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. 



Masterplanning for Change : Designing the Resilient City
Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio, Feliciotti Alessandra
Morphological tessellation as a way of partitioning space : improving consistency in urban morphology at the plot scale
Fleischmann Martin, Feliciotti Alessandra, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems Vol 80 (2020)
Measuring urban form : overcoming terminological inconsistencies for a quantitative and comprehensive morphologic analysis of cities
Fleischmann Martin, Romice Ombretta, Porta Sergio
Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, pp. 1-18 (2020)
And now, for something completely different : good design goes beyond itself
Romice Ombretta
Urban Design : the Quarterly Journal of the Urban Design Group Vol 2019 (2019)
Slums and prosperity : a complex, dynamic pathway of intervention
Abubakar Aisha, Romice Ombretta, Salama Ashraf M
International Journal of Architectural Research: Archnet-IJAR Vol 13, pp. 314-330 (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)

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Professional activities

International Seminar on Urban Form
EAAE European Association for Architectural Education
Keynote/plenary speaker
‘Rethinking the Scope of Urban Design’,
Keynote/plenary speaker
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

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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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