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Sergio Palleroni
Sergio Palleroni

Professor, School of Architecture
Director, Center for Public Interest Design

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Master of Science in Architectural Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1983

Professor Sergio Palleroni is a faculty member in the School of Architecture and the director of the Center for Public Interest Design within the School. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University and is a founding member and faculty of the federally funded Green Building Research Lab. Professor Palleroni’s research and fieldwork for the last two decades has been in the methods of integrating sustainable practices to improve the lives of communities worldwide typically underserved. In 1988, to serve the needs of these communities he founded an academic outreach program that would later become the BASIC Initiative (, a service-learning fieldwork program. Today, the BASIC Initiative continues to serve the poor in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the U.S. In addition, Professor Palleroni has worked and been a consultant on sustainable architecture and development in the developing world since the 1980s, both for not-for-profit agencies and governmental and international agencies such as UNESCO, World Bank, and the governments of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua and Taiwan. Palleroni holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.