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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

Entry year: 2016/17

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

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural Studies

Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophy

Urban Geography

Urban Studies


Giulia has completed her BArch (summa cum laude) between the University IUAV of Venice and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) of Chicago, and her MSc in Urban Design (summa cum laude) between the University of Sheffield and the University IUAV of Venice. During her Bachelor she volunteered (NGO) as assistant architect and research assistant in the Republic of Benin; during her MSc she was visiting researcher in Urban Planning at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá. After her Masters, she worked as Urban Designer at the Department of City Planning in New York City, and as editor in two academic journals of architectural and urban studies (Italy; Spain).

In the a.y. 2016/17, Giulia has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar, the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (Centre for Latin American Studies; Department of Architecture; King’s College), the Research Exchange and the symposium Women in Academia at King's College, among others; she has co-founded the King’s College Urban Network together with Professor Matthew Gandy, and the interdisciplinary working group Urbanism in the Global South based among the departments of Architecture, Geography, and POLIS (Centre for Development Studies and CLAS), at the University of Cambridge.
She serves as supervisor for the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part IB) individual dissertations and for the course on "Theories in Twentieth-Century Architecture"; she is a supervisor for Architecture and Geography in the Study Skills programme at King's College. She had also 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 also Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies and at the Centre for Afro-descendant Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. 
She is a member of the Global Challenges Initiative (GCI): the Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals; she is also a member of the research group Cities South of Cancer (CSC - Martin Centre), which focuses on urban theory and practice in the cities of Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Resorting to and employing the theoretical frameworks of Latin American decolonial theory and Critical Race Theory, Giulia’s research problematizes the notion of socio-spatial segregation in a postcolonial metropolis of Latin America (Bogotá, Colombia), from the perspective of racial invisibility and the perpetuation of socio-spatial privilege commonly associated to whiteness and mestizaje. Her work is concerned with the way in which contemporary planning agendas as well as marginalised practices of placemaking (seen as forms of "social infrastructure") are impacting occupational identity and spatial justice in the city.  

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