Sonia Pistidda (born in Como, Italy, 1974) graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (1999) with a dissertation on Urban Restoration; at the same university she attended a postgraduate course for "expert in preventive conservation and maintenance of historical and architectural heritage" (1999-2000) and then achieved a PhD with summa cum laude in “Architecture, Urban Design, Conservation of Housing and Landscape” with a dissertation about countries in transition in South-east Europe. From 2001 she has been working with the Department of Architectural Design at Politecnico di Milano as Research Fellow (2001 to 2007 and 2010 to 2012), collaborating on several research projects about preservation of cultural heritage, historic towns and cultural landscape. She has participated in important cultural promotion activities, collaborating to organize conferences, meeting and exhibitions (from 2006 to 2008 she was part of the Scientific and Organization Secretariat of the "Third International Exhibition of Monumental Restoration: From Restoration to Conservation, forty years of projects"). She worked for the magazine Ananke as editorial staff (2000 to 2008) and she published several articles on the issues of preservation of cultural heritage. From 2002 she has had many teaching experiences as Teaching Assistant and Adjunct Professor at Politecnico di Milano (2011 to 2012) and University of Parma (2003 to 2010). Member of Architects Associations of Como, she is involved in professional collaboration with architectural firms in Milan. From 2007 she has been working with Politecnico di Milano in international projects collaborating with organizations as Unesco and World Bank (Albania, Iran, Armenia, Sustainable Cities initiative in Europe and Central Asia). Her expertise includes the issues related to the conservation, protection and enhancement of cultural heritage, cultural landscape preservation, historic towns regeneration and the relationship between conservation and project of “existing built”.
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