau Martin is the Façades Discipline Leader for Arup’s Americas West geography. She also leads the Building Envelope Physics work within the Americas Region. Having previously worked in the London Arup Office, she brings international experience to the group on a range of building typologies. Irene’s main areas of focus include optimizing the operational and embodied carbon, indoor occupant comfort, and resource use minimization of buildings with expertise on building envelope performance and retrofits of existing façades, especially as they relate to a changing climate. Irene holds a Professional Engineering license in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and she is a chartered engineer with the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


  • Woolf, D, I Pau, & M Shouler. UK Government Shower Performance: Market Transformation Programme – Shower Report, Market Transformation Programme, 2006.
  • Collin, M & I Pau. 24°C Study: Comfort, Productivity, and Energy Consumption, British Council for Offices, January 2008.
  • Pau, I & A Simonella. “How to design a building envelope to provide thermal comfort and energy efficiency considering climate change”. Proceedings of Conference: Adapting to Change: New Thinking on Comfort, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 9-11 April 2010. London: Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings,


  • Pau, I. “Dynamic and adaptive building envelopes”. Consulting-Specifying Engineer, September 2015.

Speaking engagements:

  • AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) – “High-Performance Building Design (Façade)”. Los Angeles, CA, April 2012
  • IQPC Façades Design & Delivery Summit – “Sustainable Façade Materials”. San Francisco, CA, January 2014
  • ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference - “Adapting Building Envelope Design to Climate Change” San Francisco, CA, April 2014
  • Façade Tectonics World Congress – “Façades With Gills: Advanced technology in hybrid breathing façade systems”. Los Angeles, CA, October 2016
  • Advancing High Performance Building Design Conference: Integrated Workflows & Emerging Technologies Webinar – “Revealing How to Futureproof a Building Envelope & Design with Climate Change in Mind,” September 2020