Our President

April 14, 2013
By City Space Architecture
Luisa 

Luisa Bravo

Founding Member and President

Executive Director of International programs


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Luisa Bravo is Adjunct Professor in Urban Planning and Design at University of Florence (Italy) and Adjunct Associate Professor in Architecture at Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia).

She holds a MSc five-year degree in Architectural Engineering (2001), with a thesis in Urban Planning and Design - mark 100/100 - and a Ph.D. in Building and Territorial Engineering (2008), from University of Bologna, Department of Architecturewith a thesis on Contemporary Urbanism entitled “From city to house, from house to city: the fickle search of a plan for the urban well-being”.
She received her education also in France (1996), at CEPIA - Centre d’Etudes sur le patrimonie et l’Italianitè en Architecture, supported by Conseil General de la Loire Atlantique - Direction du Development educatif, culturel et des transports, and in UK (1997), at the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecturewithin the Urban Design Task Force in Lebanon (Beirut, Sidon). 

Since 2002 she has been enrolled in the Professional Register of Engineers in Italy. After four years (2001-2005) of professional practice at “Studio Enarco” (Bologna, Italy), as a Project Manager for new public buildings and infrastructures, in 2005 she founded her own Architectural Engineering professional studio “BravoDesign” in Bologna, where she currently works.

Since 2003 she has collaborated in research programs in Italy promoted by the Institute of Artistic, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Emilia-Romagna Region, by MIBAC – Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Environmental Conservation, both for the Regional Department in Emilia-Romagna and for the Main Office in Rome (PaBAACex PARC), and by the Department of Architecture and Territorial Planning, University of Bologna.
Research fellow in 2008 for a National Research Program funded by the Italian Ministry of University, Research and Education, in 2009 she has been appointed as a Postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture, University of Bologna (2009-2014). 

Lecturer in Urban Design at University of Bologna (Italy, 2011), Visiting Scholar at IURD - Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California Berkeley (USA, 2012), Visiting Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design (Australia, 2013), Visiting Guest at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Architecture (Hong Kong, 2014), Adjunct Professor in Architecture and Landscape at University of Parma (Italy, 2014-15), Adjunct Professor in Urban Planning and Design at University of Florence, Department of Architecture (Italy 2013-present),Visiting Assistant Professor at Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design (Lebanon, 2015), Adjunct Associate Professor at Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design (Australia, 2016-present), Luisa has been researching, teaching and lecturing in several Universities, in Italy, UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Lebanon, USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Australia. 

Over the past years, Luisa attended as a speaker international conferences and seminars, she organized and curated exhibitions and conferences in Italy and abroad, working in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams.  She extensively published contributions and essays in peer-reviewed journals and books, she served as reviewer for international conferences, journals, and doctoral dissertations, advisor and co-supervisor for Master thesis, she was the recipient of successful grants and awards, she was also involved as a professional in urban planning activities for Italian Municipalities.

In 2013 Luisa founded "City Space Architecture", a non-profit cultural association based in Bologna (Italy), aimed to create an international network discussing about architecture, public space, cities and urbanity. More than one hundred scholars already joined City Space Architecture, from leading Universities, together with professionals, public administrators, city managers, artists and designers, photographers and film-makers, thus establishing a real network of cultural exchange and international knowledge. Luisa was the Chair of the first "Past Present and Future of Public Space. International Conference on Art, Architecture and Urban Design", held in Bologna (Italy), on June 25-27, 2014, and she is currently coordinating “MaPS. Mastering Public Space”, a collaborative research network on cities and urbanity, "Pop-up City", a photography research project on instant urbanity and "Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City", a cinematography competition for short films, a section of the Italian Festival "Visioni Italiane", promoted by Cineteca di Bologna. All these projects are supported by City Space Architecture.
Luisa is Founding Editor of 'The Journal of Public Space', the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space, as a joint research project developed by City Space Architecture and the Queensland University of Technology in partnership with UN Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The Journal was launched at the Habitat III conference, the United Nations conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, that took place in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016, during a talk at the Urban Library, on October 19. At Habitat III Luisa also coordinated the networking event 'Stand up for Public Space!', on October 17, a new global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of public space in our cities, promoted by City Space Architecture in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology, based in Australia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, based in Hong Kong, the University of Auckland, based in New Zealand, and LASE+CityUrb based in Ecuador.
After being selected and invited to attend the 26th UN-Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi (May 2017) and the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York (September 2017), Luisa will also be engaged in multiple events at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur (February 2018), for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Quito.

Luisa is part of the United Nations Global Urban Observatory, Expert Group on public space.

Luisa’s lecture ‘Stand up for Public Space!’ has been included in the UN Habitat Global Urban Lectures series (season 4 - 2017), one of the UN-Habitat’s most publicly shared online outreach initiatives. 
Over the past ten years, Luisa attended as a speaker international conferences and seminars, she organized and curated exhibitions and conferences in Italy and abroad, working in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams.  She extensively published contributions and essays in peer-reviewed journals and books, she served as reviewer for international conferences, journals, and doctoral dissertations, advisor and co-supervisor for Master thesis, she was also involved as a professional in urban planning activities for Italian Municipalities.

Luisa presented her research work in several leading academic conferences, such as (most relevant): the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (UK), the International Planning History Society (IPHS), the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU), the International Seminar on Urban Form (ISUF), the European symposium on Research in Architecture and Urban Design (EURAU), the Italian Institute of Urbanism (INU) Annual Congress, the Biennial of Public Space (BiSP) in Rome, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, the Italian Society of Urbanists (SIU) and the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting.

So far, Luisa Bravo has attracted more than $200.000 in research funding, through fellowships, grants, awards and contributions from Universities and international institutions. Luisa is the recipient of the 2018 Australia Award Endeavour Executive Fellowship for a joint research project of City Space Architecture and the Queensland University of Technology on public space, social entrepreneurship and smart communities, to be developed on March-June 2018 in Australia. 

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