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Biography

Diego Ramírez-Lovering is Professor of Architecture of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture. His research examines the contributory role that architecture and urbanism can play in addressing the significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments -climate change, resource limitations and rapid population growth with a key focus on the Global South. As an award-winning architectural practitioner and researcher, Ramirez-Lovering has been commissioned to design a range of projects including affordable housing, commercial projects and public art projects and has completed a number of urban resilience projects with State and Local Government groups and industry.  

His written work has been published in leading journals in Australia and Internationally and his built work has been awarded by the Australian Institute of Architects. He is frequently called upon to talk to the media, present keynote lectures nationally and internationally and participate in adjudication, advisory and review panels for the public and private sector.

Ramirez-Lovering is the director of the Informal Cities Lab (ICL) in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University. The Lab undertakes design-based research exploring and speculating on the conditions of informality in developing cities. ICL research – designed and conducted in collaboration with government and industry – strives for impact, purposefully and strategically targeting implementation at the intersection of academic research and international development.

Ramirez-Lovering has developed a body of design research examining the issues and processes involved in delivering best-practice water-sensitive urban design from the scale of the dwelling to the scale of the catchment. This research involves climate, and local catchment issues including ecology, water quality, and flood risk. This research has been explored in the developing city context of the Global South.

An exemplar of this research approach, Ramirez-Lovering is leading the development of design and engagement models for a multi-million dollar international research project aiming to advance human health and well-being in informal settlements by transforming housing, water infrastructure, water management, and sanitation practices in 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia. The project, titled Revitalising Informal Settlements and Their Environments, includes an AUD$14 million grant from the Wellcome Trust’s “Our Planet Our Health” program and funding from the Asian Development Bank for capital works.

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, PhD, MONASH UNIVERSITY

31 Mar 2021

Award Date: 21 Mar 2013

Architecture, Master of Architecture, RMIT University

21 Mar 200121 Mar 2003

Award Date: 21 Mar 2003

Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design

21 Sep 199231 Jul 1997

Award Date: 21 Jul 1997

Research area keywords

  • Informal Settlements
  • Urbn Design
  • Architecture
  • Water Sensitive urban Design
  • Affordable Housing

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Projects

Sustainable Development of Informal Settlements and Citarum Basin Ecologies

Raven, R., Porto de Albuquerque, J., Ramirez, D., Yeboah, G., Smith, L., Pitidis, E., Holden, J., Clarke, J., Satur, P. & Whitehead, S.

Monash University – Internal University Contribution

3/02/201/02/21

Project: Research

Design and architecture practice research: contemporary PhD (DAP_r)

Blythe, R., Vaughan, L., Haylock, B., van Schalk, L., Attiwill, S., Ednie-Brown, P., Mitsogianni, V., O'Callaghan, J., Moline, K., Demirbilek, O., Luscombe, D., McNeil, P., Wallan, L., Bertram, N., Bird, M., Murray, S., Ramirez, D., Hurst, R., Kelly, V., Bette, U., Russell-Clarke, J., George, B., Knapp, C., Carter, A., Sarvimaki, M., Woodward, M., Anderson, L., Komac, U., Muminovic, M., Ware, S. A., Loo, S., Moloney, J., Gibson, I., Fullaondo, D., Wier, I., Lawson, G. & Osborne, L.

19/11/151/04/18

Project: Research

Research Output

(Temporary) Appropriation (of Space), Makassar, and Urban Kampung

Josey, B. C. & Ramirez-Lovering, D., 2020, Temporary Appropriation in Cities: Human Spatialisation in Public Spaces and Community Resilience. Melis, A., Lara-Hernandez, J. A. & Thompson, J. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 171-193 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Right tree, right place, right time: A visual-functional design approach to select and place trees for optimal shade benefit to commuting pedestrians

Langenheim, N., White, M., Tapper, N., Livesley, S. J. & Ramirez-Lovering, D., 2020, In : Sustainable Cities and Society. 52, 11 p., 101816.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)

Benchmarking Bogor's water sensitive performance

Rogers, B., Brodnik, C., Gunn, A., Marthanty, D. R., Arifin, H. S., Ramirez, D., Farrelly, M., Kaswanto, R. L., Pandjaitan, N., Suharnoto, Y., Suwarso, R. & Syaukat, Y., 2019, Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC). 53 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

File

Expanded Design Research

Bertram, N., Murray, S. & Ramirez-Lovering, D., 2019, In Time With Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities. Bertram, N. & Murphy, C. (eds.). Crawley, WA, Australia: UWA Publishing, p. 14-27 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Prizes

MADA Research Strategic Development and Engagement Grant

Kairuz, Eduardo (Recipient) & Ramirez, Diego (Recipient), 21 Mar 2013

Prize: Other distinction

Activities

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Industry projects

World Congress on Resilience, Reliability and Asset Management 2019

Michaela Prescott (Speaker), , Diego Ramirez (Speaker), & Erich Wolff (Speaker)

30 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Water and Historical Cities - Through the Lens of Water

Markus Jung (Speaker), , Diego Ramirez (Speaker), & Robert Skinner (Speaker)

Nov 2015

Activity: Other Teaching Engagements and non-HDR SupervisionsIndustry projects

Press / Media

RISE: 'RISE comes to life for Asian Development Bank President'

Diego Ramirez, Michaela Prescott, Hesam Kamalipour, Mohamed El-Sioufi, Brendan Josey, Dasha Spasojevic, Mahsa Mesgar, Erich Wolff, Amalie Wright, Anna Leersnyder, Kerrie Burge, Tony Wong, Peter Breen & Matthew French

2/03/20

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs

TRIBUN MAKASSAR: 'Iqbal Suhaeb Bakal Terapkan Pengolahan Limbah Air RISE'

Diego Ramirez, Michaela Prescott, Hesam Kamalipour, Mohamed El-Sioufi, Brendan Josey, Dasha Spasojevic, Mahsa Mesgar, Erich Wolff, Amalie Wright, Anna Leersnyder, Kerrie Burge, Tony Wong, Peter Breen & Matthew French

19/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

SMART CITY: 'Pj Wali Kota Resmikan Lokasi Percontohan RISE di Batua'

Diego Ramirez, Michaela Prescott, Hesam Kamalipour, Mohamed El-Sioufi, Brendan Josey, Dasha Spasojevic, Mahsa Mesgar, Erich Wolff, Amalie Wright, Anna Leersnyder, Kerrie Burge, Tony Wong, Peter Breen & Matthew French

19/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Other

ANTARANEWS: 'Penjabat Wali Kota Makassar siap replikasi program RISE'

Diego Ramirez, Michaela Prescott, Hesam Kamalipour, Mohamed El-Sioufi, Brendan Josey, Dasha Spasojevic, Mahsa Mesgar, Erich Wolff, Amalie Wright, Anna Leersnyder, Kerrie Burge, Tony Wong, Peter Breen & Matthew French

19/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

SULSEL SATU: 'Ubah Lokasi Kumuh Menjadi Layak Huni, Iqbal Suhaeb Harap Warga Sadar Lingkungan'

Diego Ramirez, Michaela Prescott, Hesam Kamalipour, Mohamed El-Sioufi, Brendan Josey, Dasha Spasojevic, Mahsa Mesgar, Erich Wolff, Amalie Wright, Anna Leersnyder, Kerrie Burge, Tony Wong, Peter Breen & Matthew French

19/10/19

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature