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Diletta Ricci is a building engineer with a fervent interest in how cross-scale design and management strategies in the built environment can significantly impact energy performance, the environment, and quality of life. She graduated with honors in Building and Architectural Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome.

Her master's thesis research was conducted at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) with the AiEM research group, where she developed a future-proof urban regeneration project based on the Reinventing City competition. The research focused on urban morphology, microclimate analysis, Urban Heat Island Effect, and design strategies for social inclusion.

She has professional experience in a multidisciplinary Italian design and engineering company that works with projects from the Recovery and Resilience Plan, ranging from feasibility and preliminary design studies to detailed technical design.

Diletta currently works as a PhD researcher in the Design and Construction Management section, between the departments of Management in the Built Environment (MBE) and of Architectural Engineering and Technology (AE+T). Her research focuses on Just renovation projets of existing residential buildings, looking at and beyond energy renovations. Her PhD is part of JUSTPrepare Project, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Master's degree, Building Engineer- Architecture


  • TH Building construction
  • Energy Transition
  • Building Engineering
  • Sustainability
  • Climate Adaptation
  • Building Retrofit
  • Carbon Neutrality
  • Energy Justice
  • Housing
  • Decision-making


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