Dr Cecilia is a research associate with experience in urban regeneration and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her interests focus on design processes and their cultural, social impacts within cities.
She is currently working as a postdoctoral research associate on a KTP project focused on innovative later living housing models. The work is developed through a collaboration between Cartwright Pickard Architects and the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design.
Cecilia received her PhD from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 2019. The research work contributed to practical process of urban and architectural regeneration by developing methodologies for establishing periodical workshops between universities and local authorities as a form of cross-sector collaboration.
Being an advocate of theory and practice as two interrelated aspects of creative disciplines, Cecilia is interested in developing ways to translate theoretical knowledge in pragmatic directives and in experimenting cross-cultural forms of collaborations by researching through design and by reflecting in & on action.
Current interests include pursuing knowledge and innovative inclusive design for later living by maintaining a human beings-centric layout.
Cecilia interests focused also on the distinct categories of resulting spaces generated during the boom-and-bust urban cycle.
She has conceptually contributed to the knowledge by explicating the meaning of and the differences between urban voids, urban non-places and empty spaces through semantic associations, participatory architecture and urban analysis methods.
Publications, exhibitions, other outcomes
Bassanese, S. and Zecca, C. “Between isolation and re-appropriation: potential of linear urban voids.” (2020) Conference proceedings AMPS “The City and Complexity Life, Design and Commerce in the Built Environment”, London.
Zecca, C., Gaglione, F, Gargiulo, C., Laing, R. (2020). “Pedestrian routes and accessibility to urban services: An urban rhythmic analysis on people's behaviour during the Covid-19”. TeMA: journal of land use, mobility and environment 13(2), pp 241-256.
Zecca, C. and Laing, R. (2020). “Reading underused urban spaces: Aberdeen views” (2020). Sustainable Cities and Society, Elsevier Volume 56.
Zecca, C. and Laing, R. (2018), “Border[s]lines. The old railway in Aberdeen between isolation and connection”. Conference proceedings Urbanism at Borders – Cross-disciplinary discourse, Aberdeen.
Gulari, M. N. and Zecca, C. (2018), “Contested border urbanism: Learning from Cyprus dispute”. Conference proceedings Urbanism at Borders – Cross-disciplinary discourse, Aberdeen.