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Dr Giovanni Pesce

Senior Lecturer

Department: Architecture and Built Environment

Giovanni -PesceGiovanni obtained a master’s degree in Architecture in 1999 at the University of Genoa (Italy), discussing a thesis in building archaeology under the supervision of Prof. Tiziano Mannoni (final mark: 110/110).

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), discussing 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 American Chemical Society (ACS), the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Open Archaeometry Journal (Page Press Editor) as a section editor and specialist for material sciences and architecture, and acts as a reviewer for other journals such as Radiocarbon.

Campus Address

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

0191 227 3065


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

Key Publications

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  • Analysis of Mortar Samples from the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus at Umm as-Surab (Jordan), Gilento, P., Pesce, C., Pesce, G. 15 Apr 2019, Proceedings of the 5th Historic Mortar Conference
  • 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. 20 Nov 2019, In: Historic Environment: Policy and Practice
  • Determination of Initial and Final Set of Ternary Mortars and Compressive Strength with Regard to Temperature Variation, Richardson, A., Dawson, S., Pesce, G. 15 Feb 2019, In: Journal of Civil Engineering and Construction
  • Effectiveness and Compatibility of a Novel Sustainable Method for Stone Consolidation Based on Di-Ammonium Phosphate and Calcium-Based Nanomaterials, Pesce, C., Moretto, L., Orsega, E., Pesce, G., Corradi, M., Weber, J. 18 Sep 2019, In: Materials
  • Effectiveness of Nanolime as a Stone Consolidant, Tzavellos, S., Pesce, G., Wu, Y., Henry, A., Robson, S., Ball, R. 22 Aug 2019, In: Materials
  • Radiocarbon dating of lime lumps, Pesce, G. 29 Apr 2019, In: Archeologia dell'Architettura
  • Repair of Block Masonry Panels with CFRP Sheets, Corradi, M., Castori, G., Sisti, R., Borri, A., Pesce, G. 25 Jul 2019, In: Materials

Current and Recent Projects

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  • Freeze-thaw and capiliarry testing of mortar samples from Hadrian's Wall mortar trial, Pesce, G., Historic England Limited, 30/10/17 - 28/02/18, £2,272.00
  • Laboratory tests of mortar samples for Historic England, Pesce, G., 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., Historic England Limited, 15/12/16 - 15/09/17, £5,199.00
  • Experimentally verified atomistic modelling of lime in construction materials, Pesce, G., University of Bath, 01/09/16 - 02/12/16, £11,490.00

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Giovanni L. Pesce (Gianluca) is a Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Northumbria University Newcastle and Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Bath University.

He is interested in all physical, chemical and mechanical characteristics of new and traditional construction materials.

His 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.

Gianluca has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Genoa (Italy, 1990-1999), a PhD in “Materials Engineering for the Sciences of Construction” from the same University (2002-2006), and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath (UK; 2010-2014). Post-doctoral work has been taken at the University of Bath (2013-2016).

PGR Supervision

  • Orsolya Bokor Start: 01/02/2020
  • Christopher Reeves Start: 31/10/2019
  • Cecilia Pesce Start: 01/10/2018
  • Helen Mulholland Start: 01/10/2017


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