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I am a design researcher passionate about the challenge of adapting urban areas to a changing climate. I am currently engaged in developing solutions for resilient urban climates resulting from the interplay between outdoor and indoor spaces, for different latitudes and urban settlements. Next to this, my research interests cover the topics of urban resilience, cross-sector communication and research through design. My prime goal is to prompt the adaptation of urban areas to climate change by creating and transferring applicable design knowledge.
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 a tenured Assistant Professor at the Landscape Architecture Group. In parallel, my research is framed by the Designing Systems for Informed Resilience Engineering (DeSIRE) programme of the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering.