Giulia Vallone MRIAI, Senior Architect, Capital Projects Implementation Unit, Cork County Council.
Giulia Vallone graduated as an Architect from the University of Palermo and has been working with the Irish Local Authorities since 2002.
She holds a passionate belief in the role of the Civic Architect to provide, through quality design, the required vision and leadership for shaping better communities.
For over a decade, in her former role as town architect for Cork County Council, Giulia has applied her native Italian public space sensibilities and by working closely with local communities, elected members, officials has established a new focus on excellence in public works for small to medium sized towns to deliver urban design masterplans that create people friendly places and nurture civic stewardship
She is an advocate for people centred collaborative design processes and place-making measures to promote people re-inhabiting the streets of the Irish towns that are under depopulation and economical pressure too often generated by ill considered out-of-town retail development and traffic focus road design.
In the last few years Giulia has been collaborating with the Office of Public Works and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (the funding agents of infrastructure projects like drainage, national roads and flood relief schemes), where she implements an architectural design approach aiming to deliver “multi-functional infrastructure” for public amenity and community outcomes.
Her work with Cork County Council and local communities has won many national and international design awards, in particular the reimagining of Clonakilty, winner of the RIAI Public Choice Awards 2014, RIAI Best Place of the year 2017, Academy of Urbanism “great town” award 2017, The Irish Design Institute Award 2017 and the Gubbio prize 2018.
Giulia is an active member of the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland, RIAI Urban Design Committee, The Academy of Urbanism and Cost Action researcher- “people friendly cities, in a data-rich world”- where she has researched on the Italian historical walled town of Lucca.