I am a design researcher passionate about the challenge of adapting urban areas to a changing climate. My research deals with designing resilient urban climates as the interplay between landscape architecture and architecture. I am mainly interested in developing combinations of spatial components from urban open spaces and buildings that positively affect the energy flows between one and the other. Next to this, I am engaged in research on the communication of climate-responsive design, urban resilience and research through design. My prime goal is to prompt the adaptation of urban areas to climate change. To this end, I cooperate in international transdisciplinary 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 (tenured) Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Group, and a Tenure Tracker of the Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering (DeSIRE) programme of the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering.