Alessandro Porotto, PhD is postdoc research fellow at the Université catholique de Louvain in Saint-Gilles (Brussels). His mobility postdoc project European Cities: Referential Housing Type, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, focuses on urban housing in Brussels from a morphological and typological point of view.
In July 2018, he obtained his PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. His research focused on Interwar housing accomplishments in Vienna and Frankfurt through a comparative approach. In November 2019, he is the author of the book L’intelligence des formes, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, publishing novel documents and methodology about the Viennese and German case studies.
In the Spring 2020 semester, he was visiting postdoc researcher in the Art History Department at the Emory University in Atlanta, U.S. The Scientific Exchange project Collective Housing Atlanta-Vienna: Mapping Interwar Connections, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, studied the first social housing initiative realized in Atlanta.
Alongside the research, he has regularly carried out teaching activities at the design studio as a teaching assistant.