Dr Mirko Guaralda is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology; his background includes experience in architectural design, landscape architecture and urban design. Before joining academia full time, Mirko has been working in industry and local government; he has been involved in a wide range of projects at different scales, from small dwellings and gardens, to new estates and urban strategic planning. Since 2001 Mirko has been involved in research projects in Australia as well as in Italy, his home country, and so far has received over $100,000.00 in funding for his work on cities and communities. He is currently research associate with the Centre for Subtropical Design, the Urban Informatics Research Lab and the Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT.
Broad Area of Research: Urban Studies Mirko has been working on cities and public space systems since 1999, when he started developing his degree thesis “Luino: paesaggio ed infrstrutture per il turismo” (Luino: landscape and infrastructure for tourism) published in Il Rondò- 2003 by Nastro & Nastro editions. His PhD “Le infrastrutture viarie dismesse o declassate ed il progetto di paesaggio” (The abandoned and declassed mobility facilities and the landscape project) was released by Libreria Clup in 2006. At the moment Mirko is developing research projects in the following fields:
Urban Morphology and sense of Place
Urban Hacking and unstructured use of public spaces
Inclusive and Democratic universal urban design.