Tiziana Destino (ITA)

In 2006 she was awarded a research assignment in the AUC Cairo, and specialized on housing typology and behavioural patterns in private spaces in Cairo and in 2009 specialised in collective architecture in developing countries at the ETSAM, UPM Madrid working among other on South America and Spain. Between 2009-10 she spent one year studying vernacular architecture, cultural landscapes mapping and training in raising awareness of heritage values for the civil society in the Balkans: among others in Gjirokastra and Butrint, with the local NGOs CHwB, Albanian Heritage Foundation and GCDO in Albania and in Kotor, Montenegro with local NGO Expeditio, part of the SEE heritage network. After a preparatory year at the BTU Cottbus, Unesco Chair in Heritage Studies, she is currently Phd candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the TU Berlin, Germany with a research project on heritage narratives.

Visiting Critic at the Notre Dame University in Indiana, USA and in Rome, Italy, in 2009 and 2011 she lectured on Cairo urban development and directed a workshop on Islamic architecture. As a trainee with the Aga Khan Foundation in Cairo in 2007 she worked on a large scale area rehabilitation project for the Darb al-Ahmar. As an architect she worked in professional practices across Europe – Barcelona, Paris, Rome, Rotterdam – and Tokyo. She is now junior member of cultural heritage organizations such as ICOMOS Italy for the protection of monuments and sites, CIVVIH on the protection of historic towns and villages, INTBAU on traditional art and CEU on european urbanism and Junior-Expert for the HammaMed project in the framework of the Euromed Heritage IV program working on raising awareness of the value of hammam ritual and practices.

She travelled and worked since 1998 around the mediterranean in France, Spain, Italy, Montenegro, Albania, Greece,Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco. Her research interests are on the mediterranean shared cultural heritage: linking northern and southern shores she is interested in show evidences of common practices, behavioural patterns and elements of traditional and vernacular architecture and urban morphology across the borders of neighbouring countries. On the long term she is working on the recording Euromediterranean heritage narratives and compile an atlas of trans-mediterranean places of memory.