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.
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
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)
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.