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I am a lecturer in Architectural Structures at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. I am currently the course organizer of the course Technology and Environment 3. TE3 expands students' structural comprehension whose principals have been introduced in the previous technology courses. 

I am also an expert in integrated structural- architectural design and my research focuses on the development of structurally-informed computer aided design tools. Since 2017, I have specifically narrowed my research on structurally-informed design of discrete assemblies. I was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship grant for the project “SiDMACIB: Structurally-informed Design of Masonry Assemblages Composed of Interlocking Blocks (MSCA-IF Grant 791235)” at the Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture (DiSt) of the University of Naples Federico II - UNINA (Italy). In this project, I developed one of the first digital frameworks to design structurally-informed and construction-aware free-form assemblages composed of interlocking and non-rigid (breakable) masonry blocks.

My main ongoing research projects is "Joint Layout Design (JLD): finding the strongest joint layout within interlocking discrete assemblies" carried out in collaboration with Dr. Antonino Iannuzzo. JLD is a novel form-finding digital tool to segment free-form structures into discrete assemblies composed of convex and concave interlocking parts corresponding to the maximum load bearing capacity.

Research Interests

1.  integrated structural- architectural design;
2. computational form-finding;
3. developing digital tools for optimal design;
4. masonry structures;
5. discrete element design;
4. structurally informed and/or construction-aware design of interlocking assemblies.

Collaborative Activity

1. Mechanics of Stone Assemblies – Department of Structural Mechanics of TU Budapest, grant number NKFI OTKA K-138642, supported by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary

PI: Prof. Katalin Bagi

My role: Optimization and discrete element simulations of masonry vaults, particularly on the effect of interlocking joints between the voussoirs

 

2. Artificial Intelligence to assess the structural/seismic DAmage to historic heritage in BIM environment (AIDaBIM) – University of Naples Federico II – Italian PRIN 2022 PNRR – Grant P20225NAMF

PI: Prof. Claudia Casapulla

My role: Developing AI models for crack classification in masonry churches

 

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