Alessandra is a PhD Candidate at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and a Fellow of the MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. Her research focuses on environmental policy and planning for the conservation of transboundary ecosystems. Specifically, she studies transnational cooperation and sovereignty at the local and national levels with evidence from the Amazon Biogeographical Region.
She is engaged in projects concerning socio-environmental well-being in the Amazon, including initiatives on integrated territorial planning in border areas and on equitable growth in urban centres, with an express commitment to preserving the ecological integrity of the region.
Previously, Alessandra was a Tenured Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has also worked in Genova, Milan, Paris, London, and Sydney. Her educational background includes a Master of Architecture cum Laude in Urban Design at the University of Ferrara, Italy, an exchange program at the Universidad Catolica de Cordoba, Argentina, and a Master in Emerging Technologies and Design cum Distinction at the Architectural Association of London, UK.