Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW

I am an architect/urbanist graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Florence University (Italy). I obtained a doctoral degree in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning discussing a thesis on the role of landscape disciplines in urban design. Prior to joining UNSW, from 2006 to 2010, I taught at the Universities of Florence and Pisa in Italy. In 2012-2013, as visiting professor and research scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, I collaborated with the School of Architecture and the Graduate school of Landscape Architecture, until I moved to Australia in 2014.

I am a registered architect (OAPPC IT) and landscape architect (AILA) with over 20 years' experience in the practice, working mainly with the public sector. As co-founder of the Swiss-Italian design office studiostudio, I was involved in several architectural, urban design and landscape projects in Europe, Middle East and China. As UNDP/UNESCO consultant, I was involved in the development of the Bethlehem Area Conservation and Management Plan in the West Bank, Palestine from 2007 to 2010.

My research interests include:

Climate and water sensitive cities and landscapes.
Design for flooding. Adaptive urban design.
Adaptive capacity of urban landscapes, urban ecosystem design.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Urban, Landscape and environmental design, UNSW


  • 2006 
    University of Florence, PhD / Urban and environmental design, regional planning