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Davide Lombardi

Head, Senior Associate Professor

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Davide Lombardi is a chartered architect and scholar, holding a degree in Architecture with honors (BA+MA, Università degli Studi Gabriele d’Annunzio) and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture (School of Advanced Studies Gabriele d’Annunzio).Before joining XJTLU, he served at The University of Edinburgh as Teaching Fellow in Digital Architecture and Design.He currently serves the Department of Architecture by holding the role as Head of Department. During the last years, he has been instrumental in creating streamlined processes to smoothen the regular operations related to departmental academic life. He took the lead in aspects such as students’ exchange schemes development, students’ admission pathways creation, curricula modifications and improvements, ensuring the compliance with academic and professional body’s quality standards, marketing and outreach, IT coordination and procurement. He acquired experience related to professional accreditation schemes (RIBA), being part of the successful revalidation obtained by the UG and PH programs in 2019.He is a member of Design School committees and liaises with University level units.His interest in computational tools and strategies led him to investigate the impact of cutting-edge techniques in the field of blockchain technologies applied to the AEC industry, robotic fabrication and gamification of architectural education. His research has been published in books, journals and conference proceedings via key-note speeches in international universities (Oxford-Brookes Rome Visiting School, Nanjing University, Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan, UDLAP Puebla).He has been awarded a number of national and international grants for his research (Italy, Scotland, China).Teaching wise, he is the supervisor of several Ph.D. candidates in XJTLU and UoL, Module Leader for the M/Arch final year project and delivers lectures for multiple modules within the BEng program. He also co-supervises UG and PG thesis in the civil engineering program.Further, he organises extra-curricular workshops around digital architecture with international experts in digital representation, advanced structural design, and decentralisation in architecture.As a professional, he collaborates with various architecture firms on large-scale international projects and small design proposals in different countries (Italy, China, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Greece, Serbia).

Research interests

Digital Representation

Computational Structural Design and Analysis

Blockchain and Built Environment

Computational Design


Head of Architecture Department, Xian Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2022 to Present

Senior Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool - Liverpool University, 2022 to Present

Head of Architecture Department (Interim), Xian Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 03/2022 to 04/22

Deputy Head of Architecture Department, Xian Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2019 to 2022

Associate Professor, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool - Liverpool University, 2019 to 2022

Lecturer, Xian Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2017 to 2019

Teaching Fellow in Digital Design and Architecture, The University of Edinburgh - 2015 to 2016

Computational designer, A>T - 2013 to 2016

Architect, Livio Sacchi Office of Architecture - 2011 to 2011


DES003 Principles of Design

ARC001 Explore Architecture and Visual Culture

ARC002 Architectural Representation and Communication

ARC102 Small Scale Architectural Design

ARC104 Structures and Materials

ARC108 Construction and Materials

ARC202 Structural Design

ARC301 Architectural Technology

ARC404 - Master Studio 2

ARC410 Master Studio 4

ARC413 Master Studio 3

Awards and honours

2018 - Yilong Futuristic City International Design Competition – 3rd Prize out of 1054 entries worldwide / 10.000RMB - Davide Lombardi + Theodoros Dounas /

2017 - Next Landmark International Design Competition – Honourable Mention, Davide Lombardi + Camilla Agnello /

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Gabriele d'Annunzio University

Award Date: 4 May 2015

Master, Gabriele d'Annunzio University

Award Date: 4 Feb 2011

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