Dr Beatrice De Carli

Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Dr Beatrice De Carli, Senior Lecturer in Urban Design

Dr Beatrice De Carli

Beatrice is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the School of Art, Architecture and Design. Prior to joining London Met, Beatrice was a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where she led the MA in Urban Design (2014-2020) and was Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes (2018-2020).

An architect by training, Beatrice’s work employs a collaborative, design-based approach to address issues of diversity and social justice in the production of urban space.

Beatrice was the Co-PI of the EC Erasmus+ project RAUM: Researching Alternate Urban Methods and the PI of DESINC: Designing Inclusion (both 2016-2018). Currently she is the Co-I of DESINC Live: Designing and learning in the context of migration (2019-2022), and contributes to the research network Contested Territories, which has been awarded a White Rose Fund Collaboration Fund (2019-2020) and an EC Horizon2020 RISE project under the same title (2020-2023).

Integral to her academic commitments, Beatrice is a volunteer associate and general manager of non-profit design organisation Architecture Sans Frontières – UK, where she has led research and capacity building projects in Quito, Cape Town, Freetown and London.

In 2018 Beatrice was selected for a RIBA Ethel Day Award as one of 130 influential Women in Architecture from around the world.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Urbanism, Politecnico di Milano
  • MA Architecture, Politecnico di Milano

The central theme of Beatrice's work is democratic spatial governance in an urbanising world. Her work employs a collaborative, design-based approach to address issues of diversity and social justice in urban space. The primary aim of her research is to map out and critically interrogate how marginalised urban dwellers inhabit, use and adapt urban spaces, and to capture lessons learned towards the realisation of more democratic practices of city-making. Her interest in democratic city making translates into two primary strands of research.

The first focuses on community-based urban design and planning in contested spaces. Through the development of strong research partnerships and the use of participatory visual and design methods, she is interested in investigating grassroots practices of spatial production, and in critically assessing the extent to which these might produce transformative meanings, spaces and social relationships that can, in turn, inform citywide policy and planning frameworks.

The second strand of research centres on urban pedagogy and the knowledge that informs different ways of representing, imagining and transforming urban space. Through a focus on how dwellers and practitioners learn the city, she is interested in developing novel approaches, methods and tools that can allow urban professionals and dwellers alike to participate in the co-production of more just urban environments.

Teaching responsibilities

Teaching interests

  • Social, spatial and urban justice
  • Urban practice
  • Community-led design and planning
  • Feminist approaches in architecture
  • Urban design and international development
  • Creative research methodologies
  • Practice and design-based research

Practice outputs

  • De Carli, B. (2020). Change by Design: Imagining equitable cities. AAD Design Research Portfolios. London: London Metropolitan University. 

Journal articles

  • De Carli, B. (2016). Micro-resilience and justice: Co-producing narratives of change. Building Research and Information, 44(7), 775-788.
  • De Carli, B., Frediani, A. A. (2016). Insurgent regeneration: Spatial practices of citizenship in the rehabilitation of inner-city São Paulo. GeoHumanities, 2(2), 331-353.
  • De Carli, B., Frediani, A. A., Barbosa, B., Comaru, F. and Moretti, R. (2015). Regeneration through the ‘Pedagogy of Confrontation’: Exploring the critical spatial practices of social movements in inner-city São Paulo as avenues for urban renewal. Dearq, 16, 146-151.
  • De Carli, B. and Kinnear, M. (2015). Learning amidst urban practices. Reflections on Architecture Sans Frontières. Charrette, 2(1), 46-56.
  • Cognetti, F. & De Carli, B. (2013) City/University. Experiences of civic engagement. Territorio, 66, 16-17.
  • De Carli, B. (2013) Which university/which city. Trajectories in academic civic engagement. Territorio, 66, 64-68.

Book chapters

  • De Carli, B. (2018) Micro-resilience and justice in São Paulo. In: R. Lawrence, D. Petrescu, K. Trogal (eds.), Architecture and resilience: Interdisciplinary dialogues. London: Routledge.
  • Frediani, A. A., De Carli, B., Barbosa, B. R., Comaru, F., & Moretti, R. (2018). São Paulo: A pedagogy of confrontation. Informal building occupations in São Paulo’s central neighbourhoods. In R. Rocco, & J. van Ballegooijen (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Informal Urbanisation. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • De Carli, B. and Falletti, M. (2013). Formal/Informal interplays. Spatial tensions and design strategies. In: F. Chiodelli, B. De Carli, M. Falletti, L. Scavuzzo (eds.). Cities to be tamed? Spatial investigations across the urban South. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Reports

  • Architecture Sans Frontières –UK and Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (2019). Change by Design: Cockle Bay Community Action Area Plan 2018. Freetown: SLURC Publishers (co-author).
  • Architecture Sans Frontières –UK and Sierra Leone Urban Research Centre (2019). Change by Design: Dworzark Community Action Area Plan 2018. Freetown: SLURC Publishers (co-author).
  • De Carli, B., Macedo, C. and Caistor-Arendar, L. (2018). Pedagogies of inclusion. Volume 1: A review of spatial education in Europe. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.
  • De Carli, B., Macedo, C. and Caistor-Arendar, L. (2018). Pedagogies of inclusion. Volume 2: A playbook for spatial education. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.
  • Bainbridge, E., Bennett, J., Campkin, B., De Carli, B., Frediani, A. A., French, M., Macedo, C., Walker, J., Macgregor-Rourke, H., Issadeen, A., Matiashe, W. and du Trevou, C. (2016). Change by Design: Reimagining regeneration through participatory design in Cape Town. London: Architecture Sans Frontières –UK.
  • Frediani, A. A., De Carli, B., Shinkins, N. (2015). Change by Design. Collective imaginations for contested sites in Euston. Oxford: Architecture Sans Frontières –UK.
  • Frediani, A.A., De Carli, B., Nuñez Ferrera, I., Shinkins, N. (2014). Change by Design. New spatial imaginations for Los Pinos. Oxford: Architecture Sans Frontières –UK.
  • Cognetti, F., De Carli, B. (eds.) (2013). Mapping San Siro. Instant Report. Milan: Politecnico di Milano.

Edited volumes

  • Chiodelli F., De Carli, B., Falletti, M., Scavuzzo, L. (eds.) (2013). Cities to be tamed? Spatial investigations across the Urban South. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Contested Territories

Co-investigator, European Commission H2020 MSCA RISE 2019 (2020-2023)

Designing Inclusion LIVE

Co-investigator, EC Erasmus+ Key Action 203.Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (2019-2022)

Contested Territories in Latin America

Co-investigator, White Rose Collaboration Fund (2019-2020)

Designing Inclusion

Principal Investigator, EC Erasmus+ Key Action 203. Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education (2016-2018)

Researching Alternate Urban Methods

Principal Investigator (with F. Kossak and T. Schneider), EC Erasmus+ Key Action 1. Learning Mobility of Individuals (2016-2018)

Associate and Member of the Management Committee at Architecture Sans Frontières – UK (2013–present)

Member of the Board of Directors at Architecture Sans Frontières – International (2008-2010 and 2013-2017)

Member of the Board of Directors at Architetti Senza Frontiere – Italia (2007-2013)

Dr Beatrice De Carli
Senior Lecturer in Urban Design