Barbara Piga

Job Title: Assistant Professor Institutional affiliation: Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti

An Architect by education, Barbara E. A. Piga is Assistant Professor at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), where she is also Coordinator and Research Scientist of the research laboratory Laboratorio di Simulazione Urbana Fausto Curti – labsimurb (Department of Architecture and Urban Studies) since its foundation in 2007. At labsimurb she is the project leader and responsible for the experiential simulation and sensory design research. She is also part of the board of the POLIMI inter-departmental research laboratory i.Drive, investigating behaviours related to active and passive mobility. She is the POLIMI Coordinator of two recent European Projects on Augmented and Virtual Reality for Collaborative Urban Planning, where she developed the exp-EIA© (experiential Environmental Impact Assessment) method. Her research interest is multi-sensory urban design and experiential simulation; she works in particular with dynamic simulations of the urban environment as a design and evaluation tool. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from PoliMi (2010).


Piga, B. E. A., S. Cacciamatta, and M. Boffi. Smart Co-Design for Urban Planning: Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps in Collaborative Processes . Springer International Publishing, 2021.

Piga, B. E. A., N. Rainisio, and M. Boffi. “The experiential walk diary. Mapping urban experience combining architecture and psychology.” Urbanistica Informazioni, 289 s.i. (2020): 14–18.

Piga, B. E. A., and R. Salerno. Non-conventional Representation for Urban Design: Depicting the Intangible. ICGG, 2018. 1694–1705.

Piga, B. E. A. The Combined Use of Environmental and Experiential Simulations to Design and Evaluate Urban Transformations. In Quality of Life in Urban Landscapes, edited by R. Cocci Grifoni, R. D’Onofrio and M. Sargolini, The Urban Book Series, 357–364. Cham: Springer, 2018.

Piga, B. E. A. “Experiential Simulation for Urban Design: From Design Thinking to Final Presentation.” In Urban Design and Representation. A Multidisciplinary and Multisensory Approach, edited by B. E. A. Piga and R. Salerno, 23–36. Springer International Publishing, 2017.

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