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I am a design researcher passionate about the challenge of adapting urban areas to a changing climate. I am committed to creating evidence-based climate-responsive urban design knowledge integrating different functions, scales, disciplines and sectors. My core research interests involve three topics: designing resilient urban climates, vegetation-based interventions, and water-based interventions. My prime goal is to prompt the adaptation of urban areas to climate change. To this end, I make use of my experience with cooperating in international teams, with industry, forward-looking design offices, governmental bodies and Universities.
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 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. research to 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 a Tenure Tracker of the DeSIRE-programme of the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering.