Spring 2017, lecture by Fuensanta Nieto.

Lecture by Fuensanta Nieto.

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Fuensanta Nieto, principal at Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Madrid, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday April 4, 2017 presenting recent works by her office. Paola Giaconia will introduce her lecture.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was founded in 1985 by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano and has offices in Madrid and Berlin. Along with being widely published in international magazines and books, the firm’s work has been exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia (in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2012), at MoMA in New York in 2006, at the Kunsthaus in Graz in 2008 and at the MAST Foundation in Bologna in 2014. They are the recipients of the 2007 National Prize for Restoration from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, as well as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010), the Piranesi Prix de Rome (2011), the European Museum of the Year Award (2012), AIA Honorary Fellowship (2015) and the Alvar Aalto Medal in 2015.

Their major works include the Madinat al-Zahra Museum, the Moritzburg Museum, the San Telmo Museum, the Zaragoza Congress Centre, the Joanneum extension in Graz, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Córdoba. Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos currently have projects in Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Morocco, China, United Kingdom and France. Two monographs have been recently published about their work: “Nieto Sobejano. Memory and Invention” (2013) and “Fuensanta Nieto, Enrique Sobejano. Architetture” (2014).

Spring 2017, lecture by Dan Dorell.

Lecture by Dan Dorell.

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Dan Dorell, principal at DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE in Paris, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday February 7, 2017 presenting recent works by his office. Paola Giaconia will introduce his lecture.

Dan Dorell is one of the three founding partners of DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE. Dan Dorell, Lina Ghotmeh and Tsuyoshi Tane opened their office in 2006 after winning the international competition for the Estonian National Museum, a 355-meter-long sloping glass building that rises from the runway of a former Soviet airbase near the city of Tartu that recently opened to the public. They practice Architecture, Urbanism and Space Design, collaborating with a multicultural team of 14 architects and professionals of interdisciplinary fields.

The team believes that the richness of Architecture comes from the fact that it is contingent upon other disciplines. For many of their projects, they seek to collaborate with professionals from different backgrounds: innovative engineers, artists, designers, scientists or sociologists. As such, DGT is working with photographer Fouad ElKhoury, designer Johnny Farah, conductor Seiji Ozawa, choreographer Jo Kanamori, fashion designers Yasuhiro Mihara and Akira Minagawa.

The practice’s creative process involves an archaeology of the physical, historical and social traces layered in the project’s place and time. This archaeological process, conducted in the form of in-depth research on the context, on the client’s vision and on the users of the projects, represents an important design tool and becomes an ‘integral’ part of the project that generates the ‘global specificity’ of it.

The partnership gained an international reputation through its design of the Estonian National Museum and through a series of cutting edge yet phenomenally sensitive projects. DGT is today one of the leading practices of the new generation of architects. It was awarded the NAJAP award by the French Ministry of Culture in 2008 and was nominated for the Ian Chernikhov prize in 2010.

Fall 2016, lecture by Léa-Catherine Szacka.

Lecture by Léa-Catherine Szacka.

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Architectural historian Léa-Catherine Szacka, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Form, Theory and History, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday November 8, 2016 lecturing on “Exhibiting The Postmodern: The 1980 Venice Architecture Biennal”, as part of the “Theories of Architecture” course directed by Marco Brizzi.

Szacka holds a PhD in History and theory of architecture from the Bartlett, University College London. Her thesis “Exhibiting the Postmodern” (forthcoming, Marsilio, 2016) looked at the presentation and representation of architecture in exhibitions, the post-1968 institutionalisation of architecture, as well as the postmodern debate in Europe and America.

Szacka has lectured and published widely on postmodern architecture and has acted as editor, with Charles Jencks and Eva Branscome, for the 2011 re-edition of The Post-modern Reader. Alongside postmodern architecture, Szacka’s work focuses on architecture exhibitions. She has contributed to two journal’s special issues on the question (Log20, 2010 and OASE88, 2013), a book (Exhibiting Architecture, Lars Müller, 2014) and has organized a major symposium at the Centre Georges Pompidou in early 2014 (in the aftermath of which she is co-editing a special issue of the Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne, fall 2014).

In 2014, Szacka presented Effimero: Or the Postmodern Italian Condition, a contribution to Monditalia exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia. More recently, she acted as project manager for the After Belonging Academy, an educational forum organized by AHO as part of the 2016 Oslo Architecture Triennale’s core program.


Fall 2016, lecture by Manuel Orazi.

Lecture by Manuel Orazi.

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Architect and critic Manuel Orazi, professor of “History of Architecture and the City” at University in Cesena and in Ferrara, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday October 18, 2016 lecturing on “Yona Friedman. The Dilution of Architecture”, as part of the “Theories of Architecture” course directed by Marco Brizzi.

Born in Macerata, Manuel Orazi studied at IUAV University in Venice. He works for Quodlibet publishing house, where he is in charge of books on architecture and the press office. He also teaches History of Architecture and the City at the University in Cesena and in Ferrara. Every so often he writes  for Italian newspapers and for selected architecture magazines such as “Log”. He recently published Yona Friedman. The Dilution of Architecture, edited by Nader Seraj (Park Books, Zurich 2015)



Fall 2016, lecture by Gabriele Mastrigli.

Lecture by Gabriele Mastrigli.

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Architect and critic Gabriele Mastrigli, professor of “Theory and Design” at University of Camerino, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday October 4, 2016 lecturing on “S,M,L,XL. Architecture of a Book”, as part of the “Theories of Architecture” course directed by Marco Brizzi.

Gabriele Mastrigli is an architect and critic based in Rome. He teaches “Theory and Design” at University of Camerino. He has also previously taught Architecture Theory and Studio at Cornell University and the Berlage Institute of Rotterdam. His articles and essays appeared many magazines including “Domus”, “Log” and “Lotus international”. He edited Junkspace, a critical anthology of Rem Koolhaas’ seminal writings (Quodlibet, 2006, Payot, 2011). He recently curated Superstudio 50, an extensive exhibition about the Florentine radical group, held at the Maxxi in Rome. In this occasion he published the volume Superstudio Opere (1966-1978), (Quodlibet, 2016).


Fall 2016, lecture by Alessandra Cianchetta.

Lecture by Alessandra Cianchetta.

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Alessandra Cianchetta, founding partner at AWP with offices in Paris and in Basel, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday September 20, 2016 presenting recent works by her office. Paola Giaconia will introduce her lecture.

Alessandra Cianchetta is an architect and urban designer (RIBA) and a founding partner at AWP Paris and AWP-HHF-Basel. AWP Paris is an award-winning practice that works across scales and genres – from the 160 ha strategic masterplan for the Paris CBD to pavilions, landscapes, interiors, exhibitions and publications. Her work is regularly presented at venues worldwide such as MAXXI in Rome, Cité de l’Architecture in Paris and MoMA and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. It has been featured in “The New York Times”, “Le Monde”, “Wallpaper” and “Architese”. Currently visiting critic and thesis advisor at The Berlage in Delft and formerly at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Alessandra gives equal weight to the substance of building and its intangible effects, addressing sensual and perceptual experiences at large urban scales. Current works include a 85,000 square-metre housing and mixed-use sector project in Lausanne, which will transform the landscape of the city, a 70,000 square-metre public space adjoining the Grande Arche de la Défense, including a unique series of new buildings, the masterplan of Paris’ CBD, and Poissy Galore, a sequence of public buildings and follies set in a park by the Seine.  Alessandra has also curated exhibitions for major cultural institutions,  written books and essays (Park Guell, Gustavo Gili, 2002; Alvaro Siza : Private Houses 1954–2004, Skira, 2004; and Nightscapes, nocturnal landscapes, Gustavo Gili, 2009), lectured, taught and exhibited her work at many architectural venues and universities worldwide.   Awarded the French Ministry of Culture Prize for  Best Young Architects in 2006 and the French Ministry of Ecology,  Sustainability, Transport and Housing PJU urban planning award 2010 Alessandra was trained as an architect at “La Sapienza” Rome, Etsa Madrid and Etsa Barcelona, and later attended advanced studies on criticism and landscape theory.

Spring 2016, lecture by Kamiel Klaasse.

Lecture by Kamiel Klaasse.

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Kamiel Klaasse, principal at NL Architects based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday April 19, 2016 presenting recent works by his office. Marco Brizzi will introduce his lecture.

NL Architects is an Amsterdam based office. The initial four principals, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse and Mark Linnemann, officially opened practice in January 1997, but have shared workspace already since the early nineties.

“Architecture is the medium through which we hope to contribute to the understanding of contemporary culture -and to its development. We understand architecture as the speculative process of investigating, revealing and reconfiguring the wonderful complexities of the world we live in. Can we compress banality into beauty; squeeze the sublime out of the obvious? How can we transform, twist, bend, stack or stretch, enhance or reduce, or reassemble the components that constitute our environment into new and better configurations?”

Spring 2016, LOOK AT ME NOW! photography and video workshop.

LOOK AT ME NOW! 2016 workshops.

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The week after midterm reviews (March 14 – 17, 2016), students enrolled in the Architecture and in the Interior Design programs at Kent State University in Florence attended the second edition of the LOOK AT ME NOW! workshops.

Instructors were two architects, photographers and video makers who are especially talented in portraying contemporary architecture in photography and in video and who have extensive experience running workshops.

The Photography workshop was run by Italian architect and photographer Anna Positano. Anna is a photographer and an artist, with a background in architecture. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Genoa, then obtained her MA in Photography at the London College of Communication. Her work encompasses the reciprocal influence between landscape and society and explores everyday places. Her projects have been exhibited internationally, in art galleries and public institutions, such as La Triennale in Milan, the Venice Architectural Biennale, at Cornell University in Ithaca NY, and Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, Genoa. In addition to her art and research, she works on commission for architects and public institutions. She is regularly published in international architectural magazines.

The Video workshop was run by Italian architect and video author Davide Rapp. Davide holds a Ph.D. in Interior Design from the Politecnico di Milan.  He collaborated for 5 years, between 2008 and 2013, with architect Stefano Boeri on urban, architectural and interior design projects including – among others – “Sustainable Dystopias”: a research project that explores different ideas surrounding the reconciliation between cities and nature, exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008. He participated as a contributor in the last Venice Architecture Biennale of 2014, curated by Rem Koolhaas, with ‘Elements’, a movie montage of short architecture-related clips, conceived specifically for the introduction room of the main exhibition at the Biennale, titled ‘Elements of Architecture’. He was published on national and international architecture magazines such as Abitare, Icon Design and the Architectural Review.  He is co-author (with Alberto Iacovoni) of a graphic novel on architecture titled ‘Playscape’, published in 2009, exploring the public space as an exciting and promising testing ground of possibilities.

On Thursday March 17, 2016 the students made a final presentation of the works they produced in the course of the workshop in the lecture hall at Palazzo Vettori, in the presence of professors and students from the Università degli Studi di Firenze. Marco Brizzi offered a critical and theoretical commentary of the student’s works.

A selection of the photos made by the students under the guidance of Anna Positano can be seen here below:

Some of the videos made by the students under the guidance of Davide Rapp can be seen here below:

Spring 2016, lecture by Giuseppe Farris.

Lecture by Giuseppe Farris.

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Giuseppe Farris, principal at Studio Farris Architects based in Antwerp, Belgium, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday April 5, 2016 presenting recent works by her office. Andrea Ponsi will introduce his lecture.

Studio Farris Architects is an architectural practice based in Antwerp, Belgium and founded by Italian architect Giuseppe Farris in 2008. The studio’s goal is to discover the intrinsic potential in every project, questioning the obvious, exploring the surroundings and cultural heritage. This always while looking for harmony between sustainability and innovationfunctionality and experienceratio and feeling. The building’s users play a fundamental role in the conception of the architecture. Not only as users, but as dynamic and playful elements that visually influence the architecture. Architecture, interior architecture, furniture design, lighting and graphic design are all part of the same overall concept and are designed as a coherent whole, with particular attention to detail.

Spring 2016, lecture by Helena Casanova.

Lecture by Helena Casanova.

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Helena Casanova, co-founder with Jesus Hernandez of Casanova+Hernandezwith offices in Rotterdam, will be at Palazzo Vettori on Tuesday March 1, 2016 presenting recent works by her office. Paola Giaconia will introduce her lecture.

Casanova+Hernandez, founded in 2001 by Helena Casanova and Jesus Hernandez, is a design and research studio based in Rotterdam. It focuses on rethinking and designing our urban habitat in order to create vibrant cities while promoting environmental and social sustainability. Working with an interdisciplinary team and with experience developing projects in very different cultural contexts in Europe, South America and Asia, the office has expanded its capabilities and its international network through close and fruitful collaboration with experts in different continents.