Alessandro Melis | Architect | PhD in Architecture Design | Lecturer.
He joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 where he coordinates the technology area and the unit of Sustainable Design and Theory. He is also the director of the stream on environmental policies of the Research Cluster Sustainable Cities. Previously, at the University of Auckland, he was the head of the technology area and director of the Postgraduate engagement (school of Architecture and Planning). He has been a guest professor in Austria (dieAngewandte Vienna) and Germany (Anhalt University Dessau). He holds a PhD in Architecture Design (University of Florence). He has been honorary fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and a keynote speaker at the China Academy of Art, at the MoMA New York and at the Venice Biennale. He has written books and articles published in Europe, New Zealand and USA. In 1996 he founded Heliopolis 21, an architecture and urban design firm based in Italy and Germany (Berlin). H21 received several awards and carried out design projects in partnership with architects such as Coop Himmelblau, Greg Lynn Form, Diener & Diener, and Asymptote. His projects have been widely published in international journals. His architectural drawings have been exhibited in several venues, including the Venice Biennale and the Italian Association of Architecture and Critic (AIAC) and object of monographic publications like “Shining Dark Territories” (Pisa: ETS, 2015).