Leticia Campello, Air Quality Group Science & Research sector lead
Promoting air quality.
I completed a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2018…
… and a master’s in science degree in Computational Medicine in 2019 both at the University of Sheffield. My MSc degree was focused on modelling techniques of structural analysis and fluid mechanics. During this time, I was able to develop my modelling skills, especially using Computational Fluid Dynamics.
Prior to joining Hoare Lea, I worked as a project engineer for three years at RWDI where I was introduced to Air Quality. During my time at RWDI, I had the opportunity to work on projects focused on Air Quality in the UK and Canada (Ontario). The projects varied from air dispersion modelling of biomass boilers at a university campus to assessing spray paint and dye emissions from a theatre.
I joined at the beginning of September 2022…
… Since then, I have been able to develop my consultant skills even further and was able to take on the role of Air Quality group Science and Research sector lead.
I am excited to continue developing my career and to continue promoting the benefits of considering air quality at all stages of the design and planning process, especially in the Science and Research sector.
My primary role is…
…to provide a point of contact and help lead air quality integration within the S&R sector. Most of my day-to-day job involves working closely with the MEP and Sustainability teams as well as architects and planners.
I aim to promote air quality from the very early stages in the design of laboratories by promoting not only the importance of ensuring that laboratory design and exhausts are in compliance with national standards, but also by highlighting the importance of designing a building with the intention of maximising indoor air quality in the long term.
From being a lead role in the S&R sector…
… and my previous experience in CFD, has allowed me to look into new opportunities to better collaborate and integrate air quality with other disciplines in house, in order to provide a holistic approach to wind dispersion modelling and being able to better understanding the air quality climate. Integrating CFD modelling results with our typical air quality assessment helps to inform the fume cupboard and ventilation design inputs in order to optimise the design.
By providing a more robust assessment, and where the complexity of the surrounding built environment is taken into consideration, it is possible to ensure that appropriate mitigation measures (e.g. within the ventilation strategy) are recommended to minimise air quality impacts on both indoor and outdoor environments.
What do I do in my spare time?…
…I spend most of my spare time immersed in books or enjoying live music at gigs or festivals. I also enjoy going to art galleries and museums and exploring bakery shops anywhere I go!