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Alessandro Columbano

Senior Lecturer at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Alessandro is a Senior Lecturer at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Birmingham City University. He co-established and leads the Collaborative Laboratory (Co.LAB) a design and research initiative within the school that integrates teaching with practice through live projects, staff research and design consultancy.

He graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture with a distinction in both postgraduate architecture and MA Urbanism prior to developing his portfolio as an independent artist/designer. Prior to becoming an academic, Alessandro worked in architecture and research practices in Manchester and London with experience in evidence-based architectural research consultancy and heritage renovation projects.

Co.LAB jointly won a National Urban Design Award for the Knowledge Hub masterplan and a Biffa award for the design of Birmingham Open Media (BOM Gallery). He has recently joined the Birmingham City Council’s Planning Design and Conservation Review Panel and sits on the board for Centrala gallery.

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