Giancarlo Mangone

Giancarlo Mangone

Delft, NL



Giancarlo Mangone is currently principal of Symbiosis : Sustainable Design + Consulting, based in West Palm Beach, Florida and Delft, The Netherlands. His practice has developed high performance projects throughout the world, including the US, Puerto Rico, Europe, China, and Africa. He is also developing his doctoral research work on the performance potential of vegetation and hybrid microclimates on the built environment at the Delft Technical University Faculty of Architecture in the Architectural Engineering + Technology Department.
The value of Giancarlo's evolving design process and his work has been recognized through appointments to teach, consult, and develop research initiatives at various universities in the US and Europe in both Architecture and Mechanical Engineering Departments, through invitations to present his work and research, as well as serve as a peer reviewer, at numerous international conferences, universities, and professional building related organizations. In addition, through the publication of his research and work in peer-reviewed journal articles, a book chapter that disseminates his evolving design process, citations and publications of his work by sustainable organizations, researchers, and news media, and increasing collaboration with sustainable minded developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and communities throughout the world.


Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Instructor

Masters Thesis Research Project Mentor [Architectural Engineering + Technology Department]
_Exploring the Design Potential of Renovating Vacant Dutch Office Buildings through Vegetation Performance Interventions

XXL Workshop [graduate level]
_Interdisciplinary design, computation, engineering, and production of a horizontal large span building structure

Jan 2011 - current

Symbiosis : Sustainable Design + Consulting, Principal

Symbiosis is an innovative sustainable design, consulting, and research firm that utilizes the latest in material, system, and computational design analysis to develop cost effective_carbon netural_sustainable built environments and lifestyles, while respecting our clients’ needs and lifestyles. Symbiosis was founded in 2009, as a partner company with the architecture firm, Mangone Architect, which was founded in 1994 in West Palm Beach, FL. The practice currently has offices in Rotterdam, Netherlands + West Palm Beach, FL. We rigorously employ the latest advances in computational analysis, including fluid dynamics [wind modeling], daylighting analysis, and thermal modeling, which has enabled us to garner international recognition and work as consultants for cutting edge sustainable design firms such as William McDonough + Partners and
Fielding Nair International.

Working on a wide range of international projects in collaboration with architects, developers, landscape architects, and urban planners.

Current projects include a 13,000 m2 commercial office space in Accra, Ghana, and a sustainable restaurant addition in Juptier, Florida.

May 2009 - current

Mangone Architect, Project Manager

Schematic Design through Construction Documents of vernacular residential and commercial projects in Florida.

Apr 2003 - current

Fielding International, Senior Design Consultant_Sustainable Design Consultant

Puerto Rico School Modernization Program : Site_Building Surveys, Schematic Design for Modernization Renovations for three public schools.

Sustainable Design Consultant for 28 public schools schematic module designs

Jun 2010 - Dec 2010

Florida Atlantic University, Adjunct Professor

Teaching 4th year Design Studio and Environmental Technology course integrating my innovative sustainable design process utilizing advanced computational environmental and building analysis and evaluation strategies. Collaborating on multidisciplinary research on developing optimal outdoor thermal environments in sub tropical humid climates

Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

Indian River State College, Adjunct Professor

Teach people about green design and prepare them to get their LEED Green Associate Certification

Jan 2010 - May 2010

William McDonough + Partners, Research Consultant + Intern Architect

Providing research services for some of their built work to develop sustainable design strategies for future projects

Previously worked for William McDonough as an intern architect.

Apr 2009 - May 2010

Carbon Neutral Design Project, Contributing Researcher

Developed Affordable Housing Case Studies and developed research for the project.

May 2009 - Aug 2009

Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Intern Architect

Design Development of Shanghai Study Center, HK University

Schematic Design of Ritz Carlton Restaurant_Shanghai: VIP restaurant space, in coordination with Patrick Blanc installation

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Ruhl Walker Architects, Intern Architect

Provided Sustainable Design Consulting Services as well as worked on the Schematic Design, and as the Sustainable Design Research Coordinator for a mulit-family housing project for St. Mary's Faculty, directly working with the school sustainable design engineer and Empyrean prefabrication company.

St. Mark’s Faculty Housing: Schematic Design, Sustainable Design Research Coordinator with school
sustainable design engineer_Empyrean prefabrication co.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Schenkel & Shultz, Inc. (SchenkelShultz Architecture), Intern Architect

Design Development and Construction Documents for new construction high schools
throughout Florida

May 2005 - Aug 2005


Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), PhD, Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering + Technology Department in the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

Research Focus :

Performative Microforests : Developing a rigorous design process + metric system to integrate + quantify the effects of vegetation on the built environment, its occupants, and local ecosystems

Jan 2011 - current

University of Virginia, MArch, Architecture

Thesis : Integrating Bio-Organic + Natural Processes into the Infrastructure of the Built Environment

Aug 2007 - May 2009

University of Florida, BArch, Architecture

Summa cum laude

Aug 2003 - May 2007


South Florida 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition : Small Green Affordable : “Adaptive Generations”, 2nd Place

Sustainable Affordable Housing that provided enough vegetables and fruit for 13 people, improving the economic capital of the occupants, while reducing operational energy consumption of the built environments by 60 - 80%. The design directly connects occupants to their contextual environment while developing a more economically robust, socially interactive community.


Wolong Panda Wildlife Refuge Design Competition_China : “Successional Evolution”, 1st Place

Design Concepts mitigate the effect of tourists and surrounding human developments and transportation routes on the panda's habitat, while significantly improving the quality of the pandas' living environment

_sustainable site + building strategies to be implemented in constructed project

_project houses 10% of world’s panda population


VSAIA 2009 Student Design Competition_University of Virginia : “Productive Tides”, 2nd Place

Sustainable River Tranpsort Hub for Washington D.C. that focused on mitigating the effects of global sea level rise on downtown D.C. while improving local aquatic and tourism industries by improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay, through a modular successional strategy that could be implemented along susceptible river banks


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