Founder and President, City Space Architecture, Italy
Luisa Bravo is a global academic scholar and educator, passionate public space activist, and social entrepreneur. She has more than 15-years experience in the professional field as urban planner and designer with a specific focus on public space. After completing her PhD in Italy (2008), she has taught, researched and lectured in Europe, the United States, Middle East, Asia and Australia. She is currently Adjunct Professor in Urban Design at the University of Florence in Italy.
Luisa holds a strong record of publications, and she has been the recipient of grants, such as the Marco Polo scholarship, and awards, such as the Australia Award Endeavour Executive Fellowship. She has been invited/selected to attend as a speaker international conferences and major United Nations events, such as the Habitat III conference (Quito, 2016), the 9th World Urban Forum (Kuala Lumpur, 2018), the 2nd Saudi Urban Forum (Riyadh, 2018), the first UN-Habitat Assembly (Nairobi, 2019) and the 10th World Urban Forum (Abu Dhabi, 2020). With her non-profit organization City Space Architecture, that she founded in 2013, she organized and curated conferences, seminars, workshops and exhibitions internationally aimed at promoting public space culture, involving art and architecture. Under her leadership, City Space Architecture became partner of the UN-Habitat's Global Public Space Programme and was included in the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs' Civil Society database and in the General Assembly of Partners (GAP), Research and Academia Partner Constituent Group.
Luisa is the Founder, Editor in Chief and Journal Manager of 'The Journal of Public Space', the first, international, interdisciplinary, academic, open access journal entirely dedicated to public space, that she established through City Space Architecture in 2015, in partnership with UN-Habitat. Luisa’s lecture ‘Stand up for Public Space!’ has been included in the UN-Habitat Global Urban Lectures series (2017). Luisa is the Founder and Curator of the Public Space Museum, the first Italian research centre entirely dedicated to collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to public space practice, merging art and architecture into a complex new discipline. The Museum is developed in partnership with her Italian for-profit company Genius Saeculi.