Master's Degree in Design Research

Cecilia De Marinis

PhD in Urban Design. Architect. Space researcher

Qualifications and academic training

  • Graduate Certificate of Higher Education Learning and Teaching. Deakin University (2019)
  • Postdoctoral stay in the Design Research area. RMIT University (2017-18)
  • Postdoctoral stay in the European Marie Sklodowska-Curie program in the area of ​​Design Research. RMIT Europe (2015-16)
  • PhD in Sustainable Urban Design. Roma Tre University (2014)
  • Master in Architectural Design. Roma Tre University (2009)
  • Degree in Architecture. Roma Tre University (2004)

Activity and/or professional career

Coordinator of the Master's Degree in Experimentation and Design and coordinator of GREDITS research group in design and social transformation of BAU. She has been a professor and researcher at various universities in Italy, Spain and Australia in the field of architectural and urban design and in the area of ​​Design Research. Co-founder of RHIZOMA Design Research Lab, space for experimentation, research and design of the urban environment. She has worked as an architect in different architecture studios in Italy and Spain.


She investigates space from a phenomenological perspective, analyzing the relationship between space and who inhabits it with a focus on the dynamics of public space in cities, looking at inclusive and feminist practices.

She also works and researches in design pedagogy, with a focus on design research methodology, its methods and ways of generating knowledge.


  • Storytelling as a multidimensional pedagogical tool in practice-based doctoral training for design disciplines, in Archnet-IJAR, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. In collaboration (2022)
  • Listening to Unheard Voices in Urban Public Space. The Cases of Ruskin Square and Plaça d'en Baró, at ZARCH 18. In collaboration (2022)
  • New Urban Choreographies. Cohabiting public space in the time of a pandemic, at Urban Corporis X – Unexpected, Anteferma Edizioni. In collaboration (2021)
  • The Architectural Teaching Paradox. The practice-based PhD as a compass in navigating through the incommunicable, at the 2019 ACSA/EAAE Teachers Conference - Practice of Teaching | Teaching of Practice: The Teacher's Hunch, Antwerp, Belgium. In collaboration (2019)
  • Design Research Training. The contribution of the practice-based doctoral training on professional practice and pedagogical approaches to Studio Teaching. RMIT University (2018)


  • Design and curation of the traveling exhibition “Back to the Future of Public Space: Postcards from 2020” (Deakin University (AU) 2021, Testing Ground (AU) 2021, Media Architecture Biennale (online) 2021, Virginia Tech (US) 2021, Public Space Museum (IT) 2021, World Habitat Day (online) (2022)
  • Design and curation of the exhibition “The Industrial Landscape of North Geelong: An Exploration of Perception and Memory through Photographic Imagery”, Geelong Design Week 2021 (AU) (2021)
  • Design and curatorship of the traveling exhibition “Practice in a Box”. Aarhus School of Architecture (DK) 2015; BAU (SP) 2015; Pavilion de l'Arsenal (FR) 2016; Glasgow School of Art (UK) 2016; KU Leuven (BE) 2016; University of Westminster (UK) 2016; BAU (SP) 2017, RMIT University (AU) 2017, Bond University (AU) 2017, University of South Australia (AU) 2018.
  • Design and curatorship of the exhibition "Postcards from the Scientific Autobiography" Ambika P3 Westminster University, London, UK (2016)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design Research, Marie Salomea Skłodowska–Curie Initial Training Network “ADAPT-r”.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in Design Research. Australian Council for Teaching & Learning project “DAP_r”.