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Dr Nadia Bertolino

Assistant Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Nadia is an architectural theorist, researcher and educator concerned with ethical practices in response to socio-spatial inequalities and environmental emergency. 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 was Director of 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 and addressed keynote talks at different institutions. Nadia's research has been widely published at national and international levels, through journal articles, monographs and book chapters, and disseminated through conferences, exhibitions and community engagement events.

At Northumbria, Nadia leads the Undergraduate module ‘Theory of Architecture 2’, introducing students to radical theories in the contemporary architectural debate, and the Postgraduate module ‘Architectural Research Methods’, fostering students' ability to design and develop research and to critically draw connections across different fields of knowledge. She also teaches studio-based modules and supervises postgraduate students’ dissertations.

In the department, Nadia leads the Architectural Theory strand and she is Athena SWAN co-lead for Architecture. At the university level, she is an active member of the Curriculum Working Group as part of the ‘Decolonising Northumbria Network’.

In delivering teaching and supporting learning, Nadia is committed to educational practices that are inclusive, progressive and socially and environmentally just; consistently with this personal trajectory, she has more recently engaged with feminist pedagogies and issues around decolonising architectural education.

Nadia Bertolino

Campus Address

Ellison Building
Newcastle City Campus

  • 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”: Domestic Experiences in Basil Spence’s Claremont Court, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N. 1 Nov 2020, 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, Cities, Communities and Homes: Is the Urban Future Livable?
  • 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, A Panel on Inter and Transdisciplinary Relationships in Architecture
  • 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, ICATCP 2017: 19th International Conference on Architectural Theory and Construction Processes
  • Claremont Court Housing Scheme: a post-occupancy evaluation of Modernist dwellings supporting current spatial practices, Costa Santos, S., Bertolino, N. 3 Jun 2017, Architectonics 2017

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Micro Civic Institutions of Care 2022
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Agency and Entanglement 2022
  • Invited talk: The Space of the Commons Strategies and Actions for Community Empowerment 2022
  • 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

Ziana Namboori Madathil Learning from ‘intentional communities’: alternative pathways to spatial production in the face of the climate emergency Start Date: 01/10/2022

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

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