Ioanni is a Reader in Urban Design at the University of Huddersfield and Acting Director of Internationalisation in the School of Art, Design and Architecture. He graduated and got his PhD at the University of Pavia (Italy). Following a Post Doc research position (2-years), in 2008 he was appointed Assistant Professor in Architectural and Urban Design at the University of Pavia. Since 2009 he has lectured in the Building Engineering and Architecture program at the University of Pavia (5 years integrated BSc and MSc), and in the Double Degree Master Programme with Tongji University of Shanghai. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor (part-time) at Politecnico of Milano between 2010 and 2014. In 2014 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Seville.
Since 2002 Ioanni has organised and coordinated international design workshops in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America. He has been PI in research projects (Prin 2009), industry related projects (Ergon) as well as exchange programmes (Erasmus+). He has extensively published on architecture, urban design and urbanism. He has recently co-organised (2016) an international conference named "Regional Urbanism in the Era of Globalisation" at the University of Huddersfield. He has co-curated a number of international exhibitions on architecture and urban design, as the exhibition of Chinese architect at La Triennale of Milan (2012) and the East-West China exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery (2016).