I am a design researcher who is passionate about adapting urban areas to changing climates. My research develops climate-responsive design solutions at the interface of urban outdoor spaces and buildings. Specifically, I investigate spatial solutions that leverage and create co-benefits between outdoor and indoor spaces, such as facade forms that contribute simultaneously to reducing indoor demand for cooling energy and to regulating outdoor urban microclimates. My main goal is to generate and transfer knowledge to design practitioners and decision-makers, in order to facilitate the adaptation of urban areas to current and future climate-related challenges.
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.