DESIGN PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Vanni Pasca Raymondi
Laura Cantarella and Lucia Giuliano
Stefano Mirti and Lucia Giuliano
Giuseppe Mendolia Calella
Studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Palermo and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona (ETSAB) obtaining a MA degree -Historia, arquitectura, arte y ciudad- and DEA degree (Diploma de Estudios Avanzados)in the Projects Department.
From 2000 to 2011 she worked at the Arata Isozaki office in Barcelona, as architect in concept and design buildings. She participated to several project developed between Barcelona and Tokyo: Distrito 38 master plan and office building in collaboration with Foreign Office (London), Illa de Blanes, Isozaki Atea in Bilbao, Bahns d’Arties Resort Spa, Public Housing Carabanchel 21 in Madrid, Hotel Puerta America in Madrid, National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in Cairo. Beyond architecture, she also collaborated to several publications for the office and she is still maintaining a freelance collaboration for the Social Housing project, Carabanchel 21 in Madrid, now under construction. During her period at AIA office she broadened her interests in intersection between architecture, contemporary culture, territory and current issues in society. In 2008 she began her collaboration with Laura Cantarella, running the research project Topography of Trauma, one of the first activities of Landform. From 2010 she is full time engaged as director of ABADIR Academy (Arts Between Architecture Design & Interdisciplinary Research) in Catania.
Vanni Pasca Raymondi
Vanni Pasca, Professor of History of Design from 1998 to 2008, he was chairman of the Bachelor Course and the Master Course in Design for the Mediterranean area at the University of Palermo, where he was also coordinator of the PhD in Industrial Design. From 2008-9 he teaches Contemporary designers at Politecnico di Milano, Design at IULM and History of Design at ISIA in Florence. He’s president of the Italian Association of Design Historians. He leads the series of books * Design for the publisher Lupetti / Editori di comunicazione and he is director of the following magazines: the free magazine Design Review, Zerocento Editors, Palermo; the on-line magazine-www.palermodesign.it trough which he promoted in 2008 the first International Competition Mediterranean Design with a first exhibition and conference in Istanbul and a second edition in Barcelona in 2011.
He has been curator, among others, of the following exhibitions:
La cultura e i mobili degli Shaker, Milano 1984; Minimal design, Kortrijk 1995; Brasil faz design, Milano, São Paulo, Rio, Bahia 1996 e São Paulo, Milano, 1997 e 1998; Vico Magistretti, Milano 1997; Thirteen Years of Young Portuguese Design, Lisboa, settembre 1999; 1999 Italia- Europa/ scenari del giovane design europeo (con Giulio Cappellini), Verona, ottobre 1999, Oltre il design europeo- Progetti dal mondo, Verona 2000; Young Design from Israel, Triennale Milano 2004; Theater of Italian Creativity (con Gae Aulenti), New York 2003; Achille Castiglioni, Palermo 2004; 1978-2008: Made in Italy, National Museum, Brasilia 2008; Design Mediterraneo- Mediterranean Design, Istanbul 2009.
He has written or edited, among others, the following books:
Vico Magistretti- l’eleganza della ragione, Idea Books, Milano; Rizzoli International, New York; Thames and Hudson, London; Gustavo Gili, Barcelona; Ernst & Sohn, Berlin, 1991; Design: storia e storiografia, Esculapio, Bologna 1995; Arti applicate fra XVIII e XIX secolo: personaggi, fabbriche, eventi (a cura di), Appunti del Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Lupetti, Milano1996; Minimalismo-Etica delle forme e nuova semplicità nel design (con Fulvio Carmagnola), Lupetti, Milano 1996; Vico Magistretti, architetto e designer (con Fulvio Irace), Electa, Milano 1999, Christopher Dresser. Il primo industrial designer, Lupetti, Milano 2001. Scenari del giovane design- Idee e progetti dall’Europa e dal mondo, Lupetti, Milano 2002; Corporate image, Lupetti, Milano 2006.
Trained as an architect (Politecnico di Torino, Architecture faculty), she’s a landscape and architecture photographer. Her works has been shown at: Biennal de paisatge, Barcelona; Rapallo Fotografia Contemporanea, Rapallo; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Palazzo delle esposizioni, Roma; Fundaciò Espais d’Art Contemporani, Girona; II Architecture Biennal Rotterdam; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. She’s one of the winners of Terna Prize for Contemporary art. She’s at present professor at Politecnico di Torino, Architecture faculty. She has been teaching in Institutes and Universities in Italy and Spain since 2001. She’s Phd candidate at Pompeu Fabra University (Humanities faculty), Barcelona. At present she lives and works in Turin.