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Giorgio Ponzo

Giorgio lectures in architectural history and theory and is studio tutor for BA (Hons) Architecture.

Role within the School



Master of Architecture (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Postgraduate Master of Architecture (Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands).


Giorgio studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and at the Technical University in Torino. In Italy, he worked as an architect, focusing his practice on the design of low-energy buildings and several prize-winning projects for public spaces and urban design. From 2001 to 2009, he taught in the Architecture Faculty of the Technical University in Torino. In July 2014, he was a guest tutor at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. Giorgio joined Leeds Beckett University in February 2014.


The transformation of the workplace in the shift from industrial to creative economies. At the Berlage Institute, he researched how architecture can be seen as an augmentation device for the cognitive performance of its users by adopting specific physical features and material characteristics.

Selected Publications

Recent work includes: Ponzo, G. (2014) Informal Redundancy: developing a negotiation device for growing urban systems. The case of Arnavutkoy, Istanbul. In Cavallo R. et al. New Urban Configurations. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 666-672. G. Ponzo et al. (2013) Knowledge Spaces, Envisioning the Future Architecture of Knowledge Creation. The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Steelcase WorkSpace Futures. Unpublished G. Ponzo et al. (2012) Knowledge Spaces, How does Architecture Augment Creative Thinking? The Berlage Institute and Steelcase WorkSpace Futures. Unpublished.


Giorgio has won first prizes in competitions for work completed in Italy. These include the reconstruction of the wall of the abandoned industrial site of ILVA, Follonica (2008); a new entrance to the historic centre in Camogli (2008); the parks of Cagliari, Sardegna, Cagliari (2007); and Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in Moncalieri (2004).


Italian Licensed Architect and member of the Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti, Conservatori della Provincia di Cuneo.

School of Architecture Contact

Andrew Wilson - Head of Architecture
Postal Address
Building B - Broadcasting Place
Woodhouse Lane