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Dr Giovanni Pesce

Associate Professor

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Giovanni L. Pesce (Gianluca) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering, Northumbria University Newcastle.

Giovanni obtained his Master’s degree in Architecture (focussed on the conservation of historic buildings) in 1999 at the University of Genoa (Italy), with a thesis in building archaeology supervised by Prof. Tiziano Mannoni.

After graduation, he worked as a specialist in building pathology and building archaeology at the “Institute for the History of Material Culture” of Genoa and at Ipsilon p.s.c.r.l.

In 2006 he obtained a PhD in "Materials Engineering for the Science of Construction" (University of Genoa), with a thesis on the use of meta-kaolin as hydraulic additive in new lime-based construction materials.

From 2006 to 2010 he collaborated with the Department of Sciences for Architecture of the University of Genoa on a number of projects as a specialist in material characterization, building pathology and building archaeology.

In 2010 he moved to the UK where he studied the carbonation process in new lime-based construction materials. In 2014 he obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath.

From 2013 to 2016 he worked at the University of Bath as a post-doctoral research associate on the EPSRC project: "Experimentally verified Atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials" (P.I. Dr. Richard J. Ball; C.I. Prof. Stephen Parker)

In 2016 he joined Northumbria University Newcastle as a Lecturer.

Giovanni is a member a various professional organizations such as the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and the Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE).

Giovanni Pesce

Campus Address

Northumbria University, City Campus
Room 003, Sutherland Building
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 3065

Can we develop new, more sustainable building materials based on past knowledge? Can we decode the empirical knowledge of the past, translate it into modern scientific knowledge, and use this to develop new construction materials that are more respectful of the environment?
Giovanni’s research interests are centered around the development of low- and zero-carbon construction materials inspired by the past, tailored to tomorrow’s construction industry.
Giovanni’s multidisciplinary background allows him to understand the needs of the modern construction industry and bring these inside the laboratories where the new materials are developed. His expertise in the field of material culture (developed at the Institute for the History of Material Culture of Genoa, Italy) allows him to learn from the empirical knowledge of the past, and use this to further our knowledge of the past societies and to develop innovative construction materials.
Giovanni is a leading expert in lime and is passionately interested in traditional construction materials.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Customising microstructural and mineralogical characteristics of hydrated lime using biopolymers, Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Molinari, M., Richardson, A. 6 Jan 2022, Bio-Based Building Materials, Baech, Switzerland,
  • Does the final floor height of an existing domestic building influence the fatality risk with regards a fire: A study of the London Borough of Lambeth, Kirk, M., Pesce, G. 13 Sep 2022, REHABEND 2022 - Construction Pathology, Rehabilitation Technology and Heritage Management, Cantabria, Italy, University of Cantabria - Building Technology R&D Group
  • Effects of organic additives on calcium hydroxide crystallisation during lime slaking, Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Molinari, M., Richardson, A. 1 Jan 2021, In: Cement and Concrete Research
  • Influence of Sucrose on the Morphology of Calcium Hydroxide Crystals, Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Richardson, A. 22 Apr 2021, Young Researchers' Forum V, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Towards a Better Understanding of Hot-Mixed Mortars for the Conservation of Historic Buildings: The Role of Water Temperature and Steam During Lime Slaking, Pesce, C., Godina, M., Henry, A., Pesce, G. Dec 2021, In: Heritage Science
  • Using Artificial Neural Networks to Model Bricklaying Productivity, Bokor, O., Florez Perez, L., Pesce, G., Gerami Seresht, N. 26 Jul 2021, 2021 European Conference on Computing in Construction, European Council on Computing in Construction (EC3)
  • Conserving the built heritage with nanomaterials, Pesce, G., Pesce, C. 29 Jan 2020
  • Context and Knowledge for Functional Buildings from the Industrial Revolution using Heritage Railway Signal Boxes in Great Britain as an Exemplar, Reeves, C., Dalton, R., Pesce, G. 2 Jul 2020, In: Historic Environment: Policy and Practice
  • Effect of Lignosulfonates on the Morphology of Calcium Hydroxide Crystals, Pesce, C., Pesce, G., Richardson, A. 1 Sep 2020, 40th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Paris, RILEM
  • Informazioni ottenibili da grumi e granuli bianchi contenuti nelle malte di calce storiche, Vecchiattini, R., Pesce, G. 30 Nov 2020

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Freeze-thaw and capiliarry testing of mortar samples from Hadrian's Wall mortar trial, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 30/10/17 - 28/02/18, £2,272.00
  • Laboratory tests of mortar samples for Historic England, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 15/05/17 - 14/11/17, £2,691.00
  • Research and evaluation of hot lime technology for the construction of a pinnacle at York Minster Cathedral, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), Historic England Limited, 15/12/16 - 15/09/17, £5,199.00
  • Experimentally verified atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials, Pesce, G. (Principal Investigator), Pesce, G. (Co Investigator), University of Bath, 01/09/16 - 02/12/16, £11,490.00

  • Christopher Reeves Conservation of Functional Heritage Railway Buildings as an Archetype for the Conservation of Functional Heritage Buildings Start Date: 31/10/2019 End Date: 02/03/2022
  • Orsolya Bokor Improving Labour Productivity in Construction. A Hybrid Machine Learning Approach. Start Date: 01/02/2020 End Date: 05/10/2022
  • Cecilia Pesce Tailoring lime properties to the modern construction industry. The effects of organic additives and alternative slaking methods on portlandite mineralogy Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • Helen Mulholland Start Date: 01/10/2017

  • Civil Engineering PhD June 30 2014
  • Materials Engineering PhD May 19 2006
  • Architecture MSc April 20 1999
  • Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA 2015
  • Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining MIMMM 2020
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers AMICE 2019
  • Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy FHEA 2018
  • Member of the Architects Registration Board ARB 2015

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