Cattaneo Tiziano




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Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Architettura – Sezione Architettura e Territorio
Via Ferrata, 3 – 27100 Pavia
Piano G

Telefono: +39(0382)98.5411 – 5334

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Orari ricevimento:

Corsi a.a. 2021-2022:

  • Teoria e tecniche della progettazione architettonica

Corsi a.a. 2020-2021:

  • Teoria e tecniche della progettazione architettonica

Curriculum vitae

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Tiziano Cattaneo is researcher of architectural design at University of Pavia and is the P.I. of the China Lab. Since 2012 Tiziano works in-between the Italian and Chinese context in both research and education. His research focuses on architectural design as a process to create and regenerate environments and systems for sustainable development addressing contemporary conditions such as climate change, globalization, digitalization and urbanization..Operating on several scales, the Lab develops methods to embed architectural experimentation and environmental visions into the design of landscapes, cities, and urban and rural spaces to increase the resilience of local communities.
As a Chair Professor under the Shanghai 1000 Talent Plan at Tongji University for the last three years, he has been leading research collaborating on a number of projects with institutions and organizations in Europe, Mexico and China on the topics of shared landscape, urban resilience and sustainable tourism.

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ORCID: 0000-0003-1604-6831


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  • 2019 – present: Advisory Professor of the Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) Research Group, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Nottingham Ningbo China;
  • 2019 – present: Guest Professor of the International Research Network: Centre of Beautiful Village in China, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, China.
  • 2016 – present: Academic Partner of the One Planet Network for Sustainable Tourism Programme, of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
  • 2015 – present: Founder Member of the Association of Italian Scholars in China
  • 2012 – present: Visiting Professor at College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
  • 2010 – present: Member of the Associazione Nazionale dei Docenti di Progettazione Architettonica (Pro-Arch), Italy.
  • 2010 – present: Member of the National Institute of Architecture – IN/ARCH, Italy.
  • 2002 – present: Registered Architect at the National Architects Association – Pavia province, Italy.

Ruoli editoriali:

  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Urban Planning and Development, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE).
  • Editorial Board Member of “Asian eBooks Series” (published by Il Lavoro Editoriale Casa Editrice)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the book series “Architectura e città, nuove forme dell’abitare” (published by Il Poligrafo Casa Editrice)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of “Text and Context” Book series (published by Maggioli Editore).
  • 2015 – 2016: Academic Member of the Design Activism Series (published by Tongji Press, Shanghai).
  • Reviewer activities:
  • International expert for the review of Routledge’s books proposal for publication and Springer’s books proposal for publication.
  • Editorial Committee Member and Reviewer of journal “Architecture_MPS” (published by UCL Press)
  • Reviewer for the Journal of the Journal of Urban Planning and Development, (ASCE).
  • Reviewer for the following MDPI Journals:
    Sustainability; Buildings; Urban Sciences; Water;

Premi, Awards, Fellowships:

  • Research:
    2018: Awarded National Energy Globe Winner of China, by Energy Globe Foundation GmbH, Neukirchen, Austria.
  • 2017: Awarded “Shanghai One Thousand Talent”, by Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Foreign Experts Affairs and Shanghai Municipal Office for Introduction of Overseas Talents, Shanghai, China.
  • 2017 and 2018: Appointed two times ASCE Outstanding Reviewer awarded by the Journal of urban Planning and Development, American Society of Civil Engineering.
  • 2017: Appointed Evaluation Support Fellow at the MIT Climate CoLab, USA.
  • 2015: Judges’ Choice Winner of the Rural Resilience Contest, awarded by the MIT Climate CoLab, USA.
  • Design:
    2016: 1st Prize for the project The New House of Culture awarded by Bergamo Province and Municipality of San Giovanni Bianco, Italy. (with: G.D. Manzoni, E. Giorgi, P. Bacci).
  • 2014: Winner Prize for the project 2014 Art project collection for Zhuhai modern tramcar stations awarded by Zhuhai urban Construction Group Co. Ltd., China.(with: M. Ni)

Research grants:

  • 2017 – 2020: Principal Investigator of the “Shanghai 1000 Talent Plan” for the project Environmental design, social engagement for resilient and sustainable urban space, funded by The Recruitment Program for Foreign Experts, The State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of Shanghai, China.
  • 2015 – 2017: Scientific Coordinator and Proposer of two Erasmus Plus Inter-institutional Agreement, Key Action 1, subject area ISCED 073 – Architecture and Construction, funded by European Community.
  • 2011 – 2013: Principal Investigator of the Pavia Unit of the project “Regeneration and renewal of rural landscape”, funded by The Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, National Research Program PRIN-MIUR 2009.
  • 2010 – 2011: Associated Investigator of the project MIUR – COOPERLINK 2010: International University Cooperation – A.F. 2010. Experience in the projects of recovering and development of the cities and historical centres funded by MIUR. (Coordinator: R. Pierini, UniPi)

Coordinamento/attività organizzate:

  • Chair and organizer of the Research Seminar “Environmental Futures: Design and Green Technologies” within the 2018 Tongji Design Week. Tongji University. Shanghai. 2018
  • Scientific Director of the International design competition Sustainable Tourism is Possible, within the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme of the UNWTO. 2017
  • Scientific Coordinator and Co-Organizer of the urban design workshop “Envisioning The Future of Cities. Using Boston as a case study” held in Boston, MIT-DUSP. [Reference persons: Prof. Tunney Lee (MIT-DUSP) and Antonio Di Mambro (GSD-Harvard Loeb Fellow]. 2017
  • Member of scientific committee of the Convegno Internazionale PRIN-MIUR. La costruzione degli insediamenti minori lungo i tracciati antichi e sulle strade del futuro. Ancona, Italy. 2015
  • Organizing committee member of the Wang Shu. Pritzker Prize Lecture, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy. 2012
  • Scientific Coordinator and Co-Organizer of 5 International Design Workshops in the last 3 years 2017-2020

Research bids:

  • 2019 – Shanghai Municipal People’s Government Decision-making Consultation Research Key Special Project.
    Project title: Research on strategic cooperation plan between Shanghai and friendship city of “One Belt, One Road” (BRI). PI: Tiziano Cattaneo. (non finanziato)
  • 2018 – Application for Research Program of Global Experts, Zhejiang Province – Foreign Experts Affairs Administration’ – “Red Boat Cup” Global Entrepreneurship Innovation Competition in Jiaxing.
    Project title: Design for Sustainable Tourism. Branding strategy 2.0 for Xiuzhou farmer painting and theme sustainable tourism program. PI: Tiziano Cattaneo. (non finanziato)
  • 2017 – Horizon 2020; Call: H2020-SCC-2016-2017 (SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES). Project title: “reNATuring URBan Areas for participatory health and social cohesion”. Member of the proposing team (reference person: Roberto De Lotto). (non finanziato)

Collaborazioni esterne:

  • The research activities are disseminated at national and international level via Public Engagement with Research in collaboration with public institutions by means of exhibitions such as for example:
  • Co-curator and Founder contributors of the exhibition Transforming the landscape of mobility, within the 2018 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture of Shenzhen, China. 2019-2020.
  • Principal investigator and Curator of the research exhibition A Geographical Space of Encounter: Mapping the Landscape of the Belt and Road Initiative, within the SUSAS2019 and TJDW2019, Shanghai, China. 2019.
  • Exhibitor within the China participation at the XXII Triennale di Milano “Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival”. Milano, Italy. 2019.
  • Director and Co-curator of the exhibition Design for Sustainable Tourism, held at Cultural Forum of Guanajuato, Mexico as Collateral event of the 2017 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture of Shenzhen, China. 2017-2018.

Invited talks & Keynotes:

  • Jul. 2020: Invited Keynote speaker at international Symposium Disruption vs Integration: pathways to urban transformations, organized by University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC)
  • Sept 2019: Invited speaker as Relevant Expert at the Forum on Mobility of European Researchers in China, organized by the European Commission Delegation in Beijing in cooperation with EURAXESS China
  • May 2019: Invited speaker at international conference “Art and Science. Leonardo 500”. Promoted by the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai, the Italian Cultural Institute in Shanghai
  • Feb. 2019: Keynote speaker at international conference Global Faculty: Sustainability in the Design of Territory, the City and the Architecture, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Queretaro, Mexico
  • May 2018: Keynote speaker at the WIEE City Art Forum, organized by Zaojiu Talk China (TEDx Shanghai Talks), Tongji University Jiading Campus
  • Mar. 2018: Invited speaker at the Singapore Urban Design Festival within the Singapore Design Week

Impact case studies/Key research (in ottica VQR):

Participation as Academic coordinator of the project “Open Your Space: Design intervention in Siping community” which is a pilot project launched in 2015 by a cooperation between Tongji University and Siping sub-district office Department of Party and Government Affairs, Department of Culture.
After 5 editions the project became an annual event containing physical spaces with social and cultural significance. The project strives to be a sociocultural framework that represents a special design attitude for collective space and public activities
The project engaged an urban district of 100.000 inhabitants through the realization of fifteen site-specific projects and more than sixty micro design interventions spread across outdoor public space within the urban center of Siping community, by providing perspectives on how design activism and placemaking approach inspires people to create and improve their public places.

Pubblicazioni per VQR:

  • T. Cattaneo, E. Giorgi, M. Ni. Landscape, Architecture and Environmental Regeneration: A Research by Design Approach for Inclusive Tourism in a Rural Village in China. Sustainability 2018, 11, 128. ISSN 2071-1050.
  • T. Cattaneo, E. Giorgi, M. Ni and G.D. Manzoni. Sustainable development of rural areas in EU and China: a common strategy for architectural design, research practice and decision-making. Buildings. 2016; 6(4):42. ISSN 2075-5309; DOI: 10.3390/buildings6040042.
  • T. Cattaneo, Y. Sha, E. Giorgi, G.D. Manzoni. Identity+Innovation: how to give hope and opportunities to forgot suburbs. A comparative study between EU and China. In C. Gambardella (Ed.). Heritage and Technology. Mind, Knowledge, Experience. – Proceedings of Le vie dei Mercanti, XIII International Forum. pp. 1363-1372. Naples: La scuola di Pitagora editrice, 2015. ISBN: 978-88-6542-416-2
  • Ni M., Cattaneo T. (2019) Design for Urban Resilience: A Case of Community-led Placemaking Approach in Shanghai China. In: Rau PL. (eds) Cross-Cultural Design. Culture and Society. HCII 2019. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 11577. Springer, Cham. ISBN: 978-3-030-22579-7. DOI:
  • T. Cattaneo (Ed.). Study on architecture and urban spatial structure in China’s megacities suburbs. Mantova: Universitas Studiorum S.r.l. Casa Editrice. 2016. ISBN: 978-8897683834.
  • T. Cattaneo, G.D. Manzoni, E. Giorgi. Intensification as a strategy for resilient rural regeneration. In: Architecture and Resilience on the human Scale: Proceedings of Cross-Disciplinary Conference. pp. 65-73. Sheffield: The School of Architecture, Sheffield University, UK, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9929705-4-3

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