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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Urban Studies

Architectural and Planning History & Theory

Cultural Studies

Latin America

Postcolonial and Decolonial Epistemologies

Critical Race Theory


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).

Giulia has co-founded the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (Department of Architecture, Department of Geography, POLIS/Centre for Development Studies and CLAS), and the King's Urban Network (King's College, Cambridge) with Prof Matthew Gandy. She has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar during 2016/17, the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (featuring Colombian presidential candidate and former Medellín mayor Sergio Fajardo, and former Cali mayor Rodrigo Guerrero), the Martin Centre Seminar Series Women in Practice (featuring Prof Jennifer Robinson, Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, and London-based architect Sarah Wigglesworth), and the 2017 symposium for International Women's Day at King's College (featuring Prof Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Prof Dame Carole Black, Dr Mezna Qato, Dr Lilia Giugni, et al.), among others.

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 was Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies and at the Centre for Afro-descendant Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. During 2018/19 she is the graduate representative for both UCU and the university-wide Decolonising initiative, at the department of Architecture. 

Giulia's doctoral research explores the relation between race and space in contemporary Latin American cities under regimes of neoliberal urbanism, by focusing on the material and cultural formation of racialized forms of spatial injustice and invisibilised subjectivities in Bogotá, Colombia.

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