Anna Gasco

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

Anna Gasco was trained as an architect in Brussels and Venice. She obtained a Master’s degree in Urban Design at The Bartlett UCL, London. And received her PhD from the ETH-Zurich in 2016. She is a registered architect (UK Part III) and urban designer with over 20 years of experience in practice, research, and teaching.

Committed to cultivating synergies between professional and academic worlds, she founded her Studio of Urban Planning and Living Architecture ( in Singapore in 2018, established in Amsterdam in 2022. Supported by the spinoff program of the Singapore ETH Centre (SEC) Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Studio UPLA is a practice dedicated to design, research and education in architecture and urban planning.

Anna’s teaching experience includes a visiting faculty as Design Critic at Harvard GSD and the Amsterdam Academie van Bouwkunst (2022-Present), 3-years as Adjunct Assistant Professor and teacher at the National University of Singapore (NUS, 2019-2021), and 3-years teaching at the ETH-Zurich (2013-2015). She has also lectured at The Bartlett UCL and for Singapore governmental agencies.

In her position as Associate at KCAP Architects&Planners she currently manages projects at multiple scales for private and public clients in Europe and Southeast Asia. She has experience in project delivery, know-how of working in multidisciplinary teams and of taking a holistic approach to design. Her expertise ranges from high-density urban megaprojects, developments around urban mobility hubs, innovation districts, multi-layered urban transformations, and strategic master planning.

In her research she focuses on the development of adaptive and inclusive planning strategies to deal with uncertain and dynamic urban futures. From 2011 to 2019, she was a senior researcher and project coordinator at the multidisciplinary ETH-Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). She is one of the lead-/authors of the monograph ‘The Grand Projet’ (nai010, 2019), ‘The SIJORI Cross-Border Region’ (ISEAS, 2016), and the author of the forthcoming ‘The Airport, an Urban Territory’ (NUS Press, 2023). Her work has been exhibited at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Hong Kong/Shenzhen, the Boston Society of Architects, Aedes Berlin and the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).