University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Dr Rosangela Tenorio

Associate Professor of Architecture and Built Environment , Faculty of Science and Engineering


PGDipEDU (University of Waikato)
PhD (University of Queensland)
BArch Architecture and Urbanism (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco)  


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Expertise summary

Associate Professor Rosangela Tenorio is an architect and environmental design consultant. Prior to joining The University of Nottingham China (UNNC), she worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland (New Zealand), as a Senior Lecturer at the Federal University of Bahia (Salvador), and as research fellow at the Brazilian Centre for Wind Energy (Recife).

She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland (Australia) on environmental design, and has been actively engaged on studio teaching and the development of an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and contextual pedagogy for architectural education that embraces science and art as core aspects of design.

She has lived and worked as an architect and researcher in Tokyo (Nihon Daigaku), Milan (Piero Lissoni Arquitettura e Disegno), New York (Peter Eisenman Architects), Brisbane (University of Queensland), Salvador (Federal University of Bahia and Architropico), Recife (Atrio arquitetura e Design, Borsoi architects, Federal University of Pernambuco) and Auckland (University of Auckland).

Her research interests and publications include design for education and development, self-sufficient school design, ecological footprint and bioclimatic historic studies of traditional settlements in developing economies (India, China, Brazil, Mexico). She is one of the project leaders of the ‘Learning capsule project’ – 2015-16. This is a joint partnership between UNNC, industry partners, NGO Adream-China and the local educational body in Gansu province, to improve delivery of quality education through integrated design (architectural design, product design, engineering design and educational design).

Research interests and expertise

  • Self-sufficient Design of Schools/Green Schools 
  • Low carbon materials and roof design in warming climates 
  • Integration of traditional construction methods and performance into sustainable urban settlements 
  • Design Education 
  • Sino-Latin American Architectural Studies 

Selected research outputs (2011-2015)

  • 2015 TENORIO, R., TANG, Yu-Ting, LOO, YM, Pino-Ojeda, W. X., (eds), 'On the Road to Silk and Gold 'Sino-Latin American Culture, Arts & Design, Society & Spatial Studies, University of Nottingham, Ningbo/NZCLAS (New Zealand Center for Latin American Studies) University of Auckland, joint publication, December 2015. (upcoming)
  • 2015 TENORIO, R. (2015) Linking Architecture and education through community engagement for social innovation: experimental studio pedagogy in the contexts of China, India and Brazil'. Proceedings of the 1st Sino-Latin American Symposium, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, 13th – 14th March 2015, China. (upcoming) 
  • 2014 TENORIO, R., SINGH, A., MANI, M (2014). Verifying the commonality in design principles and notions of well-being on latitude 13°S, In: Design for Sustainable Well-Being and Empowerment., P.Kandachar, Mani, M (Eds) , IISc- TU Delft Joint publication, Bangalore, India, 2014. 
  • 2014 SHASTRY, V., MANI, M., TENORIO, R. (2014), Evaluating thermal comfort and building climatic response in warm-climates for vernacular buildings in Suggenhali – India, Architectural Science Review, (Doi: 10.1080/00038628.2014.971701), (
  • 2014 TENORIO, R. (2014). Transitional in the Traditional: a historical perspective of roof spaces in the vernacular architecture of warming climatic regions. Proceedings of the 5Th Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, 2-5 June, Athens, Greece. 
  • TENORIO, R. (2012), Bioclimatic Regionalism after Brasilia and Chandigarh: Transitions from Brazil, India and Mexico. In: Gonzalez-Casanovas, Roberto J., ed. Reconfiguring Brazil; Interdisciplinary Essays. Auckland Latin American Studies (ALAS) monograph series 1. Auckland: New Zealand, Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS). 
  • SHASTRY, V., MANI, M., TENORIO, R (2012). 'Impacts of modern transitions on thermal comfort in vernacular dwellings in warm-humid climate of Suggenhali (India)'. Journal of Indoor and Built Environment, first published on October 11, 2012 as doi:10.1177/1420326XI2461801. 
  • TENORIO, R. (2011), Adequate and Affordable Housing Typologies in the warm-humid tropics. In: Working Paper No. 4/2011: The right to the city: Research and engagement at the World Urban Forum 5, 2010, Centre of Development Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Selected awards and exhibitions in creative work


  • TENORIO, R., BROWN, D., BRAND, D. Teaching Excellence Award, Collaboration in Studio Design Teaching, University of Auckland, NZ, 2007.
  • Living Steel International Housing Competition (Finalist Team), With Collins & Turner (AUS). Consulting Local Architect, Recife-BR, 2007.
  • GSRT Award, Florida Solar Energy Centre, University of Queensland-AUS, 2001.
  • Finalist at the UNESCO/WREA International Competition, Housing Design, Bristol- UK, 2000.


  • TENORIO, R. Photography exhibition: ‘Portuguese Territoirs: Memories from Manaus to Macau’ – 1995-2015. University of Nottingham, Ningbo China, 12th-20th March 2015.
  • TENORIO, R. 1st Prize at the Photography competition – UN HABITAT: World Habitat Day, NZ, “Right of Stay and Right of Way”, Published by UNHABITAT, Kenya, 2009.
  • TENORIO, R. EICHENBERGER, A. Brasileiros Allures, a documentary photography exhibition about Brazilians living in New Zealand. Auckland Fringe Festival of Photography, 7th -13th June 2010, Conference Centre, Auckland.
  • TENORIO, R. Architectural Tempo, Photography Exhibition. Gus Fisher Gallery, April 11th – May 23rd 2008, Auckland.