Symbiosis was founded in 2008, as a partner company with the architecture firm, Mangone Architect, which was founded in 1994 in West Palm Beach, FL. Symbiosis currently has offices in Ottawa, Canada + West Palm Beach, FL

Giancarlo Mangone, Symbiosis
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Giancarlo Mangone_PhD_M. Arch.




         _Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture [PhD]_Delft University of Technology

         _Master of Architecture_University of Virginia

         _Bachelors of Architecture_University of Florida_Summa Cum Laude





Giancarlo Mangone, PhD, M. Arch, is currently principal of Symbiosis : Sustainable Design + Consulting, based in West Palm Beach, Florida and Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Mangone is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carleton University, and Director of the Ecologically Positive Community [EPC] design research lab. Prior to founding Symbiosis, he worked for architecture firms in West Palm Beach, Boston, Virginia, Shanghai, and The Netherlands. Giancarlo completed his doctoral research at the Delft University of Technology Faculty of Architecture + The Built Environment, in the Architectural Engineering + Technology Department. His research was focused on exploring and evaluating the potential of the design of buildings and building spaces to improve the building, worker, and ecological performance of building projects, with particular focus on how to maximize the performance benefits that can be attained by integrating natural environments into buildings and public spaces, such as microforests. Dr. Mangone is an expert in developing solutions for integrating nature into urban areas in ways that maximize their performance benefits and improve the quality of the local community. The results of this research have been applied to award-winning projects throughout the world, including the US, Latin America, Europe, China, and Africa, through the work of his current practice, Symbiosis. Dr. Mangone regularly collaborates with innovative design, engineering, and development firms, such as Ken Yeang, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, William McDonough + Partners, and Mecanoo Architecten, and research centers and communities throughout the world, including ECOSUR in Mexico, CEN in Nicaragua, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro's Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism.


Dr. Mangone's current design research and pedagogical discourse is focused on investigating the maximum ecological performance potential (sustainability) of buildings, landscapes, and communities. In other words, his design research is concentrated on identifying and developing the greatest possible contributions that the design of buildings can make to mitigating and reversing local and global natural ecosystem degradation. The on-going results of his design research demonstrate that improving the ecological integrity of ecosystems through the design of constructed environments can, at the same time, substantially improve the quality, and economic and social performance of constructed environments and local communities, depending on the design solution.  Dr. Mangone’s research has generated innovative, highly effective sustainable design solutions, including ecologically positive communities, hybrid infrastructures, and microforests. This ecological design research is developed in collaboration with engineering, psychology, public policy, ecology, and business academic departments and professional practices, as well as research centers and communities throughout the world.


The value of Dr. Mangone's EPC design research has been recognized through international design awards and competition prizes, and invitations to present his work at international conferences and universities throughout the world, including the Canadian Museum of Nature, Institute of Sustainable Urbanism at TU Braunschweig, University of Sydney, University of Virginia, University of Buffalo, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism. He has received appointments to teach, consult, and develop research initiatives at various universities in North America and Europe, in Architecture, Psychology, Public Policy, Ecology, and Engineering Departments. Dr. Mangone has published peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and conference papers in diverse sustainability-related disciplines, and a peer reviewed book and book chapter on his EPC design research. Dr. Mangone regularly serves as a peer reviewer for scientific journals and a scientific committee member for international conferences. The value of his work is further demonstrated through citations and publications by sustainable organizations, websites, and professional magazines, and increasing collaboration with sustainable minded developers, architects, and communities throughout the world.



_Recent Book + Book Chapter Publications


      _Giancarlo Mangone. Performative Microforests: Investigating the potential benefits of integrating spatial vegetation                 environments into buildings, in regards to the performance of buildings, their occupants + local ecosystems.

        A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment 10. TU Delft, 2015  



      _Giancarlo Mangone, Patrick Teuffel, “Constructing Sensuous Ecologies : Looking beyond the energy + carbon  

        efficiency arguments” in Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture, Edited by Sang Lee, Rotterdam, The Netherlands :

        010 Publishers     [A book chapter proposing an innovative_performance based_sensuous design process]


_Recent Journal_Conference_Industry Article Publications


_Giancarlo Mangone, “Constructing hybrid infrastructure: Exploring the potential ecological, social, and economic benefits of

       integrating municipal infrastructure into constructed environments”, Cities, Vol. 55, 2016. p. 165-179  


_Giancarlo Mangone, Colin Capaldi, Zack van Allen, Peter Luscuere, “Bringing nature to work : Preferences and perceptions of constructed indoor and natural outdoor workspaces”, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 2017   


_Giancarlo Mangone, Kees van der Linden “Forest Microclimates : Investigating the Performance Potential of Vegetation

        at the Building Space Scale”, Building and Environment, Vol. 73,  2014. p. 12 – 23    


_Giancarlo Mangone, Stanley Kurvers, Peter Luscuere, “Constructing Thermal Comfort : Investigating the Effect of                           Vegetation on Indoor Thermal Comfort through a Four Season Thermal Comfort Quasi-Experiment”, Building and

        Environment, Vol. 81,  2014. p. 410–426   


_Giancarlo Mangone. Peter Luscuere “Microforest HVAC : Investigating the performance potential of quality based

        climate systems”  TVVL Magazine, The Netherlands. June 2013



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