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Prof. Dr. Arch. Lino Bianco

Faculty of Architecture, Department Urban Planning - Guest lecturer

Prof. Dr. Arch. Lino Bianco
Phone +(356) 99422727
E-mail lino.bianco@lino-bianco.com
Website http://www.lino-bianco.com/


  • 2008–2011: Ph.D. in Architecture and Politics; University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 1994–1995: M.Sc. in Architecture; The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, University of London, United Kingdom
  • 1992–1993: M.Sc. in Geology; The University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1987–1992: B.E.&A.(Hons) in Architecture and Civil Engineering; University of Malta, Malta
  • 1984–1987: B.A. in Philosophy and Human Studies; Institute of Philosophy and Human Studies, Faculty of Theology, Malta

Science Interests

  • Architectural and structural design
  • Philosophy, history and theory of architecture and urban design
  • Geology of building materials
  • Architectural restoration and conservation
  • Environmental management and planning




  • Member, Kamra Tal-Perit (Malta)
  • Member, Chamber of Architects (Bulgaria)
  • Eur. Ing., Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs, Bruxelles, Belgium


Participation in Research Projects

 A selection (until 2010):

  1. Preliminary feasibility study for TeleMalta sites at Mercury House and Pender Place, Malta (1997)
  2. Valuation of Manoel Island and Tigne' Point Peninsula, Malta (1997)
  3. Interpretation of an eighteenth century rural landscape, Qala, Gozo (1998)
  4. Extension of  Mater Dei Hospital, Malta’s state hospital, Tal-Qroqq, Malta
  5. Proposal for a solar desalination plant , Hal-Far, Malta (2000)
  6. Case for the retention of the status quo regarding the exportation of Maltese stone, a pre EU accession report for the Government of Malta (2000)
  7. Ħagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Conservation and Interpretation Project, Qrendi, Malta (2004)
  8. Project Description Statement for the setting up of Mġarr ix-Xini Regional Park, Xewkija and Sannat, Gozo  (2004 to-date)
  9. Sant' Antnin Waste Treatment Plant: Planning Appeal (2006)
  10. Cultural Heritage Inventory Management System, geocultural heritage input
  11. Revocation of planning permits at Ramla Bay, a site of International Scientific Importance (2007)
  12. Rehabilitation facility and day hospital, Ingieret, Malta, (2007)
  13. Socio-cultural initiatives for the locality of Xagħra, Gozo (2007)
  14. Construction of a destination port, Qala, Gozo (2010)


Participation in Design Projects



Other Posts and Activities

  • 2015-, Member, Working Group on Education, Commonwealth Association of Architects
  • 2014-, Ambassador of Malta to Bulgaria
  • 2014-, Ambassador of Malta to Romania
  • 2014-, Member, General Services Board; Ministry for Energy & Health, Malta
  • 2014-5, Member, Board of Directors, WasteServ Malta Ltd, Malta
  • 2013-5, Member, Board of Directors, Housing Authority, Malta
  • 2011-, Expert, Law Courts, Malta
  • 2002, Chairman, Local Stone Work Group Committee, Building Industry Consultative Council
  • 2000-, Resident academic, University of Malta
  • 2000, Advisor, Ministry for Economic Services, Malta
  • 1997-, Director, Lino Bianco & Associates
  • 1997-2000, Member, Planning Appeals Board, Malta
  • 1997-1998, Advisor to the Minister for Housing and Local Councils, Malta; Chairman, Planning Council1997-1998, Chairman, Planning Council, Malta
  • 1997, Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Malta
  • 1993-1994, Member, Minerals Board, Malta


A selection: 
  1. BIANCO, L., 2017. Cartographic representations in early eighteenth century Baroque Malta. Geographia Technica, 12(1), pp. 1-8. 
  2. BIANCO, L., 2017. Landscape Restoration and Rehabilitation: A Geocultural Design Approach. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, 8(3), pp. 174-181. 
  3. BIANCO, L., 2017. Limestone replacement in restoration: the case of the church of Santa Maria (Birkirkara, Malta). International Journal of Conservation Science, 8(2), pp. 167-176. 
  4. BIANCO, L., 2017. Mineralogy and geochemistry of blue patches occurring in the globigerina limestone formation used in the architecture of the Maltese islands. Comptes rendus de l'Academie Bulgare des Sciences, 70(4), pp. 537-544. 
  5. DRAGOMIRESCU, H. and BIANCO, L., 2017. Tackling Sustainability from a Systemic Perspective: A Contextualized Approach. Problemy Ekorozwoju - Problems of Sustainable Development, 12(1), pp. 31-39. 
  6. BIANCO, L., 2017. Techniques to determine the provenance of limestone used in Neolitic architecture of Malta. Romanian Journal of Physics, 62(1-2), pp. 901. 
  7. BIANCO, L., 2016. Butza: Architect Victor Jorbenadze [Book Review]. The Journal of Architecture, 21(3), pp. 459-464. 
  8. BIANCO, L., ed, 2016. Celebrating the legacy of Cyril and Methodius: apostles of culture and education. Malta: Office of the President. 
  9. BIANCO, L., 2016. Housing and Resettlement of Young Offenders: The Case for a Cross-Government Action Plan for Malta. Varstvoslovje, Journal of Criminal Justice and Security, 18(4), pp. 438-450. 
  10. BIANCO, L., 2016. In Defence of Baroque: The Wolfflin-Frankl-Giedion Tradition. The Journal of Baroque Studies, 1(4), pp. 5-20. 
  11. BIANCO, L., 2016. J.H. Newman's The Dream of Gerontius and Karm Scerri. Journal of Maltese History, 5(1), pp. 83-91. 
  12. BIANCO, L., 2016. Participatory Engagement in Urban Design Process: The Case of an Urban Settlement in Malta. Spatium, 35(1), pp. 71-78. 
  13. BIANCO, L., 2016. Rural and Urban Vernacular Architecture of the Mediterranean: A Source for Contemporary, Contextual, Architectural Design Solutions, The 5th Electronic International Interdisciplinary Conference, 8-12 August, pp. 126-131. 
  14. BIANCO, L., 2016. Theology applied to music: the dream of Gerontius revisited. The Elgar Society Journal, 19(5), pp. 26-34. 
  15. BIANCO, L., 2016. The unity of courage and wisdom in Plato's protagoras. Philosophia: E-Journal of Philosophy and Culture, 11, pp. 5-13. 
  16. BIANCO, L., 2013. Prefabrication, Aesthetics and the Welfare State: The Case for the Post-War British Public Schools. Malta Review of Educational Research, 7(1), pp. 73-88. 
  17. BIANCO, L. and DELICATA, S., 2012. Pyrotechnics as sustainable intangible heritage, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Fireworks, 23-27 April, pp. 43-56. 
  18. BIANCO, L., 2012. The Urban Container. In: C. BORG and R. VELLA, eds, Shooting Society. Malta: Midsea Books, pp. 46-47. 
  19. BIANCO, L., 2011. The Contemporary Urban Planning Framework in Bulgaria. Id-Dritt, 21, pp. 303-328. 
  20. AQUILINA, K. and BIANCO, L., 2010. The Mediterranean Environment within a Human Rights Context. Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, 14(1), pp. 13-33. 
  21. BIANCO, L., 2010. The Ring Metaphor and the Spirit of Sofia. Melita Theologica, 61(1), pp. 27-44. 
  22. BIANCO, L., 2009. Valletta: A City in History. Melita Theologica, 60(2), pp. 3-20. 
  23. BIANCO, L., 2006-2007. Roman Architectural Practice and the Funding of Public Buildings. Malta Archaeological Review, 8, pp. 18-24. 
  24. BIANCO, L., 2006. Malta: Housing and Real Estate, 1980-2005. Architectural Design, pp. 76-81. 
  25. BIANCO, L. and CATANIA, S., 2002. L'Annee derniere a Marienbad and the cartography of an orphic life-in-death: the modern Katabasis of Resnais. Melita Theologica, 53(1), pp. 81-100. 
  26. BIANCO, L., 2000. Masonry and the Modernist Ethic. The Masonry Society Journal, 18(2), pp. 95-99. 
  27. BIANCO, L., 1999. Development briefs and development planning in Malta. Bank of Valletta Review19, pp. 68-86. 
  28. BIANCO, L., 1999. Geocultural Activity in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Malta. GeoJournal, 48(4), pp. 337-340. 
  29. BIANCO, L., DILLON, I. and GATT, M., 1999. Music in teaching religion in primary schools. Melita Theologica, 50(2), pp. 19-40. 
  30. BIANCO, L., 1998. Limestone in post-war British architecture: is it a plea for a return to Pugin? Melita Theologica, 49(2), pp. 71-80. 
  31. BIANCO, L., 1996. Hegel's notion of gothic architecture. Melita Theologica, 47(1), pp. 3-15. 
  32. BIANCO, L., 1995. The industrial minerals of the Maltese islands: a general introduction. Hyphen, 7(3), pp. 111-118. 
  33. BIANCO, L., 1994. Natural weathering processes affecting limestone. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement, 7 August, pp. 10-11. 
  34. BIANCO, L., 1991. The art and science of building. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement,  4 August, pp. 18-24. 


More Info

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (London)
  • Fellow, Geological Society (London)
  • Elected professor of the International Academy of Architecture, Sofia
  • Conferred Professor Honoris Causa by the Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi