Dr. Petreca, B.B.

Biography

Dr. Bruna Petreca holds a BA in Fashion & Textiles (Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil), and a PhD in Design Products (Royal College of Art, London-UK). Bruna is a Postdoc design researcher currently working on the Multi-Situated Materials project, at the Delft University of Technology. Alongside, she is project leader for establishing the Material BA.Z at the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, Brazil. She is interested in our experience with materials, with a focus on textiles but not limited to, and investigates how to support designers in exploring and expressing the multisensory aspects of this rich experience. Bruna actively contributes to the Micro-Phenomenology Lab, and this expertise forms the basis for Bruna’s efforts in extending her research into projects in collaborations within the arts & design realm (some examples are: G>E (Grupo maior que Eu, SP, Brazil), Projeto Co, Morena Nascimento, Thelma Bonavita, and others).

The dissemination of her work occurs through talks and publications, participating in events relevant for the design and human-computer interaction communities, and mostly through workshops and teaching in diverse institutions such as London College of Fashion, Royal College of Art, University of the Arts Bremen, and Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo.

Education

  • 2012-2016
    PhD at the School of Design – Design Products – Royal College of Art, London - UK.
  • 2004-2008
    BA in Fashion and Textiles – Universidade de São Paulo – USP, Brazil

Experience

  • 2017-Present. (0.9fte)
    Postdoc Researcher, department of Design Engineering, faculty of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology.
  • 2017-Present. (0.1fte)
    Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo: Head of the Material BA.Z (The Materials Library).
  • 2016
    Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo: - Head of the Design & Immersive Experiences Lab;
- Teaching at the Fashion Design undergraduate program: ‘Wearable Technologies’ course, and Supervising graduation projects.
  • 2015
    Teaching at University of the Arts Bremen (Germany) in the framework of the ERASMUS+ teaching assignment.
  • 2015
    Visiting Lecturer at the MA Fashion Futures at the London College of Fashion - London, UK.
  • 2011-2012
    Research Assistant at the Textile Materials and Products Laboratory in the Center for Technical Textiles and Manufactures at IPT-SP, Brazil.
  • 2011
    Principal Investigator on the project “Evaluation of the physical and comfort properties of cotton fabrics in different constructions, as the part of IPT in the collaboration with the project ‘Digital Sensoria’”.
  • 2009-2010
    Trainee Research Assistant at the Textile Materials and Products Laboratory from the Centre for Technical Textiles and Manufactures at IPT-SP, Brazil.
  • 2009
    Visiting Fellow to London College of Fashion within the project ‘Digital Sensoria: Design Through Digital Perceptual Experiences’, as part of the Program for Development and Training Abroad from IPT-SP.
  • 2006-2008
    Professional Internship at the Textile Materials and Products Laboratory, Centre for Technical Textiles and Manufactures in the Institute for Technological Research of the State of São Paulo (IPT-SP), Brazil.