Diego Ramírez-Lovering is Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. His research examines the contributory role that design and design thinking can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments — climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth — with a key focus on the Global South and through a lens of planetary health. As an award-winning architectural and urban design practitioner and researcher, Diego has completed a range of projects that advance planetary health, social equity and resilience objectives. These include affordable housing, water sensitive precinct designs and informal settlement revitalisation projects undertaken with state, local and international governments and industry.
Diego is director of the Informal Cities Lab (ICL) at Monash. The Lab undertakes design-based research exploring and speculating on the conditions of informality in developing cities, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. ICL research — designed and conducted in collaboration with government and industry — strives for impact. It purposefully and strategically targets implementation at the intersection of academic research and international development.
Recent Projects: Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments