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Dr Danilo Di Mascio is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, researcher and registered architect. He joined the School of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield in September 2017. Before that, he was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Northumbria University (Department of Architecture and Built Environment) and Research Associate at Open Lab, Newcastle University, where he worked on a multidisciplinary research project funded by the EPSRC.

Danilo has been actively involved in academic activities, including conference presentations, organisation of workshops, research projects, design critiques and guest lectures, in over twenty countries worldwide.

Danilo’s PhD was awarded by the School of Advanced Studies, Faculty of Architecture, G. d’Annunzio University (Chieti-Pescara, Italy), with a Doctor Europaeus Award in 2012 (fulfilling the four requirements established in 1992 by EUA, the European University Association). He has experience in architectural practice in both Italy and England.

Danilo’s academic research focuses on relationships between architecture, urban design and narrative, considering multiple connections in terms of design, analysis, representation and sustainability, as well as relationships between architecture, art, culture, creativity, health and nature. His work also explores connections between architectural and digital heritage, including analysis, interpretation, representation and participatory activities, and investigates relationships between architecture and video games (theories, technologies and design of virtual environments). Further areas of research include culture-led regeneration projects, representational techniques and architectural education.

Danilo teaches modules related to Design Studio, representation/communication and theory, as well as supervising dissertations at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also been involved in design critiques in academic institutions in Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the United States.

Before, during and since his PhD, Danilo has undertaken several research projects related to the documentation, comprehension and analysis of tangible and intangible features of architecture and places in different countries, including Belgium, Denmark, England, Italy, Japan, Scotland and the United States. During these research projects, he has developed a number of theoretical approaches and methodologies and used various tools, both analogue and digital, including CAAD, 3D modelling, image editing software, BIM, game engines and semantic web technologies.

Danilo has also participated, as author and speaker, at various international conferences in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. During the CAADRIA (Computer Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia) Conference held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2010, he received the Young CAADRIA Award for his research.

He has been a member of scientific review committees for international conferences, including eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer-Aided Architectural Design in Europe), CAADRIA (Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia), EAEA (European Architectural Envisioning Association), DCA (Design Communication Association) and CAAD Futures.

Danilo was the Chairperson of the 15th European Architectural Envisioning Association Conference, entitled ‘Envisioning Architectural Narratives’, hosted (virtually) by the Department of Architecture and 3D Design, School of Arts and Humanities, the University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom, from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2021. 

In addition, he conceived and successfully organised the first ‘Contextualized Digital Heritage Workshop’ (CDHW) held during the 34th eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) conference in Oulu, Finland (Di Mascio et al., 2016). This workshop represented a starting point for other workshops and activities about architectural heritage and digital technologies. In collaboration with academics from other international institutions, he has so far organised other successful Contextualized Digital Heritage Workshops in China (2017), Poland (2018) and South Korea (2019). He has also organised workshops about architecture and urban design in Australia and Malaysia.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Relationships between architecture, urban design and narrative (multiple connections to design, analysis, representation and sustainability)
  • Architectural and urban design
  • Relationships between architecture, art, culture, creativity, health and nature
  • Representational techniques
  • Relationships between architecture and video games (theories, technologies, design of virtual environments, etc.)
  • Culture-led regeneration projects
  • Architectural and digital heritage (analysis, interpretation, participatory activities, etc.)
  • Architectural education
  • Participatory Design
  • Narrative and Sustainability


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