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Dr Daniela Perrotti – University of Reading

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Dr Daniela Perrotti

Job title

Lecturer in Environmental Design


Studio teaching and Environmental Design module; co-designing and implementing the research agenda of the School.


MSc Arch (Polytechnic University of Milan), Double PhD cum laude Architecture and Urban Design (Polytechnic University of Milan and School of Architecture Paris-La Villette), Higher Education Fellowship CNU France (National Council of Universities), Sections 18 (Architecture), 24 (Urbanism).

External responsibilities

  • Member, NRGLab Research Laboratory on Energy Transition, Wageningen University
  • Member, PhD Committee, Chair Landscape&Energy, School of Landscape Architecture of Versailles
  • Member, Spanish Network on Renewable Energies and Landscape (RESERP), University of Granada
  • Associate Member, Paris Interdisciplinary Energy Research Institute (PIER), University Paris Diderot
  • Reviewer, MDPI Journals Sustainability, Energy, and Buildings; Projets de Paysage

Areas of interest

  • Urban Metabolism research and applications in environmental design
  • Energy-conscious and climate-responsive urban design
  • Landscape Design and Planning, Green Infrastructure and Urban Ecosystem Services
  • Urban and Rural Landscapes
  • Research-by-Design

Research fellowships/grants


Transferring Urban Metabolism Knowledge from Research to Practice. A Real-World Test in Helsinki, Researcher Grant Kone Foundation. Aalto University, Dept. of Architecture (Finland).


WIMEK Senior Research Grant, Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research Wageningen University and Research Centre, Landscape Architecture Group (The Netherlands).


Environmental Design and Sustainable Energy Transition in Peri-Urban Areas. Postdoctoral Fellowship, Research Network on Sustainable Development R2DS Ile-de-France.


(PI) Action research Le vivant et son énergie [The Energy of Living Systems], National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA Versailles-Grignon, Sustainable Dev. Committee (France)


National Research Programme The Architecture of the Big Scale AGE, French Ministries of Culture and the Environment, School of Architecture Paris-La Villette (France)


Urban Development and Environmental Promotion UD&EP, INTERREG IIIC SUD - PROGRESDEC, Polytechnic University of Milan, Dept. of Architecture and Urban Studies (Italy).


Paysage-Infrastructure. The Infrastructural Dimension of the Landscape, PhD Fellowship, Architecture and Urban Design, Doctoral School Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy).


Authored Book

Perrotti, D. 2011, Il Parco Nazionale dell'Alta Murgia. Un paesaggio [The Alta Murgia National Park. A Landscape Perspective], Milan: Edizioni L'Orbicolare. Publication for the Italian Ministry for the Environment.

Selected recent publications

Voskamp, I., Stremke, S., Spiller, M., Perrotti, D., Van der Hoek, J. and Rijnaarts, H. 2016, Enhanced Performance of the Eurostat Method for Comprehensive Assessment of the Urban Metabolism. A Material Flow Analysis of Amsterdam, Journal of Industrial Ecology 20(4).

Perrotti, D. 2015, Of other (energy) spaces. Protected areas and everyday landscapes of energy in the southern-Italian region of Alta Murgia. In Frolova, M. et al. (eds.), Renewable Energies and European Landscapes: Lessons from Southern European Cases, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 193-215.

Courtonne, J.Y., Chatzimpiros, P., Perrotti, D., Vernay, A.L. and Blouin, M. 2015, Le métabolisme énergétique d'un territoire [Energy Metabolism of the Aussois Region]. In N. Buclet (ed.), Essai d'écologie territoriale [Essay on Territorial Ecology], Paris: CNRS Editions, pp. 180-206.

Perrotti, D. 2014, Landscape as Energy Infrastructure: Ecologic Approaches and Aesthetic Implications of Design. In Czechowski, D. et al. (eds.), Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts Between Nature and Design, Boca Raton: CRC Press, pp.71-90.

Perrotti, D. and Pouteau, S. 2014, Faire la ville avec l'énergie du vivant [Making the City with the Energy of Living Systems]. In Chomarat-Ruiz C. (ed.), Nature Urbaine en Projets [Urban Nature in Projects], Paris, Archibooks, pp.74-94.

Perrotti, D. and Henrion, S. 2013, The Notion of Landscape Acceptability as a Potential Key Factor in a New Integrated Approach to Energy and Landscape Policy, Environmental Practice 15 (1): 5-18.

Career path

I am an Architect and Urban Designer, with a double PhD from the Polytechnic University of Milan and the School of Architecture of Paris-La Villette (2011). My work is an inquiry into the potential and limits of data-driven knowledge of the urban metabolism to inform the design of resource-efficient and climate-resilient cities. The main ambition of my research springs from the observation that, despite the substantial growth of urban metabolism studies over the last years, their results have been only rarely transferred to planning and design agendas at regional or local level. My research is thus motivated by the urge to effectively translate knowledge of the metabolism of cities into new procedural knowledge for environmental designers and future design professionals.

Since my doctoral studies, I have had the opportunity to develop my research and teaching at Universities, Research Centres, and Schools of Architecture in Europe. Soon after my dissertation, I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Research Network on Sustainable Development of the Ile-de-France Region Council. I developed my postdoc at the Dept. Science for Action and Sustainable Development of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research INRA of Versailles-Grignon (2012-2014). The main output of my research was an assessment method for the energy and environmental strategy of a new development project in the Greater Paris Region (Paris-Saclay). While serving at INRA, I was offered a senior grant from the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research which allowed me to conduct research on design applications of Urban Metabolism knowledge in the Netherlands at Wageningen University (2015). Prior to joining the University of Reading, I was Visiting Scholar at the Department of Architecture at Aalto University, Finland (2016), with funding from the Kone Foundation. I developed my research on the study of a neighbourhood metabolism in Helsinki, in cooperation with local design professionals and decision-makers. Over the last few years, I have also had the opportunity to assume leadership roles in research. I served as PI for an interdisciplinary action research at INRA of Versailles-Grignon, in collaboration with the Schools of Architecture of Paris-La Villette and Versailles (2012-2013). I am also member of Doctoral Dissertation Committees in Italy (University of Florence) and France (School of Landscape Architecture of Versailles).

To enhance connectivity between scholarly research and professional practice is a major concern in my work. My work at the Reading School of Architecture builds on my previous and current experiences, including collaborative projects in Italy (Alta Murgia National Park Authority), France (Etablissement Public Paris-Saclay) and Finland (Helsinki City Planning Department).

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