Community-led Housing (Programme Lead)
Mariangela completed her MSc in Environment and Sustainable Development at the Development Planning Unit (DPU), UCL, where she specialised in community management of environmental issues in informal settlements. In 2012, she was involved in environmental research projects in Ghana and Benin around food security and planning. Previous to studying at the DPU, she gained a BSc in Economics and International Development at the University of Bath, and worked in Washington D.C., USA and in Mumbai, India in international development consultancy. During this period, she deepened her understanding of urban and planning issues in the Global South.
Mariangela started working at World Habitat in January 2013, on the World Habitat Awards and the International Peer Exchanges. In June 2014 she became a Technical Assistant in community-led upgrading processes for informal settlements in Manila, Philippines with the Technical Assistant Movement for People and the Environment, Inc. (TAMPEI). This work was performed in collaboration with the DPU, the Community Architects Network (CAN) and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR).
Returning to World Habitat in July 2015 as Programme Manager for the World Habitat Awards, since February 2018 Mariangela has been leading the newly created Global Community-led Housing Programme. She is an Associate for Architecture Sans Frontières-UK, a non-profit organisation aiming to make community and international development issues integral to the built environment sector. Mariangela is also involved in queer urbanism and LGBTQ+ housing issues.