Danilo joined MSA in 2022 as part of the Technologies Team. Danilo worked in practice as a Lead Architect in Brazil for about ten years, where he delivered a diverse range of projects. His teaching focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of design and the importance of engaging into collaborative practices with other disciplines from very early stages. He has a personal interest in working at the bridge between design and construction, which have led him to play a key role trying to merge practice and academia. He previous led the BSc Architectural Technology programme and was the academic lead for Technologies in the architecture programme at University of Huddersfield.
Over the last few years, he has worked to understand the challenges and find ways to improve collaborative practices of multidisciplinary teams. He designed strategies to enable and develop collaborative skills within undergraduate programmes in his previous institution. The success of such strategies has been recognised both by the academic team and employers, which have perceived the increase in awareness and ability in the students to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Danilo’s research has also explored the principles and strategies for Modular Construction and Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DfMA) through the development of design project briefs, design methodologies and digital fabrication techniques. Such research exploration was conducted in conjunction with PhD and Masters level supervisions. He is currently exploring ways to continue and expanding this research through industrial partnerships and further insights into robotics.
His previous experience as programme leader in another institution have also involved the exploration of ways to introduce Lean Construction philosophy into the undergrad architecture programme, and the levelling up of digital design skills and BIM capabilities for students.
Ultimately, Danilo deeply believes in the collective constructive nature of learning, especially when it involves Professional Training in Architecture. His teaching philosophy aligns with ideas originally disseminated by Dewey, Rittel and Schön:
“More than ever, we need to develop greater awareness on how intricate our life is, as an interconnected web of practices that is not constricted by disciplinary traditions. Professional learning, must be approached as a cultural-historical evolution towards concerted actions in the continuous development of social systems.”
Academic and professional qualifications
2020 – FHEA PG Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education
2019 – PhD in Architecture (University of Huddersfield, UK)
2009 – Master of Science in Civil Engineering (State University of Londrina, Brazil)
2006 – Bachelor in Architecture and Urban Planning (State University of Londrina, Brazil)
Previously working as a Course Leader and Principal Architect allowed him to develop strong leadership and management skills. On these jobs, he gained experience on Collaboration, Lean, BIM, Architecture and Project Management:
2015 – 2022 Senior Lecturer and Course Leader - BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology (University of Huddersfield, UK)
2009 – 2015 Senior Lecturer - Architecture and Urban Design (Universidade Sagrado Coração, Brazil)
2010 – 2015 Senior Architect at Fazzan+Gomes Arquitetura e Construção (Brazil)
2004 – 2009 Architect at Suzuki Arquitetura Ltda (Brazil)
Prizes and awards
2017 - Autodesk Scholarship Award in recognition of the work I presented at the LC3 2017 Congress in Crete, Greece.