Dr Claudia Loggia is Senior Lecturer in Housing at the School of Built Environment & Development Studies (SoBEDS), at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. At SoBEDS, she is also the Academic Leader for the Discipline cluster of Housing and Planning.
She holds a PhD in Building Engineering and a MEng from Cagliari University (Italy). She has extensive experience in trans-disciplinary research projects and consultancy work in the areas of: energy efficient building design and retrofit, green infrastructure, sustainable urban regeneration, informal settlements upgrading. Since 2016, Claudia is a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow (2016-2022), for a project in partnership with the University of Westminster (London), titled: “Building Urban Resilience for Self-Reliance in African Cities”. She was also Principal Investigator for the South African team of the ISULABANTU project (www.isulabantu.org ) focused on Community-led Upgrading for self-reliance in informal settlements in South Africa. This project is a 3-year ESRC/NRF Urban Transformation in SA Grant in partnership with the University of Westminster, University College London, the eThekwini Municipality and a local NGO called uTshani Fund.
Both of these collaborative projects are providing opportunities for community engagement (fieldwork, community events), training (in-field community training) and capacity building (in the areas of project management, construction management, and environmental management).
She is also collaborating on valuable research projects in South Africa with local governmental institutions, NGOs and local communities, such as the uMngeni Resilience Project aimed at increasing resilience of vulnerable communities in a rural area in KwaZulu-Natal and the informal settlement upgrading of Khan Rd settlement in Pietermaritzburg.
Since 2022, she is an NRF C-rated researcher.
Since 2012, she is a Green Star South Africa Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).
- Building Engineering, Cagliari University (Italy) 2003
- PhD Building Engineering, Cagliari University (Italy), 2007
- Low-income & informal settlement upgrading programmes
- Green building design and renovation;
- Sustainable human settlements
- Green infrastructure, smart cities & renewable energy sources integration
- Housing Technology
- Human Habitat/Sustainable Human Settlements
- Construction Technology & drawing
- Research methodology
- Participatory research
- Govender V., Loggia C. (2021) Adaptive Reuse Strategies in Durban Inner City Using Hybrid Mapping Tools. In: Magidimisha-Chipungu H.H., Chipungu L. (eds) Urban Inclusivity in Southern Africa. The Urban Book Series. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81511-0_12.
- C. Georgiadou, C. Loggia (2021). Beyond self-help: Learning from communities in informal settlements in Durban, South Africa. in: African cities and collaborative futures. Urban platforms and metropolitan logistics Editors: Professor Michael Keith and Dr Andreza Aruska de Souza Santos. Publisher: Manchester University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526155351.00010
- Argiolas, C. Loggia, V. Tramontin, C. Trois (2012) “A web application to support decision making process based on a bottom-up approach in public buildings’ green retrofit”- Chapter 8 in Handbook “Emerging Software for Interactive Interfaces, Database, Computer Graphics and Animation: Pixels and the New Excellence in Communicability, Cloud Computing and Augmented Reality”, pp. 83 – 93, Blue herons Editions ISBN: 978-88-96471-19-7, DOI: 10.978.8896471/197, Series Volume: I, Published in December 2012.
- Argiolas, C. Loggia (2012) “Solar Community Model: a smart strategy for historic centres sustainable renovation”. Chapter published on “Sustainability in Energy and Buildings”, Volume 12 of the series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, pp 257-264.Editors: M’Sirdi, N.; Namaane, A.; Howlett, R.J.; Jain, L.C., Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27509-8_21
- Basciu, C. Loggia, V. Tramontin, C. Pusceddu (2012) “A sustainable housing unit for emergency areas”. Chapter published on “Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Volume 12 of the series Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies, pp 75-84. Editors: M’Sirdi, N.; Namaane, A.; Howlett, R.J.; Jain, L.C. ., Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27509-8_6
- Loggia (2005), “Modelli energetici e linee guida per la progettazione sostenibile”(= Energy Models and guidelines for sustainable design), in the book edited by V. De Montis. texts of V. De Montis, M. Basciu, C. Loggia, “Architettura sostenibile e recupero” (Quaderni di architettura (=Architecture Books series), ISBN 8884673178), Cagliari (Italy), CUEC editions
- (2016-2020), ISULABANTU project, Community-led upgrading for self-reliance in South Africa seeks to support communities by strengthening their capacity to guide urban development themselves. This project was a 3-year ESRC/NRF Urban Transformation in SA Grant in partnership with the University of Westminster, University College London, the eThekwini Municipality and a local NGO called uTshani Fund. This collaborative project undertook data collection, capacity building and community mapping, in collaboration with residents, to feed into the creation of an integrated toolkit. http://www.isulabantu.org/
- (2016-2022), Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship, Building Urban Resilience in African cities. This project, in partnership with Westminster University (London) is providing opportunities for community engagement (fieldwork, community events), training (in-field community training) and capacity building (in the areas of project management, construction management, and environmental management).
- (2020-2022), uMngeni Resilience Project, as part of the Resilience Design Task team, we provided co-design of climate strengthened dwellings and interventions for rural houses in Nhlazuka area in KwaZulu-Natal. https://www.sanbi.org/biodiversity/science-into-policy-action/nie-adaptation-fund/umngeni-resilience-project/#:~:text=The%20project%20%E2%80%9CBuilding%20resilience%20in,agriculture%20and%20climate%20proofing%20settlements.
- (2021-2023) Khan Rd settlement in Pietermaritzburg, informal settlement upgrading, participatory process to co-design sustainable dwellings and develop a community based disaster strategy to respond to hazards (floods, fire).
- Housing Technology (HOUS201, HOUS202)
- Human Habitat (HOUS205)
- Sustainable Human Settlements (HOUS306)
- Construction Technology & construction drawing for Property Development program.
- Research methodology (For Master in Housing)
- Renovation and Conservation of Buildings (for Architecture and Building Engineering)
I have successfully supervised (and co-supervised) a total of 43 postgraduate students (including 2 PhD) in the disciplines of Building Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Housing, Development Studies.