I am an architect/urban designer, researcher and educator. I joined the University of Westminster in July 2019 as a Research Fellow on the HERA funded project ‘Festivals, Events and Inclusive Public Spaces in Europe’.
Previously I held a lectureship at Sheffield Hallam University and taught at the University of Sheffield. Since 2004 I have worked in different types of architecture practices and international organisations (United Nations Development Programme/UNDP, Shelter Centre, Architecture & Développement). I have also been involved in initiating projects with local groups and communities. For example, in Sheffield I was part of an alternative development agency (SKINN) as well as an experimental urban practice (Sheffield Dream City).
Currently I am an Associate of Architecture Sans Frontières-UK (ASF-UK), a non-profit organisation that works on the intersection between architecture and community development. Also, I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
I hold degrees from the University of Sheffield (PhD Landscape and Urban Design), University of Westminster (PgDip Urban Design) and University of Novi Sad (M.Arch).
I have extensive teaching experience across undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have led modules on the history and theory of architecture and urban design, and research methods and tools. I have also led design studios and have supervised masters dissertations.
As part of ASF-UK, I contribute to the independent learning programme Challenging Practice which provides RIBA accredited continuous professional development courses seeking to enable built environment professionals to engage reflexively and ethically with the challenges of socially-engaged architecture/urban practice.
My research is broadly focused on urban challenges and is inherently interdisciplinary and boundary-crossing. The main themes of my research could be defined as urban inclusion and diversity (particularly in relation to public space) and socially-engaged design practice and education.
My doctoral thesis 'Everyday public spaces in an ethnically diverse neighbourhood: contextualised convivialities and boundary-crossing urban design' focused on exploring intercultural sociability in everyday public spaces through interdisciplinary socio-spatial enquiry.
Part of my research work is also related to an on-going initiative, Cities, Languages & Autonomies, which I co-founded with Professor Terry Lamb (University of Westminster). It explores the intersections between urban spaces and interlingualism and involves reconceptualising autonomy as a collective and activist construct.
Recently I have been involved in the DESINC Erasmus+ project looking into practices and pedagogies for designing inclusion. This is a collaboration between three schools of architecture (University of Sheffield, Milan Polytechnic and KU Leuven) and two international organisations (Housing Europe and ASF International).