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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

Entry year: 2016/17

Title: [provisional] Colour-blindness, mestizaje, and the racialization of spatial (in)justice in Bogotá’s urban/global periphery

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural Studies

Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophy

Urban Studies


Giulia trained as an architect (University IUAV of Venice; Illinois Institute of Technology-IIT, Chicago) and urban designer (University of Sheffield). She worked in the public planning sector in New York City (NYC Department of City Planning) and for an architecture NGO in Ouidah (Republic of Benin), while serving as editor of urban studies magazines (Italy; Spain).

Among other seminars and symposia, Giulia has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar, the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín", and the interdisciplinary working group Urbanism in the Global South (funded by the departments of Architecture, Geography, and POLIS), which she founded in 2017.

She serves as supervisor for the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part IB) individual dissertations and "Theories in Twentieth-Century Architecture"; she is a supervisor for Architecture and Geography in the Study Skills programme at King's College. She has served as invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters studio projects at the University of Cambridge and at UCL, and as invited lecturer at the University of Sheffield and the University Externado of Bogotá. Since October 2016, Giulia has served as editor for the Cambridge-based magazine of academic journalism King's Review, for which she is also co-editing a book. During 2017/18, Giulia is Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies and at the Centre for Afro-descendant Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Giulia's doctoral research explores the relation between race, space, and internal displacement in Bogotá (Colombia), by focusing on the material, socio-political, and cultural formation of racialized urban geographies.

Her doctoral research is jointly funded by the AHRC DTP and King’s College, Cambridge.