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. 



Slums and prosperity : a complex, dynamic pathway of intervention
Abubakar Aisha, Romice Ombretta, Salama Ashraf M
International Journal of Architectural Research: Archnet-IJAR (2019)
On the origin of spaces : morphometric foundations of urban form evolution
Dibble Jacob, Prelorendjos Alexios, Romice Ombretta, Zanella Mattia, Strano Emanuele, Pagel Mark, Porta Sergio
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design Vol 46, pp. 707-730 (2019)
Urban form resilience urban design practice : masterplanning for change
Romice Ombretta, Feliciotti Alessandra, Porta Sergio
International Forum on Urbanism (2018)
From system ecology to urban morphology : towards a theory of urban form resilience
Feliciotti Alessandra, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
International Forum on Urbanism (2018)
Big box, short life: little box, long life : the democracy of resilience: plot-based urbanism, evolution and informal participation
Porta Sergio, Romice Ombretta, Feliciotti Alessandra, Rudlin David
The road to masterplanning for change and the design of resilient places
Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio, Feliciotti Alessandra
Architectural Research in Finland Vol 1, pp. 11-26 (2017)

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Professional activities

Journal of Urban Research and Development (JURD) (Journal)
Peer reviewer
The Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) (External organisation)
External Examiner to the MA in Urban design, Cardiff University
Glasgow City Council (External organisation)
IAPS 25th International Congress.
Plot Based Urbanism and Masterplanning for change: Strelka CPD workshops

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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
Project Gateway to the Professions: Urban Design Skills
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator) Grierson, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2008 - 01-Jan-2009

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