Ombretta Romice

Dr Ombretta Romice is Senior Lecturer in Urban design at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also actively involved with IAPS, the International Association for People-Environment Studies, as President; in this role she has been on the organizing board of several Congresses (IAPS 2008, Rome; IAPS, 2010, Leipzig) and Symposia. She has been successful in securing the 22nd IAPS Congress  in Glasgow in 2012. The Congress will be jointly organized with Dr Edward Edgerton of the University of West of Scotland.

Her teaching and research work focuses on urban design, environmental psychology and user participation in design. She holds a PhD in urban design and a PostDoc in housing and regeneration sponsored by the European Union. She is a founding member of the Urban Sustainability through Environmental Design Network, an international network of urban design theorists and practitioners formed to research, co-ordinate and disseminate tools of sustainable urban design, with special emphasis on urban public space and its value to sustaining fulfilled lives.

In the Department she is Director of the Masters course in Urban Design. The course has a strategic collaboration with Glasgow City Council.

She collaborates on the course in Environmental Psychology at the University of West of Scotland, Department of Psychology with Edward Edgerton, with whom she organized the Conference Environmental Psychology in the UK: Bridging the Gap, in September 2005.


She is part of UDSU - Urban Design Studies Unit.

  • Principal investigator - Gateways to the Professions: Urban Design Skills, sponsored by RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) and DfES (Department for Education and Skills). This resulted in the development of a draft for an online Urban Design course. With Prof Porta she is now developing this into a Higher Programme in Urbanism.
  • Co-investigator in the Research Project Multimodal Representation of Urban Space, sponsored by AHRC/EPSRC and Research Partner in the Research project: Open Urban Spaces (OPUS) on use and meaning of public spaces in European Capitals of Culture, sponsored by the Norwegian Research Council.
  • Principal investigator - Research and Development Fund with Architecture and Design Scotland. The project resulted in the publication of “50 Small Scottish Towns” and “20 Small Towns Under the Microscope”. Joanna Hooi and Laura Hart were the dissertation students and the appointed researchers in the projects.
  • Principal investigator – Scottish Arts Council: Communities in Action. A manual for neighborhood regeneration.

Selected publications

Chen, F. Romice, O. (2009). Preserving the cultural identity of Chinese cities in urban design through a typomorphological approach. In Urban Design International (2009) 14, 36–54.

Lucas, R.; Romice, O.  2008.  “Representing Sensory Experience in Urban Design” in Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal.  Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.83-94.  Common Ground Publishers.

Lucas, R.; Romice, O.  (out in Summer 2009).  “Assessing the Multi-Sensory Qualities of Urban Space” in Medio Ambiente y Comportamiento Humano (MACH) Special Issue: Urban environement and Human Behavior.  Forthcoming.

Romice, O. et al (out Summer 2010) "Time, market pressures and urban regeneration: a feasible mix?" In Bonaiuto, Bonnes, Nenci, Carrus (Eds), “Urban diversities, biosphere and well being: Designing and managing our common environment”, Hogrefe & Huber. USA, Germany, Canada.

Greaves, Porta, Romice, Thwaites, (Eds, 2007) Urban Sustainability through Environmental Design. Spon Press.

Edgerton, E.; Romice, O. (Eds, 2007) Environmental Psychology and Architecture. Cambridge Scholars Press.

Romice, O (2005) The Role Of Environmental Psychology in the Study of Environmental Issues. In Psicologia USP, 2005, 16 (1/2) 167-78.

Romice, O. (2005) “Integrated Neighbourhood Development – a European perspective”. In Designing Social Innovation. Planning, Building, Evaluating. Martens, B. / Keul, A. G. (Ed.). Hogrefe & Huber. USA, Germany, Canada. P 281-290.

Romice, O. (2010) "The Pysychology of engagement".  In: Conservation Bulletin, People Engaging with Places, Issue 63, Spring. Pp 15-17.

Uzzell, D. & Romice, O. (2003). “L'analyse des expériences environnementales”, in: G. Moser & K. Weiss (Eds.). Espaces de vie. Aspects de la relation homme-environnement. Paris: A. Colin, Coll. "Regards", pp 49-84

Romice, O, Frey, (2003). Communities in Action. The Handbook. A manual for neighbourhood regeneration. The Scottish Arts Council. Edinburgh.  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. ISBN: 0-9542926-5-0.