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Dr Marco Spada

Lecturer in Architecture

Marco Spada at the University of Suffolk

Dr Marco Spada

School of Engineering, Arts, Science & Technology

T: +44(0)1473 338058


Marco is an architect (ARB registered) and urban planner, holds a PhD in Architecture, Theories and Project from Sapienza University of Rome, with a thesis on the industrial landscape.

He was previously Honorary Associate at the Department of Geography and Planning of the University of Liverpool, where he studied the implications of post-industrial regeneration dynamics on urban and built environment.

He carried out research activities in Rome, Tuscany, Poland, Kenya and the United Kingdom. Specialized in urban narrativity, sustainability and circular economy, he worked in Milan as Project Manager and Design Consultant.

Research interests

Marco is currently the founding partner of, an independent research platform specialized in urban narrative. Marco's research focuses on the relation between city, memory and factories, and recently he published "Industryscape".

He wrote also on the relation between mnemonic landscape and communities of former worker of steel mills, shrinking cities, theory and history of architecture, urban design and theory.

Teaching 2019/2020


Design Synthesis 2

Selected publications

Industryscape – Memoria e Progetto nel Riuso dei Mega Impianti Industriali [Industryscape – Memory and project in reuse of industrial mega-plants]

Aracne Editrice, Roma, 2018, ISBN 978-88-255-1475-9.

Shaping Ideal Cities: the graph representation of urban Utopia

With D’Autilia, R.

In “Environment and Planning B”, 2017 DOI: 10.1177/2399808317716163

Peri-urban agriculture and Cultural heritage: The public potential of the in-between areas

With Bigiotti, S.

In “Journal of Public Space”, Vol.2-2, 2017, pp. 51 – 62 ISSN 2206-9658. DOI: 10.5204/jps.v2i2.92