Ca­reer build­ing nicely

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

JOSELI Macedo re­mem­bers the trou­bles of or­der­ing a ham­burger at Mc­Don­ald’s when she first moved from Brazil to the United States.

The now South Perth res­i­dent and new Curtin Univer­sity Head of School of Built En­vi­ron­ment grew up in Cu­ritiba be­fore mov­ing around the US.

“I moved to the US af­ter my un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree and I had learnt English as a sec­ond lan­guage, one of my tu­tors told me that I spoke with won­der­ful pre­ci­sion but I spoke so slowly,” she said.

“The first time I went to Mc­Don­ald’s, I or­dered a ham­burger and the girl asked me some­thing, prob­a­bly ask­ing if I wanted to up­size, but I had no idea what she was say­ing.”

Dr Macedo said grow­ing up in Cu­ritiba gave her a love of ar­chi­tec­ture and plan­ning.

“It was a good life, I loved grow­ing up there,” she said.

“Cu­ritiba is known in plan­ning cir­cles for its sus­tain­abil­ity through trans­port ini­tia­tives and its urban plan­ning.”

Dr Macedo is no stranger to liv­ing in new places af­ter liv­ing in Cincin­nati, Ari­zona and Gainesville, which is the home of the Univer­sity of Florida.

“When I lived in the US I would take stu­dents to Brazil to give them an idea of what it was like to live in a non-English speak­ing coun­try and when the stu­dents came back Curtin Head of School of Built En­vi­ron­ment Joseli Macedo. home they saw their own coun­try through a dif­fer­ent lens,” she said.

Ar­riv­ing in Perth only two months ago, Dr Macedo is en­joy­ing her role and the sub­urb of South Perth.

“The build­ings around Perth are very in­ter­est­ing, I like the older ones that have been main­tained,” she said.

“South Perth is a lovely neigh­bour­hood, I like its prox­im­ity to the cam­pus and as an urban de­signer I like the fact that it is self-con­tained with shops, cafes and restau­rants.”

With an aca­demic back­ground in ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban­ism, Dr Macedo joins Curtin with more than 20 years of in­ter­na­tional higher ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

Her ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude sus­tain­able ci­ties, urban de­sign and in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment plan­ning.

Dr Macedo has con­ducted ex­ten­sive re­search in urban ar­eas in Brazil and In­dia, and her funded re­search port­fo­lio to­tals more than $1.1 mil­lion.

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