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I am a design researcher on resilient urban climates passionate about the challenge of adapting cities to new climatic conditions. After a diploma in Architecture, I had my Ph.D. on the thermal retrofitting of outdoor spaces in compact urban areas, at Porto and Cardiff Universities. My research obtained Cum Laude distinction and the European Doctorate Title. Becoming a member of the British Academy of Urbanism during my Ph.D. triggered my commitment to transdisciplinary and cross-sector research, and to creating applicable design knowledge. I took these commitments further in 2014 by co-founding at the Science and Technology Park of Porto University the studio STILL Urban Design, where I applied my Ph.D. into practice.
In 2018 I accomplished a Postdoc on the cooling effects of urban water bodies, at Wageningen University, where I am now an Assistant Professor and the Tenure Tracker on Designing Resilient Urban Climates of the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering. My research line deals with designing resilient urban climates with water. A topic fuelled by the uncertainties and possibilities around the use of water as a climate-regulating element in cities. I am focused on creating cutting-edge evidence-based design tools integrating different functions, scales, disciplines and sectors. My prime goal is to prompt action on the climate adaptation of cities by providing landscape professionals with holistic water-based solutions for climate resilience. To this end, I make full use of my experience with cooperating in international teams, with industry, forward-looking design offices, governmental bodies and Universities.