Title: Scientific Board Member & Project Director
Location: Singapore, Singapore
Diana enjoys participating in research projects that contribute to health and well-being of the wider society, but also integrate creative and alternative models for promoting healthy behaviours and resilience through nature connection. She is a Scientific Board member and project leader in the research organization NeuroLandscape for the international research program titled: Planting Seeds of Empowerment: Actions to Promote Healthy Communities. She is also a Core Associate at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). In the last years she has taught architecture and urban design students in Latin American counties, UK, and Asia. In July 2020, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Architecture and Social sciences by the University of Nottingham (UK). As a trained architect she believes that research is the vehicle to inform practice and policies, therefore embracing multi-disciplinary and creative research routes is of imperative importance for the advancement of future resilient societies. For the last decade she has been engaged in practice and research projects in Asia and Latin America that aim to contribute to the health and well-being of low-income communities. Currently she is working on different projects that promote nature connection and place-making in order to find alternatives to cope with heavy urbanised cities. She advocates for the implementation of participatory practices in urban and architectural design that are also supported by scientific research, for a variety of methodologies are embraced when working with the communities. Her primary approach is mix-methods research, combining methods such as ethnographic field work, transect walk, photo-voice, interviews, FGD, storytelling, surveys, repertory grid technique, field work quasi-experimental research.
Outside of her research and teaching commitments, she spends her free time teaching meditation and exploring native natural landscapes.