Aurelio David is an Architect and a final-year Ph.D. Student at the Institute of Urban Planning and Design at the University of Dusiburg-Essen in Germany. He obtained a double Master’s degree with distinction in Sustainable Architecture Design from the Politecnico di Torino and Milano (Italy). He was also selected to take part in the multidisciplinary program “Alta Scuola Politecnica”, where he studied Design Thinking, Innovation and Society, and Complexity Theory. Prior to his Ph.D., he worked at an NGO in Italy, where he dealt with issues of low-cost retrofit of social housing. His current activity of research addresses topics of architecture, public participation, and collaborative design. He is actively involved in several experiments of community participation in Germany.