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Carmela Cucuzzella

Carmela Cucuzzella is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University in the Department of Design and Computation Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts. She completed her doctorate at the Université de Montréal in April 2011. Her research interests lie within the domain of design for sustainability, eco-design, evaluation and judgement of design projects in a context of sustainability, theory of artistic judgement, theory of risk assessment, the precautionary principle, life cycle analysis (for social and environmental), and LEED.  Her directors of research for her doctorate work were Pr. Pierre De Coninck, an expert in design theory and complex systems and Pr. Daniel Pearl, an expert in environmental design and construction in architecture.

She obtained her first degree, a bachelor in Computer Science, focusing on Computer Architecture, in 1989.  She was immediately employed by Bell Northern Research (which later became a division of Nortel Networks), and worked there for 11 years designing and developing software for the telecommunications industry.  She has had various positions there, starting from software programming and development, to software analysis and design, to the architectural development of software platforms. Her last position held at Nortel was a technical team lead on an application for a 411 service using voice recognition technology for the wire-line network.

After her employment at Nortel Networks, she completed a second undergraduate degree at Concordia University, in the Faculty of Fine Arts (Design Art), where she graduated as outstanding student in 2005.  Her interest in understanding sustainability and design’s complex implications on the environment, society and culture developed during her education there. This degree, coupled with her previous background has given Carmela a broad cross-disciplinary perspective of the design discipline – from the design of virtual tools for communication systems (at Nortel) to the design of functional and exploratory artefacts on various dimensions – 2D, 3D and multi-media projects (at Concordia). 

In 2005, Carmela entered the Faculté de l’aménagement at the Université de Montréal, where she would complete (in 2007 with a mention of excellence), a Master of Applied Science degree, in the School of Industrial Design, in the program called Design et Complexité. Her masters thesis focused on the issues related to sustainability assessment for product design, specifically on the limits of current assessment tools for understanding the complex repercussions of social, cultural and environmental impacts and the need to introduce the precautionary principle into the design process as a way to address the uncertainty and ambiguity of these consequences.  Her masters research was conducted within the framework of Centre de Recherche en Éthique de l’Université de Montréal  (CREUM), a multi-disciplinary research centre focusing on fundamental and applied ethics research,  and the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche sur l’Analyse, l’Interprétation et la Gestion du cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (CIRAIG), a research group focusing on life cycle thinking and assessment methods. Entering the Ph.D. program at the Université de Montréal in the Faculté de l’aménagment program in September 2007, she will complete the doctoral thesis by December 2010. The research focuses on repercussions to design projects when the rating system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is adopted, and in turn, how these same projects are ultimately judged within the context of an architectural competition. The theoretical foundation of the precautionary principle continues to be the basis of reflections regarding the tensions between the strict adherence to environmental rating systems or assessment diagnostic tools and the creative exploration during conceptualization. This research was done within the framework of a large architectural research lab, Laboratoire d’études de l’architecture potentielle (L.E.A.P); a lab of 9 professors and 12 assistants that focuses on the theory and practices of contemporary architecture within an interdisciplinary perspective.  At L.E.A.P she was actively involved in a collective research project since 2008, called Greening the Architecture Curriculum in Canada, a project co-founded by her research director, Pr. Daniel Pearl. This is a project that involves 11 architecture schools across Canada and is essentially a forum for sharing ideas, resources and expertise for integrating sustainability into the curriculum. Since, 2009, she has collaborated with Pr. Jean-Pierre Chupin, Pr. Georges Adamczyk and Pr. Pierre Boudon, all L.E.A.P researchers, in their project that focuses on the conflicts of analogical interpretation and architectural judgments in competitions, where her focus has been on the conflicts of interpretation and judgment for the issues related to sustainability.

This interdisciplinary background has allowed her to be invited to many lectures in various pedagogical contexts. She has taught in a studio course at the Université de Montréal, has tutored several students in their final year projects in the Industrial Design Department of the Université de Montréal, has presented many seminars to undergraduate and graduate students at a number of universities: Concordia University, Université de Québec à Montréal, Université Laval, McGill, École Polytechnique, and Université de Montréal. She has and continues to work in collaboration with Université de Québec à Montréal, in the department of École des sciences de la gestion, planning a seminar course at the graduate level focusing in environmental management with specific focus on Lide Cycle Methods.

Carmela Cucuzzella now is a confirmed scholar who has obtained the maximum funding possible for a doctorate student from a federal, provincial, university and faculty level. She received bursaries from both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and from the Fonds de recherche sur la société et de la culture (FQRSC) for her doctorate research. Since 2007, Carmela has presented over 20 communications across the world (in 3 continents). Counting all accepted communications, that would total over 30 communications across 5 continents, but budget constraints have limited her attendance. She has published in books and in international journals on various topics related to her research, particularly on environmental, social and cultural issues related to assessment and judgment for design projects in a context of sustainability. A contributing author to the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative (LCI) project, she was one of 21 international experts in life cycle approaches. In 2009 the Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products was published, a first addressing the integration of social aspects into the life cycle assessment framework.

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2009Cucuzzella, Carmela
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Guidelines for Social Life Cycle Assessment of Products, 2009
2015Books, Potential Architecture
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Architecture Competitions and The Production of Culture, Quality and Knowledge : An International Inquiry, 2015attachment
2015Cucuzzella, Carmela
Mariani, Alessandra
Muséologie, 2015
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2008Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
Towards Sustainable Lifestyles: a Participatory Approach Within a Context of Uncertainty, 2008
2010Chow, Rosan
Jonas, Wolfgang
Joost, Gesche
Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Blois, Michel
A New Evaluation and Innovation Framework for Sustainable Design: Addressing the Limits of Current Sustainability Assessment Methods, 2010
2010Chow, Rosan
Jonas, Wolfgang
Joost, Gesche
Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Blois, Michel
The Cohering Project in the Built Environment Modeling Intentions and Actors Dynamic: an approach by Design, 2010
2011Graham, Lisa
Cucuzzella, Carmela
What Does Complexity Have to do with Sustainable Design?, 2011
2013Laurent Matthey, Christophe Mager, David Gaillard, Hélène Gallezot
Cucuzzella, Carmela
When The Narrative Of Environmental Certifications Replaces The Debate On Quality, 2013
2014Collyer, Stanley
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Crossman, Camille
Re-Thinking the University of Manitoba’s Campus: Visionary (re)Generation International Competition, 2014
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Helal, Bechara
Competitions as Laboratories : On the So-Called “Experimental” Nature of Architecture Competitions, 2015
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Judging in a World of Expertise : When the Sum of the Parts is Less than the Whole, 2015
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Should Competitions Always Be International ? Political Reasons in a Multipolar World (1988-2012), 2015
2015Cucuzzella, CarmelaLes reformulations de la question de recherche: paramètres d’une thèse réalisable, 2015
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Crossman, Camille
Judging Architectural Quality : Judgment Criteria and Competition Juries, 2015
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
The Canadian Competitions Catalogue : Digital Libraries of Projects as Collective Legacy, 2015
2015Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Helal, Bechara
Adamczyk, Georges
Final Cut : A Remarkable Cross-Section of Architectural Tendencies, 2015
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2008Parent, Julie
Cucuzzella, Carmela
La consommation durable par le design durable, 2008link
2008De Coninck, Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
An Overview of Existing Development Processes for New Products within the Furniture Sector based on a Networked Framework, 2008
2008Cucuzzella, Carmela
Colby, Charles
Comparative Screening Life Cycle Assessment of Children’s Markers Repurposed into a Modern Wall Clock and an Industrial-made Modern Wall Clock,, 2008
2009Cucuzzella, CarmelaWhat does Complexity have to do with Sustainable Design?, 2009
2009Pearl, Daniel
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Martenat, Céline-Coralie
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Question 2 : What educational transformation is required to engage the academic world into adopting a transdisciplinary process for developing sustainable projects? Editorial Committee of the School of Architecture of the Université de Montréal., 2009link
2009Cucuzzella, CarmelaThe Limits of Life Cycle Analysis in a Context of Sustainable Design: Prudence as a New Framework, 2009
2010Pearl, Daniel
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Martenat, Céline-Coralie
Between design and engineering – the necessity for a critical perspective. Synthetic response of the Université de Montréal editorial committee, 2010link
2010Cucuzzella, CarmelaThe New Montreal Planetarium: Stars of the Underground, 2010link
2010Pearl, Daniel
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Martenat, Céline-Coralie
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Question 2 : Final Synthesis. Editorial Committee of the School of Architecture of the Université de Montréal, 2010link
2011Cucuzzella, CarmelaWhy is Fourth Generation Evaluation Essential for Sustainable Design?, 2011
2011Cucuzzella, CarmelaDes limites de la norme LEED, 2011
2011Cucuzzella, CarmelaUrban shifting Suburban Surrey, 2011link
2011Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Environmental standards and judgment processes in competitions for public buildings, 2011
2011Cucuzzella, Carmela
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
The ‘global warming’ of the judgment process in competitions for public buildings in Canada, 2011
2012Parent, Julie
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Revéret, Jean-Pierre
Revisiting the role of LCA and SLCA in the transition towards sustainable production and consumption, 2012link
2012Parent, Julie
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Revéret, Jean-Pierre
Impact Assessment in SLCA: Sorting the sLCIA Methods According to their Outcomes, 2012link
2012Cucuzzella, CarmelaSaint-Laurent Library – When LEED Becomes the Competition Prize, 2012link
2013Cucuzzella, CarmelaConfronting Contemporary Sustainability Norms with the Durbaility of Historical Buildings, 2013
2013Cucuzzella, CarmelaLes experts sont-ils à leur place dans les concours?, 2013
2013Mertenat, Céline-Coralie
Pearl, Daniel
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Verdir le diplôme d’architecture au Canada : un forum académique national, une question de transdisciplinarité, 2013link
2013Cucuzzella, Carmela
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
The “global warming” of the judgment process in competitions for public buildings in Canada, 2013
2013Cucuzzella, CarmelaA Theoretical Model For Design For Sustainability: The Impact Of Data Intensive Evaluation Approaches On Design Thinking, 2013
2013Cucuzzella, CarmelaLower Don Lands, Toronto 2007: From Winning Project to Public Controversy, 2013link
2014Cucuzzella, Carmela
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Experts, Expertise and Qualitative Judgment in Canadian Architectural Competitions, 2014
2014Cucuzzella, CarmelaCanadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Awards 2014 Jury Process: Observations and Recommendations, 2014, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Manitoba
2014Cucuzzella, Carmela
Crossman, Camille
University of Manitoba, 2012: An ambitious university campus project under high organization, 2014link
2014Cucuzzella, CarmelaIs Sustainability the Impetus for a New Aesthetic Paradigm in Canadian Design Competition ?, 2014
2015Cucuzzella, CarmelaResearch-creation as a Curatorial Challenge: An Interview with John Zeppetelli, 2015
2015Cucuzzella, CarmelaIs Sustainability Reorienting the Visual Expression of Architecture?, 2015
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2007Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
Implementing the Precautionary Principle through Stakeholder Engagement for Product and Service Development, 2007
2007Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
The Contribution of the Precautionary Principle for Decision Making in Situations of Uncertainty for Product and Service Development, 2007
2008Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
Establishing and Assessing Sustainable Solutions: Opportunities and Limits of a Life Cycle Approach, 2008
2008Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
Towards Sustainable Design: An Approach Based on the Precautionary Principle, 2008
2008Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
In Pursuit of Sustainable Consumption: The Limits of Adopting a Strategy of Efficiency, 2008
2008Cucuzzella, CarmelaThe Precautionary Principle as a Framework for Sustainable Design: Attempts to Counter the Rebound Effects of Production and Consumption, 2008link
2009Cucuzzella, CarmelaAn Evaluation and Innovation Framework for Responsible Design based on Prudence, 2009link
2009Cucuzzella, CarmelaFourth Generation Evaluation: Expanding the Evaluation Framework for Sustainable Design Projects, 2009
2009Cucuzzella, Carmela
De Coninck, Pierre
Pearl, Daniel
Expanding the Evaluation Framework in Design Projects when Seeking Transformational Sustainable Innovation, 2009
2009Colby, Charles
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Lalande, Philippe
Racine, Martin
Assessing a New Model for Production and Consumption: Environmental Implications of Direct Digital Manufacturing, 2009
2010Cucuzzella, CarmelaCollaborative Design in a Context of Sustainability: The Epistemological and Practical Implications of the Precautionary Principle for Design, 2010link
2014Cucuzzella, Carmela
Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Design for Sustainability as an Emerging Aesthetic Paradigm in Canadian Design Competitions, 2014
2014Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Expert, Expertise and Qualitative Judgement in Canadian Architecture Competitions, 2014
2014Chupin, Jean-Pierre
Cucuzzella, Carmela
Designing the Body of Architecture Through Biological Analogies, 2014
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