What do you do?
My job is to study and understand ancient architecture, specifically mudbrick architecture, around the world. I spend my time researching ancient constructions processes and the relationship between natural and built environment. I analyze ancient buildings through a combination of geoscience, anthropology and architectural material science to shed light on past processes of production, adaptation to climate change and use of natural resources.
Why did you choose this field?
When I was six, I first visited the Louvre museum in Paris and I was hooked! I decided to become an archaeologist and I have never changed my mind. But years later, taking the first classes at the University made me realized that the knowledge of the past can have a real impact on the present and help us as a society to plan for the future. I decided to research historic forms of sustainable architecture to understand the way people in the past interact with the natural environment and adapted to climate change.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
You get to decide what it is relevant to study, so just do something you feel passionate about. Also, there are different ways of answering important anthropological questions and combining Humanities and Science is enriching and challenges you to think differently about your subject.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love the everyday novelties of discovering new evidence, which can be seen as a small puzzle piece of our shared past. I love the full STEM process from formulating new hypotheses, to analyzing the materials and verifying the results.
Best advice for next generation?
Do not let anyone set limits for you, your possibilities are limitless and the only limits that count are the ones you set for yourself. Be proud of who you are, pursue your interests and never give up. And if you fall down, you rise up again stronger and more determined than ever.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything.”
Rita Levi – Montalcini