Silvia has a background in Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science, and is particularly interested in urban comfort (the combination of human thermal comfort, sociocultural identity and lifestyle, and adaptive capacity). Her research interests also extend to urban microclimate, cultural landscapes, climate change, and post-disaster recovery. She is currently working on a project to evaluate the economic benefits of urban comfort in Cairns.  

Before starting at James Cook University, Silvia worked at Lincoln University in New Zealand, where she also undertook her PhD. She has worked as a visiting researcher at the ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) in Aachen, Germany, and in Palmas, in tropical Brazil, where she lectured at the UFT (Universidade Federal do Tocantins) for three years. She also has work experience in Rio Grande do Sul State, in the south of Brazil, where she studied for her BArch and MSc.  

  • EV2120: Design Communication (Level 2; CNS)
  • EV2301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV5120: Advanced Design Communication (Level 5; CNS)
  • EV5301: Urban Geography and Design (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV5602: Urban Design Studio (Level 5; CNS)
  • Urban comfort and its relationships with urban economy, policy, public health and climate change
  • Urban microclimate experience
  • Cultural landscapes and regional identity
  • Climate change adaptation in cities
  • Post-disaster recovery
  • 2017 to present - Lecturer in Urban Design, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2015 to 2016 - Assistant Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2015 - Teaching Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2014 - Visiting Researcher, ILS (Institut für Landes- und Stadtentwicklungsforschung gGmbH) (Aachen, Germany)
  • 2011 to 2014 - Teaching Assistant in Landscape Architecture, Lincoln University (Christchurch, New Zealand)
  • 2008 to 2011 - Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (Palmas, Brazil)
  • 2008 to 2009 - Head of Culture Department, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (Palmas, Brazil)
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - PIA Queensland Award for Planning Excellence Category: Public Engagement & Community Planning Award Project: Urban Thinkers Campus – Urban Health & Livability in Tropical Australia
  • 2018 - JCU TropEco Partnerships and Engagement Award (Highly Commended) Project: Urban Thinkers Campus – Urban Health & Livability in Tropical Australia
  • 2017 - Startup Grant - JCU
  • 2018 to 2019 - Griffith University ARC Linkage Support Scheme / Project: Embracing Integrated Urban Design for Coastal Resilience in Cairns
  • 2018 - UN-Habitat’s World Urban Campaign Urban Thinkers Campus: Urban livability in tropical Australia through urban diaries and community engagement
  • 2018 - Fulbright Specialist Program (Host Institution) / Project: Promoting urban livability in tropical Australia through urban diaries and community engagement
  • 2017 to 2018 - Blended Learning and Innovation Grant (BLING) - JCU
  • 2014 to 2015 - Research Writing Grant - Lincoln University – Faculty of Environment, Society and Design (ESD)
  • 2011 - 48 Hour Design Challenge – Gloucester Street Site Category Award Christchurch City Council, New Zealand
  • 2005 to 2006 - PROCEL Masters Scholarship (Brazil)
  • 2011 to 2014 - PhD Teacher Fellow Scholarship Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • 2004 - CAU (Council of Architecture and Urbanism) - Professional registration in Architecture and Urban Planning and Design in Brazil
  • 2017 - Referee for Cadernos do PROARQ - Brazil
  • 2017 - External referee for SINGEURB (National Symposium on Urban Engineering and Management) - Brazil

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