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Dr Ombretta Romice

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Ombretta is Senior Lecturer and past President of IAPS, the International Association for People Environment Studies ( (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 (, 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. 



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)
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)
Towards informal planning : mapping the evolution of spontaneous settlements in time
Iovene Maddalena, Fernandéz de Córdova Graciela, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
24th ISUF International Conference - City and Territory in the Globalization Age, pp. 545-557, (2017)
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, (2017)
Defining slums using multidimensional and relational properties: A dynamic framework for intervention
Abubakar Aisha, Romice Ombretta, Salama Ashraf M.
Archnet-IJAR Vol 11, pp. 34-54, (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
PlacemakingPlacemaking, (2017)

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Professional activities

External Examiner to the MRes in Interdisciplinary Urban Design
External Examiner
IUAV - Istituto Universitario Architettura Venezia
Visiting researcher
Future Cities 2026 - talk to industry
Invited speaker
URBAN-TRANS-FORMATION: Considering a Vision for the Gauteng Inner-city
Keynote/plenary speaker
The 7th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland
Keynote/plenary speaker
Italia 45-45
Keynote/plenary speaker

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The Urban Form Resilience Project:
Porta, Sergio (Principal Investigator) Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 30-Sep-2020
Project Gateway to the Professions: Urban Design Skills
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator) Grierson, David (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2008 - 01-Oct-2009
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.
Period 30-Sep-2014 - 01-Oct-2016
“Communities in Action: A Handbook for Community Design”.
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator)
Sponsored by: the Scottish Arts Council, Communities Scotland, SHARE, Davis Duncan Architects, CBE for a Total of £64,000.
Period 01-Sep-2001 - 30-Oct-2003
“Multimodal Representation of Urban Space”, sponsored by AHRC/EPSRC. Total grant: £217,570.
Romice, Ombretta (Co-investigator)
Project on the study of public urban ream from a multi sensorial point of view.
Period 01-Oct-2006 - 30-Sep-2008
A new dimension for data-driven urbanism: studying the form of preference
Romice, Ombretta (Principal Investigator) Porta, Sergio (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Jan-2017

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