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Giulia Torino

Giulia Torino

Department: Architecture

Supervisor: Dr Felipe Hernández

College: King's

Title: [provisional] Race and the City: Colour-blindness, mestizaje, and the racialization of urban space in Bogotá.

Urban Studies

Planning Theory and Policy

Urban Anthropology

Cultural Studies

Latin American Studies



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 a NGO in Ouidah (Republic of Benin), while serving as editor of urban studies magazines (Italy; Spain).

In 2017, Giulia has co-founded the Urban Network at King’s College with Professor Matthew Gandy, and the Urbanism in the Global South interdisciplinary working group (Dept.of  Architecture, Dept. of Geography, POLIS/Centre for Development Studies) at the University of Cambridge. She has co-convened the Cambridge City Seminar during the a.y. 2016/17, and other interdisciplinary seminars and conferences in Cambridge, such as the international conference Two Mayors, Two Cities: Urban Transformation in Cali and Medellín (2017) and the termly Research Exchange at King's College (2017).
Since October 2016 she has served as Editor for the independent magazine of academic journalism King’s Review, for which she is also co-editing a book. She is a supervisor for the ARB/RIBA Tripos (Department of Architecture) and third-year dissertations, and Women’s Officer for the King’s College Graduate Society. She was invited reviewer for Undergraduate and Masters studio projects at the University of Cambridge and UCL, and invited lecturer at the University of Sheffield and the University Externado of Bogotá.

Resorting to and employing the broader theoretical framework of 'decoloniality' theory, Giulia’s research problematizes the notion of socio-spatial 'segregation' in a postcolonial metropolis of Latin America (Bogotá, Colombia), from the perspective of racial invisibility and the perpetuation of socio-spatial privilege commonly associated to whiteness and mestizaje. Her work is concerned with the way in which contemporary planning agendas as well as marginalised practices of placemaking (seen as forms of 'social infrastructure') are impacting occupational identity and spatial justice in the city. 

Her doctoral research is jointly funded by the AHRC DTP and King’s College, and it is hosted at the research group Cities South of Cancer, which focuses on urbanism in Global South cities.