Gastone Ave is full professor of Technique and Urban Planning (SSD ICAR / 20) at the Department of Architecture (DA) of the University of Ferrara (Unife), where he has been in service since 1993. He is an expert in strategic planning of metropolitan scale, plans urban regeneration, urban marketing, urban planning analysis for the public interest.

Teaching in Unife

  • Organization and territorial planning, 4th year, present
  • Strategic Planning, in the Final Synthesis Laboratory in Urban Planning, 5th year, present
  • Lecturer, International Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Planning (IDAUP), 2013-present
  • Lecturer, Doctorate in Economics - Development of the territory, 2000-2012
  • Director, European Master in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development-Megas, 1999-2001
  • Director, Master in City Management-CIMA, 1996-1999• Lecturer, Urban Planning course (5th year), Faculty of Engineering, 1996-1999


Teaching in other Italian universities

  • Director, Urban Studies Center, Corep-Consortium for Research and Lifelong Education, Turin Polytechnic, 1989-1993
  • Coordinator, European Master in Territorial Planning and Real Estate Market, Corep, 1989-1993.
  • Scholarship holder and researcher, Territory Institute, Faculty of Architecture, Turin Polytechnic, 1977-1981.


Teaching and research in universities and institutions abroad

Invited as a speaker or researcher by Italian and foreign universities and research institutes, including:ULI-Urban Land Institute (United States); Pelacky University, Olomouc (Czech Republic); Polis University, Tirana (Albania); Innsbruck University (Austria); Catholic University, Leuven (Belgium); Ministry of Research, Brussels (Belgium); Université de Lille 1 - Science and Technology (France); Sharjah State University (United Arab Emirates); London South Bank University (UK); The European Institute for Comparative Urban Research (Euricur) - Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands); Univeritaet Dortmund (Germany); Newcastle upon Tyne University (UK); University College London (UK); Royal Institute of Technology - KTM, Stockholm (Sweden); Lincoln Institute, Cambridge, Mass. (United States); Joint center for Housing Research between Harvard and M.I.T., Cambridge, Mass. (United States); AAMPO, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); BAD, Abidjan (Ivory Coast); UNCHS session IYSH 1987, Istanbul (Turkey).


Research, third mission, consultancy for public and private entities

  • Friuli 1976 post-earthquake reconstruction plans. Client: Piedmont Region, 1977-1978
  • Studies on the construction sector in Italy, Sweden, United States. Clients: Censis, Rome; Ciriec, Milan, 1978-1984
  • Low cost house plans for the Addis Ababa Master Plan (Ethiopia). Client: Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Rome, 1984
  • Studies and plans for low-cost housing, education and healthcare in Africa. Clients: African Development Bank (Abidjan); Directorate General for Development Cooperation, Rome, 1984-1988
  • Responsible for urban planning analyzes and co-responsible with A. Bagnasco for the drafting of the text of the “Torino Internazionale” strategic plan. Clients: ITP, Municipality of Turin, 1998-2000
  • Coordinator of the scientific committee of "Perugia-Europe 2003-2013, Strategic Plan Perugia Bastia Corciano Deruta Marsciano Torgiano Umbertide". Municipality of Perugia, 2002-2004
  • Coordinator of the scientific committee of the Association of Municipalities Copparo, Berra, Jolanda, Tresigallo, Formignana, Ro, 2002-2004.
  • Collaboration for studies on strategic plans for the revitalization of the historic centers of Montevideo (Uruguay) and Valparaiso (Chile), Istituto Italo-Latino Americano - IILA, Rome, 2002-2004
  • Text writing of the PRU - Urban Redevelopment Program, Municipality of Ferrara, 1999-2000
  • Coordination of the research "The Local Authority activating participatory strategic planning processes". Client: FORMEZ, 2004-2006.
  • Collaboration in the research "Strategic planning for territorial development", Presidency of the Council of Ministers, 2004-2006.
  • Coordination of international research on "Architecture and urban planning of Italian origin in Argentina". Client: CUIA, 2007-2010
  • Collaboration in two research studies on “Tax rates and regulations of housing properties and housing projects in Italy”, National Land Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 2012-2018.
  • Coordination of the research «Unesco Historic Urban Landscape Principles and university cities, Unitown, 2014.
  • Collaboration in the research on “Temporary use of public urban space in historical cities: a comparison between Italy and Japan” “, National Land Institute, Tokyo, Japan, 2015.
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Author between 1976 and 2022 of over 280 publications on urban planning in relation to the economic development of the territory, urban strategic planning, urban regeneration, territorial marketing.


Main books (Italian titles are translated into English for information purposes about the author’s research interests)

  • G. Ave, City and public interest. Analysis and proposals for Italian cities, 1989-2020, Gangemi, Rome, 2020.
  • G. Ave, Urban Land and Property Markets in Italy, Routledge, London, 2018. Updated edition of the volume with the same title published for the first time by UCL Press, London, 1996. / 2392930
  • G. Ave, author of chapters 3 and 4 and co-author of chapters 1 and 3 in: A. Tanese, E. Di Filippo, R. Rennie (edited by), Strategic planning for territorial development, Rubbettino, Soveria Mannelli, 2006.
  • G. Ave, Cities and strategies. Urban planning and economic regeneration of cities, Maggioli, Santarcangelo di Romagna, 2004.• G. Ave, F. Corsico (edited by), Urban Marketing in Europe. Urban Marketing in Europe, Torino Incontra, Turin, 1994.


Other books (Italian titles are translated into English for information purposes about the author’s research interests)

  • G. Ave, two chapters in: Unitown, The university city, Faust Edizioni, Ferrara, 2015.
  • G. Ave (edited by), Portanova. New Public Mobility in Perugia, Era Nuova Editions, Perugia, 2011.
  • G. Ave, E. De Menna (edited by), Architecture and urban planning of Italian origin in Argentina, Gangemi, Rome, 2011.
  • G. Ave, three chapters in: AA.VV, Participatory strategic planning in Italy, Formez, Rome, 2006.
  • G. Ave, P. Ceccarelli, F. Berbejillo (edited by), Urban revilitalization in Latin America and Europe. El Case de Montevideo, Italo-Latin American Institute - IILA, Rome, 2003.
  • G. Ave, P. Ceccarelli, F. Berbejillo, The revitalization of the old city and center of Montevideo. Pre-feasibility study, Italo-Latin American Institute - IILA, Rome, 2003.
  • G. Ave (edited by), Environmental sustainability and urban regeneration. Urban regeneration programs in Emilia Romagna, Alinea, Florence, 2003.
  • G. Ave, chapters on the United States and Sweden in: S. De Angeli (edited by), The financing of housing. The experience of the EEC countries, Sweden and the United States, Franco Angeli, Milan, 1986.
  • G. Ave, The problem of housing in Italy, today, Celid, Turin, 1981.
  • G. Ave and F. Prizzon, chapter "Real estate listed on the Stock Exchange", in: A. Barp (edited by), The second building cycle, Franco Angeli, Milan, 1976. / 11392/1738323



  • 1 week total immersion course in Real Estate Analysis, Center for Real Estate, M.I.T., Mass., United States, 1990
  • Master in City and Regional Planning, 2-year course, J. F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1981-1983.
  • Research Assistant, Joint Center for Housing Research of Harvard and M.I.T., 1982-83.
  • Researcher C.N.R. for abroad, 6 months, 1983
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1981-1982
  • 1 week course in “Architecture and recovery”, Eger University, Hungary, 1980
  • 1 week course in “Urban planning”, Savaria University, Szombathely, Hungary, 1980
  • Degree in Architecture, 110 L / 110, Faculty of Architecture, Turin Polytechnic, 1972-1977.
  • Proficiency Diplomas in English at: Cambridge University; Chicago University: TOEFL
  • French language diplomas (mention: Assez Bien) at: Alliance Française; Université de Nice; University of La Rochelle.