Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

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Alessandra is currently Assistant Professor in Facade Design and Engineering at Delft University of Technology and co-founder at Building Impulse. She is currently Visiting Scholar at CBE at UC Berkeley for three months. Her research revolves around human-building interaction, in particular on human-facade interaction to enhance human experience whilst reducing resource consumption in buildings. She is a chartered engineer in Italy and the UK. In her professional activity, she has been working in wide range of different buildings and facades, from modern flagship buildings such as “La Nuvola” (Rome) to the refurbishment of the historical buildings of the Quirinale in Rome. She has a Masters’ degree in Building Engineering and Architecture from La Sapienza University of Rome and an MPhil in Energy Technologies from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. She has also obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge by researching occupant-centered design and operation of facades. Her research was awarded with the Future Cities Fellowship at the University of Cambridge and funded by Arup, Permasteelisa and EPSRC. She collaborates with regional energy policy makers, the International Energy Agency, CIBSE and industry in linking evidence and innovation to policy and practice. Currently, Alessandra is a principal investigator or work stream leader in European projects including Smarteestory, Multicare and OpenFace.