I am a researcher, building engineer and architectural designer. I completed my Practice-based PhD in Architecture and Construction at the University of Rome Tor Vergata at the age of 26.
At UNSW, I am a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Construction. I work extensively to bridge the gap between architectural design, structural and construction engineering both in teaching and research by pursuing cross-disciplinary teaching methods and pioneering research projects. My activities include teaching technology courses at Bachelor and Master level and research on building failures, construction history and circular economy applied to the built environment. I am also a reviewer for academic journals such as 'Buildings' and 'Building Research and Information' and also a member of the Construction History Society (UK).
Before my appointment at UNSW, I was a Senior Lecturer in Technology and Environment at Kent School of Architecture and Planning in the UK. There, I took care of the Technology stream of the BA program. In 2018, I was awarded the Leverhulme Research Fellowship for the project ‘Our Future Heritage’. This research focused on investigating the causes of premature decay of two contemporary structures in Rome designed respectively by award-winning architects Richard Meier and Zaha Hadid.
While researching for my PhD, I lectured on and tutored in architectural design at the School of Engineering of 'Tor Vergata' University of Rome and coordinated many international summer school programs. I am an international assessor for the Research Evaluation System of the Russian Confederation (EURASIA) and the National Agency for Research Evaluation of the Italian Minister of Education and Research (ANVUR). In addition to my academic career, I practiced extensively as an architectural designer and construction manager. I was Project Manager at Da Gai Architects and Senior Designer at Studio ArsenicoEVM in Rome, and Designer at Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Core Architects, both in Toronto, Canada. My accomplishments also include winning architectural competitions as Design Team Leader.