Monia Del Pinto

Dr Monia Del Pinto

Pronouns: She/her

MSc Architectural Engineering PhD

  • University Teacher


I am an architectural engineer by training, and own a PhD in urban planning and disaster risk reduction. My multidisciplinary research is at the intersections of architecture, urban planning, heritage studies, and disaster studies.

My current research activity  focuses on urban morphology and  urban disaster risk.

Further research directions include critical urban heritage, the role of spatial planning and urban heritage in capacity building,  architecture and urban studies. 

My areas of expertise include but are not limited to urban planning and design, urban morphology, heritage and historical urban form, spatial planning, disaster risk management for cultural heritage, disaster risk reduction at the urban scale.

Current research activity

  • Urban studies
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Spatial design 

Recent publications

  • Del Pinto, M., Palaiologou, G., Chmutina, K., Bosher, L., (2022), Urban morphology in support of disaster risk reduction: toward theory and methods for a spatial approach to  tackling urban vulnerability to earthquakes, in proceedings of XXVIII International Seminar on Urban Form ISUF2021: Urban Form and The Sustainable and Prosperous Cities, 29th June – 3rd July 2021,Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Del Pinto, M. (2022), Passato e futuro delle forme di Amatrice, Il Lavoro Culturale, January 2022
  • Goodall, S., Khalid, Z., Del Pinto, M., (2021), Disaster conversations: intersecting perspectives on cross-cultural disaster research, in Disaster Prevention and Management, Early Career Researchers special issue, 2021
  • Del Pinto, M., (2021), Urban form and disaster risk: the role of urban public open spaces in vulnerability of earthquake-prone settlements, Doctoral thesis, Loughborough University
  • Forino, G., Bonati, S., Del Pinto, M., (2021) L’archistar al tempo della crisi, Il Lavoro Culturale, February 2021
  • Del Pinto, M., (2020) I Punti Zero. Viaggio nel Centro Italia del post-terremoto, Il Lavoro Culturale, February 2020
  • Del Pinto, M., (2020) Disaster risk management plan for heritage sites: a proposal for MuNDA, Museo Nazionale D’Abruzzo, L’Aquila, Italy, Proceedings of UNESCO Chair programme on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risk Management, 9-30 September 2019, Kyoto, Japan
  • Del Pinto, M., Chmutina, K., Bosher, L., Palaiologou, G. (2019) “Rebuilding streets or emergencies? Reflections on public open spaces and urban vulnerability to earthquakes” in 9th Information and Research for Reconstruction (i-Rec) 2019 conference, Gainesville, USA, 5-7 June 2019
  • Drosou, N., Del Pinto, M., Al-Shuwaili, M., Goodall, S. and Marlow, E. (2019), "Overcoming fears: a pathway to publishing for early career researchers", Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal, October 2019
  • Del Pinto, M., (2020) “Disaster risk management plan for heritage sites: a proposal for MuNDA, Museo Nazionale D’Abruzzo, L’Aquila, Italy” in Proceedings of UNESCO Chair programme on Cultural Heritage and Disaster Risk Management, Kyoto, Japan, 9-30 September 2019
  • Del Pinto, M. (2020) “I Punti Zero. Viaggio nel Centro Italia del post-terremoto”, Il Lavoro Culturale, February 2020



  • Architectural Design Studio (RE)
  • Architectural History
  • Critical Theory


  • Contemporary Cities: Theory and Design (RE)


I am a University Teacher in the School of Architecture.

I have a MSc in Architectural Engineering from Univerista’ degli Studi di L’Aquila, and a PhD in urban planning and disaster risk reduction from Loughborough University, in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering.

I am active in the areas of disaster risk management for cultural heritage, and I operate in partnership with international academic and non-academic partners. My communication and training activities for integrated approach to heritage and DRR are aimed at built environment professionals, heritage professionals, and civil protection, as well as students and local communities.

Since 2014, I have been teaching architecture-related disciplines within international and multicultural contexts between Italy, Turkey, and the UK. As a lecturer, I worked in the School of Fine Arts and Architecture at Antalya International University (Turkey), teaching in the areas of Urban Design and Sustainability, and Construction Materials and Technologies (2015-2017). At Loughborough, I currently lead the modules of Design Studio A (undergraduate) and Contemporary Cities: Theory and Design (postgraduate), and support the modules of Architectural History and Critical Theory. 

As a built environment professional, I operated in the post-earthquake reconstruction in L’Aquila (Italy) where I prevalently worked at restoration and retrofit projects of RC and traditional stone masonry structures (2010-2015).

During my doctoral studies at Loughborough University, I worked as Doctoral Leader in the Institute of Advanced Studies (2020), and supported teaching the SABCE.

I co-chaired the SABCE Hub Committee (2018-2021) and joined, then led, the Doctoral Researchers Representative team in SABCE (2018-2020). 


  • Loughborough University Doctoral College Research Student Prize 2020
  • Highly commended in SABCE Doctoral Researcher Excellence Award 2020
  • Finalist in the Santander Impact Award 2019

External activities

  • Invited expert at the OAR and Italian Civil Protection professional webinar series on post-earthquake reconstruction (November 2022)
  • Invited expert at the ICCROM international training course ‘First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis’ (November 2019)