Dr Manfredo Manfredini

PhD, MSc


Manfredo studied architecture and urban design in Milan, Rome and Berlin.
Since 2016 he is Honorary Professor at the Hunan University, Changsha, China. 

Manfredo has consistently been involved in fundamental and applied research projects, both locally and internationally research over a wide range of topics in architectural theory and criticism, as well as in design at architectural and urban scales. After teaching architecture and urban design in Italy, Germany and China, since 2010 he has been teaching architecture and urban design at the University of Auckland. His current research interests address post-urban spatialisation forms and correlated design aspects, particularly focusing on valorisation, re-qualification and redevelopment of architectural and urban heritage; affordable and special housing; and education in architecture. Each of these areas has been successfully developed in collaboration with international and multi-disciplinary teams, as proven by the track record of consistent publications, successful grants (national and international) and awards (e.g. first price Biennale di Venezia, Sironi Group), and invited participation in major global events (e.g. United Nation Habitat III).

Research | Current

  • Urban design history, theory and criticism
  • Architecture and spatial design history, theory and criticism
  • Affordable and social housing history, theory and practice
  • Modern European architecture history, theory and criticism
  • Sustainable development
  • Education in architecture

Teaching | Current

BAS, MArch and PhD Architecture and Urban Design

Postgraduate supervision

PhD in Architecture; Candidate: Farzad Zamani Gharaghooshi; thesis title: Rethinking Public Place: A Critical Analysis of Urban Social Movements in Age of Digital Technologies.

PhD in Urban Design; Candidate: Xin Tian; thesis title: The Civic Integrated Megamall Enclosures as a rising urban component in rapidly developing Chinese cities.

PhD in Urban Design; candidate: Raja  Jusmartinah; thesis title: The malled-kampung as emerging urban element in Indonesian cities.

PhD in Urban Planning; candidate: Eva Zombori; thesis title: Designing for indeterminacy and inclusivity in public space.

PhD in Urban Design; candidate: Ramin  Norouzian, Thesis title: The effect of electronic media on interaction in the contemporary city.

PhD in Urban Design; candidate: Sergio Rugik Gomes; thesis title: Gated territories - Territorial Organization and Control in the Architecture and Urban Design of Gated Communities.

PhD in Urban Design; candidate: Dung Anh Ta, this title: The production of plural spatialities - Counter-space territories in the streets.


Honorary Professor, Hunan University, Changsha China


School Director (International Engagement)

Areas of expertise

Architecture and urban design

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Manfredini, M. (2017). Macau. In U. Carughi, M. Visone (Eds.) Time frames: Conservation policies for twentieth century architectural heritage (pp. 156-158). Routledge.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34724
  • Manfredini, M. (2016). Stand up for public space!: Public space territorialisation: relational life transition in the post-consumerist city [Networking event]. Paper presented at Habitat III: United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Quito, Equador. 17 October - 20 October 2016. Related URL.
  • Underhill-Sem, Y., Spoonley, P., Friesen, W., Meehan, C., Freeman, C., Wiles, J., ... Connelly, S. (2016). A State of New Zealand Report for Habitat III. 1-118. University of Auckland: Urban Research Network. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Ward Friesen, Janine Wiles, JC Gaillard, Sandeeka Mannakkara, Jennifer Salmond, David Grinlinton, Zhi Dong, Rosalind Archer, Dory Reeves, Stephen Knight-Lenihan, Claire Meehan
  • Manfredini, M., & Ta, A.-D. (2016). Co-creative urbanism: the production of plural evolutionary spatialities through conflicts and complicities between public and private in the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam. Joelho: Revista de Cultura Arquitectonica (7), 132-155. 10.14195/1647-8681_7_10
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32367
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anh Dung Ta
  • Leardini, P., Manfredini, M., & Callau, M. (2015). Energy upgrade to Passive House standard for historic public housing in New Zealand. Energy and Buildings, 95, 211-218. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2015.03.031
  • Manfredini, M., & Jenner, R. (2015). The virtual public thing: De-re-territorialisations of public space through shopping in Auckland’s urban space. Interstices, Journal of Architecture and Related Arts, 16, 78-81. Related URL.
  • Leardini, P., & Manfredini, M. (2015). Retrofit adaptations of New Zealand State houses: Passive House Planning Package assessment. Buildings, 5 (1), 229-251. 10.3390/buildings5010229

Contact details

Primary location

Level 3, Room 320
New Zealand