Written by

Alessandro Melis

Principal Lecturer in Sustainable Cities at University of Portsmouth

I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016. My specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the fields of climate sensitive design, sustainable strategies for urban mutations, environmental policies, radical theories and criticism, resilience, and sustainable conservation. Previously, at the University of Auckland, I was the head of the technology area and director of the Postgraduate engagement (School of Architecture and Planning). I have been a guest professor in Austria (die Angewandte Vienna) and Germany (Anhalt University Dessau). I hold a PhD in Architecture Design (University of Florence). I have been honorary fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and a keynote speaker at the China Academy of Art, at the MoMA New York and at the Venice Biennale. I have written books and articles published in Europe, New Zealand and USA. In 1996 I founded Heliopolis 21, an architecture and urban design firm based in Italy and Germany (Berlin). H21 received several awards and carried out design projects in partnership with world class architects such as Coop Himmelblau, Greg Lynn Form, Diener & Diener, and Asymptote. My projects have been widely published in international magazines including GA Documents.