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Nadia Amoroso teaches at the University of Toronto, John H.Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. She was also the Garvan Chair Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas, and a recent visiting design critic at this university.

In 2007, Amoroso was the Lawrence Halprin Fellow at Cornell University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate students in landscape architecture. Most recently, she is a principal of Orange + Blue Consulting, specializing in design, mapping and visual communications.

Her research on mapping urban phenomena and design work are published in a number of journals and she often lectures at various universities and design institutions including Harvard University, The University of Toronto, Cornell University, Anhalt University, at Google Inc., and at the “Placing Creativity” conference in Toronto.

Amoroso has a forthcoming publication entitled, The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles (Routledge), profiling a theoretical study of mapping as it relates to visual representation of the city from the early 20th century to today and through new visuals- “the Map-Landscapes”.

She has a PhD in Architectural Studies, and degrees in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. She is currently associated with the 192021, being spearheaded by Richard Saul Wurman, which graphically communicates the complexities of urban information for 19 cities in the world with over 20 million in population for the 21st century.

She specializes in visual communication—the experimental, the digital, the “unconventional” and the traditional means of conveying information and ideas, in a convincing and captivating manner----the power of visual representation.  Her work also examines large park design and urban designs--- the connectivity, strategic ecological systems, and urban cultural dynamics and trends.

For more information please contact Nadia at:, tel: 1.416.938.7810.

Teaching Philosophy

Amoroso believes in a positive student – instructor relationship, one that fosters respect, intellectual discourse and mentorship. She believes in a dynamic and interactive teaching environment that allows students to discuss their design development. She believes it is important to discuss and critically review urban systems, urban cultural dynamics, city trends, environmental impact, and the importance of clear and powerful visual representation. Below please find some samples of student work.


The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Indivisibles, (Routledge, 2010) profiles new ways of imaging the city and landscape, while also capturing a selection of contemporary history and theory on advanced mapping approaches. The book has received some positive reviews and discussions on this topic.

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