Carla Brisotto

School of Architecture, Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER)
Assistant Director and Assistant Scholar
ARCH 160

Ph.D. in Design, Construction, Planning, University of Florida, College of Design, Construction, and Planning
Degree in Architecture, Università IUAV di Venezia

Areas of Focus:

Productive Landscape, Placemaking and Placekeeping, Qualitative Research, Community Design and Planning, Storytelling


Dr. Brisotto is an interdisciplinary researcher, urban theorist, and licensed architect from Italy. Currently, she serves as the Assistant Director and Assistant Scholar at the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) at the University of Florida (UF). Brisotto holds a Ph.D. in Design, Construction, and Planning from UF and an Architecture degree from the University IUAV of Venice. At the core of Brisotto’s research lies the intersection of urbanism and environmental narratives. Her research focuses on productive landscapes and climate change’s asymmetric impacts on populations and their environments through both contemporary and historical lenses. More recently, she has been conducting research that examines how people engage in self-resilient practices of disaster coping mechanisms. Her main roles at FIBER include working closely with communities within the Florida Resilient Cities program. Her goals include supporting local capacity building, communicating highly technical and scientific research to residents, and educating about community resiliency to facilitate collaborations and partnerships. Additionally, she encompasses the same objective as Program Director of GatorCorps bringing AmeriCorps members across the region to serve communities facing climate risks.

Brisotto has published a book, ‘Re-Imagining Resilient Productive Landscapes: Perspectives from Planning History,’ along with book chapters, double-peer-reviewed papers, proceedings, and presentations at several national and international conferences. She has been teaching History and Theory of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, and seminars on Spatial Justice. Beyond UF, Brisotto has collaborated with institutions like Morgan State University, Politecnico di Milano, and Drury University, emphasizing a commitment to teaching, research, and service in urban design.

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