Maria Cecilia Loschiavo dos Santos

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Brazil

Professor of Design, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil

Maria Cecilia Loschiavo is a philosopher and a full professor of Design at the School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of São Paulo. She has published many articles in Brazilian design magazines and international academic conferences. She is the author of several books, among them Móvel Moderno no Brasil, which was sponsored by FAPESP and a joint publication of the University of São Paulo Press and Studio Nobel in São Paulo. She is a scientific consultant for Brazilian Research Agencies, such as FAPESP, FAPEMIG and CNPq. She is a scientific consultant as a critical reviewers for the main Design Conferences across the world, such as European Academy of Design- EAD, Design plus Research, The International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), among others.

Dr. Loschiavo dos Santos current research is about Discarded Products, Design and Homelessness in Global Cities and she is deeply committed to design and social responsibility issues. She was awarded the First Prize by the Museu da Casa Brasileira, for her book Móvel Moderno no Brasil. She is the screenwriter of the documentary movie A Margem da Imagem (On the Fringes of São Paulo: Homeless) which concentrates on themes such as social exclusion, unemployment, alcoholism, insanity, religiousness, contemporary public spaces, urban degradation, identity and citizenship. The film was officially selected for the São Paulo Short Film Festival 2002. The film was awarded the “Best documentary” film at the Gramado Film Festival, 2003.From 2007 to 2008, she was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning, at UCLA – University of California, Los Angeles.

She got her MA at University of São Paulo, Philosophy, in Aesthetics, 1975 and her Ph.D. at the University of São Paulo, Philosophy, in Aesthetics, 1993. She was a visiting scholar in postdoctoral programs at the following universities: University of California, Los Angeles. School of Public Policy and Social Research, 1995-96; University of Campinas, Brazil, Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences, 1997; Nihon University, Tokyo, College of Design and Arts, 1999; Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, 2001.