About:

My main research interests are related to the coupling between the intimate knowledge of the building structural properties, starting from the historical ones, and new and parametric design tools, both for structural assessment, performances and form finding optimization.

At the moment, I'm a Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Digital Structures Research group, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, studying the structural and performances optimization  for LEO, Moon and Mars habitat layouts using the most updated tools in both structural analysis and parametric design, also trying to contribute with original form-finding and computational methods to implement new criteria and capabilities. This research is applied to three different scenarios: a Moon scientific base, a city on Mars of 10,000 people as well as a modular LEO space station built around common Node Modules (NM).


Background:

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Tu Delft: Exchange program of Master of Science in Architecture

Hyperbody Research Group (Erasmus Exchange Program)

  • Further developed my computational skills
  • Explored architectural parametric design
  • Studied light diffusion analysis [2].
TU Delft Research:  Development of real-time light response and climate control based interactive prototype by means of professionally collaborating with an Ethylenetetrafluoroethulene cushion (ETFE) manufacturing company.

 

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Politecnico of Turin: Joint Master's Degrees in Architectural Engineering

Alta Scuola Politecnica: joint educational program by Politecnico of Turin and Politecnico of Milan; validation of my Master Degree in Architecture and Architectural Engineering by both universities.

 

  • Analyzed the performances required to reinforced concrete buildings as a function of the answer to the coded seismic conditions [1]
  • Qualified to practice the Engineering Profession (Environment and Civil) and to assess the post-earthquake damage and safety evaluation for the Civil Protection. 
  • Designed a Moon Space Hotel as interdisciplinary project through computational tools
Politecnico di Torino thesis: Modeling of masonry building damage produced by the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009 (L'Aquila City Hall)

I worked on the modeling of masonry building damage produced by the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009, deepening my skills in finite element modeling: the model of the L’Aquila City Hall allowed a deep understanding of the seismic answer and the definition of the future repair strategy [3].

 
Alta Scuola PolitecnicaThesis: the design with parametric tools of a permanent installation on the Moon [4].
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Politecnico of Milan: PhD

  • Participated in several workshops (such as the Architectural Association Workshop in Paris in 2011) devoted to parametric design
  • Attended workshops on the assessment of existing masonry and reinforced concrete structures (in particular historical high-rise buildings)
  • Developed my skills on FE codes
  • Investigated the structural performances of some historical reinforced concrete skyscrapers built in the 1950-1960's in Italy and the United States
Politecnico of Milan PhD Thesis: Arturo Danusso in Earthquake Engineering and Skyscraper Design: are reinforced concrete skyscrapers built in the Fifties and Sixties of the 20th Century still nowadays verified in agree with the new structural design codes?

I performed analysis of the structural performance of some iconic tall buildings in reinforced concrete with respect to current design code requirements both in Milan and in Chicago. The entire research was connected by the scientific and professional work of one of the most talented engineers of the twentieth century: Arturo Danusso [5].

 

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Illinois Institute of Technology

Department of CAEE (Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering), in collaboration with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

I spent nine months in Chicago at CAEE (Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering) Dept. of Illinois Institute of Technology, in collaboration also with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, recovering some specific models from the original drawings (my research focused on the Marina City towers in Chicago designed by the architect and engineer Bertrand Goldberg) then applying the new FE codes to verify performances and surviving capabilities. This background led me to become a reviewer for the American Society of Civil Engineers of the journal Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction.

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University of Bergamo

Teaching Assistant for Architectural Parametric Design

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Politecnico of Milan

Adjunct Professor for the course course Steel, Timber and Reinforced Concrete Structures

Teaching assistant for three different courses: Statics, Earthquake Resistant Design and Structural Mechanics.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Structures Research Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

My research at MIT aims to explore form finding and structural optimization strategies for deep space exploration habitats on extraplanetary surfaces such as the Moon and Mars. New computational design methods for space surface habitats, that respond to architectural, structural, functional and physical requirements, are explored, offering new ways to support future space exploration.


  1. Bachelor of Science in Architecture. Thesis: “Strutture in cemento armato in zona sismica” (Reinforced concrete structures in seismic zones).
  2. Biloria N., Sumini V., Performative Building Skin Systems: A Morphogenomic Approach Towards Developing Real Time Adaptive Building Skin Systems, in “International Journal of Architectural Computing”, vol.7, n. 4, December 2009, pp. 643-676 [ISSN 1478-0771 ; DOI  10.1260/1478-0771.7.4.643].

  3. Master of Science in Architecture Thesis, Analisi Sismica del Palazzo Comunale dell’Aquila (Seismic Analysis of the L’Aquila City Hall); Lorenzoni F., Aoki T., Casarin F., Modena C., da Porto F., Sabia D., Sumini V., Post-earthquake assessment of the civic tower in L'Aquila: ambient vibration tests and structural health monitoring,  in Proceedings of SAHC 2012 - 8th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions, October 15 th -17 th, 2012, Wroclaw, Poland; Dolnośląskie Wydawnictwo Edukacyjne (DWE), Wrocław, Poland, pp. 1612-1620 [ISBN 978-83-7125-219-8].

  4. Master of Science in Civil Engineering of Alta Scuola Politecnica. Thesis: “MOOREA Space Resort Design”.

  5. PhD in Preservation of Architectural Heritage. Thesis: “Arturo Danusso in Earthquake Engineering and Skyscraper Design”