August 20, 2015

Latitudes around the world: Meet the partners

University of Bologna | UNIBO | Department of Architecture | DA

Jacopo Gaspari | Partner responsible and contact person 

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Researcher and Senior Scientist. He obtained his PhD in Technology for Architecture at University of Ferrara and IUAV University of Venice, Master at University of Padua. He currently teaches Materials and Construction Systems as well as Technologies for Energy Efficiency at UNIBO|DA. He is also delegate for international mobility of Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. He was visiting researcher at University of Westminster and visiting lecturer at Venice International University. He is member of the Italian Society of Technology, member of the Ph.D. Committee, member of the Scientific Committee of GBC Italy.

His research activity focuses on the fields of building renovation, climate change and energy efficiency in the built environment, indoor and outdoor comfort, service life and durability. He cooperates in several national and international research proposals. He also collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework. The outcomes of his work are included in several national and international publications.

Andrea Boeri | Head of Department and faculty team


andrea boeriFull Professor, Head of Department and member of UNIBO Academic Senate. Coordinator of the “Sustainable Architecture” graduation laboratory, he currently teaches Laboratory of Architecture Construction at Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. Member of the Ph.D. Committee of UNIBO-DA, Scientific director of the “OFF_line laboratory”. He is also Member of the coordination group on “Smart City” of University of Bologna. Member of the Italian Society of Technology and of the Scientific Committee of GBC (Green Building Council) Italy. His scientific activity is mainly oriented towards innovation in technology for architecture; his field of expertise are focused on: environmental sustainability and quality of buildings and urban systems with a particular focus on social housing and educational building sector, strategies for energy savings at building and district scale, smart buildings and smart cities. On these topics he is local and international coordinator of several research initiatives and proposals. His research work is widely published in national and international books and journals. He operates as reviewer and member of scientific board of several journals.

Ernesto Antonini | Associate Professor and Faculty team


ernesto antoniniAssociate Professor, Coordinator of Degree Program Building Process. He obtained his Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University “La Sapienza” in Rome. He was Professor of Building Technologies at IUAV University of Venice. As Professional Consultant, he was Project Leader of several research Projects for private building firms and Evaluator of Research Projects for Italian Ministry for Industry and Veneto Region.

Until 2001, Head of R&D Dept. of Qua.S.Co., Bologna, Project Manager and Senior Scientist of Research Project on building materials and technologies, funded by CE and Italian National Ministries and Agencies. He is member of the Italian Society of Technology and of the editorial board of Techne journal, member of the Ph.D. Committee. His research activity focuses on the fields of Building process, innovation in building techniques, materials and components, refurbishment and recycling processes.

The findings of his research activities are published in several books, conference proceedings and national and international journals.

Danila Longo | Associate Professor and Faculty team


danila longoAssociate Professor, delegate for international researches and relations for the Department of Architecture, member of Department Council. She obtained her Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University of Ferrara. She currently teaches Laboratory of Architecture Construction at Combined Bachelor and Master Degree in Architecture. She is member of the Italian Society of Technology, member of the Ph.D. Committee, member of the Scientific Committee of GBC Italy. She is in the Scientific Board and reviewer for the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning (WIT press – Southampton, UK) and for Energy and Buildings (Elsevier).

Her research activity focuses on the fields of management of construction and demolition waste, retrofitting with a specific interest in social housing, influence of end user awareness on energy savings, refurbishment of the building stock. She cooperates in several national and international research proposals. She also collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework. The outcomes of her work are included in several national and international publications.

Valentina Gianfrate | Research Fellow and Faculty team

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Research Fellow, she obtained her Ph.D. in Technology for Architecture at University of Firenze. Member of the Scientific Board for the definition of Regional Guidelines for Ecologically Equipped Industrial Settlement instituted by the Regional Sustainability Department of Tuscany. She is Climate Kic Lean Professor, she attended the Creative Sustainable City Course, she currently collaborates with the RIC Emilia Romagna Region in the Climate Kic framework and she was invited lecturer during the Innovator Catalyst Program- Climate Kic Education in Birmingham. Her research work is addressed to adaptation of the built environment with a specific interest on the impacts of climate changes on quality of living, end-users behaviour and socio-economic implications. Furthermore, she is engaged in developing research proposals about energy retrofitting and building renovation with a focus on educational buildings. The outcomes of her activities were presented in national and international conferences as well as published in many articles and essays.

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Maldives National University | MNU | Department of Architecture 

Ghaanim Mohamed | Partner responsible and contact person 

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Ghaanim is from the Maldives Islands. He has attained a Masters of Architecture Degree from Curtin University, Australia. Since then he has been working as a Lecturer in the Maldives National University (MNU). He teaches second year Design and Professional Practice subjects in the Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET).  In addition, he has been under taking the responsibility of heading the Architectural Department. Ghaanims interests include architectural design, urbanization of island communities, influences of politics in urban planning and management. Prior to working in MNU Ghaanim has worked as a part-time associate with Technical Assistance Group (T.A.G, a design firm in the Maldives). He has also worked in the Government and with NGO’s. He has worked with German Red Cross, Ministry of Health and UNDP Maldives, in the post Tsunami rehabilitation efforts to manage the Tsunami damaged health facilities, oversee reconstruction and renovation of the housings in some of the Tsunami effected islands.  He further worked with Ministry of Environment Energy and Water as project manager in the pilot project for Renewable Energy Technology Development Application Project (RETDAP) in the Maldives.

Ibrahim Nadheem | Faculty Team


Nadheem is an Associate Lecturer at Faculty of Engineering Technology (FET) in Maldives National University. He is also the coordinator for year one students in Bachelor of Architecture program at the university. In addition he has teaching experience from Maldives Polytechnic where he teaches Architectural Communications and Design Studio for first year students at Diploma in Architecture Program. With over four years of professional experience in the design field he has worked on numerous residential and commercial projects of various scales.

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University of Sao Paulo | FAUUSP | Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism

Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves | Partner responsible and contact person 

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Joana Carla Soares Gonçalves graduated as an Architect and Urbanist from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1993. She practiced in Ana Maria Niemeyer SA, Rio de Janeiro, between 1992 and 1995. In 1997 obtained her Master´s degree in the Environment and Energy Programme of the Architectural Association Graduate School, in London. In 1998 she engaged in teaching and research in the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Sao Paulo (FAUUSP), Brazil, where she got the PhD degree in 2003 and became Associate Professor in 2014.  Since May 2015, she is Head of the Technology Department of FAUUSP. Since 2009 she has collaborated with educational and research institutions in the UK. The main job as an environmental consultancy is the environmental design of the Petrobras Research Centre, in Rio de Janeiro, in 2005. Joana is author of ‘Edificio Ambiental (Oficina de Textos, 2015), The environmental performance of tall buildings, published by Earthscan in 2010, and coordinator and coauthor of the technical report Energy Efficiency in Buildings of the Green Economy Report, published by UNEP, 2011.

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Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies 

Janike Kampevold Larsen | Partner responsible and contact person 

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Janike Kampevold Larsen is Associate Professor at the Institute of Urbanism and Landscape at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She is project leader for Future North, a research project observing and mapping changes in settlements and territories in the Arctic and Subarctic region. She is also project leader for the newly established Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies.

Janike’s research includes work on the Norwegian Tourist Routes as part of the research project Routes, Roads and Landscapes, aesthetic practices en route 1750-2015. The 2012 project Landscape Journeys invited an interdisciplinary group of researcher to perform collaborative and investigative travels on Iceland and the Kola Peninsula, investigating the journey as a method for observations of landscapes of energy and entropy.

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MEASI | Academy of Architecture

Professor Joseph N. Thomas | Partner responsible and contact person

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Joseph Thomas MEASIB.Arch,Kerala university, PG diploma, Env. planning, CEPT, Ahmedabad. Capacity building Workshop Resource person for Gujarat State Level Officers on Environment at CEE, Nehru Foundation, Ahmedabad. Visiting Faculty for Green Cities Programme for M.Arch, M.Urp, CEPT Winter School. Worked on City Plans as Group Senior Architect Planner with U.S based Wilbursmith Associates. Also worked with Eco-Sensitive and Sustainable Development Center ESDC/JCJR, Cochin, Trivandrum at Kerala. Part of Measi Academy team to win a Habitat National Prize at National Level Housing Competition for Urban Poor from The Ministry of Urban Poverty Alleviation New Delhi-UNHabitat. Commendation for, Letter of Appreciation, Madras Crafts Foundation, Adaptive Reuse-Studio.

With 16 years work experience in practice/research/teaching. Presently working as faculty in MEASI Academy of Architecture. Research area encompasses Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Green Materials and Construction. Published Refereed International Journal Papers in USA, Australia, India. Invited to speak at National Conferences on Tsunami, Green Materials and Architecture, Earthquake etc. Currently Working on Eco-projects like Schools/ Houses/Sustainable Housing/Rehabilitation Centres.

Professor S. Kesavalu | Professor and Head of Department 


UntitledHe obtained Masters in Structural Engineering from University of Madras as a senior fellow of Government of India, Ministry of Education and undergone specialized training on “Computer Aided Planning and Design” at the University of Nottingham, U.K under Colombo Plan.

He has conducted number of workshops at the national level on “Introduction of Earthquake Resistant Architecture in Architecture Curriculum”, “Green Buildings” etc. He has participated in international workshop on “Low Costing Housing”, “Modernisation of Concrete Construction” etc.

He has been teaching building materials and construction, structural systems, construction technology and management and published several papers.

His interests are in energy efficiency in the built environment, green building, project and construction management, earthquake resistant architecture.

He is currently member of Board of Studies in Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai.

Professor A. Navara | Faculty team

NavaraProfessor of Architecture and researcher. Obtained the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University in Chennai. Was awarded the Anna University Gold medal for the best master’s thesis in 1997.

Worked as a junior architect for 2yrs on various commercial & residential projects. Working in MEASI Academy of Architecture from its inception in 1999 with a teaching experience of 15yrs. Currently in-charge of the master’s program in Architecture at MEASI.

Pursuing part-time research in Anna University since 2013.

Research interests – Landscape Urbanism, Sustainable & Green building design, Architectural history and theory.

Professor Priya Sasidharan  | Faculty team



As an enthusiastic professional with a strong background in Architectural Design, Planning, Urban Design & Renewal spanning 15 years of experience in consultancy and academics the innate conviction has been the pursuit of excellence.

I have been passionately involved in teaching urban design, retrofitting, planning strategies and traditional practices both at graduate and postgraduate level. Mentoring architectural and urban design thesis works, structuring curriculum for Architectural courses, advanced studies, examiner at graduate level studios at various South Indian Universities and a consultant for large scale master planning/urban design projects has pruned my professional career on a holistic approach.

Being a recipient of the best thesis award at post graduate level in planning and a university rank holder at graduate and advanced academics in Architecture, my avid interest at research found me pursuing doctoral programme on urban identity and public realm studies at CEPT University. I have been an active member of the urban renewal project of UNDP-MATURE, later selected by ISOCARP to work on Sustainable Energy and Spatial Planning Workshop, Douro UNESCO Region, Portugal, the nuances of contemporary urban best practices has become my forte. Having presented and published several papers on sustainability, vernacular practices, smart cities at National and International forums and being a recipient of the International fellowship – Young Planning Professional, ISOCARP- 2009 has given ample exposure at working across borders and cultures.

Further to having received a post graduate diploma on Green cities for Eco efficiency at Erasmus University, Netherlands through IHS Partial fellowship, pursuing domain expertise on urban design encompassing urban issues, place making, public realm and envisioning future cities the bridge between theory and design application has become the prime mover. Collaborating the Indian experience on the International podium as in paper publications/workshop for EUSS & ISOCARP, and delving into the ethnic Indian process of urbanism at academics has given me a comprehensive and holistic standing in the profession.

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University of Westminster | fABE | Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment

Isis Nunez Ferrera | Partner responsible and contact person 

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Profile pic_Isis Nunez FerreraIsis is a Honduran architect specialising in urban planning, design and international development. She holds an MSc in Urban Design for Development from The Bartlett | Development Planning Unit at University College London and a PhD from University of Westminster as part of the international HERA funded project on Scarcity and Creativity in the Built Environment (SCIBE).

Her experience includes over eight years of practice, research and fieldwork on urban design and regeneration schemes, slum upgrading and sustainable urban development in Brazil, India, Turkey, Kenya, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras and the UK. She has collaborated with UN-Habitat, Practical Action-UK, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), University College London, government agencies and various grassroots organizations in Africa, South-east Asia and Latin America. She has taught at MSc/MArch level, developing academic curricula and designing and leading studio-based modules based on real-case scenarios. Currently lecturing at University of Westminster and previously as teaching assistant at University College London, United Kingdom.

Since 2010, she has been an Associate of Architecture Sans Frontieres – UK, working with the team coordinating and developing the Change-by-Design and Resilience-by-Design international programmes.


Rosa Schiano-Phan | Principal Lecturer and Faculty team

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Rosa SchianoPrincipal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the University of Westminster. Rosa has 15 years experience in the field of environmental design devoting most of her career to consultancy and research, working for global organisations and with international partners. She was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Architectural Association teaching in the MSc and MArch in Sustainable Environmental Design and contributing to the PhD Programme in Environment and Energy. She is co-director of Natural Cooling Limited and co-author of The Architecture & Engineering of Downdraught Cooling, published in 2010 and recipient of a commendation by the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in December 2011.

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Universiti Teknologi MARA | UiTM | Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying

Norhati Ibrahim | Partner responsible and contact person

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Assoc. Prof. Ar. Dr. Norhati currently heads the Communities of Research, Green Technology and Sustainable Development at the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as the GTSD CoRe Director. Research groups under the GTSD wing includes topical subjects that are multidisciplinary in nature that tackle pertinent sustainability issues at micro, meso and macro levels.

Dr. Ar. Norhati has been with the University since 1992 and is attached at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying. She headed the Department of Architecture from 2008-2010 and during her tenure she was instrumental in the formulation of the Master of Architecture programme, integration of sustainability components in the architectural curriculum and strategic planning for architectural education for Malaysia.

Ar. Dr. Norhati commenced her career as an architect before entering academia. Her professional practice experiences include residential and commercial design projects, overseeing projects from schematic to implementation stage. Awarded with a HRD scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology Innovation for her PhD research, Dr. Norhati completed her doctoral thesis in the area of design strategies for energy efficient building design. The research produced Design Toolkit to support Energy Efficient building design.

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University of Lapland | Faculty of Art and Design

Professor Satu Miettinen |  Partner responsible and contact person

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Miettinen_Satu_paakuvaSatu Miettinen works as a professor at the University of Lapland. For several years she has been working with service design research and authored number of books and research publications in this area. Her research interests are in the areas of service design including the areas of social and public service development, citizen engagement and digital service development. She is running several national and international service design research projects coordinated by the University of Lapland.

In addition to service design she works in the area of arctic design. Arctic Design produces solutions to the needs of extreme and marginal contexts. These solutions are scalable and applicable in other contexts as well. Arctic Design is about producing extreme wellbeing and competitive edge for circumpolar areas.

Satu Miettinen works actively in the area of social design in Namibia, South Africa and China. She is active artist and designer in the area socially engaged art. In the past she has worked as a project manager and specialist in the areas of crafts development, cultural and creative tourism in several international and European Union funded projects during the period 1997–2006. For more information visit

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Istanbul Technical University | ITU | Faculty of Architecture

Begum Sertyesilisik | Partner responsible and contact person

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Begum Sertyesilisik is an Assoc. Prof. and deputy head in the department of Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. She has worked in the construction Management division in the department of Civil Engineering at the Yildiz Technical University. She has been awarded a PhD in the field of construction contracts at the Middle East Technical University. She obtained a MSc in the field of Project Management at the Istanbul Technical University and a MBA at the Istanbul Technical University. She received a BSc in Architecture at the Istanbul Technical University. She has specialised in the areas of project management, sustainability, sustainable built environment, contract and dispute management. She is a member of the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul and of the CIB. She has written books, articles, and proceedings in the project management field. She is in the editorial board of various journals. She acts as scientific board member in international scientific conferences. She is the Latitudes point of contact at the Istanbul Technical University.

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Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano – Seccional del Caribe | Department of Architecture

Joel Samper López| Partner responsible and contact person

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