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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Department: Architecture

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

College: King's

Title: [provisional] Colour-blindness, mestizaje, and the racialization of spatial (in)justice in Bogotá’s urban/global periphery

Architectural and Urban Theory

Urban Planning

Cultural Studies

Latin American Studies

Postcolonial and Decolonial Philosophy


Giulia trained as an architect (University IUAV of Venice; Illinois Institute of Technology-IIT, Chicago) and urban designer (University of Sheffield). She worked in the public planning sector in New York City (NYC Department of City Planning) and for an architecture NGO in Ouidah (Republic of Benin), while serving as editor of urban studies magazines (Italy; Spain).

Giulia has co-founded the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (Department of Architecture, Department of Geography, POLIS/Centre for Development Studies and CLAS), and the King's Urban Network (King's College, Cambridge) with Prof Matthew Gandy. She has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar during 2016/17, the international conference "Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín" (featuring Colombian presidential candidate and former Medellín mayor Sergio Fajardo, and former Cali mayor Rodrigo Guerrero), the Martin Centre Seminar Series Women in Practice (featuring Prof Jennifer Robinson, Dr Pushpa Arabindoo, and London-based architect Sarah Wigglesworth), and the 2017 symposium for International Women's Day at King's College (featuring Prof Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Prof Dame Carole Black, Dr Mezna Qato, Dr Lilia Giugni, et al.), among others.

She is a supervisor for the ARB/RIBA Tripos (Department of Architecture) and for the Study Skills programme at King's College (for Architecture and Geography); she was Women’s Officer for the King’s College Graduate Society in 2016/2017. She has been invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters studio projects at the University of Cambridge and UCL, and invited lecturer at the University of Sheffield and at the University Externado of Bogotá. 
During the a.y. 2017/18, Giulia is Visiting Researcher at the Department of Cultural Studies and at the Centre for Afro-descendant Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Since October 2016 she has served as Editor for the independent magazine of academic journalism King’s Review, for which she is now co-editing a book.
She is a member of the Global Challenges Initiative (GCI) and of the research group Cities South of Cancer (Martin Centre), which focuses on urban theory and practice in the cities of Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Giulia's doctoral research explores the relation between race, space, and internal displacement in Bogotá (Colombia), by focusing on the material, socio-political, and cultural formation of racialized urban geographies.

Her doctoral research is jointly funded by the AHRC DTP and King’s College, Cambridge.