Skip to content

Dr Alessio Russo

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

I am inspired by world-class landscape architects and academics (i.e., Pietro Porcinai, Roberto Burle Marx and Ian McHarg) that have motivated me to pursue this career, and I wish to inspire, reach, and continue to motivate past, present, and future students. Chevron icon


Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader in MA Landscape Architecture at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Before joining the University of Gloucestershire, he was an Associate Professor (2018) at RUDN University in Moscow, Russia. He has worked as a Professor and Head of Laboratory of Urban and Landscape Design (2016-2018) at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russia. Outside of academia, Dr Russo has worked as a Landscape Architect in the UK, Italy and the UAE, dealing with sustainable design and planning.


  • PhD: Arboriculture, Forestry and Landscape, Ornamental Agro-Ecosystems, University of Bologna, 2013
  • MS, Landscape Design and Planning, University of Pisa, 2007
  • BS, Plant Production, University of Naples, 2005


2018 Certificate of commendation from the European Forum on Urban Forestry

2018 Special Prize Winner Nagorny Park Competition, Vladivostok, Russia

2016 Certificate of commendation from the European Forum on Urban Forestry

2014 2nd Prize Orti Per Tutti Competition (Allotments for all), Bologna, Italy

2014 Winner Pordenone Garden Festival, Pordenone, Italy

2014 Prize Winner LI London Royal Docks Masterplan Ideas Competition: Biophilia, with Studio Engleback

Membership of professional bodies

Member – International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes ICOMOS-IFLA

Member – International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) Advisory Circle

Executive Member – Asian Cultural Landscape Association (ACLA), Seoul, Korea

Full Member – Italian Association of Landscape Architecture (AIAPP)

Member – British Landscape Institute’s working group on natural capital health and wellbeing

Member – IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Commission on Ecosystem Management

Chartered member – Italian Institute of Agronomists and Foresters (CONAF)

Teaching & Research


My teaching approaches include practical and research-based examples in which a wide range of knowledge and skills necessary to face current environmental issues – including concerns such as climate change, urban heat island, soil sealing etc. – allow students to rethink their design approaches at all scales and in a sustainable way.


My research passion is driven by the willingness to positively impact cities’ human health and well-being. In particular, my research findings can be used to better design and plan for biophilic cities, to improve environmental quality, to mitigate climate change effects and to increase food security as well as a policy framework for sustainable resilient cities.


More publications from Dr Alessio Russo can be found in the Research Repository.