Gianluca Pesce

Can we develop new, more sustainable building materials based on past knowledge? Can we decode the empirical knowledge of the past, translate it into modern scientific knowledge, and use this to develop new construction materials that are more respectful of the environment?

Gianluca’s research interests are centered around the development of low- and zero-carbon construction materials inspired by the past, tailored to tomorrow’s construction industry.

Gianluca’s multidisciplinary background allows him to understand the needs of the modern construction industry and bring these inside the laboratories where the new materials are developed. His expertise in the field of material culture (developed at the Institute for the History of Material Culture of Genoa, Italy) allows him to learn from the empirical knowledge of the past, and use this to further our knowledge of the past societies and to develop innovative construction materials.

Gianluca is a leading expert in lime and is passionately interested in traditional construction materials.

Giovanni (Gianluca) Pesce is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, Northumbria University Newcastle. He has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Genoa (Italy, 1990-1999), a PhD in “Materials Engineering for the Sciences of Construction” from the same University (2002-2006), and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Bath (UK; 2010-2014). Post-doctoral work has been taken at the University of Bath (2013-2016).