Elisa Palazzo

Dr Elisa Palazzo

Senior Lecturer

School of Architecture and Built Environment

Faculty of the Professions


Elisa is an Architect/Urbanist and Landscape Architect with a PhD in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning.
She is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture and the Director of the Urban Ecosystem-design Lab at the University of Adelaide.

Contract Professor at the Universities of Florence and Pisa, Italy (2006/2010), she has been Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R.C. (2012/2013), until she moved to Adelaide. As UNDP/UNESCO International Consultant she has been the Scientific Coordinator of the Bethlehem Area and Conservation Management Plan in the occupied Palestinian territories, from 2007 to 2010. Elisa is the co-founder of studiostudio architettiurbanisti, a Swiss-Italian architecture and planning office, and in the role of Principal Architect she was involved in several architectural, urban design and landscape projects, in Europe, Middle East and P.R.C.

Elisa is the Director of the Urban Ecosystem-design Lab. Her research interests include:

Adaptive Urban Design. Climate and Water sensitive cities and landscapes. Design for flooding; Landscape and Urban Design for urban regeneration and local economic development. Urban ecosystem design. Sustainable mobility corridors and green infrastructures. Sub-urban landscapes and peri-urban agriculture. Urban farming, working cultural landscapes.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Senior Lecturer School of Architecture & Built Environment, University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2013 Visiting Professor and Research Scholar School of Architecture of Tsinghua University
    2011 - 2012 Chief Architect and Planner Turenscape Design Institute
    2009 - 2010 Visiting Professor International School “CampusLucca”, University of Pisa and Pavia
    2007 - 2010 UNDP/UNESCO International Consultant and Scientific Coordinator UNESCO Ramallah Office
    2006 - 2010 Contract Professor Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence
    1997 Co-founder and Principal Architect studiostudio architettiurbanisti
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Teaching Award Executive Dean's Award for excellence in teaching 2017 University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions
    2014 Achievement Associate Professor level within the sector Urban Design and Regional Planning (08/F1), Italian National Scientific Qualification
    2014 Achievement Associate Professor level within the sector Architectural Design (08/D1), Italian National Scientific Qualification
    2014 Award Second Prize - Architecture and the city - Innovation and urban quality Award, Ferrara Italy
    2014 Award Winner - Urban spaces and landscape - Florence Territory Architectural Award Italy
    2013 Distinction 20 best social housing projects realized in Europe - Ugo Rivolta European Architecture Award
    2013 Award Winner - Design for all - Innovation and urban quality Award, Ferrara Italy
    2011 Award Participatory design of public space Award, Historic Town section - 1st Urban Public Space Biennial, INU Rome Italy
    2010 Award Tuscany Eco-efficiency Award - Tuscany Region, Italy
    2007 Award Winner - Naturalistic and sensory paths inside a WWF Park - Design competition. Municipality of Anversa degli Abruzzi, Italy
    2004 Award Winner - River Arno Park - Design competition. Municipality of San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy
    2003 Award Winner - Pedestrian safe ways for children in the historic core of Florence - Design competition. Municipality of Florence, Italy
    2002 Award Finalist - Rehabilitation of the FIAT Belfiore Area in Florence - International restricted design competition. Municipality of Florence, Italy
    2002 Award Honourable mention - Michelangiolo Camping Ground rearrangement - Ideas competition. Municipality of Florence, Italy
    2001 Achievement Finalist - Social housing in Masiano - Design competition. Municipality of Pistoia, Italy
    2001 Achievement Finalist - Social housing in Masiano - Design competition, Municipality of Pistoia, Italy
    2001 Award Second prize - The Third Door at the Parterre - International design competition, Municipality of Florence, Italy
    2001 Achievement Shortlisted - In between cities - architectural dynamics and new urbanity - Europan 6 international competition
    2000 Achievement Finalist - Squares and public spaces landscape design - International restricted design competition, Municipality of Zollikon, Switzerland
    1999 Award Winner - Peter Joseph Lenné Award - International landscape design award, Land Berlin, Germany
    1999 Award Winner - New housing landscape, Travel and proximity - Europan 5 international competition
    1998 Award Winner - Social housing for young families - Design competition, Prato Public Housing Department, Italy
    1997 Award Winner - Urban Park and facilities refurbishment - Design competition, Municipality of Soleto, Italy
    1996 Award Winner - Constructing the town upon the town - Europan 4 international competition
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read, speak and understand spoken
    Italian Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Portuguese Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Spanish; Castilian Can read and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2003 - 2006 Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence Italy PhD in Urban Design, Regional and Environmental Planning
    1994 Faculty of Architecture, University of Florence Italy Master of Science in Architecture
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2007 - 2008 Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of Florence, Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning Department Italy
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2015 Registered Member Australian Institute of Landscape Architects AILA Australia
    2014 Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Planning Italian National Scientific Qualification Italy
    2014 Associate Professor in Architectural and Urban Des Italian National Scientific Qualification Italy
    1996 Registered Member Architects and Planners Association, Florence Italy Italy
  • Research Interests

2017

Co-Chief Investigator – Urban Place Making and Tactical Urbanism

Funded by Myer Foundation ($940K)

 

2017 - Urban Landscapes Regeneration in Northern Adelaide

Funded by South Australia Department of State Development ($16.5K)

 

2016

Co-Chief Investigator – Water sensitive cities: Holistic applications of Stormwater Management.

Funded by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Research University Grant (GUP), Kuala Lumpur (MYR10K)

 

2016

Co-Chief Investigator – Study for setting up a research centre on Urban Design and Cities.

Funded by University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Cluster Evolution Support Fund ($10K).

 

2016

Chief Investigator and Course coordinator – Interdisciplinary Joint Urban Design studio

Funded by Academic Consortium 21 (AC21), Special Project Fund 2016 and Beacon Global Learning Experience, University of Adelaide (US$10K+ $5K).

 

2016

Chief Investigator – Grant to foster relationship with ENSA Strasbourg

Funded by University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Priority Partners Institution Grant ($10K)

 

2016

Chief Investigator and Course coordinator – Port Augusta Urban Design studio

Funded by Indigenous Course Enrichment Fund of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President of the University of Adelaide ($4K).

 

2015/2016

Co-Chief Investigator - Evaluation of bio-cultural diversity across an agrarian landscape: the example of the McLaren Vale, South Australia.

Project co-funded by South Australia Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), Faculty of Professions University of Adelaide, Council of Onkaparinga and McLaren Vale Grape and Wine Tourism Association (Cat.2 $50K).

 

2015/2016

Co-Chief Investigator - Public space, social complexity and sustainable urban regeneration in Port Augusta.

Funded by University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Interdisciplinary Research Fund ($21K).

 

2015

Chief Investigator - Study for setting up the Urban Ecosystem-Design Lab.

Funded by University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Cluster Evolution Support Fund ($12K).

 

2015

Chief Investigator and Course coordinator – Port Augusta Urban Design studio

Funded by Indigenous Course Enrichment Fund of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President of the University of Adelaide ($2.8K)

 

2014/2015

Chief Investigator – Grant to foster relationship with IPB Agriculture University Bogor, Indonesia

Funded by University of Adelaide, Faculty of Professions, Priority Partners Institution Grant ($10K)

Course coordinator of:

2016/2018 - Interdisciplinary Joint Urban Design Studio (IJUD) in Strasbourg, France – Master of Landscape Architecture and Architecture. In cooperation with ENSA Strasbourg and CAUP Tongji (Shanghai) and with the support of Port Adelaide Council and Renewal SA, SA Government. Topic: “Sharing Economy, Urban Mobility, Inner Harbors

2015/2017 – Urban Design studio in Port Augusta, SA – Master of Landscape Architecture and Architecture.With the support of Council of Port Augusta. Topic: “Cultural diversity, public space and urban regeneration

2014/2017 - Design Studio VI – Landscape Architecture, Undergraduate Program. Topic: “Landscapes of Transition

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 Co-Supervisor Managing Flood Risks: Exploring Dynamics Between Green and Grey Infrastructure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alhassan Ibrahim
    2015 Co-Supervisor Understanding The Role of Green Cities in Building Climate Resilient Cities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Larbi
    2015 Co-Supervisor Bushfires Biodiversity Conservation and Demographic Change: The risk of conflicting policy goals in Forested Peri-urban regions with Australia and France Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Annette Margarete Bardsley
    2015 Co-Supervisor Sustainable Regeneration of Brownfield Sites: an Investigation into Iranian and Australian Cases Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Armin Mehdipour
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2014 - ongoing Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage bid Advisory board
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Member Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
    1996 - ongoing Member OAPPC (Architects, Urban Planners and Landscape Architects Association) of Florence Italy
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2016 - 2016 Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid Consortium
    2007 - 2010 UNDP/UNESCO
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2009 - 2014 Consulting Editor EdA – Esempi di Architettura - ISSN 2035-7982
    2003 - 2006 Editor Macramè, trame e ritagli dell’urbanistica - ISSN 1971-6249
  • Industry Partnerships

    Date Engagement Type Partner Name
    2017 - ongoing Consultant Department of State Development SA
    2014 - ongoing Consultant Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid Consortium
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Director of the Urban Ecosystem design Lab
    2011 - 2012 Chief Architect at Turenscape - Beijing
    1997 - ongoing Principal Architect - Studiostudio Architects and Urban Planners in Florence, Italy
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135512
  • Email: elisa.palazzo@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4377
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Horace Lamb, floor 4
  • Room: 4 66
  • Org Unit: School of Architecture & Built Environment

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