Dr Ombretta Romice

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Ombretta is Senior Lecturer and past President of IAPS, the International Association for People Environment Studies (www.iaps-association.org) (2008-2012; on Board of Trustees 2004-2008). She also served on the AESOP Board until 2004.

Her teaching and research are in the areas of urban design, environment behaviour studies, urban morphology and user participation in design. She holds a PhD in urban design and a Post Doc in housing and regeneration sponsored by the EU.

She is part of the Urban Design Studies Unit in the Department (www.udsu-strath.com), and is an Associate member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and of the Higher Education Academy.

She teaches in the MSc in Urban Design, in the MArch in Advanced Architectural Design and across the Department especially in 4th year, in all options to do with urban design and the city and dissertations.

She regurarly gets nominated in the Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards; in 2016, she won the 'Most Innovative Teacher of teh Year".

Ombretta also runs teaching exchange modules in serveral European Countires, and has recently won a Visitng Professorship in Venice. 



Form and urban change : an urban morphometric study of five gentrified neighbourhoods in London
Venerandi A, Zanella M, Romice O, Dibble J, Porta S
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design Vol 44, pp. 1056-1076 (2017)
Masterplanning for change : design as a way to create the conditions for time sensitive place-making
Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio, Feliciotti Alessandra, Barbour Gordon Cleland
Placemaking (2017) (2017)
Design for change : five proxies for resilience in the urban form
Feliciotti Alessandra, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
Open House International Vol 41, pp. 23-30 (2016)
Sustainable plot-based urban regeneration and traditional masterplanning practice in Glasgow
Barbour Gordon Cleland, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
Open House International Vol 41, pp. 15-22 (2016)
Urban design and quality of life
Romice Ombretta, Thwaites Kevin, Porta Sergio, Greaves Mark, Barbour Gordon, Pasino Paola
The Handbook of Environmental Psychology and Quality of Life Research (2016) (2016)
Street quality, street life, street centrality
Remali Adel M, Porta Sergio, Romice Ombretta, Abudib Huyam
Suburban Urbanities (2015) (2015)

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Professional activities

International Seminar on Urban Form
1st International Urban Design Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
EAAE European Association for Architectural Education
Keynote/plenary speaker
Universita di Firenze (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
‘Rethinking the Scope of Urban Design’,
Keynote/plenary speaker
Journal of Urban Research and Development (JURD) (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Slum Prosperity Framework - PostDoc
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2020
The Urban Form Resilience Project:
Porta, Sergio (Principal Investigator) Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2020
A new dimension for data-driven urbanism: studying the form of preference
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator) Porta, Sergio (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017
Place Identity Dwelling.
Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator) Murray, Gordon (Principal Investigator)
Development of criteria of assessment for residential neighbourhoods, and analysis of a number of case study analysis. The focus of my team which I leaded was on urban form; other partners: ESALA (landscape assessment). Sponsored by Architecture and Design Scotland. Support: £1,5000.
29-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2016
A study with GSA Dundee and ESALA on Research - Place Identity Dwelling.
Murray, Gordon (Academic) Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator) Hutton, Graeme (Academic)
This research network proposal advocates knowledge exchange across European borders, defining areas of excellence and best practice in the procurement and design of volume house-building. Vanguard expertise from academia, industry, Government and regulatory bodies across design, planning & policy, finance and housing will explore positive relationships between design theory & practice; environmental & construction technologies, policy & procurement – and their application to volume house building in suburban contexts.
01-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2015
(X REF RDF 1534) Ann Commann : Scottish Small Towns - Past , Present and Future`
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator)
09-Jan-2009 - 30-Jan-2009

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