Staff profile

Dr Eleni Tracada

Lecturer in Architecture

Eleni Tracada


Architectural Technologies and Interior Architecture


College of Science and Engineering


School of Built and Natural Environment


Markeaton Street, Derby Campus



I am a full time Senior Lecturer in Architecture and in July 2010, I was awarded the title of University Principal Tutor in the Built Environment (Architecture).

Programme Leader in Joint Honours Architectural Design.

Leader of the Built Environment Research Group until end 2014.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

I graduated in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Florence, Italy in 1983.  As a student, I had the opportunity to take part in very active research groups guided by distinguished specialists in Architectural Design (Leonardo Savioli, Adolfo Natalini, Giovanni Michelucci), Conservation and Restoration (Marco Dezzi-Bardeschi), History of Architecture (Emilio Battisti, Klaus Coening), Urban Planning and Social Architecture (Edoardo Detti).

I qualified and worked as a self-employed architect in Florence from 1983 to 1993.  From 1993 to 1996 I studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a Masters of Arts in Interior Design.  From 2001 to 2007 I taught a range of modules in Interior Design at the Leeds College of Art and Design; I promoted shared research interests (GIDE international programme) with my students, with several students shortlisted or winning design competitions (Formica, Satelliet).

I studied at the University of Leeds for a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from 2003 to 2007 and used the latest learning and teaching processes in my teaching, such as student peer assessment and personal development portfolios.

Currently I am involved in teaching on the following courses: BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Practice, BA (Hons) Architectural Venue Design, FdSc Architectural Studies, the Joint Honours Scheme.

I am very active in educational research.

Research interests


Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

  Conference: 2nd Annual International Conference on Construction, 18th-20thJune 2012, Athens, Greece.

  Accepted: On February 2012

  Presented: On 18th June 2012.

  Conference: International Convention on Innovations in Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development, 3-5 September 2012, in Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Erode District, Tamil Nadu, India

  Accepted: On 16th July 2012 and it was presented in Bannari Amman Institute of Technology on 4th September.

 Panel title: Neuroergonomics and urban design.  Assessing the evidence of Biourbanism practice, after the experience of the first International Summer School           

  Conference: EDRA44 PROVIDENCE: Conference organized by the Environmental Design Research Association and the University of Washington, College of Built Environments, in May 29-June 1, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island.

 Submitted and Accepted: Abstract on 20th September 2012. The panel was accepted and the presentation took place in EDRA44PROVIDENCE on 1st June 2013.   

  Conference: Renewbuild Conference in Turkey, 16-18 September, Ankara, Turkey.

Submitted and Accepted: February 2013; this paper was presented on 17th September 2013 in the University of Gazi, Ankara, Turkey.

   Conference: Towards a Progressive Arts Education: Inclusion, Change and Intervention Conference & Exhibition, British Library & University of Arts London, 6– 8 November 2013

   Presented: On 8th November 2013 in a special session in UAL; the author is now a member of this network on Inclusivity in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education which has been introduced by Dr Kate Hatton, UAL.

Conference: Eighth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, “Design As Collective Intelligence, 16th-18th January 2014 in Vancouver, Canada. The Conference was co-hosted by the Carleton University    School of Industrial Design and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

Presented: On 18th January 2014.

  Conference: III. Conference on Gypsy Studies, International scientific conference in Pécs,  Hungary,  25th-26th April 2014 in the University of Pécs, Research Centre of Romology.

  Presented: On 25th April 2014.

 Conference: International Conference on art, architecture and urban design “Past present and future of public space (PPF Public Space)", 25th-27th June 2014, Bologna, Italy. Workshop on Neuroergonomics and urban environment: ‘Biourbanism for a human-centered sustainable design’, coordinated by Dr Antonio Caperna and Dr Antonio Serafini. This workshop has been inserted in ‘Multidisciplinary Fields’ as current primary domain and ‘Perception and senses in the urban space’ as current secondary domain.

Presented via audio/video: On 25 June 2014

Experience in industry

15/12/1983 - 31/07/1993: Self-employed architect with professional studio in Florence Via degli Alfani 62 (until 1988) and in Carmignano, Prato, Via S. Biagio 21 (until 1993)

 Responsibilities: Design and/or direction of projects in restoration, refurbishment, housing, planning, interior and graphic design.  Retail projects included fashion showrooms for Fusione srl, Florence, Lo Stuzzicchino and Ponte Vecchio Bars, Florence.  Exhibition designs in collaboration with Targetti and Sestini Lory companies in the Fortezza da Basso, Florence, for Pitti Uomo and Pitti Donna.  Graphic designs included logos and stationery, advertising etc. for bars, restaurants, showrooms in Florence, Prato and Empoli, Italy.  Landscape designs included eco-projects, such as landscaped gardens on the top of a car park and a green space covering ventilation ducts of a supermarket in Scandicci, Nr Florence.  Participation in stage designs for special performances and community projects in Florence and surrounding areas. Projects on housing and planning in Empoli, Nr Florence and restoration or refurbishment projects for interiors in historical buildings.

International experience

International Research Activities

Additional interests and activities

I am currently interested in studies in innovations in design and technology related to green architecture and also in urban design and planning.

In the media

I was interviewed for Biourbanism several times.

Recent publications

CHAPTERS (peer reviewed)

JOURNAL ARTICLES (Peer-reviewed)



Overlooking pride park, windmill etc

Dr Eleni Tracada, Principal Tutor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Derby, discusses what a smart and livable city is and how Derby can become one.