I am an urban designer with a background in architecture, urbanism, and building and city science (affiliate member of PIA and registered architect and urbanist in Brazil). I am interested in the production of high-quality well-designed public spaces which enhance the quality of life of the people using them. My research focuses on providing evidence to produce public open spaces that are thermally comfortable and economically effective, while promoting the good health of users and the natural environments that surround them. My main focus is, therefore, urban thermal comfort, urban microclimates, the relationship between urban economy and urban microclimates, the relationship between urban microclimates and people’s health, and the impacts of climate change on them all. Whenever possible, I work with industry, stakeholders and citizens to understand where my research can provide useful evidence for contemporary pressing issues.
Before starting at James Cook University, I worked at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where I also undertook my PhD. I also worked as a visiting researcher at the ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) in Aachen, Germany, and in Palmas, in tropical Brazil, where I lectured at the UFT (Universidade Federal do Tocantins) for three years. I have work experience as an architect in Rio Grande do Sul State, in the south of Brazil, where I also undertook my BArch and MSc.