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Nadia is an architectural theorist, researcher and educator concerned with ethical practices in response to socio-spatial inequalities and environmental emergency. Her approach to "space" as an ever changing, often unbalanced system of social changes, political negotiations and architectural propositions is positioned at the cross-boundary between architecture and the social sciences.

Nadia first joined Northumbria University in 2016 as Research Fellow, working on the project “Place and belonging” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to that, she held positions at the University of Sheffield, where she was Director of the Master in Architectural Design, University of Pavia and Polytechnic of Milan.

Nadia has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Pavia, Italy. She has been guest lecturer and studio reviewer at a number of international schools and addressed keynote talks at different institutions. Nadia's research has been widely published at national and international levels, through journal articles, monographs and book chapters, and disseminated through conferences, exhibitions and community engagement events.

At Northumbria, Nadia leads the Undergraduate module ‘Theory of Architecture 2’, introducing students to radical theories in the contemporary architectural debate, and the Postgraduate module ‘Architectural Research Methods’, fostering students' ability to design and develop research and to critically draw connections across different fields of knowledge. She also teaches studio-based modules and supervises postgraduate students’ dissertations.

In the department, Nadia leads the Architectural Theory strand and she is Athena SWAN co-lead for Architecture. At the university level, she is an active member of the Curriculum Working Group as part of the ‘Decolonising Northumbria Network’.

In delivering teaching and supporting learning, Nadia is committed to educational practices that are inclusive, progressive and socially and environmentally just; consistently with this personal trajectory, she has more recently engaged with feminist pedagogies and issues around decolonising architectural education.

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, MSc

Architecture, PhD


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