Dr Sergio Altomonte
International Scholar 2012
Job title: Associate Professor, Department of Architecture and Built Environment
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Read Sergio's International Scholarship Report: Education for Sustainability in the Built Environment
Dr Sergio Altomonte became a registered architect in Italy in 1999. He is course director of the Diploma in Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 2) at the University of Nottingham and speaks fluent Italian, English and French.
After high school classical studies, Sergio obtained his Diploma in Architecture in 1998 at the University of Rome La Sapienza and in 2001 he was awarded the MPhil in Architecture and Sustainable Development at the Polytechnic of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2004, he was awarded his PhD in Environmental Design at the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Between January 2004 and December 2006, Sergio divided his life and academic activity between Italy and Australia. In Italy each year from January to June, he worked as principal of the architectural firm, Altomonte Associati, and lectured at the University of Rome La Sapienza and at the University of Camerino. In Australia each year from July to December he was a full-time Lecturer at the School of Architecture & Building, Deakin University (Victoria), taking part at the research activities in the context of the Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory (MABEL).
In the past 14 years Sergio has initiated, coordinated and participated at various national (in Italy, UK and Australia) and international research projects, developing interdisciplinary interest and expertise in sustainable environmental design, climate change, daylight in buildings, high-performance building envelopes, pedagogical methods for knowledge transfer, e-learning and interactive educational tools. Since June 2009 he has served as the Coordinator of the Environmental Design in University Curricula and Architectural Training in Europe project (EDUCATE, www.educate-sustainability.eu), funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
Sergio is author of over 40 research publications, including one book, several essays and chapters in books, edited research publications and papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has received awards and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences worldwide. Since 2010, he has been an associate member of Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), an international organisation engaged in a worldwide discourse on sustainable architecture and urban design.
The International Scholarship will allow Sergio to deepen his expertise in education for sustainability, providing access to innovative practices and methodologies at the University of California Berkeley that will be transferred back to UK HEIs and professional institutions. His work will stress the need for a holistic approach in pedagogical development for sustainable design.