Giovanna Rossato

Giovanna Rossato

Beijing Shi, CN



Project Manager/ Project Leader (ARB Part 3 Registered Architect & PhD) with 16 years’ experience in practical and academic works in several countries - primarily in China, Kazakhstan, the UK, Ireland, Middle East and Italy. Developed experience mainly on Urban & Architectural design, Project Management and Research & Development. I have a passionate interest in Sustainable Urban development, Urban Renewal Projects, Amphibious & Floating urban/architecture (Flood resilient development) and Buildings Refurbishment & Conversion. My goal is to ensure that the ideas, generated in international workshop and holistic environments, observe the city/place identity & morphology and meet the needs of community, environment, client and market trend. My theoretical approach can be well described by the followings two research titles:

- "Amphibious paradox". The idea of an “Amphibious City”: ‘literature’ and ‘invention’. The amphibious city is an urban settlement makes to think about the relationship between architecture, urbanism, planning of water and waterfront (Flood Risk).The design of an Amphibious City is intended as an experimental attempt, which verifies to the theoretical assumption through architectural practice.

- "Shape tomorrow's Cities". The sustainable development in China and Europe.

Specialties: Mixed use Master Plans; Retail Centres; Eco-village; Residential; Office Buildings; Amphibious & Floating urban/architecture; Buildings Refurbishment & Conversion; Interior Design; Public Realm/Landscape.


Progetto CMR (Beijing) Architectural Design Consultants Co.Ltd, Beijing Shi, CN, Project Manager/Project Leader

Projects (China):
- Mixed use centres: Retail Centre, Sport Hub & Hotel
-"Innovative Financial Park": Offices, Retail, Entertainment, Soho & Lofts
- Sustainable Inustrial Park: Production Park, Office, R&D and Accommodation
- Residential Complex
- Interior Design

Feb 2013 - current

Sweco Danmark A/S, Beijing Shi, CN, European Senior Expert

“How to reduce cities vulnerability from Flood risk”, Lecture & Seminar, Zhuhai (China). EU Senior Exper EC-LINK, Sustainable Water Management.

Oct 2015 - Dec 2015

Astana-Expo, Berlin , Senior Expert

“How to Shape the Cities of tomorrow? The sustainable Development in China and Europe”, Lecture, Panel Session 2 , Berlin (Germany), Astana EXPO2017 (Kazakhstan)” Studies experience EU.

Nov 2014 - Nov 2014

AGRER, Beijing, CN, European Senior Expert

Participate as speaker and expert on Project EU-CHINA Policy Dialogue support Facility II (PDSF) at Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG), Beijing (China).

Jun 2013 - Aug 2013

CAG (Chinese Academy of Governance)/ Sichuan Administrative Institute, Beijing/Chengdu, European Senior Expert

“EU-IT Sustainable Macro-Micro Urban scale: from ‘City Region’ to ‘Città Slow’”, Lecture, Chinese Academy of Governance, Beijing (China). China-EU Urbanization Leadership Program.

“European approach to Ecological Planning and Management . Towards Thematic Strategy on the Urban Environment in the World”, Lecture, SAI (Sichuan Administrative Institute), Chengdu (China). China-EU Urbanization Leadership Program.

Apr 2013 - Jul 2013

Archest srl /Archest Branch Kazakhstan, Atyrau, KZ - Udine, IT, Branch Manager (KZ)/Project Manager

Branch Manager (KZ) also hold accountabilities as Project Manager and lead and oversee multiple projects. Set up the Branch, grown the business, provided design and management services in Kazakhstan (in cooperation with Italian and Kazakh teams).

Projects (Kazakhstan):
- Sustainable Urban District (Expats village);
- Mixed uses Master Plan;
- Office;
-Interior Design

Project (Italy):
Sustainable & Flexible Floating Home (Local Authority)

Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

Cornell University, Rome, IT, Visiting Lecturer

“Amphibious Paradox”, lecture.

Sep 2012 - Nov 2012

L.N.Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, KZ, Visiting Professor

Architectural Design, Course 5 (MA). Workshop: “City XXI“. Lectures on “Reading cities“ and “Sustainable City“.

Oct 2011 - Apr 2012

John Thompson & Partners, London, GB, Project Architect - Design Leader

Projects (The UK - Ireland - UAE):
- Mixed use masterplannig (Sustainable urban “eco district”);
- Masterplan Design Guidelines;
- Mixed-use communities (carbon zero emissions);
- Refurbishment and conversion of an historic parkland in new mixed use development (carbon zero emissions).

Mar 2008 - Dec 2009

Eric R Kuhne & Associates, CivicArts, London, GB, Project Architect/Architect

Projects (Kuwait, The UK, South Korea, Bahrain, Kazakhstan:
-Mixed use waterfront master planning scheme;
-Convention Centre;
-Shopping Centre.

Jan 2006 - Feb 2008

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, IT, Assistant Professor

Architectural Design Course 1 Course subject: “The floating house”. Lectures on “The floating house” and “The floating city”.

Sep 2006 - Jan 2007

Freelance architect, Verona, IT, Freelance

Projects (Italy): Villa; Floating Houses Prototypes

Oct 2005 - Feb 2006

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, IT, Assistant Professor

Architectural Design Course 1 Course subject: “Residential design in the Werkbundsiedlung of Wien”. Lecture on “Theory and Project”.

Oct 2005 - Jan 2006

Gruppo Fon Architetti, Venice, IT, Concept Designer - Project Architect

Ex-power station by Angiolo Mazzoni (1894-1978), refurbishment and conversion to Low- carbon residential building, Venice (Italy). Construction completed.

Mar 2005 - Sep 2005

ISP-IUAV Studi & Progetti, Venice, IT, Project Architect

Projects: -Refurbishment & conversion of Passalacqua and Santa Marta (1865) to new use as University Campus, Verona (Italy). Construction completed; -Project plan for an expansion of the station pass (Padua). Construction completed.

May 2003 - Feb 2005

Giorgio Mattioli Architetti, Verona, IT, Architect

Projects (Budapest – Perugia (Italy) – Rome – Milan): -Interior design and refurbishment design; -Offices, retails, residential

May 2001 - Mar 2003

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, IT, Assistant Professor

Architectural design course 2 (Prof. Gianugo Polesello). Course subject: “The railway station of Venice and the bridge between the city and the mainland”. Lecture on: “Architectural construction on water”.

Jan 2002 - Jul 2002

Università IUAV, Venice, IT, Assistant Professor

Architectural design course 2 (Prof. Gianugo Polesello). Course subject: “The ideal city”.

May 2001 - Dec 2001


Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, IT, PhD, Architecture by Design

Dissertation title: Amphibious City”/”La Città Anfibia”. Received award with honour of publication.

Sep 2002 - Nov 2005

Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, IT, BArch, Degree in Architecture

Thesis title: “Architectural construction on water” (final grade: 110/110 cum laude).

Oct 1994 - Apr 2001

Areas of Specialization