Davide Lombardi

Profile

Davide Lombardi is a chartered architect and scholar, holding a degree in Architecture with honors (BA+MA, Università degli Studi Gabriele d’Annunzio) and a Ph.D. degree in Architecture (School of Advanced Studies Gabriele d’Annunzio).
Currently, he holds the position as Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Architecture Department at the Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University (Suzhou, China)
Before joining XJTLU, he served at The University of Edinburgh as Teaching Fellow in Digital Architecture and Design.

He currently serves the Department of Architecture by leading its Master of Architectural Design and providing his support by holding different service roles. During the last years, he has been instrumental in creating streamlined processes to smoothen the regular operations related to departmental academic life. He took the lead in aspects such as students’ exchange schemes development, students’ admission pathways creation, curricula modifications and improvements, ensuring the compliance with academic and professional body’s quality standards, marketing and outreach, IT coordination and procurement. He acquired experience related to professional accreditation schemes (RIBA), being part of the successful revalidation obtained by the UG and PH programs in 2019.
He is a member of Design School committees and liaises with University level units.

His interest in computational tools and strategies led him to investigate the impact of cutting-edge techniques in the field of blockchain technologies applied to the AEC industry, robotic fabrication and gamification of architectural education.
His research has been published in books, journals and conference proceedings via key-note speeches in international universities (Oxford-Brookes Rome Visiting School, Nanjing University, Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology, Royal University of Bhutan, UDLAP Puebla).
He has been awarded a number of national and international grants for his research (Italy, Scotland, China).

Teaching wise, he is the supervisor of several Ph.D. candidates in XJTLU and UoL, Module Leader for the M/Arch final year project and delivers lectures for multiple modules within the BEng program. He also co-supervises UG and PG thesis in the civil engineering program.
Further, he organises extra-curricular workshops around digital architecture with international experts in digital representation, advanced structural design, and decentralisation in architecture.

As a professional, he collaborates with various architecture firms on large-scale international projects and small design proposals in different countries (Italy, China, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Greece, Serbia).

  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. , School of Advanced Studies 'G. d'Annunzio', - 2015
    • B.A+M.A , Università degli Studi Gabriele d'Annunzio, Department of Architecture, Italy - 2011
  • Experience

    • Head of Architecture Department, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2022 to Present
    • Head of Architecture Department (Interim), Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 03/2022 to 04/22
    • Deputy Head of Architecture Department, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2019 to 2022
    • Associate Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool - Liverpool University, 2019 to Present
    • Lecturer, Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - 2017 to 2019
    • Teaching Fellow in Digital Design and Architecture, The University of Edinburgh - 2015 to 2016
    • Computational designer, A>T - 2013 to 2016
    • Architect, Livio Sacchi Office of Architecture - 2011 to 2011
  • Research interests

    • Digital Representation
    • Computational Structural Design and Analysis
    • Blockchain and Built Environment
    • Computational Design
  • Articles

    • Lombardi D., Dounas T., Jabi W., Framework for decentralised architectural design BIM and Blockchain integration, in International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), October 2020, doi:10.1177/1478077120963376
  • Proceedings

    • Awan, A., Lombardi, D., Agkathidis, A., Efficacy of Gamification on Introductory Architectural Education: A Literature Review, in “Co-creating the Future: Inclusion in and through Design”, eCAADe 2022 conference
    • Zhao, J., Lombardi, D., Chen, H., Agkathidis, A., Reinventing the Dougong joint by using robotic technologies: A literature review, in “Co-creating the Future: Inclusion in and through Design”, eCAADe 2022 conference
    • Quan, D., Herr, C., Lombardi, D., Gao, Z., Xia, J., Prototyping Parametrically Designed Fiber-reinforced Concrete Facade Elements Using 3D Printed Formwork, in “Innovation, Sustainability, Legacy”, IASS 2022 conference, 19 - 22 September 2022 (Beijing, P. R. China)
    • Ziyue G., Xia J., Quan D., Herr C., Lombardi D., Structural behaviours of a concrete façade panel prototype facilitated by 3D printed formwork, in International Conference on Structure and Civil Engineering Research, 24-26 June 2022 (Xi'an, P.R. China)
    • Dounas T., Jabi W., Lombardi D., Non-Fungible Tokens and Material passports: Blockchain as infrastructure for a circular economy in the AEC industry, in "Designing Possibilities" SIGraDI 2021 International Conference, 8 - 12 November 2021
    • Zhao J., Lombardi D., Chen H-M., Agkatidis A., Reinterpretation of the Dougong joint by the use of parametric tools and robotic fabrication techniques, in "Towards a new, configurable architecture" eCAADe 2021 International Conference, 8-10 September 2021 (University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)
    • Dounas T., Jabi W., Lombardi D., Topology generated non-fungible tokens: Blockchain as infrastructurefor a circular economy in architectural design, in "Projections" CAADRIA 2021 International Conference, 29 March - 01 April 2021 (CUHK, Hong Kong)
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T., Cheung L. H., Jabi W., Blockchain for Validating the Design Process, in "Transformative Design" SIGraDI 2020 International Conference, 18 - 20 November 2020 (Universidad Pontifica Boliviana, Medellin, Colombia)
    • Dounas T., Jabi W., Lombardi D., Smart Contracts for Decentralised Building Information Modelling, in "Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age" eCAADe2020 International Conference, 16-17 September 2020 (TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
    • Jianyang Z., Lombardi D., Agkathidis A., Application of robotic technologies for the fabrication of traditional Chinese timber joints, in "Anthropologic – Architecture and Fabrication in the cognitive age" eCAADe2020 International Conference, 16-17 September 2020 (TU Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
    • Herr C.M., Hou W., Li S., Zhang H., Lombardi D., "Reinventing the truss: A collaborative pedestrian bridge design project", in Forme and Force, IASS Annual Symposium 2019 – Structural Membranes 2019, 7-10 October 2019 (Barcelona)
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T., Jabi W. (2019), Towards Blockchains for architectural design Consensus mechanisms for collaboration in BIM, in “Architecture in the age of the 4th industrial revolution” eCAADe 2019 International Conference, 12-14 September 2019 (University of Porto, Porto, Portugal)
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T. (2019), Blockchain Grammars - Designing with DAOs - The blockchain as a design platform for shape grammarists' decentralised collaboration, in “Intelligent & Informed” CAADRIA 2019 International Conference, 12-14 April 2019 (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand);
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T. (2018), A CAD-Blockchain Integration Strategy for Distributed Validated Digital Design - Connecting the Blockchain, in “Computing for a better tomorrow” eCAADe 2018 Intenatioanl Conference, 19 – 21 September 2018 (Lodz University of Technology, Poland);
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T. (2018). Creating new cities – Cellular automata and social condenser, in “Learning, prototyping and adapting” CAADRIA 2018 International Conference, 17-19 May 2018 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China);
    • Lombardi D., Herr C., Galobardes I. (2018), Parametric Design of Sculptural Fibre Reinforced Concrete Façade Components, in “Learning, prototyping and adapting” CAADRIA 2018 International Conference, 17-19 May 2018 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China);
    • Lombardi D. (2017), Acheiropoietic Architecture, in “IMMAGINI?” International Conference, 27-29 November 2017 (Free University, Brixen, Italy);
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • Lombardi D., Dounas T., Blockchain for Construction, edited book, Springer, 2022, ISBN 9811937583
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • Dounas, T., Lombardi, D., Jabi, W., Collective Digital Factories for Buildings: Stigmergic collaboration through cryptoeconomics, chapter in Lombardi D., Dounas T., Blockchain for Construction, edited book, Springer, 2022, ISBN 9811937583
    • Lombardi, D., Dounas, T., Decentralised Autonomous Organisation for the AEC and Design industries, chapter in Blockchain for Construction, edited book, Springer, 2022, ISBN 9811937583
    • Loehlein G., Lombardi D., 2021, "Neri&Hu Suzhou Chapel Complex", in New Trends and Traditions in China, COMPASSES n.35
    • Lombardi D., Dounas T., Perez D., Stella P., Cubb M., 2020, "Panoramic observation platform proposal transforms Lycabettus hill in Athens" https://www.designboom.com/architecture/panoramic-observation-platform-lycabettus-hill-athens-09-01-2020/
    • Lombardi, Davide 2019, 'Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig' in Enciclopedia Italiana dell'Arte Treccani, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana
    • Tedeschi, Arturo & Lombardi, Davide 2017, 'The Algorithms-Aided design (AAD)' in (eds) Informed Architecture, Springer
    • Lombardi, Davide 2017, 'Drawing Brazenly' in (eds) Simplified Complexity, Le Penseur Publisher
    • Lombardi, Davide 2015, 'Architettura - Australia' in Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani (IX Appendice), Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana,
    • Lombardi, Davide 2014, 'Evolutive structures – topology optimization' in (eds) AAD_ Algorithms-Aided Design, Le Penseur Publisher,
  • Conference presentations

    • Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology (China) Department of Environmental Design Lecture title “Blockchain and deisgn practice:” December 2022
    • Nanjing University (China) School of Architecture and Urban Planning Lecture title “Decentralisation in Design” December 2022
    • Royal University of Bhutan (Bhutan) Department of Architecture Lecture title “Parametric architecture: architectural inspiration and conception” October 2022
    • “Data Driven Design”, Keynote speaker at UDLAP – Universidad De Las Americas Puebla, Department of Architecture (Puebla, Mexico) - 2018
    • “Yilong Futuristic City International Design Competition”, Keynote speaker at award ceremony - 2018
    • “A CAD-Blockchain integration strategy for distributed validated digital design”, conference presentation at eCAADe 2018 Intenatioanl Conference, 19 – 21 September 2018 (Lodz University of Technology, Poland)
    • “Creating new cities – Cellular automata and social condenser”, conference presentation at CAADRIA 2018 International Conference, 17-19 May 2018 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China)
    • “Parametric Design of Sculptural Fibre Reinforced Concrete Façade Components”, conference presentation at CAADRIA 2018 International Conference, 17-19 May 2018 (Tsinghua University, Beijing, P.R. China)
    • “Acheiropoietic Architecture” conference presentation at “IMMAGINI?” International Conference, 27-29 November 2017 (Free University, Brixen, Italy)
  • Grants

    • TDF / Lombardi Davide, Principal Investigator, Architecture Assembly: mobilising a community through gamification, (2020) - 35000RMB
    • Scottish Founding Council for Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) – “Sustainable Mass Housing in China” (2018) – £2500
    • Pump Priming Funding Call (RGU, Scotland) - BIM and Blockchain integration prototype (2018) - £12000
    • TDF / Lombardi Davide, Principal Investigator, Consolidating the BIM Concept in Architecture and Civil Engineering Curriculum, (2017) - 8000RMB
    • RDF / Lombardi Davide, Principal Investigator "A Parametric Form Language for Fibre Reinforced Concrete Prefabricated Elements Using 3D Printed Formwork" (2017) - 96000RMB
  • Professional service activities

    • 2022 - current Head of Architecture Department
    • 2019 - current M/Arch Program Director
    • 2020 - current M/Arch PPC Chair
    • 2019 - 2022 Deputy Head of Department
    • 2018 - 2022 FabLab coordinator
    • 2020 - 2021 Examination Officer
    • 2019 - 2021 ICTSC Design School Representative
    • 2018 - 2021 Workshop coordinator
    • 2018 - 2020 TDF Review Panel Member
    • 2018 - 2020 M/Arch Year 2 coordinator
    • 2018 - 2019 M/Arch Deputy Director and M/Arch Year 2 coordinator
    • 2017 - 2019 IT Officer and AITAG Department Representative
  • Courses taught

    • ARC104 Structures and Materials
    • ARC102 Small Scale Architectural Design
    • ARC108 Construction and Materials
    • ARC202 Structural Design
    • ARC301 Architectural Technology
    • ARC410 Master Studio 4
    • ARC413 Master Studio 3
  • Professional memberships

    • Chartered Architect, Italian Board of Architects / n.1887 branch of Pescara
  • Awards and honours

    • 2018 - Yilong Futuristic City International Design Competition – 3rd Prize out of 1054 entries worldwide / 10.000RMB - Davide Lombardi + Theodoros Dounas / http://futuristiccity.uedmagazine.net/en_news.html
    • 2017 - Next Landmark International Design Competition – Honourable Mention, Davide Lombardi + Camilla Agnello / https://www.floornature.com/nextlandmark/2017edition/#
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 81880463
  • Email

    Davide.Lombardi@xjtlu.edu.cn
  • Address

    Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
    111 Ren’ai Road, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province
    PR China 215123
    South Campus, Office DB410

    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park
    Suzhou
    P.R.China
    215123