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Arch. Federica
Scaffidi PhD

Hi there! I'm Federica. I'm a passionate, tenacious and creative person in love with cultural heritage.

Every time I visit a ruin or a derelict monument I get the Stendhal syndrome!

If you understand what I mean visit my website and contact me! I would be thrilled to have a chat with you!

Ph. Prof. Ezio Micelli

Background

I am an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Institute of Urban Design and Planning at the Leibniz University of Hannover. My academic career has been marked by interdisciplinary and international experiences that make me curious about many fields of knowledge. 

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Research

Research

My research interest is based on both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and to date has addressed the circularity, social innovation, sustainable urban development and regeneration of under-utilised neglected heritage, with a focus on industrial heritage. 

2019–Current

Assistant Professor

Leibniz University of Hannover  Hannover, Germany

Circular regeneration of industrial heritage in Europe

2018–2017

Research Fellow

Goria Foundation

Social entrepreneurship and brownfields in Piedmont

Jun - Jul 2017

Guest researcher

Leibniz University of Hannover  Hannover, Germany

Research surveys in industrial sites in Germany

2015–2019

PhD Candidate 

University of Palermo – Palermo, Italy

Socially innovative recycling in Italy, Germany and Spain

2015–2017

Research Fellow

Goria Foundation

Participation in industrial heritage enhancement 

Sept - Dec 2016

Guest researcher

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid  Madrid, Spain

Research surveys in industrial sites in Spain

Although my research activities are mainly focused in Europe, I boast a wide network that includes countries such as New Zealand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the United States and Brazil.

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Teaching

I love teaching! It is really a two-way enrichment, students always teach me something in return.

I teach urban design and the theory of urban regeneration because I believe it helps to open the students' minds to be more original and creative in solving problems. In fact, I like to work on neglected urban spaces and architecture and, find new ways to transform them in a circular and innovative way.

I was a Visiting Professor at the University Iuav of Venezia (2022) and a guest lecturer at many European universities such as the University of Amsterdam (2022) and the University of Thessaly (2020).

2020–Current

Research Methodology 

PhD and university researchers, Architecture

Leibniz University of Hannover - Hannover, Germany

2022

Seminar "Social Innovation and Urban Regeneration"

Bachelor and Master of Science, Architecture

Visiting Professor, University Iuav, Venice, Italy

2019–Current

Urban Design Studio

Bachelor and Master of Science, Architecture

Leibniz University of Hannover - Hannover, Germany

2019–Current

Seminar "Open topic in Architecture & Urban Space"

Bachelor and Master of Science, Architecture

Leibniz University of Hannover - Hannover, Germany

2016–2019

Urban Development Studio

Master of Science; Architecture

University of Palermo – Palermo, Italy

2016–2019

Regional Planning Studio

Master of Science, Urban Planning

University of Palermo – Palermo, Italy

My teaching activities make use of a metacognitive educational methodology that helps students draw out their knowledge. For this reason, I organise various workshops, debates, flânerie, drawing from life and participant observation to foster critical reflection among bachelor, master and doctoral students.

Teaching

Education

I believe you never stop learning! There are so many things in which we can be better at. That's why I like having a workspace and friends who challenge me and push me to new activities and courses for personal and professional empowerment.

2015–2019

PhD, Doctor Europaeus

University of Palermo – Palermo, Italy

Architecture, Urban Design and Planning

2011–2012

Master Green Management (Grant recipient)

ISTUD Business School – Stresa, Italy

Social Report, CSR Business Plan, Green Jobs 

2013–2014

Master of Science; Architecture

Polytechnic University of Turin – Turin, Italy

110/110 cum laude

2009–2012

Bachelor of Science; Urban Design and Planning

University of Palermo – Turin, Italy

110/110 cum laude

Skills & Languages

Hobbies

Life is too short to be passionate about just one thing. So, I enjoy playing different sports, learning new languages and trying new hobbies. I am fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and French, and I can manage with German and Portuguese. I can also read Greek and Arabic!

I love dancing, painting, making jewellery and travelling, but who doesn't do that!? :)

I have recently tried my hands at improf-theatre and I have done belly dance and volleyball at a high level.. I also enjoy creative writing and apart from my notebook, I also have a travel blog where sometimes I like writing some posts. Since childhood, I have always collected minerals, fossils and coins. I have a great collection, so sooner or later I will open my own museum! :)

I believe art and culture together with an entrepreneurial spirit, and a good network can foster a solid and long-term transformation of the many neglected assets we have in Europe and all over the world. As an architect, I am sorry to see the neglect and to know that some abandoned industrial heritages are about to be demolished. That's why I dance to denounce and raise awareness of these issues and imagine what people could do if we think in a circular way.

Skills & Languages

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Leadership

Coordination

Fundraising

Teamwork

Empathy

Public speaking 

In-depth analysis

Meracognitive Edu

Polyglot

Italian

Native

English

Advanced

Spanish

Advanced

French

Upper-intermediate

German

Basic

Basic

Portuguese

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