Claudiu Forgaci

Claudiu Forgaci is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at TU Delft.

He conducts research at the intersections of urban design, urban resilience, and spatial data science, with keen interest in the inter- and trans-disciplinary implications of those intersections. With his design- and data-driven research approach, he emphasizes the proactive role of urban design in anticipating and responding to acute shocks and chronic stresses of social, environmental, and economic nature. He develops methods, techniques, and instruments for the spatial assessment, planning, and design of urban space, as well as spatial applications of green and blue ainfrastructure, nature-based solutions, and other spatial applications of urban resilience. In his recent work, he has developed principles and instruments for the design of social-ecologically integrated riverside urban spaces.

He holds a Master of Architecture from “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest (2010), a Master of Science in Urbanism as part of the European post-Master in Urbanism (EMU), with cum laude, from TU Delft (2013), and a Ph.D. in Urbanism from TU Delft (2018).

Claudiu was a postdoctoral researcher at TU Delft and research fellow at AMS Institute under the theme of Climate Resilient Cities. Prior to that, he worked in practice as and architect and urban designer, where his work was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and won several architecture and urban design competition awards.

His research on urban resilience, urban design, and spatial big data was published, among others, in the Journal of Urban Design, International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. He was also a co-author of an ESPON report in which he contributed with policy recommendations for a greener and low-carbon Europe. Besides his academic and policy-oriented publications, Claudiu regularly publishes in Zeppelin Magazine, a Romanian professional publication on architecture, the city, and society.