Dr. Ombretta Romice - Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ombretta Romice
Ombretta Romice is an architect teaching and researching at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK.

Her interests are the effects of the formal and visual aspects of the environment on people, with a particular interest in using this understanding to enable and improve the practice of participatory design, urban design and neighbourhood regeneration.

She is a registeres architect (Italy), member of the Executive Committee of AESOP ( and of the Board of Trustees of IAPS (




Dr Ombretta Romice
University of Strathclyde
Department of Architecture and Building Science
131 Rottenrow Glasgow G4 0NG, Scotland, UK
P: +44-141-548 3006
F: +44-141-552 3997

December 2003 Post Doctorate, part of EU funded Consortium NEHOM (see “Research”).
June 2000 Ph.D. in Architecture. University of Strathclyde, Department of Architecture. Glasgow, UK.
July 1997 First Class Honours Degree, 5 years equivalent to Part 2 Diploma in UK. Polytechnic of Turin, Faculty of Architecture. Turin, Italy.

Lecturer, University of Strathclyde, Department of Architecture
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. She runs studios, lectures and courses in community design; environmental psychology, assessment of environmental experience and preferences; international best practices in housing and neighbourhood regeneration and their transferability across Europe.
From September, she will be responsible for the MArch and MSc in Urban Design.
She is member of the UDSU Research Unit, Urban Design Studies Unit.
Community participation in architecture and planning; neighbourhood and housing regeneration and management; planning and architectural education; environmental impact analysis and assessment and design codes; environmental psychology.
Currently involved in bids to the European Community (Interreg IIIC), EPRSC (Designing for the 21st Century, with two proposals).
Past research projects
June 2002-Nov 2003 Post Doctorate in: EU Funded Project ‘Evaluating housing and neighbourhood initiatives to improve the quality of life of deprived urban neighbourhoods and assessing their transferability across Europe [Acronym: Neighbourhood Housing Models (NEHOM)], Work programme: EESD, 1.1.4.-4.1.2 Improving The Quality Of Urban Life.
2001-June 2003 Principal investigator, with Dr HW Frey Research Grant from the Scottish Arts Council to develop a Handbook for helping community groups in carrying out processes of urban renewal. Other sponsors included: the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Home and Communities Scotland, SHARE, Davis Duncan Architects, CBE.
Invited to lectures, symposia and PhD modules in: University of Surrey, Polytechnic of Turin, Polytechnic of Milan University of Campinas and University of S Paolo, BR. Laboratory of Social-Environmental Psychology of the Institute of Psychology of the University of São Paulo, Brazil (LAPSI- IP/USP).
She delivers regularly community training modules to housing and community organisations and schools (Sighthill, Govanhill, Parkhead, Northlanarkshire – Forgewood); she organises conferences and events (International Conference and Workshop Designing with Communities, hosted by The University of Strathclyde and the Lighthouse. 27th August – 3rd September 2000. -, she is regular member of architectural juries both at University and in competitions (Housing Jury, Prix SWL for Social Housing Société Wallonne du Logement, CHARLEROI, Belgium).


Ordine degli Architetti of Turin. Registered architect.
AESOP. European Association Schools of Planning. Director of Communications and elected member of the Executive Committee. (
NEHOM. Social Housing and Social Exclusion Research Group, Bergen, Norway.
IAPS. International Association for People-Environment Studies. Board member.
EPUK. Environmental Psychology in the UK.
Sustainability Special Interest Group (Architectural Education)


Papers/ book chapters, other authored publications
UZZELL, D. & ROMICE, O. (2003). “L'analyse des expériences environnementales”, in: G. Moser & K. Weiss (Eds.). Espaces de vie. Aspects de la relation homme-environnement. Paris: A. Colin, Coll. "Regards", pp 49-84
ROMICE, O, FREY, (2003). Communities in Action. The Handbook. Research sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council. Edinburgh. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. ISBN: 0-9542926-5-0.
NEHOM (2004) Evaluating housing and neighbourhood initiatives to improve the quality of life in deprived neighbourhoods. Handbook and CD-ROM. CR-ROM available for purchase.
ROMICE, O. (2002) "Sustainable design: a question of community (visual) awareness". In Moser, G. et al (2002) People, Places and Sustainability. Hogrefe & Huber Publishers. Seattle. p.146-160.
ROMICE, O. (2001) " New developments and final reflections on the use of visual literacy and environmental evaluation for the participation of community groups in design. " In Geo-Journal, International Journal On Human Geography And Environmental Sciences, Vol 51 No 4 2000. P 311-319.
MACAULAY, M., ROMICE, O. (2001) “Co-housing: a delicate balance of needs and awareness” in EcoDesign Vol VIII N.3 Winter/Spring 2001, P 14-16.
ROMICE, O.; Frey, HW., "The use of visual literacy and environmental evaluation for the participation of community groups in design" In Sun, Aouad, Omerod, Ruddock (2000) Postgraduate Research in the Built and Human Environment in the UK. Conference Proceedings, University of Salford, RICS, Saflord, p.406-417.
Joiner, R., ROMICE, O. (1999) “Le Housing Associations a Glasgow. Un modello di gestione di base.” In Edilizia Popolare, Sett-Ott., 249, p. 4-17.
In print
ROMICE, O. (2004) “Environmental psychology and architecture: joint action research in the (community) design studio”. In Tassara, E.T.; Rabinovich, E.P.; Guedes, M.C. (2004, eds.) Psicologia e Ambiente. São Paulo: EDUC, FAPESP, CAPES.
ROMICE, O (2004) New partnerships for action. Building on the capital of environmental psychology and architecture. In Medio Ambiente y Comportamiento Humano, Vol XXX pp yyy. ISSN: 1576-6462
ROMICE, O (2004) The Role Of Environmental Psychology In The Study Of Environmental Issues. In: Provisional title: Psicologia, USP Knowledge, interdisciplinariety and environmental psychology – (book).
ROMICE, O. and Uzzell, D. (2004) “Forty Years On: A Capital Experience in Psychology/Architecture Collaboration”. In The Journal of Environmental Psychology
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