California State University International Program Florence


paola giaconia Paola Giaconia

E-mail: paola.giaconia@me.com

Website: www.paolagiaconia.com

Teaches: Fall, Spring
Paola Giaconia studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and graduated with honors in 1996. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she received her Master's Degree in Architecture from SCI-Arc (www.sciarc.edu) in 1999. In Los Angeles she worked with such architectural offices as RoTo (Michael Rotondi, www.rotoark.com) and Morphosis (Thom Mayne, www.morphosis.net). She has been licensed as an architect in Italy since 1997, and in 1999 she founded her own architecture firm.

In May 2005, in collaboration with DAP studio, she won first prize in the competition for the environmental and landscape re-qualification of the area surrounding the Gavarnia creek and Serio river, near Bergamo. As winners of the competition, they have been entrusted with the project of the new 2-km long bike and pedestrian path along the creek and across the river and of the landscape design of the area (the project is currently under construction). Paola is currently developing, together with DAP studio, a project for the new civic center in Ranica (Bergamo), consisting of the town library, a conference hall, the kindergarten and the offices of two local cultural associations (the project is now in its construction document phase). Also, she is group leader of the design team entrusted by the Municipality of Lastra a Signa (Florence) with the project for the new city library, to be hosted within the historical Spedale di Sant'Antonio which will be thus restored and enlarged.

Paola's works have received national and international awards and have been exhibited in Italy and abroad: among their most recent public appearances are the participation in the "Thailand New Media Arts Festival" in Bangkok (February 2005) with the video "Private goes Public"; the participation in the "Deep Inside" exhibit at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence (October 2003) with the installation "moltisolitudine"; the presentation of the video "Private goes Public" at BEYOND MEDIA 03 (7th international festival of architecture in video in Florence, October 2003); the participation in the collective shows "Voyage dans la condition urbaine" at the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris (January-February 2003) and in the "Los Angeles Civic Park Proposals" show at Gallery 727 in Los Angeles (May-June 2003).

Paola couples her activity as a designer with scholarly research. She is professor of Architectural Design at California State University, at Kent State University and at Syracuse University in Florence. She has been lecturing on contemporary architecture and participating at round tables at various cultural institutions and schools of architecture.

She contributes to the most important Italian architectural magazines. Her articles and essays have been published in "Abitare", "L'architettura. Cronache e Storia", "ARCH'IT", "Domus", "Ottagono" and "Rassegna".

She is the author of a monograph on architect Eric Owen Moss (Eric Owen Moss. The Uncertainty of Doing), published by Skira in 2006, and of the book Los Angeles. Città unica, released by Testo&Immagine in 2001. She is co-editor (with Marco Brizzi) of BEYOND MEDIA 02, INTIMACY and SCRIPT, catalogues of the last editions of the BEYOND MEDIA festival in Florence (www.beyondmedia.it), and curator of the SPOT ON SCHOOLS exhibit. The two editions of the "SPOT ON SCHOOLS" exhibit saw the participation of some among the most distinguished schools of architecture in the world that investigated the ways digital media have informed the conception and production of architecture.