Monia Del Pinto

Monia Del Pinto

MSc Architectural Engineering PhD

  • Graduate University Teacher


I am interested in multidisciplinary research centred on architecture, and currently working at the intersection of urban and disaster studies.

My most recent work descends from my doctoral thesis on urban planning and disaster risk reduction where I investigated the functional role of urban public open spaces in urban disaster risk.

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

My areas of expertise: urban planning and design, urban morphology, heritage and historical urban form, spatial planning, disaster risk management for cultural heritage sites, disaster risk reduction at the urban scale.

Current research activity 

  • Urban studies 
  • Socio-spatial theories in urban design
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Spatial design 

Recent publications

  • Del Pinto, M, Palaiologou, G., Chmutina, K., Bosher, L., (2021), 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
  • 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
  • Goodall, S., Khalib, Z., Del Pinto, M., (2021) Disaster conversations: intersecting perspectives on cross-cultural disaster research in Disaster Prevention and Management, an International Journal, October 2021



  • Architectural History
  • Critical Theory
  • Architectural Design Studio (A)
  • Design Skills


I am a Graduate University Teacher in the School of Architecture.

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

I am active in the field of disaster risk management for cultural heritage, 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).   

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

At Loughborough University, I have been Doctoral Researchers Lead Representative in the ABCE School(2018-2020), I co-chaired the SABCE Hub Committee (2018-2021), and worked as Doctoral Leader in the Institute of Advanced Studies (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 ICCROM First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (November 2019)