I am an urban designer with a background in architecture, urbanism, and building and city science (affiliate member of PIA and registered architect and urbanist in Brazil). I am interested in the production of high-quality well-designed public spaces which enhance the quality of life of the people using them. My research focuses on providing evidence to produce public open spaces that are thermally comfortable and economically effective, while promoting the good health of users and the natural environments that surround them. My main focus is, therefore, urban thermal comfort, urban microclimates, the relationship between urban economy and urban microclimates, the relationship between urban microclimates and people’s health, and the impacts of climate change on them all. Whenever possible, I work with industry, stakeholders and citizens to understand where my research can provide useful evidence for contemporary pressing issues.

I have extensive teaching experience both in studio-based and theory-based subjects in architecture, urban planning, urban design, building and city science and landscape architecture. I am interested in exploring new technologies for effective and efficient teaching and learning of design methods and techniques. I also strive to encourage students’ critical thinking and support them in developing as future professionals.

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

Current projects:

Higher Degree by Reseach (PhD, Masters and Honours):

If you are interested in studing a topic related to any of the above listed projects or topics listed below in my research interests, please contact me or the Graduate Research School.

Example of work featured in media outlets:

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  • EV5602: Urban Design Studio (Level 5; CNS)
  • Engaging with industry and city stakeholders, particularly in consulting and advisory roles related to urban planning and design where I can use my research as evidence to help understand and solve pressing contemporary and local urban issues
  • Urban thermal comfort
  • Urban microclimates
  • The relationship between urban economy and urban microclimates
  • The relationship between urban microclimates and people’s health
  • The impacts of climate change on all the above
  • Post-disaster recovery
  • Urban Design studio (in multiple scales)
  • Urban Design and Planning history and theory
  • Architecture design studio
  • Architecture history and theory
  • Landscape Architecture design studio
  • Landscape Architecture history and theory
  • Building and city science
  • Urban and landscape infrastructure
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
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
  • 2018 - PIA (Planning Institute of Australia) - Affiliate (Academic) Member
  • 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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Advisory Accreditation: I can be on your Advisory Panel as a Secondary Advisor.

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Rise and Demise of the Mining Community in Australia: A Socio-cultural and Economic Investigation. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Climate-Resilient Economic Development through Community Empowerment and Sustainable City Planning (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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