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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@uacg.bg
Website http://www.lino-bianco.com/
Birth Place and Date Malta 31.12.1965


  • 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




  1. Apartments at Nadur, Gozo (2009)
  2. Single unit residence, Marsascala, Malta (2009) 
  3. Alterations and extension to a house of character, Zabbar, Malta (2008) 
  4. Block of two apartments overlying commercial premises, Birkirkara, Malta (2008)
  5. Apartments at Ħamrun, Malta (2007)
  6. Semi-detached corner dwelling, Nadur, Gozo (2006 – to-2015)
  7. Alterations and extension to a house of character, Zebbug, Malta (2006 – 2015)
  8. Block of apartments, Xgħajra, Malta (2006 – 09)
  9. Row of residential units, Xewkija, Gozo  (2003 – 04)
  10. Alterations and extension to a house of character, Zabbar, Malta (1998 – 2001)
  1. Design of wine bar and cellar, Zabbar, Malta (2010)
  2. Rehabilitation of vacant residential unit into a shopping arcade, Paola, Malta (2008)
  3. Redesign of a retail outlet into a catering establishment on a restricted site, Valletta, Malta (2007)
  4. Alterations and conversion of substandard bachelor residence into shop, Qormi, Malta (2006)
  5. Igeia clinics, Ħamrun, Malta (2005)
  6. Offices and apartments at Rue D`Argens, Msida, Malta (2004-08)
  7. The Limestone Heritage, Siggiewi, Malta (with Alex Torpiano and Louis Borg)  (1999-2002)
  8. Redesign of an established night club into a discotheque and pizzeria, San Gwann, Malta (1999)
  9. Shop front for a class 4 shop, Gzira, Malta (1999)
  1. Interpretation facility at Ta` Blankas, l/o Xewkija, Gozo (2008-2014)
  2. Design for Grand Harbour Breakwater, Valletta, Malta (2008)
  3. Redesigning access to Second World War shelter, Zabbar, Malta (2005 – 06)
  4. Redesign of library at the Public Registry, Valletta (1998)
  5. Landscape restoration of a disused open-pit quarry, GĦarb, Gozo (1997)
     Major Projects:
  1. 'L-Arka ta' Noe' Therapeutic Zoo, Siġġiewi, Malta (2014-2017)
  2. Bamiyan Cultural Centre, Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan (Competition entry, 2014)
  3. Architectural design proposal for a gastronomical living museum, Valletta, Malta (2013)
  4. Public spaces for Halte CEVA Champel-Hôpital, Genève (Competition entry, 2012)
  5. Upgrading and restoration of the ‘Boutilliere’, Cogne, Valle d’Aosta, Italy (Competition entry, 2012)
  6. Redevelopment of Via Roma, Agazzano, Italy (Competition entry, 2012); placed third
  7. Grand Harbour Network Initiative, Valletta, Malta (2011)
  8. Design proposal for an artisan urban hub, Place Lalla Yeddouna, Fez, Morocco (Competition entry, 2010)
  9. Upgrading of caravan and bungalow site, GĦadira, Malta (2009) 
  10. Grand Harbour Initiatives: Twenty architectural design projects for the socio-economic regeneration of the littoral along central Malta (2008)
  11. Design proposal for a boutique hotel, Xagħra, Gozo (2007)
  12. Design proposals for the Malta Millennium Project at Mercury House and adjacent lands, Paceville, Malta (1997-1998).

Other Posts and Activities

  • 2018-,Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Republic of Moldova;
  • 2015-9, Member, Working Group on Education, Commonwealth Association of Architects
  • 2014-9, 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



  1. BIANCO, L., 2021. Architectural Ruins: A geocultural essay on the anatomy of buildings as illustrated by Casa Ippolito, Malta. Heritage Science, 9(1), 1-19.
  2. BINACO, L., 2021. Mineralogy, geochemistry and texture of the Lower Globigerina Limestone used in the built heritage. Minerals, 11, 740.
  3. BIANCO, L. & CARDONA, K., 2021. Petrographical characteristics as an indicator of physico-mechanical properties of concrete aggregate. IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 1138, 012004. 
  4. BIANCO, L., 2021. Creation, Beginning and Time in the Summa Theologiae: Why Creation does not Imply the Beginning of the Universe? Meta, 8(1), 103-120.
  5. BIANCO, L., 2021. The creation narrative in ‘Genesis’. A case of environmental monitoring and audit. European Journal of Science and Theology, 17(2), 113-124.
  6. BIANCO, L., 2021, From idea to realisation: The architecture of Jovan Stefanovski. Revista Arta, 30(1), 87-97.
  7. BIANCO, L., 2021. The peculiarities and impacts of airport: The case for Malta International Airport. Journal of Engineering Science, 38(1), 100-110.
  8. BIANCO, L., 2020. Petrological, mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the Globigerina limestone outcropping at Fomm ir-Riħ, Malta. Comptes rendus de l'Academie Bulgare des Sciences, 73(7), 985-991.
  9. BIANCO, L., 2020. Pedagogy of poetics of architecture in contemporary Georgia. Astra Salvensis, 8(15), 61-74.
  10. BIANCO, L., 2020. Contemporary Georgian Architectural Theory and Practice: The legacy of Shota Bostanashvili. ACE: Architecture, City and Environment, 15(43), 9019.
  11. BIANCO, L., 2020. Universal design: from design philosophy to applied science. Journal of Accessibility and Design for All, 10(1), 70-97.
  12. BIANCO, L. & CARDONA, K., 2020. Seventeenth century building engineering in the Central Mediterranean: A case study from Malta. Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis, 12, 329-353.
  13. BIANCO, L., 2019. A geohistorical retrospective analysis of cultural heritage buildings: the case of Mosta Dome. Malta. GeoJournal, 84(2), pp. 291-302. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-018-9861-8
  14. BIANCO, L., 2019. Philosophical Approaches to Urbanism: A way for urban planning and design education. Conference entitled entitled Современньiе Проблемьi в Строительстве: Постановка задач и пъти их решения (Contemporary Issues Construction: Challenges and solutions), Southwest State University, Kursk, May 22-24, pp. 10-17.
  15. BIANCO, L., 2018. Building Science and Professional Ethics in Nineteenth Century Ecclesiastical Architecture in Malta. Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis, 10, pp. 413-424. https://www.cclbsebes.ro/docs/Sebus_10_2018/18_L_Bianco.pdf
  16. BIANCO, L., 2018. Presentation of a Bulgarian icon to the Head of State of Malta: History in the making. Проблеми на изкуството (Art Studies Quarterly), 51(2), pp. 55-57. https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/38971 
  17. BIANCO, L., 2018. Architecture, Values and Perception: Between rhetoric and reality. Frontiers of Architectural Research, 7(1), pp. 92-99, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foar.2017.11.003.
  18. BIANCO, L., 2018. Defining architecture: a qualitative research. Annual of the University of Architecture, Civil engineering and Geodesy Sofia, 51(1), pp. 59-66, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/34084.
  19. BIANCO, L., 2018. From poetics to metapoetics: architecture towards architecture. Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 10(2), pp. 103-114, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/34082.
  20. BIANCO, L., 2018. Petrological characteristics of blue lenticular patches occurring in the Lower Globigerina building limestone of Malta. Romanian Journal of Materials, 48(1), pp. 115-120, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/34087.
  21. BIANCO, L., 2018. The realisation of the Rotunda of Mosta, Malta Grognet, Fergusson and the episcopal objection. European Journal of Science and Theology, 14(4), pp. 203-213, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/34124.
  22. BIANCO, L., 2018. Social Media: Third-person perceptions of architecture. Urbanism. Arhitectura. Constructii, 9(3), pp. 265-272, http://uac.incd.ro/Art/v9n3a06.pdf.
  23. KOLEVA REKALOVA, E. & BIANCO, L., 2018. Importance of optical microscopic investigation in provenance studies and quality characteristics of both historical and natural lower globigerina building limestone of Malta. Review of the Bulgarian Geological Society, 79(3), pp. 93-94, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/38972.
  24. BIANCO, L., 2017. Beyond Geodesign: The architecture of sitesynthesis. Journal of Applied Engineering Sciences, 7(2), pp. 17-24, https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jaes.2017.7.issue-2/jaes-2017-0008/jaes-2017-0008.xml.
  25. BIANCO, L., 2017. Bio-retexturing in limestone used in the built heritage of Malta. Romanian Reports in Physics, 69(4), pp. 1-12, Article no. 802, http://www.rrp.infim.ro/IP/A305.pdf.
  26. BIANCO, L., 2017. Cartographic representations in early eighteenth century Baroque Malta. Geographia Technica, 12(1), pp. 1-8, http://technicalgeography.org/index.php/latest-issue-1-2017/186-01_bianco.
  27. BIANCO, L., ed, 2017. Celebrating the legacy of Cyril and Methodius with special reference to historical iconography. Malta, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/27530: Office of the President.
  28. BIANCO, L., 2017. Landscape Restoration and Rehabilitation: A Geocultural Design Approach. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, 8(3), pp. 174-181, http://www.ijesd.org/vol8/942-D708.pdf.
  29. BIANCO, L., 2017. Limestone Cladding: The case of Modernist Architecture of London. Historia Urbana, 25, pp. 261-276, http://www.historiaurbana.icsusib.ro/en/current-issue.
  30. 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, http://www.ijcs.uaic.ro/public/IJCS-17-17_Bianco.pdf.
  31. 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, http://www.proceedings.bas.bg/cgi-bin/mitko/0DOC_abs.pl?2017_4_11.
  32. BIANCO, L., 2017. Portland Stone and the Architectural History of London: an overview. Mesto a Dejiny - The City and History, 6(1), pp. 33-47, https://www.upjs.sk/public/media/16671/MaD_2017_1_Bianco.pdf.
  33. BIANCO, L., 2017. Shota Bostanashvili, architectural discourse and the foundation of poetics of architecture in Georgia. Papers of BAS: Humanities and Social Sciences, 4(1), pp. 49-59, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/27598.
  34. BIANCO, L., 2017. Sustainable architectural design of the central Mediterranean, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/27588, International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2017), 20-21 December 2017, pp. 447-458.
  35. BIANCO, L., 2017. Techniques to determine the provenance of limestone used in Neolithic architecture of Malta. Romanian Journal of Physics, 62(1-2), pp. 1-10, Article no. 901, http://www.nipne.ro/rjp/2017_62_1-2/RomJournPhys.62.901.pdf.
  36. BIANCO, L. and YORDANOVA, A., 2017. Hailing Malta-Bulgaria Music Relations. In: L. BIANCO, ed, Celebrating the legacy of Cyril and Methodius with special reference to historical iconography. Malta: Office of the President, pp. 101-107, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/27529.
  37. DRAGOMIRESCU, H. & BIANCO, L., 2017. Tackling Sustainability from a Systemic Perspective: A Contextualized Approach. Problemy Ekorozwoju - Problems of Sustainable Development, 12(1), pp. 31-39, http://ekorozwoj.pol.lublin.pl/no23/f.pdf.
  38. BIANCO, L., 2016. Butza: Architect Victor Jorbenadze [Book Review]. The Journal of Architecture, 21(3), pp. 459-464, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/20313.
  39. BIANCO, L., ed, 2016. Celebrating the legacy of Cyril and Methodius, Apostles of culture and education. Malta, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/16766: Office of the President.
  40. 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, https://www.fvv.um.si/rV/arhiv/2016-4/04_Bianco_rV_2016-4.pdf.
  41. BIANCO, L., 2016. In Defence of Baroque: The Wolfflin-Frankl-Giedion Tradition. The Journal of Baroque Studies, 1(4), pp. 5-20, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15938.
  42. BIANCO, L., 2016. J.H. Newman's The Dream of Gerontius and Karm Scerri. Journal of Maltese History, 5(1), pp. 83-91, https://www.um.edu.mt/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/310731/JMH-2016LinoBianco.pdf.
  43. BIANCO, L., 2016. Participatory Engagement in Urban Design Process: The Case of an Urban Settlement in Malta. Spatium, 35, pp. 71-78, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/18768.
  44. BIANCO, L., 2016. Rural and Urban Vernacular Architecture of the Mediterranean: A Source for Contemporary, Contextual, Architectural Design Solutions, http://www.eiic.cz/archive/?vid=1&aid=2&kid=20501-551, The 5th Electronic International Interdisciplinary Conference, August, 8-12 2016, pp. 126-131.
  45. BIANCO, L., 2016. Theology applied to music: the dream of Gerontius revisited. The Elgar Society Journal, 19(5), pp. 26-34, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15646.
  46. BIANCO, L., 2016. The unity of courage and wisdom in Plato's Protagoras. Philosophia: E-Journal of Philosophy and Culture, 11, pp. 1-7, https://philosophia-bg.com/archive/philosophia-11-2016/the-unity-of-courage-and-wisdom-in-platos-protagoras/.
  47. 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, http://www.mreronline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/MRERV7I1P41.pdf.
  48. BIANCO, L., 2012. The Urban Container. In: C. BORG and R. VELLA, eds, Shooting Society. Malta: Midsea Books, pp. 46-47, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/16503.
  49. BIANCO, L. and DELICATA, S., 2012. Pyrotechnics as sustainable intangible heritage, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/21204, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Symposium on Fireworks, 23-27 April 2012, pp. 43-56.
  50. BIANCO, L., 2011. The Contemporary Urban Planning Framework in Bulgaria. Id-Dritt, 21, pp. 303-328, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/28116.
  51. BIANCO, L., 2011. Архитектура и политика: Ceгашно състояние и бъдещо развитие на политиката на планиране на гр. София. Sofia: University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, http://uacg.bg/filebank/att_1527.pdf.
  52. AQUILINA, K. & BIANCO, L., 2010. The Mediterranean environment within a human rights context: towards the emergence of Mediterranean environmental human rights law and the implementation of an effective enforcement machinery therefore. Mediterranean Journal of Human Rights, 14(1), pp. 13-33, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/20892.
  53. BIANCO, L., 2010. The Ring Metaphor and the Spirit of Sofia. Melita Theologica, 61(1), pp. 27-44, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15645.
  54. BIANCO, L., 2009. Valletta: A City in History. Melita Theologica, 60(2), pp. 3-20, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15640.
  55. BIANCO, L., 2007. Roman Architectural Practice and the Funding of Public Buildings. Malta Archaeological Review, 8, pp. 18-24, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15944.
  56. BIANCO, L., 2006. Malta: Housing and real estate, 1980-2005. Architectural Design, 76, pp. 76-81, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ad.269/abstract.
  57. CATANIA, S. and BIANCO, L., 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, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15641.
  58. BIANCO, L., 2000. Masonry and the Modernist Ethic. The Masonry Society Journal, 18(2), pp. 95-99, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/16502.
  59. BIANCO, L., 2000. The significance of gift exchange in the Maltese Islands. Insula - The International Journal of Island Affairs, 9(1), pp. 65-67, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/20510.
  60. BIANCO, L., 1999. Development briefs and development planning in Malta. Bank of Valletta Review, 19, pp. 68-86, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/18769.
  61. BIANCO, L., 1999. Geocultural Activity in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Malta. GeoJournal, 48(4), pp. 337-340, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A%3A1007046023997.
  62. BIANCO, L., DILLON, I. and GATT, M., 1999. Music in teaching religion in primary schools. Melita Theologica, 50(2), pp. 19-40, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15427.
  63. BIANCO, L., 1998. Buddhist Syllogistic Theory. Melita Theologica, 49(1), pp. 3-18, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15435.
  64. 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, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15436.
  65. BIANCO, L., 1996. Hegel's notion of gothic architecture. Melita Theologica, 47(1), pp. 3-15, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15437.
  66. BIANCO, L., 1995. The industrial minerals of the Maltese islands: a general introduction. Hyphen, 7(3), pp. 111-118, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/17583.
  67. BIANCO, L., 1994. Natural weathering processes affecting limestone. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement, (August 7), pp. 10-11.
  68. BIANCO, L., 1991. The art and science of building. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement, (August 4), pp. 18-24.


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  1. 2019: Cross of Commander ‘Pro Merito Melitensi’ of the Soverign Military Order of Malta 
  2. 2018: The Order of the Madara Horseman (1st Class) awarded by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, for the significant involvement in the advancement of friendly relations and bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Malta and the Republic of Bulgaria
  3. 2015: Honorary Professor of Architecture, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi, for significant contributions to architectural practice and education 
  4. 2015: InterArch2015: Silver medal and honorary diploma for a development project executed in Malta entitled ‘A Home of Time and Memory’ - Special prize of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sofia 
  5. 2012: Professor, International Academy of Architecture, Sofia, in recognition for his achievements in the development of contemporary architecture
  6. 2012: InterArch2012: Silver medal and honorary diploma for a development project executed in Malta entitled ‘A Home for an Architect’ - Special prize by the Ministry of Building of Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, for innovation in traditional architecture 
  7. 2011: Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London
  8. 2010: Eur. Ing., Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs, Bruxelles, Belgium
  9. 2010: Fellow, Geological Society, London