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Cristina Cerulli

Dr Cristina Cerulli PhD, MArch, MSc, CiLT

Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Summary

Dr Cristina Cerulli joined Sheffield Hallam University in September 2017 as a Senior Lecturer in Architecture with a special interest in Ethical Practice, Collective Production of the Built Environment, Social Innovation and Community-Lead Housing. Cristina is active across the spectrum of research, teaching and practice, each informing and informed by the other.

Much of Cristina's current work is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and `alternative´ and creative forms of management and procurement. This includes award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. 

Cristina has been successful in obtaining funding from a range of bodies, including RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the EU, the Department of Health and the National Lottery. She is the Employability Lead for the Architecture Subject Group within the Department of Natural and Built Environment.

  • About

    Dr Cerulli qualified as an architect in Florence (1999) and since then she worked across practice and academia in Sheffield and London. She complements her work at Sheffield Hallam University, where she is active in research and teaching in architecture and urban design, with activities within Studio Polpo, the social enterprise architecture practice that she co-founded in 2008 and is director of.

    Before joining Sheffield Hallam at the end of 2017, Cristina held an academic post at the University of Sheffield, where, for 13 years, she was involved in research and teaching across the Architecture and Urban Design programmes. 

    Cristina's work is underpinned by a strong commitment to enable a shift towards more just and equitable practices in the city, challenging the normative culture of the architectural profession and education. Cristina’s approach to research is intrinsically collaborative, trans-disciplinary and co-operative. As a result, her research focuses on several strands evolved through collaborations with colleagues across disciplines from several universities and with communities and groups within and around her projects.

    Much of her recent research is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and 'alternative' and creative forms of management and procurement. This included award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. Cristina is also looking at this area from the angle of professional practice and scholarship.

  • Teaching

    Cristina pedagogical work created impact on the disciplinary discourse for Architecture and Urban Design, enhancing students' experience, improving their employability and contributing to learning and teaching excellence across disciplines within Universities and, externally, across the national and international academic community.

    She received a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the University of Sheffield (2009) and is recipient of several learning and teaching related grants. She has extensive experience of supervising undergraduate, postgraduate theses and dissertations and has supervised five doctoral students to completion.

    Cristina's students' work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally and she presented pedagogical work to national and international academic and professional audiences. At Hallam she currently teaches across undergraduate and MArch, where she co-leads, with Sam Vardy, Atelier 3 / Infrastructures of Autonomy.


  • Research

    Dr Cerulli's current research focus is around community led housing development models, shared models of living and 'alternative' and creative forms of management and procurement. Resulting research includes award winning outputs around user led housing and collective custom build as well as design and consultancy work around co-housing, community land trusts and collective models of funding such as community shares and civic crowdfunding. Cristina is also looking at this area from the angle of professional practice and scholarship.

    Much of Cristina's research has a transformative aim. For instance, the Reimaging Portland Works project supported a campaign group to imagine sustainable futures for a threatened heritage building. It facilitated the process of business planning and the successful completion of the first community share issue in Sheffield, resulting in the purchase and management of the building by an Industrial Provident society formed through the project. 

    She is a recipient of the  prestigious RIBA President's Awards for Research 2012 – Practice Based Research Category (2012) for the book A Right to Build, which was described as ‘the stuff of true architectural research’ by the Chair of the Judging Panel, Greg Penoyre of Penoyre & Prasad.

    Cristina has published and presented her work across a number of outlets, from academic journals to parliamentary launches, public events and exhibitions, to reach a range of audiences. She has also led a number of national and international collaborations with other Universities and external organisations and much of her research is in conversation with other academic disciplines and with non-academic partners. 
    Cristina been invited to speak on a number of occasions by academic and professional institutions for research, specialist and lay audiences in relation to my research, teaching and professional practice work. Invitations from international academic and cultural institutions include the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Architecture Foundation, the Lighthouse, the University of Florence, IUAV (Venice), Politecnico di Milano, KTH in Stockholm and the Harbin Institute of Technology in China.

    She has been successful in obtaining research funding from a range of bodies, including RCUK (EPSRC, AHRC), the Department of Health and the EU.

    Detailed and uptodate information about research activities can be found on Academ and ResearchGate.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Gullino, S., Seetzen, H., Pacchi, C., & Cerulli, C. (2019). Interpreting patterns of interaction between civic activism and government agency in civic crowdfunding campaigns. Built Environment, 45 (2), 248-267. http://doi.org/10.2148/benv.45.2.248

    Cerulli, C. (2017). Conflux of interest. Revealing multiple value systems in socially motivated collaborative university based projects. The Journal of Public Space, 2 (3), 11-20. http://doi.org/10.5204/jps.v2i3.108

    Jonathan Orlek, , Cristina Cerulli, , & Mark Parsons, (2016). Prototyping Shared Living: Collective Residential Experiments. BDC (Bollettino Del Centro Calza Bini), 16 (2), 251-264.

    Cerulli Cristina, (2014). Thinking about housing, collectively thoughts from Sheffield, UK. Boundaries, 9 (Do-it-yourself Architecture), 74-81.

    Sarah Bell, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2012). Emerging Community Food Production And Pathways For Urban Landscape Transitions. Emergence: Complexity & Organization An International Transdisciplinary Journal of Complex Social Systems, 14 (1, Special Issue: Complexity and Sustainability), 31-44.

    Bell, S., & Cerulli, C. (2012). Emerging community food production and pathways for urban landscape transitions. Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 14 (1), 31-44.

    Kanes Weisman, L., Cerulli, C., & Kossak, F. (2009). Educator, Activist, Politician. field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 7-20.

    Cerulli, C., & Kossak, F. (2009). Agency and the Praxis of Activism (Editorial). field: Agency and the Praxis of Activism, 3, 1-4.

    Cooper, G.S., Cerulli, C., Lawson, B.R., Peng, C., & Rezgui, Y. (2005). Tracking decision-making during architectural design. Electronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 10.

    Conference papers

    Silvia Gullino, , Cristina Cerulli, , Carolina Pacchi, , & Heidi Seetzen, (2018). Citizen-led, innovative practices in envisioning, designing and shaping the future of European Cities: stories of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milano. In 'Making Space for Hope' - AESOP (Associaltion of European Schools of Planning) Annual Congress.

    Cristina Cerulli, , & Sam Vardy, (2018). Designing Infrastructures of Autonomy: Reflections on Architectures for More Just Cities. In People, Place and Policy 2018: Alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities.

    Silvia Gullino, , Cristina Cerulli, , Carolina Pacchi, , & Heidi Seetzen, (2018). CITIZEN-LED MICRO-REGENERATION case studies of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milan. In Alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities. People, Place and Policy 2018.

    Cristina Cerulli, (2018). Community Led Approaches to Housing: Towards a Relational Understanding of Practices and Policies of Contemporary Non-speculative Housing in the UK. In HSA Conference 2018.

    Silvia Gullino, , Heidi Seetzen, , Cristina Cerulli, , & Carolina Pacchi, (2017). Civic Crowdfunding and the Negotiation of New Urban Public Spaces Stories of Citizen-led Micro-regeneration from London and Milan. In INCUBATORS Conference - Urban Living Labs for Public Space. A new generation of planning?. KU Leuven

    Cerulli, C., & Orlek, J. (2016). Developing a Critical Praxis. Inhabitation as Performance in the OPERA Project. In Stoppani, T., Bernath, D., & Engel, B. (Eds.) This Thing Called Theory - 12th Architectural Humanities Association Conference.

    Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Collective Residential Experiments: Prototyping Shared Living through the Reuse of Vacant Buildings. In Abitare Insieme / Living Together -Dimensione condivisa del progetto futuro - 3° EDITION OF “INHABITING THE FUTURE” International Conference, (pp. 705-715). University of Naples Federico II - Department of Architecture

    Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Holding Hands and Propping Up: Notes for a Framework for Collective Learning and Acting in the City. In Abitare Insieme / Living Together -Dimensione condivisa del progetto futuro - 3° EDITION OF “INHABITING THE FUTURE” International Conference, (pp. 1471-1482). University of Naples Federico II - Department of Architecture

    Cristina Cerulli, , Beatrice De Carli, , & Florian Kossak, (2015). Translocal Networks of Mutual Learning in Urban Des ign Education. In Urban Lab+ London Symposium 2015.

    Cerulli, C. (2015). Sustaining Communities’ Collective Endeavours: Stories from Sheffield. In Architecture and Resilience on the Human Scale, (pp. 99). School of Architecture, University of Sheffield

    Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Open Public Experimental Residential Activity (OPERA): Looking Back and Looking Forwards. In Home and Art workshop. The Centre for Studies of Home at the Geffrye Museum

    Cristina Cerulli, (2015). A Social Ecology of Collective 'DIY' Approaches to Housing in UK. In Critical Perspectives on Housing.

    Cerulli Cristina, (2012). Transforming Professional Norms: Activism (Stealthily) Becomes a Core Skill in Architectural Professional Practice Curricula. In Theory by Design - Architectural research made explicit in the design studio.

    Cristina Cerulli, , & Julia Udall, (2011). Collective Production and Action: the Re-imagining Portland Works Project. In ISBE 2011 Conference - 34th ISBE Conference Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities.

    Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Rethinking Professional Skills: Architects of a Deeper Green. In 2011 China - UK – Korea Trilateral Conference on ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN EDUCATION. Harbin Institute of Technology

    Cristina Cerulli, , & Martin Field, (2011). Deconstructing the UK's housing speculation: finding a blueprint for a green future in mutual models. In Long Term Economics Issues and the Green Built Environment: Risk, Investment, the Future, Discounting, Intergenerational Equity, (pp. 28-31). Green Economics Institute

    Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Breeding Architects of a Deeper Green: Rethinking Professional Skills. In 7th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Common Ground

    Cerulli, C. (2010). Modes, Models, Strategies and Tactics for the anaging Proactive Architectural Praxis. In Constructed Environment Conference 2010.

    Cerulli, C. (2010). Transformative Knowledge Production: the case of Re-imagining Portland Works KT Project. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS.

    Cerulli, C. (2010). LEARNING TO WORK IN NETWORKS: Episodes of Social Entrepreneurship in Architecture. In 2ndINTERNATIONAL SOCIAL INNOVATION RESEARCH CONFERENCEPARTNERSHIPS, HYBIRDS AND NETWORKS.

    Cerulli, C. (2010). Housing with Joie de Vivre: Mutual Production Models for Sustainable Futures. In 5th Annual Green Economics Conference The Age of Global Transformation The Age of Green Economics, (pp. 54-60). Green Economics Institute

    Cerulli, C. (2006). Sieving pebbles and growing profiles - Capitalising on knowledge embodied in design practice. Innovations in Design & Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban Planning, 277-291. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5060-2_18

    Cerulli, C., Peng, C.Z., & Lawson, B. (2001). Capturing histories of design processes for collaborative building design development - Field trial of the ADS prototype. COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES 2001, PROCEEDINGS, 427-437.

    Book chapters

    Gullino, S., Cerulli, C., Pacchi, C., & Seetzen, H. (2018). Citizen-led micro-regeneration and the negotiation of new urban public spaces: A comparative case-study of civic crowdfunding in London. In Fisker, J.K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L., & Bruzzese, A. (Eds.) The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue. New York: Routledge

    Gullino Silvia, , Seetzen, H., Cerulli Cristina, , & Pacchi Carolina, (2018). Citizen-led Micro-regeneration: case studies of Civic Crowdfunding in London and Milano. In Jens Kaae Fisker, , Letizia Chiappini, , Lee Pugalis, , & Antonella Bruzzese, (Eds.) The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue. New York: Routledge

    Cristina Cerulli, (2017). Conflux of Interest: Revealing Multiple Value Systems in Socially Motivated Collaborative University Based Projects. In Daniel Brown, , Mark Southcombe, , & Annabel Pretty, (Eds.) Applied Collaborations. Wellington, NZ

    Cerulli, C. (2011). MAKING IT HAPPEN WITH OTHERS: Episodes of Social Entrepreneurship in Design from Academia to the Outside and Back. In Baines, E., & Brown, (Eds.) The Business of Design: Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

    Martin Field, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Researching Cohousing: What research is useful for understanding’s CoH’s place in the UK? In Martin Field, (Ed.) CoHousing : a Diggers & Dreamers Review, 2011. Diggers & Dreamers

    Cristina Cerulli, , & Martin Field, (2011). Deconstructing the UK's housing speculation: finding a blueprint for a green future in mutual models. In Kennet, M., & Felton, J. (Eds.) The Green Built Environment: A Handbook. The Green Economics Institute

    Cristina Cerulli, (2011). Housing with Joie de Vivre: Mutual Production Models for Sustainable Futures. In Kennet, M., & Felton, J. (Eds.) The Green Built Environment: A Handbook. The Green Economics Institute

    Cerulli, C. (2010). What now? Reflections on what public housing has been and could become. In Zimmerman, A.L., & Johansson, (Eds.) Estate. London: Myrtle Press

    Cristina Cerulli, , Florian Kossak, , Doina Petrescu, , & Tatjana Schneider, (2010). Agencies of Live Projects by Agency. In Doina Petrescu, , Constantin Petcou, , & Nishat Awan, (Eds.) TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. (pp. 287-298). aaa/peprav

    Cristina Cerulli, (2010). Mutually, Commonly. In Doina Petrescu, , Constantin Petcou, , & Nishat Awan, (Eds.) TRANS LOCAL ACT Cultural Practices Within and Across. (pp. 287-298). aaa/peprav

    Cerulli, C., & Holder, A. (2009). Acting from the bottom up: Stories of designers and communities. In Fiona Hackney, , Jonathan Glynne, , & Viv Minton, (Eds.) Networks of Design. (pp. 29-34). Universal-Publishers

    Cerulli, C., & Matsumoto, I. (2003). Knowledge capture and knowledge management. In Teamwork2002: Solutions for collaborative working in construction and FM. London: Virtual First Ltd

    Books

    Cristina Cerulli, , Beatrice De Carli, , & Florian Kossak, (2017). Urban Design Methodologies and Tools for the Engaged Practitioner. Sheffield: University of Sheffield.

    Jonathan Orlek, , Mark Parsons, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2015). Experimental Residential - How could short-term, shared living be introduced into UK city centres? Sheffield, UK: Antenna Press for Studio Polpo.

    Ash, C., Birkbeck, D., Brown, S., Cerulli, C., & Stevenson, F. (2013). Motivating Collective Custom Build Report. Sheffield, UK: University of Sheffield. http://www.collectivecustombuild.org/site/media/PDF_Downloads/Motivating_Collective_Custom_Build_(2013)_-_Full_Report.pdf

    Cerulli, C., & Udall, J. (2011). Re-imagining Portland Works. Antenna Press.

    (2011). Come Collaborate with Me! Praxis for Architectural Research. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Come-Collaborate-Me-Cristina-Cerulli/dp/0955666929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479983080&sr=8-1&keywords=come+and+collaborate+with+me

    Reports

    Katya Porohina, , & Cristina Cerulli, (2012). River Commons Projects Report. Sheffield: Antenna Press. http://issuu.com/skin_network/docs/the_river_commons_projects/1

    Parvin, A., Saxby, D., Cerulli, C., & Schneider, T. (2011). A Right To Build - The Next Mass-Housebuilding Industry. Sheffield; London: Architecture 00:/; University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

    Other publications

    (2018). a 3 point manifesto for a more equal urban future ...understand the rules of the game, chew them up and propose new rules. Sheffield, UK

    (2017). SHEFFIELD COMMUNITY LAND TRUST: THE STORY SO FAR & HOW TO GET INVOLVED. Union St Co-Working, Sheffield

    (2015). Making and Unmaking in the City: Stories of Practices of Making from Sheffield, UK. Sheffield, UK

    (2014). Which co-housing for Sheffield? Emerging models and approaches.

    (2014). Learning to Produce Housing Collectively. Shirle Hill Co-housing, Sheffield

    (2013). Leverage, Alignment and Currencies / Ethics and methods for cultural and educational ins titutions engaging with processes of urban transfor mation in contested areas. Istanbul

    Cristina Cerulli, (2013). Thinking About Housing, Collectively. http://bookstore.boundaries.it/en/boundaries/20-do-it-yourself-2239033209.html

    (2011). Establishing University Based Activist Research: the Portland Works Project. Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin, China

    (n.d.). Addressing socio-economic access and inclusivity in my practice.

  • Other activities

    I am currently serving as on the Commission for Ethics and Sustainable Development of the Royal Institute of British Architects, with an aim of putting public interest at the heart of the architecture profession.

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