ATHENS Course 2014 Modern Interior Architecture

Modern Interior Architecture
Case Studies and Historiography
ATHENS Course 2014
Politecnico di Milano
17>21 March 2014
DRAIA PhD in Interior Architecture and Design
PAUI PhD in Architectural, Urban and Interior Design
Modern Interior Architecture
Case Studies and Historiography
The course aims at introducing students to issues in interior
architecture of the 20th century, focusing on home and
on public interiors design & historiography through the
work of masters and it is arranged in collaboration with
relevant scholars in the field at international level. This
gives the opportunity to gather together quite an unique
group of specialist in Interiors studies all over Europe.
Moreover the course pushes students to develop their own
research and presentation skills, encouraging to reflect
upon questions of body and senses, on domesticity and
public space quality. The students will be required to edit
and present a case study analysis among the ones assigned
using the Pecha Kucha format (20 slides x 20’ each).
Part A:
- uploading of the case studies documents on the Atlas
of Interiors blog
- writing of a presentation text for each assigned case
- making up of a specific bibliography for each assigned
case study
- making up of a specific bibliography on the author of
each assigned case study
Part B:
- drafting of an individual presentation describing
the work chosen among those uploaded, according the
Pecha Kucha format ( 20
slides per 20 seconds each one), for a total of 6 minutes
and 40 seconds for each group.
Modern Interior Architecture
Case Studies and Historiography
Monday 17/02 | Aula Rogers
9.30 | Ilaria Valente, Politecnico di Milano (I)
Dean of the School Architettura e Società
9.45 | Luca Basso Peressut, Politecnico di Milano (I)
Coordinator of DRAIA and PAUI PhD Programs
10.00 | Hilde Heynen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B)
Modernity, Domesticity and Gender
10.45 | Graeme Brooker, Middlesex University London (UK)
Key Interiors
11.30 | coffee break
12.00 | Fàtima Pombo, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (B)
Phenomenological Approach to Adolf Loos’ Interiors
12.45 | Mark Pimlott, Delft University of Technology (NL)
The Garden
13.30| lunch break
15.00 | Daniel Cid Moragas, ELISAVA Barcelona (E)
The House of Life
15.40 | Gianni Ottolini, Politecnico di Milano (I)
The Teaching of Beauty
16.20 |discussion
17.00 |closing remarks
Tuesday 18/02 | Aula Gamma
9.30/13.30 | Guided visit to Fondazione Albini, Castiglioni
house/museum and Sant’Ildefonso Church
15.00 | Gianni Ottolini, Politecnico di Milano (I)
The Role of History in the Domestic Interiors Project
16.00 | Gennaro Postiglione, Politecnico di Milano (I)
Modern Interior Architecture: Case Studies
and Historiography. Exercise assignment
16.30 | Students will be divided in group and assigned to
different tutors to start working
17.00 | coffee break
19.00 | Closing of the day
Wednesday 19/02 | Aula Gamma
9.30/13.30 |Students work in the Campus Library or in the
assigned room with Tutorials by professors in charge
13.30/14.30 | Lunch break
14.30/17.30 | Students work in the Campus Library or in the
assigned room with Tutorials by professors in charge
17.30/18.00 | Collective discussion
Thursday 20/02 | Aula Gamma
9.30/13.30 |Students work in the Campus Library or in the
assigned room with Tutorials by professors in charge
13.30/14.30 | Lunch break
14.30/17.30 | Students work in the Campus Library or in the
assigned room with Tutorials by professors in charge
17.30/18.00 | Collective discussion
Friday 21/02 | Aula Gamma
9.30/13.30 |Students work in the Campus Library or in the
assigned room with Tutorials by professors in charge
13.30/14.30 | Lunch break
14.30/17.30 | Students’ Pecha Kucha presentation
(20 slides x 20’ each)
17.30/18.00 | Evaluation of the presented works and closing
of the course
18.00 | Farewell party
Course logistics and practicalities
Dott.ssa Michela Gregori
[email protected]
Course content info
Prof. Gennaro Postiglione
+39 3357856394
[email protected]
Arch. Jacopo Leveratto PhD Candidate
[email protected]
Modern Interior Architecture
Case Studies and Historiography
& Lecturers
Key Interiors
The history of the Interior is often outlined in parallel to the
development of architecture. But the process of creating an
interior is different to the process of creating architecture, a
procedure where ‘new build’ is the primary form of spatial
expression. The creation of an interior is generally based
around the understanding of, and working with, the existing.
Whether the existing component of this process is a real
building, or merely the outline of a project drawn on a screen
or page, the existing space will provide the impetus for the
design and hence the creation of the inside space. Therefore
the history of the interior, whilst intrinsically connected to
the enclosure within which it is contained, cannot adequately
be reflected solely by the history and development of its
architectural host. This talk will outline a history of the
interior as told through as told through the development of
the discipline of re-using existing buildings and spaces. It
will outline the history of the development of the subject
through a selection of interiors that have been created as
autonomous spaces contained within an existing building
envelope. Whilst the architectural container is acknowledged,
these interiors have been created in an historic and stylistically
independent manner.
Graeme Brooker is an academic, writer and designer based
in the UK. He is the head of the department of Fashion
and Interiors and the convener of I:F (Interiors: Fashion)
at Middlesex University, London. He has held numerous
senior positions in institutions in the UK, most notably at
the Universities of Cardiff, Manchester and Brighton, where
he taught both studio and theory in interior architecture
and design. He has written numerous books on the design
of interior space and in particular on the implications of
reusing existing buildings, including co-authoring the highly
acclaimed Rereadings (RIBA Enterprises 2004). Other coauthored publications include Form and Structure (AVA
2007), Context and Environment (AVA 2008), The Visual
Dictionary of Interior Architecture (AVA 2008), Objects
and Elements (AVA 2009), and What is Interior Design?
(Rotovision 2010). He is the founder and Director of
the charity Interior Educators (IE), the national subject
association for interiors in the UK. He is a commissioning
editor for the publisher Ashgate and is also a member of the
editorial advisory board for the journals Interiors: Design:
Architecture: Culture (BERG), Architecture: Media: Politics:
Society: (AMPS) and the Australian/New Zealand based
Journal I.D.E.A. His latest books are From Organisation
to Decoration (with Sally Stone: Routledge 2013), The
Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design (with
Lois Weinthal: BERG 2013) and Key Interiors Since 1900
(Laurence King 2013). The latter is a positioning of the
narrative of the history of interior architecture and design
communicated through the re-use of existing buildings.
Cid Moragas
The House of Life
The House of Life by Mario Praz and the infinite space of
literature as a place to re-live the traces left by the inhabitants
in their inner universe. The pages of a book, much more
than a stroll through spaces frozen by museums, as a place
to search for a true approach to chronicling the architecture
of private life. Interiors as they are related by the inhabitant
showing the most intangible subtleties of the dream of living.
Daniel Cid Moragas holds a PhD in Architecture History
from University of Barcelona. He is the Scientific Director
of ELISAVA developing the formalization of a new sphere
of design research and the reinforcement of international
relationships (Latin America, Europe and China schools).
Previously he was the Academic Director at ELISAVA
developing the construction of an educational project based
on the new challenges of design, and the formalization of a
new sphere of design research based on social innovation.
He lectures at the same school on aesthetics and history in
the fields of domestic space or public space. Between 2007
and 2010 he was an advisor to the mayor of Barcelona
on architecture and town-planning projects for the city.
Between 2005 and 2009 he was the Vice President of the
association of designers of Barcelona, FAD (Fostering Arts
and Design). He is visiting professor to Latin America, China
and European universities. Recently he has been published,
with Teresa Sala, Casas de la vida. Relatos habitados de la
modernidad (Ariel) and, with Ed d’Souza, Barcelona Massala.
Urban narratives in public space (Actar).
Modernity, Domesticity and Gender
There is a curious contradiction between the experience
of modernity – “all that is solid melts into air” (Berman)
– and the desire for dwelling as rootedness and anchoring
(Heidegger). Modernism in architecture and interior
architecture was facing this contradiction as one of its major
challenges. Some have claimed that a certain sense of antidomesticity pervaded modernism in architecture and the arts
(Reed). The Modern Movement however did make the house
into a focal point of attention for (interior) architecture.
In this course we will further investigate modernism’s
dealings with these paradoxical themes, also analysing them
from a gender perspective (domesticity being associated with
women, and modernity arguably gendered rather masculine).
Hilde Heynen is Full Professor and Chair of the department
Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at the University
of Leuven. Her research focuses on issues of modernity,
modernism and gender in architecture. She is the author of
Architecture and Modernity. A Critique (MIT Press, 1999)
and the co-editor of Back from Utopia. The Challenge of
the Modern Movement (with Hubert-Jan Henket, 010, 2001),
Negotiating Domesticity. Spatial productions of gender
in modern architecture (with Gulsum Baydar, Routledge,
2005) and The SAGE Handbook Architectural Theory (with
Greig Crysler and Stephen Cairns, Sage, 2012). She regularly
publishes in journals such as The Journal of Architecture
and Home Cultures.
The Teaching of Beauty
Despite a tradition as old as humanity, today the theoretical
and practical topic of beauty is not usually faced within the
different schools of architecture, as if it exclusively belonged
to the personal dimension of taste. However, if beauty only
depends on personal pleasure, how can be possible to base
a school of architecture, a place that, like any other school
of art, should be oriented towards the teaching of beauty?
Tracing a distinction between aesthetics and perception, the
lecture tries to highlight the diverse criteria which has been
used, through the centuries, to recognise beauty, dealing with
such concepts as “decoration”, “canon” or “functionalism”,
to finally approach the task of architecture as a form of art.
The fundamental question regards, in fact, what the form of
architecture speaks about, in order to pleasure and move us.
Because beauty is just an announcement or a promise of a
concrete and integral life, with its need for happiness.
Gianni Ottolini is an architect and Full Professor of Interior
Architecture and Design at The Faculty of Architettura
Civile. He was Coordinator of the PhD Course in Interior
Architecture and Exibition Design, and, from 1996 to 2003,
he was Director of the DPA (Department of Architectural
Design) at Politecnico di Milano. He carried on theoretical,
critical, historical and design studies about interior and
furniture design, particulary regarding domestic dwelling.
In 1994 he won the Silver Prize at the International
Competition of Nagaoka (Japan) with the design of a Home
in a room for the elderly. He was scientific director of national
and international research projects and connected exibitions
on “Spaces and furniture of Special Housing”, “Civilization
of Living”, “Humantech. Design for Humanization of
Technology”, “Artidesign Furniture”, “Peripheries and New
Urbanism”, “Carlo De Carli. Lo spazio primario”.
Main publications: Forma e significato in architettura
(Cortina, 2012), Carlo De Carli e lo spazio primario, QA20
(Laterza, 1997), Civiltà dell’abitare (GDA, 1997), La casa
attrezzata (Liguori, 2005), Il progetto delle residenze speciali
(Unicopli, 2008), La Stanza (Silvana, 2011), Ambiente interno
(Almanacco dell’Architetto, Proctor, 2012).
The Garden
In many public interiors, one is asked to imagine that one is
not really inside at all, but in an environment that embodies
attributes of nature. The nineteenth- and twentieth-century
city, and the burgeoning metropolis in particular, embraced
the theme of the Garden, in linear promenades, naturalistic
parks or arcadian spaces where supremacy over nature could
be imagined. The evocation of Eden or Arcadia–the original
nature, the place of knowledge and the other–represented an
ultimate mastery over nature and its denizens. This lecture
describes representations of the Garden in the architecture
of the interior, and how they have been used to effect public
interior and urban environments that served to legitimate the
western metropolitan project.
Mark Pimlott is Assistant Professor of Architectural
Design in the Chair of Interiors and leader of the course
The Architecture of the Interior at Delft University of
Technology, The Netherlands. He has taught architecture
and visual arts since 1986.
He was appointed Professor in relation to practice in
Architecture at Delft University of Technology, the
Netherlands (2002-2008). His articles and essays have been
published in numerous journals of architecture. He is the
author of Without and within: essays on territory and the
interior (2007) and In passing: Mark Pimlott photographs
(2010). He is currently writing a PhD dissertation The
heart of Montréal’s ville intérieure: prototype for the
very large, extensive, complex interior at Delft University
of Technology. Mark Pimlott’s practice encompasses
installation, photography, film, art for public spaces and
interior design. He studied architecture at McGill University,
Montréal and the Architectural Association, London, and
visual arts at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London.
Notable works include Neckinger Mills interiors, London
(1988; 1994); Guinguette, Birmingham (2000); Red House
interiors, London (2001; 2004; 2011; 2014) with Tony Fretton
Architects; La scala, Aberystwyth (2003); restaurant Puck,
The Hague (2007), with Zeinstra Van Gelderen architecten;
and World, London (2013). Solo exhibitions include Studiolo
and 1965 (Todd Gallery, London (1995; 1998); Ich bin der
Welt abhanden gekommen, (NAi, Rotterdam, 2005) and
All things pass (Stroom, The Hague, 2008). The installation
Piazzasalone (in collaboration with Tony Fretton) was shown
in the section curated by Kazuyo Sejima at the 12th Biennale
internazionale di Architettura di Venezia (2010).
Phenomenological approach to Adolf
Loos’ interiors
Adolf Loos (1870-1933) contribution to a body of theory
and criticism in architecture is inseparable of his creation
of interiors. His planning of interiors, emphasizing the
individuality of spaces through a personal interpretation
of privacy is a source of significance for a contemporary
thinking about interiors as individual living experiences.
Comments on some texts of Loos (Ornament and Crime,
Spoken into the Void) and attention focused on some of
his charismatic interiors (Rufer House, Villa Moller, Villa
Müller) offer the arguments to find evidence about Loos’
conception of space as a match of use, appropriation and
mood. Stemming from the interpretation of “the theatre
box argument” (Beatriz Colomina), a major reflection will
be carried on from a phenomenological approach to Loos’
interiors inheritance, stressing the features that differentiate
an interior of a non-interior.
Fátima Pombo is Guest Professor at Department of
Architecture, Urbanism and Planning at University of
Leuven, Belgium and member of ID+ Research Institute for
Design, Media and Culture at University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Her research concentrates on phenomenology, interior
architecture and aesthetics. Specifically Pombo’s research,
publications and teaching focus on the tendencies of interior
architecture from a close relation with history of architecture,
architectural theories and practices proposals, materials
and technologies, perception of interior space, dwelling
culture. She participates in international research projects
and conferences; publishes in anthologies and journals like
among others, Idea Journal,, Journal of
Interior Design, The International Journal of Architectonic,
Spatial and Environmental Design, Iconofacto (Arquitectura
Y Diseño), Journal of British Society for Phenomenology.
She spent the sabbatical of 2005/2006 at Department of
Design at University of Barcelona (Spain); in 1999/2000 she
was an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral
fellow at the University of Munich (Germany) to research
within Cultural Studies and during 1993/1995 she researched
at University of Heidelberg (Germany) in the framework of
her PhD in Phenomenology, Education and Aesthetics.
of Architecture
The Politecnico di Milano was established in 1863 by
scholars and entrepreneurs. Over the years, it has been the
home institution to most prominent professors, including:
mathematician Francesco Brioschi, the first President of
Politecnico di Milano; Luigi Cremona and Giulio Natta,
both of whom were Nobel Prize winners of Chemistry in
1963. As testament to these numerous achievements in its
history, the Politecnico di Milano is now one of the most
reknown European universities in Engineering, Architecture
and Industrial Design. The school of Architecture offers
undergraduate and graduate programmes in Architecture
and Urban Planning. The school’s international policy has
been targeting the Master of Science programmes since
2005 and the PhD programmes since 2008. Also, starting
from 2009 the Bachelor of Science programmes have been
offered in English and opened to an international audience.
The I School of Architecture is hosted by the Leonardo
Campus in Milan and by the Campuses in Mantova and
The Leonardo Campus is the historical seat of Politecnico
di Milano since 1927. Most academic activities take place
inside this original core of the campus. At Mantova Campus,
established in 1990, the courses pay attention to the issues
of protecting, preserving and enhancing the value of the
architectural and environmental heritage. The new Piacenza
Campus represents one of the latest acquirements of the
Politecnico di Milano, the courses are focused on the themes
of environment and of the sustainability in different scales
of interventions. The school offers Bachelor and Master of
Science programmes taught entirely in English. In particular
the Bachelor of Science in Architecture, the Bachelor
of Science in Urban Planning, the Master of Science in
Architecture and the Master of Science in Urban Planning
and Policy Design are welcoming candidates of different
backgrounds. The educational programmes are conceived
for an international audience and are aimed at developing
abilities and knowledge in dealing with a variety of projects.
Doctorate program
in Architectural,
Urban and
Interior Design
The Ph.D. programme promotes studies and research
projects concerning the architectural design at different
scales – urban space, building, and interior space– enhanced
by the analysis and interpretation of the contexts, the
investigation of history, theory and critical explorations of
architectural design, and an open dialogue with the different
disciplinary skills called to deal with the complex development
of contemporary architecture. The aim of the Ph.D.
programme is the definition of theoretical and operational
tools to foster the development of a critical approach to the
understanding of the complexity of buildings and spaces,
as well as to acknowledge the concise and strategic values
of design in constructing connections between formal
structures, utilitarian contents and functional requirements
of architectural works and their contexts.The main courses
and workshops are focused on the following topics:
1. Architecture of public spaces and urban design: methods
and tools for the design of the ground surfaces in all their
articulation; detailed definition of open space morphology
and equipment; architecture of public buildings: typology,
composition, structure and interiors.
2. Regeneration and reuse of urban fabrics: architectural
design tools and methods for a sustainable approach to built
3. Design of living spaces and social housing: analysis of
dwelling models; historical and current transformation
processes; future models and structures of individual and
collective living places, with a special focus on the relationship
between interior space and furniture.
4. Environmental control and individual well-being:
design criteria and tools; simulation and monitoring of the
microclimate and environmental comfort (energy aspects,
lighting, ergonomics, etc.).
5. Museography and exhibition design: architectural design
of museums;
Doctorate program
in Interior
and Design
The School of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano,
whose past lecturers include Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Carlo
De Carli and Vittoriano Viganò, has always stood out, at
both national and international level, for its studies on living
space, underpinned by a careful evaluation of interiors and
by an awareness of the key role played by furniture within
the complex system of relationships established with those
who inhabit their spaces. The research focus is both on
private and public space, with particular attention being
paid, in recent times, to the organisation of space for social,
cultural and communication purposes: museums, exhibitions,
theatres etc.
The Milan School of Architecture draws on the city’s highly
productive and specialised background and on the strong
commercial and entrepreneurial spirit that lies at the heart
of several important events, first and foremost the Salone
Internazionale del Mobile which, every year, brings Milan
into the international spotlight, than La Triennale di Milano,
one of the most important Italian institution devoted to
promote design culture. The PhD in Interior Architecture
and Design was established twenty years ago with the aim
of providing students with a culturally qualified and critically
based education. Throughout its activity, it has trained more
than one hundred researchers and around half of them are
currently teaching in national and international universities.
Architecture of
Interiors Cluster
Luca Basso Peressut is Full Professor and Coordinator of the
PhD programs of Architecture of Interiors, and Design and
Urban, Architectural and Interior Design at the Politecnico
di Milano. He is also director of the II level Master held
by the Politecnico di Milano IDEA in Exhibition Design,
Director and Member of the Scientific Committee for the
International Architecture Workshop Villa Adriana since
2003, Member of the Scientific Committee for the National
Conference of Interiors 2005, 2007 and 2010; Member of
the Scientific Board of the Museum Tridentino di Storia
Naturale, Trento; Member of the Scientific Committee of
the magazine Exporre; member of the Scientific Board of
Museography of Edifir Publisher, Florence and consultant
for the magazine Area since 1997.
Imma Forino is an architect and PhD, Associate Professor
of Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, School
of Architettura e Società, Department of Architecture and
Urban Studies. She serves on the Board for the Politecnico’s
PhD in Architecture of Interiors and Design, and Urban,
Architectural and Interior Design, and the scientific and
organizing committee for IFW Conferences at Politecnico di
Milano (2008 & 2010).
Gennaro Postiglione is Associate Professor at the Politecnico
di Milano. His researches focus mainly on reuse transformation
and valorisation of abandoned neglected or minor heritage
- among which also the one coming from conflicts - and
on the relationship between collective memory and cultural
identity, putting the resources of Interior Architecture in the
public interest ( On going researches:
Co-funder of WAHM (2014): an interdisciplinary and interprofessional consortium that explores creative heritage
possibilities for public access, and rethinks problems of
authenticity, competing memories, and identity politics
from a critical heritage and memory perspective. Promoter
of REcall-European Conflict Archaeological Landscape
Re-appropriation: a research project funded by EC-Culture
programme (2012-14) focused on the possible roles that
design can play when dealing with Conflict Heritage. Copromoter of MeLa* European Museums in an age of migrations:
a research funded by the EC-FP7 programme (2011-15)
which reflects on the possible role museums can play in
the contemporary context characterized by a continuous
migration of people and ideas.
Roberto Rizzi is an architect, PhD in Interior Architecture
and Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano, School
of Civil Architecture, Department of Architecture and
Urban Studies. He is on the Board for the Politecnico’s
PhD in Architecture of Interiors and Design, and Urban,
Architectural and Interior Design. He was scientific curator
of the Galleria del design e dell’Arredamento di Cantù and
now the scientific director of the Albe e Lica Steiner Archive
at the Politecnico di Milano. He has participated in national
and international research projects studying the design and
historic critical character of domestic and social housing,
office spaces and furniture design, and he has edited the
related exhibitions and publications.
Michele Ugolini is an architect and PhD, Associate Professor
of Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, School
of Civil Architecture, Department of Architecture and
Urban Studies. He is on the Board for the Politecnico’s
PhD in Architecture of Interiors and Design, and Urban,
Architectural and Interior Design, and he holds design
studios about domestic interior and public spaces.
Marco Borsotti is an architect, PhD, and Assistant Professor
of Interior Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, Department
of Architecture and Urban Studies. His main research topics
are interior design and exhibition design for valorisation of
the cultural heritage: in these specific field he has national
and international experiences. Articles, essays and projects
have been published by specialized review.
He is Frate Sole Foundation–International Sacred and
European Architecture Award guest referee and Editorial
staff board member of Italian architectural and arts review
Anfione e Zeto.
Marriella Brenna is Assistant Professor of Interior
Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, School of
Architecture and Society, Department of Architecture and
Urban Studies. She graduated in 1990 with a thesis on museum
and building refurbishment (supervisor Prof. F. Drugman).
From 1992 to 2000 she was post-doctoral fellow of the
Chair of Exhibition Design and Museography and took
part in researches carried out by MURST and the Faculty of
Architecture. In 2000 she held a research scholarship for the
project “Museum of Labour”. Between 2001 and 2005 she
worked in the Department of Architectural Design, first as a
temporary teacher of Museography, Museology and Criticism
of Arts and Restoration, and later as a regular teacher of
Architectonic Planning. She developed in association with
Prof. L. Basso Peressut projects for museum exhibitions in
Milan and Lodi. She has also taught courses for museum
operators and conducted researches on museum standards
on behalf of the IRER Lombardia.
Pier Fedrico Caliari is architect since 1991. He graduated
with honors at the Politecnico di Milano, where he actually
teaches at the School of Architecture and Society. In twenty
years of activity he has projected all sizes and areas of design,
from the industrial designt, which has marked the start of
his career, to urban design, with important experiences in
the fields of museum design and yacht design. He is also
General Director of the Accademia Adrianea di Architettura
e Archeologia and Director of the II level Master held
by the Politecnico di Milano Museografia, Architettura e
Archeologia, Progettazione Strategica e Gestione Innovativa
delle Aree Archeologiche.
Lola Ottolini graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico di
Milano, is an architect and PhD in Interior architecture and
Design, and is Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
at the Politecnico di Milano, School of Civil Architecture,
Department of Architecture and Urban Studies. Her
professional and teaching activities, focused on interior
architecture, exhibition design and scenography, follow the
tradition of the Milan based masters of interior architecture,
like Franco Albini and Carlo De Carli, founded on the value
of the human person and the relationship between space and
Pierluigi Salvadeo graduated in Architecture from the
Department of Architecture of Polytechnic of Milan.
PhD in Display and Interior Design. Tenured researcher
in Stage and Interior Design at the School of Architecture
and Society of Milan Polytechnic, where he teaches
Architectural Design and Set Design and Spaces of Performance.
Author of several publications and expert adviser to
various international seminars of design and national and
international conferences/congresses. Winner of many
national and international architecture awards (with Stefano
Guidarini), including: Special mention at the Luigi Cosenza
National Architecture Award (1994) and (1996) First prize in
the Opera Prima competition (1995) First prize Domus/InArch
Award (1996). First prize in the competition for an ALER
building at Pioltello (2005), Equal first prize in the competition
of ideas for a library at Melzo (2006), Honorable mention in
the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture Award (Milan Triennale,
2006). Shortlisted for the second phase of the Ugo Rivolta
European Architecture Award (2007), First prize in the
competition for the design of three subsidized apartment
buildings at Monteluce (2007), Dedalo Minosse "Design for All"
Special Award (2011) and Third prize in the competition by
invitation for the design of a hotel on Piazza Duca d'Aosta
in Milan (2012).
Barbara Calvi, graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di
Milano, has also worked extensively with NGOs and youth
organisations in Italy, Europe and around the world to design
strategies either to support the survival of indigenous cultures
in the built environment or to promote social inclusion and
participation through the non-formal education approach.
With a Master Degree in Equal Opportunities and gender
studies, she is now a PhD Candidate in Interior Architecture
and Exhibition Design at Politecnico researching the
influence of tradition on the design of inhabitable space.
Francesca Danesi, architect and Ph.D. candidate in Interior
Architecture and Exhibition Design at DAStU (Department
of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano),
graduated in Interior Architecture with the thesis Spazio,
Tempo, Racconto. La dimensione narrative dell'Architettura, with
Prof. Luca Basso Peressut. She is currently collaborating
with him to various teaching and research activities on
Museography and Exhibition design. For her studies
(she also graduated at the Conservatory of Music) and
professional experiences (worked as architect, scenographer
and performer), her own research focuses mainly on the
relationships between Architecture and other Arts. The
theme of her PhD. thesis is the creative interaction between
Exhibition Design and contemporary Art.
Lavinia Dondi, architect, graduated in Architecture at
Politecnico di Milano in 2010, with a thesis proposing the
renewal of the outdoor spaces of Politecnico di Milano
Bovisa, which involves the introduction of a worship place
dedicated to the three monotheistic religions and of a
little library, both underground places. She has worked for
a Spanish architectural studio in Barcelona, specialized in
interior design, exhibitions and urban spaces design. After
that she has collaborated with the Architectural Department
of Politecnico di Milano, supporting research activities
focused mainly on interior design, including the drafting
of the materials for the exhibition about Carlo De Carli at
Triennale di Milano in 2011. She is now a PhD candidate in
Interior Architecture and Exhibitions Design at Politecnico
di Milano.
Elena Elgani is an architect, graduated at Politecnico di
Milano with a thesis titled Il Museo del Razionalismo a Milano.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Interior Architecture and
Exhibition Design at Politenico di Milano. On September
2010 with her project team she won the second prize at the
Costruire Green Life. Since 2010 she collaborates as teaching
Assistant for the architectural interiors courses, project One
ManLiving and Re-fill with Prof. Yuri Mastromattei. She’s
currently developing her research in the field of Interior
Architecture focusing on hospitality and temporary living
Jacopo Leveratto, an architect graduated in Architecture at
Politecnico di Milano (2009), had his MA in Design and
Requalification of the Built Environment. Since that date
he has been collaborating with the Architectural Design
Department, supporting research activities focused on
the enhancement of the architectural and environmental
heritage in Europe and in emerging countries. He is, as an
assistant lecturer in Architectural Interior and Urban Design,
attending the PhD program in Interior Architecture and
Exhibition Design at Politecnico di Milano, focusing his
research on the architectural relationships between personal
space and public places. He is also associated editor of
Iijournal_International Journal of Interior Architecture and Spatial
Design and correspondent of Op Cit_Selezione della critica d’arte
Ioulia Aslanidou
Lucie Bílá
Adela Bimova
Katarzyna Burzyńska
Rebecca Daum
Zuzanna Dudzicka
Aneta Dvorakova
Lucia Gonzalez
Ondrej Hamrsmid
Petra Holasova
Paulina Jachyra
Ilgaz Kayaalp
Florence Kocher
Hui Lin
Regina Manuelito
Katarzyna Markowicz
Nira Martín
Vanessa Matos
Vasco Mayer
Farah Mechrek
Pedro Meneses
Vasiliki Papadimitriou
Jan Pospichal
Lisa Schubert
Rudolf Süsser
Natalia Vargova
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