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 Camilla Pezzica

Camilla Pezzica

Research Assistant

+44 (0)29 2087 5947
T0.7, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB


Camilla is an environmental designer working in interdisciplinary research projects with a focus on sustainable development and disaster risk reduction, housing and urbanisation, urban transformation, urbanism and public space. Her interests are in evidence-based and human-centred decision-making in urban planning and development, urban and architectural design. She has expertise in multi-scale urban modelling and analysis, in digital design methods and in the study of human-space interaction.


  • Research Assistant in the AHRC funded project "Eco-Hammam: Engaging key stakeholders with bespoke low-carbon technologies for lighting, heating and water recycling to sustain a Moroccan heritage"
  • Research Assistant in the AHRC funded project "Shelf-Life; Re-imagining the future of Carnegie Public Libraries"
  • PhD project "Temporary Housing and Transitional Urbanism: planning for sustainable post-disaster recovery under uncertainty" developed collaboratively between Cardiff University and the University of Pisa.
  • Undergraduate teaching and Msc supervision


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Civil and environmental engineer in Italy
  • Member of ISIPM Project Management Association


Camilla joined the WSA as a Research Assistant in May 2017, where she works in the interdisciplinary area of urban development planning and design decision-making. She holds a MSc Degree in Architecture and Construction Engineering from the University of Pisa and is a EU licensed Civil and Environmental Engineer. She benefitted from an international influence in her education, experiencing the environment of Alvar Aalto University, ETH, ILEK and the Architectural Association. To develop part of her initial research, prior to Cardiff she worked as a research intern at the ISTAR-Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center of the University Institute of Lisbon. After graduation she worked in an international Architecture firm and maintained a close relationship with the Academy. 







Currently teching in:

  • BSc Architectural Technology 1 and 2
  • BSc Architectural Design 1 and 3
  • BSc Photogrammetry laboratory, ENAM

Past teaching included:

  • BSc Town Planning 3, Site planning, design and development, University of Pisa
  • BSc Vertical Studio "Time matters: Temporality and transitions in housing"
  • MArch adavanced 3D modelling and photogrammetry laboratory
  • BSc Design Principles and Methods 1 and 2
  • BSc Architectural Technology 2 and 3 
  • BSc Architectural Design 1
  • Year 1 field study trip
  • Year 1 portfolio review 
  • Supervision of MSc dissertation "From temporariness to permanence. The case of Borgo di Arquata after the 2016 Central Italy Earthquake", Chiara Chioni, University of Pisa

Research interests

  • Sustainable urban development planning and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Planning and design decision-making
  • Housing, urbanism and public space
  • Urban transformation and morphology
  • Digital methods in design and planning
  • Heritage conservation

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