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Dr Nadia Bertolino

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Nadia is a Registered Architect, architectural theorist and researcher in inclusive spatial practices, urban commoning and processes of community empowerment. Her approach to "space" as an ever changing, often unbalanced system of social changes, political negotiations and architectural propositions is positioned at the cross-boundary between architecture and the social sciences. 

Nadia first joined Northumbria University in 2016 as Research Fellow, working on the project “Place and belonging” funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to that, she held positions at the University of Sheffield, where she led the Master in Architectural Design, University of Pavia and Polytechnic of Milan.

Nadia has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Pavia, Italy. She has been guest lecturer and studio reviewer at a number of international schools including Oslo School of Architecture, Tongji University, University of Seville, Polytechnic University of Catalonia and University of Padua. She addressed keynote talks at different instutions including at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Lisbon, the School of Architecture at Harbin Institute of Technology, and the College of Architecture at the Indian Education Society in Mumbai.

Nadia's research has been widely published at international level, through journal articles, monographs and book chapters, and disseminated through conferences and exhibitions. Recently, her works have been exhibited at 5th and 6th Shenzhen and Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism (2014 and 2016) and Huddersfield Art Gallery (2016). 

Nadia Bertolino

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Newcastle City Campus


  • Architecture MSc
  • Architecture PhD
  • Registered Architect Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Home and Community: Lessons from a Modernist Housing Scheme, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N., Hicks, S., Lewis, C., May, V. 24 Apr 2018
  • Negotiating the Modern Cross-Class “Model Home”, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N. 29 May 2018, In: Space and Culture
  • Spatial practices, commoning and the peer production of culture: Struggles and asprirations of grassroots groups in Eastern Milan, Bertolino, N., Delsante, I. 1 Jan 2018, In: Journal of Peer Production
  • Researching the home using architectural and social science methods, Lewis, C., May, V., Hicks, S., Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N. 2018, In: Methodological Innovations
  • Urban spaces’ commoning and its impact on planning : a case study of the former slaughterhouse exchange building in Milan, Delsante, I., Bertolino, N. 6 Jun 2017, In: Der öffentliche Sektor - The Public Sector
  • Testing the theory of ‘planned communities’: an exploration of the link between community design and everyday life through a participatory approach, Bertolino, N., Costa Santos, S. Jun 2017
  • Towards a definition of ‘place’. Cross-disciplinary methodology for interpolating architectural and sociological data in Claremont Court, Edinburgh, Bertolino, N., Costa Santos, S. 1 Jul 2017
  • Consciously uncontrolled: a psychogeographic approach to urban mapping, Bertolino, N., Delsante, I., Haddadian, S. 1 Nov 2016, Mapping urban changes, Zagreb, Croatia, Institut za povijest umjetnosti - Institute of Art History
  • Place-making theory behind Claremont Court, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N., Hicks, S., Lewis, C., May, V. 13 Jan 2017
  • Claremont Court Housing Scheme: a post-occupancy evaluation of Modernist dwellings supporting current spatial practices, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N. 3 Jun 2017

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Invited talk: Place, belonging, atmosphere: an interdisciplinary dialogue 2017
  • Invited talk: Rural community regeneration in China 2017
  • Invited talk: Relational art, space and the poetics of occupation 2016
  • Invited talk: Occupy, transform, make. Spatial regeneration through the creative industry 2015

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