I am an archaeologist and architectural specialist working as University Researcher at the University of Helsinki. I received a PhD in Archaeology (2017) from the University of Edinburgh, having previously completed my studies at the University of Florence and the GSAPP, Columbia University.

My research concentrates on developing an interdisciplinary methodology for the study of ancient architecture, combining geoarchaeology, ethnoarchaeology and social anthropology. Since 2005 I have worked in the Mediterranean region, in the Americas and Asia with a research focus in earthen architecture, identity construction, and the relationship between the natural and built environment.

My core expertise lies in the building architecture, geoarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology. Since January 2020, I am the PI of the #buildingsustainability project (2020-2023), a three year research project funded by the University of Helsinki. I am also an  Academy of Finland Fellow for EARTH (Academy of Finland, 2022-2027, PI: M. Lorenzon), the PI of “Building in New Lands: Phoenician sustainable architecture and environmental adaptation along the Mediterranean Sea (Kone Foundation project 2023-2026) project and NOS-HS workshop series “Earthen Architecture in Nordic research: Historic knowledge, Social impact and Sustainability” (2020-2023). I am theCo-PI of the project “Techniques de construction en terre en Crète: approches expérimentales” (2022-2026) EFA (École française d’Athénes). My recently concluded project Building Identities in Border Areas: cultures, narratives and architecture”  focused on Nubian and Armenian heritage and was funded by the Future Fund, University of Helsinki.

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