Water-sensitive urban design
Diego is an award-winning architect who has practiced in Australia, Italy and Mexico. His research in water-sensitive urban design in the developing city context takes into account local catchment issues including ecology, water quality, and flood risk along with climate.
Diego is leading the development of design and engagement models for the Monash-led RISE project, a five-year, multidisciplinary initiative that will transform housing, water infrastructure, water management, and sanitation practices in 24 communities in Fiji and Indonesia with an aim towards improving public health outcomes in informal settlements.
“We are trying to develop an integrated approach to revitalization,” Diego says. “What that means is effectively upgraded housing and decentralized water systems for cleaning water and waste water [management] in these communities.”