Beatrice is an urban designer and researcher, an Associate of ASF-UK, and a Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, where she leads the MA in Urban Design.
Beatrice completed her architectural studies at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, including a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism developed in collaboration with the University of Leuven (2011). She has worked with NGOs, local governments, and higher education institutions in a range of contexts internationally, recently focusing on urban areas in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK. Beatrice’s research and teaching concern questions of uneven geographical & urban development through design thinking and practice, with a focus on issues of equality, diversity, and participation in cities. Her current work develops through participatory action methods and examines the self-organised tactics enacted by citizens to re-appropriate urban space, and their capacity to produce transformative meanings, spaces and social relations vis-à-vis dominant urban narratives and planned interventions. She addresses some of these questions through her engagement with ASF-UK, where she contributes to the programmes Change by Design and Challenging Practice.