Ms Louise Ciotti

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About me

I combine professional architectural practice with research and teaching.  

I have 20 years practice experience in Bristol and Porto and Gloucestershire (with Adapt Architects; AFA; White Design Associates; Carlos Nuno Lacerda Lopes Arq).

My research work has primarily been practice-based, responding to prevailing industry needs in the advancement of sustainable design and construction. As in-house Researcher for White Design Associates, I was principal researcher for a number for Innovate UK funded research projects into innovative materiality, embodied carbon profiling and climate change adaptation. I collaborated with Cardiff University to publish low carbon school design guidance as part of their Design Research Unit. I have many pedagogic research interests and engaged in creative practice research. 

I am a RIBA Silver Medal nominee and recipient of the University of Sheffield Stephen Welsh Prize. 

Area of expertise

ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE:

Practicing architect certifed with the ARB; 
Director of a RIBA registered practice operating in the SW;
Retrofit - specialism in retrofitting existing buildings; 
PAS 2035 retrofit designer, experience retrofitting a variety construction typologies including traditional solid wall buildings;
Historic Building Conservation - adaptive reuse, historic repair experience;
Registered Conservation Architect with the AABC [Architects Acreditted in Building Conservation]; 
Contract Administration and project management - for traditional contracts for a variety of building typologies and contract sums.

RESEARCH:
Future Climate Design - design for 2050 and 2080 at dwelling / neighbourhood scale;
Low Carbon Construction; passivhaus methods,
embodied carbon analysis and material specifications;
Retrofit implimentation in low-Income communities; 
Improving energy efficiency in historic buildings; 
Impact Accelorator Community workshops in retrofit for householders, tenants and SME trades. 

TEACHING AND LEARNING:
Research in relationships between mental well-being and disruptive pedagogies;
Leadership in tackling the Awarding Gap via exemplar teaching practice and as member of SAAE Award ing gap review panel.

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