Alessandro Melis is the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020. He’s Professor at the University of Portsmouth since 2016. His specialist teaching, supervisory and research interests are in the fields of climate sensitive design, sustainable strategies for urban mutations, environmental policies, radical theories and criticism, resilience, and sustainable conservation. Previously, at the University of Auckland, he has been the head of the technology area and director of the Postgraduate engagement (School of Architecture and Planning). He hold a PhD in Architecture Design at University of Florence. He has been honorary fellow at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and a keynote speaker at the China Academy of Art, at the MoMA New York and at the Venice Biennale. He has written books and articles published in Europe, New Zealand and USA. In 1996 he founded Heliopolis 21, an architecture and urban design firm based in Italy and Germany (Berlin).