Dr Lino Bianco

Dr Lino Bianco

Dr Lino Bianco

 B.A.(Phil.),B.E.&A.(Hons)(Melit.),M.Sc.(Geol.)(Leics.),M.Sc.(Arch.)(Lond.),Ph.D.(Sofia) F.R.S.A.(Lond.),F.G.S.(Lond.),Eur.Ing.

Senior Lecturer

Room 312
Built Environment Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2854

2008-11: University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria. Ph.D. in Architecture;
1994-5: The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, University of London, United Kingdom. M.Sc. in Architecture;
1992-3: The University of Leicester, United Kingdom. M.Sc. in Geology;
1987-92: University of Malta, Malta. B.E.&A.(Hons) in Architecture and Civil Engineering;
1984-87: Institute of Philosophy and Human Studies, Faculty of Theology, Malta. B.A. in Philosophy and Human Studies.


Professional warrant as Perit, (architect and civil engineer), Republic of Malta
Professional warrant as Architect, Chamber of Architects, Republic of Bulgaria
European Engineer (Eur.Ing.), Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs / European Federation of National Engineering Associations, Bruxelles, Belgium


2018-, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Republic of Moldova;
2015-, Member, Working Group on Education, Commonwealth Association of Architects;
2014-9, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to the Republic of Bulgaria;
2014-, Ambassador of the Republic 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;
2012-, Visiting professor, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia;
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 Council;
1997, Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Malta;
1993-1998, Visiting lecturer, University of Malta;
1993-1994, Member, Minerals Board, Malta.


Visiting Professor, Faculty of Architecture, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia.
Professor Honoris Causa, Faculty of Architecture, Georgian Technical University, Tbilisi.
Professor, International Academy of Architecture, Sofia.
  • 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

BIANCO, L., 2019. A geohistorical retrospective analysis of cultural heritage buildings: the case of Mosta dome. GeoJournal, 84(2), pp. 291-302, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10708-018-9861-8.

BIANCO, L., 2019. Philosophical approaches to urbanism: a way for urban planning and design education, Contemporary Issues Construction: challenges and solutions, 22-24 May 2019, Southwest State University, Kursk, pp. 10-17.

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.

BIANCO, L., 2018. Building science and professional ethics in the 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.

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.

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.

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.

BIANCO, L., 2018. Presentation of a Bulgarian icon to the Head of State of Malta: history in the making. Art Studies Quarterly, 51(2), pp. 55-57, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/38971.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.

BIANCO, L., 2011. Architecture and Politics. University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2007. Socio-cultural initiatives for the locality of Xagħra, Gozo: Volume 1, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45112. Lino Bianco & Associates, Malta.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2007. Socio-cultural initiatives for the locality of Xagħra, Gozo: Volume 2, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45138. Lino Bianco & Associates, Malta.

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.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2006. Third party planning appeal against outline development permit PA2838/03, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45115. Lino Bianco & Associates, Malta.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2004. Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples Conservation and Interpretation Project, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45114. Lino Bianco & Associates, Malta.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2004. Project Description Statement for the setting up of Mgarr ix-Xini Regional Park, Xewkija and Sannat, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45115. Lino Bianco & Associates, Gozo.

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.

BIANCO, L., ed, 2000. Case for the retention of the status quo regarding the exportation of Maltese stone: a pre EU accession report for the Government of Malta, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/45116. Lino Bianco & Associates, Malta.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BIANCO, L., 1998. Buddhist Syllogistic Theory. Melita Theologica, 49(1), pp. 3-18, https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/15435.

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.

BIANCO, L., ed, 1997. Environmental Planning Statement for rehabilitation of a disused quarry at Tal-Ksajjem Quarry, Gozo. Malta: Office of the Prime Minister.

BIANCO, L., 1997. Valuation of Manoel Island and Tigne` Point project as proposed by MIDI. Malta: Ministry of Finance.

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.

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.

BIANCO, L., 1995. Limestone in post-war British architecture. The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, London.

BIANCO, L., 1994. Natural weathering processes affecting limestone. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement, (August 7), pp. 10-11.

BIANCO, L., 1993. Some factors controlling the quality of lower globigerina building stone of Malta. University of Leicester, Leicester.

BIANCO, L., 1992. Pulverised fuel ash in pumped concrete. University of Malta, Malta.

BIANCO, L., 1991. The art and science of building. The Times (of Malta) Building and Architecture Supplement, (August 4), pp. 18-24.

BIANCO, L., 1987. On the Buddhist Syllogistic Theory. Institute of Philosophy and Human Studies, Faculty of Theology, Malta.

  • AUD1201 - History and Theory Studies 1

2008-2011: University of Malta, Ph.D.(Architecture and Politics), University of
Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia
1994-95: British Chevening Scholarship Programme; M.Sc.(Architecture), The Bartlett
Graduate School, University College London
1992-93: Office of the Prime Minister, Malta; M.Sc.(Geology), University of


2019: Cross of Commander ‘Pro Merito Melitensi’ of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta by
His Most Eminent Highness the Prince and Grand Master and the Sovereign Council of the Order
of Malta
2018: The Order of the Madara Horseman (1st Class) by the President of the Republic of
Bulgaria for significant involvement in the advancement of friendly relations and bilateral
cooperation between the Malta and Bulgaria
2015: Special prize of the Embassy of Russia in Sofia (Interarch2015)
2015: Silver medal and honorary diploma for a development project executed in Malta
entitled 'A Home of Time and Memory' (Interarch2015)
2012: Third place: Redevelopment of Via Roma, Agazzano, Piacenza, Italy (with William
Bondin, Giorgio Poligioni, Mickey Nectoux-Kraft, Luana Vella and William Moran)
2012: Special prize by the Ministry of Building of Ulyanovsk Region, Russia, for
innovation in traditional architecture (Interarch2012)
2012: Silver medal and honorary diploma for a development project executed in Malta
entitled 'A Home for an Architect' (Interarch2012).


Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (London)
Fellow, Geological Society (London)
Member, Chamber of Architects (Bulgaria)
Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (Brussels)


Member, IEREK (International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge) scientific
Member, Advisory Board, The Journal of Baroque Studies
Member, Editorial Board, Proceedings of Southwest State University


Frontiers of Architectural Research
Space and Culture
Geographia Technica
European Journal of Science and Theology
Landscape and Urban Planning
Conference 'Urban Planning and Architecture Design for Sustainable Development', 14-16
October 2015
Conference 'Improving sustainability concept in developing countries', December 2015
Conference 'Green Urbanism', 12-14 October, 2016
Conference 'Urban Planning and Architecture Design for Sustainable Development', 25-27
October 2017