FACULTY

Alessandro Rocca (Head)
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design
Research topics for Ph.D. Candidates:
1. Architectural Culture. Research on architectural criticism and communication, analyzed through exhibitions, journals and magazines, conferences and publications;

2. Architectural education. Research on the multiple tracks of architectural education. Analyzing courses, master and doctoral programs, internship, scholarship, practice, to understand how the architect’s education evolves and match the contemporary challenges;
3. Sylva. The advance of the jungle – wood, forest, jungle – brings the unexplored chaos and the unknown nature back into European territories and cities. Studying and designing of the wilderness to develop an experimental laboratory for a post-Anthropocene phase; investigating new dimensions of building and living.

Simona Chiodo (Deputy Head, Polimi Ph.D. School)
Professor of Philosophy
Research Topics
Aesthetics of Architecture;
Beauty and Aesthetic Categories;
Epistemology;
Philosophy of Technology.


Emilia Corradi (Deputy Head, Territorial Fragilities) 
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Gennaro Postiglione (Deputy Head, International Relations) 
Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design
Research Topics
According to different themes, co-installations of Co-Supervisors will take place, Themes are somehow specific and Ph.D. Candidates need to find the way how to tackle them by adding a subtitle. When focused on a specific work by a specific architect, the dissertation need also to investigate, on a certain extent, the whole architect production and concern.

1. New Typologies in Housing;
2. Architecture Ethnography as Design Methodology;

3. Windows design in the architecture of Umberto Riva;
4. The Flower Kiosk by Sigurd Lewerentz in Malmö;
5. Malmö Art Hall by Klas Anshelm;
6. Shoes shop by Pao Alonzo in Madrid.

Guya Bertelli 
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Marco Biraghi
Professor of History of Architecture

Marco Borsotti
Associate Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design
Research Topics
Narrative spaces. Integrated museum systems for cultural heritage and innovative exhibition design methodologies; 
From inside to outside. Adaptive reuse of existing buildings for social inclusion;
Being sacred. Symbolic, formal and spatial meanings in the modern and contemporary sacred architecture.

Marco Bovati
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Pier Federico Caliari
Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design, Politecnico di Torino

Luigi Cocchiarella
Associate Professor of Architectural Drawing and Graphic Representation
Research Topics
Geometry and graphics in history between science, art, and architecture: treatises and manuals, masters and pioneers;
Analog and digital graphics in architectural research and education: visual processing and computation;
Information strategies in interdisciplinary architectural design workflows: digital artifacts as collaborative networks.

Pierre Alain Croset
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Architectural Criticism and Media;
Architecture as a Modification, a paradigm of late Modernism;
Chinese Contemporary Architecture;
Ageing and Housing;
Structural Design and Tectonics.

Valentina Dessì
Associate Professor of Architectural Technology
The proposed topics fit transversally into some of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN action program.
In particular, goals 3, 4, 11, 13, 17 represent objectives to be achieved in the proposed themes, referring to:
Thermal comfort in open spaces. Strategies and tools to improve the microclimate at the micro-urban scale (the focus is on H2O, vegetation, urban materials);
Adaptation strategies to the effects of climate change VS urban livability, Design guidelines for the urban realm in the Mediterranean area;
Open spaces in schools. Enhancement of urban elements for the improvement of environmental and community conditions in the neighborhood (and in the school) and the enhancement of the experiential skills of outdoor learning.
With particular reference to goal 17, in-depth studies and the possibility of co-tutoring with specific skills will be provided.

Andrea Di Franco 
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Immacolata C. Forino
Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design
Research Topics
History and Theory of Interior Design;
Gendered Interiors;
Italian Historiography of Interior Design.

Roberto Gigliotti
Associate Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design, Libera Università di Bolzano
Research Topics
1. Museography. Contemporary practices of exhibiting architecture;
2. Public Space. Shared spaces of the contemporary city and their performativity.

Andrea Gritti
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Laura Montedoro
Associate Professor of Urban Design

Carles Muro Soler
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Marco Navarra
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Filippo Orsini
Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

Orsina Simona Pierini 
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Housing and Urban Design, 
History and Theory of Architectural Design; 
Italian and Milanese Modern Historiography of Architectural Design;
Spanish Modern Historiography of Architectural Design.

Alessandro Rogora
Professor of Architectural Technology

Pierluigi Salvadeo
Professor of Interior and Exhibit Design

Luigi Spinelli
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Relations between architectural composition and history of architecture;
Italian Architecture of the XXth century;
New intervention on architectural heritage.

Ilaria Valente
Professor of Architectural and Urban Design

 

Board of Researchers 

Fabrizia Berlingieri
Senior Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Urban Architectures; Design for Transitions;
Infrastructure and Urban Form;
Contemporary Architectural Design Theories.


Barbara Coppetti
Senior Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design

Cassandra Cozza
Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
1. architectural and urban design paradigms;
2. the recovery of the architectural and infrastructural heritage – deepening issues related to abandonment and the relationship between heritage and design;
3. the transformation of contemporary public space.

Carlo Gandolfi
Senior Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design, Università di Parma

Stamatina Kousidi
Senior Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Architecture and the Environment;
Architectural Design, Environmental Performance and Modernity;

Theories of 20th-century
Architecture: Utopias and Continuities of the Modern.

Francesca Lanz
Senior Lecturer in Interior Architecture and Design – University of Lincoln, and Marie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow – Newcastle University (UK)
Francesca Lanz’s academic expertise lies at the intersection of different fields, ranging from interior architecture, museum and exhibition design, to museum and heritage studies, with a particular interest in the potential intertwinements between different disciplinary approaches, theories and practices. Her research activity develops across these areas, and it notably revolves around the role of the built environment and museums in contemporary societies, with key attention to neglected heritages and difficult memories and stories. Dr Lanz welcomes applications to study for PhD research degrees in these subjects, preferably yet not exclusively pertaining to the following topics:
City museums evolution and contemporary development;
Adaptive reuse practices, approaches and theories;
Musealisation and/or adaptive reuse of neglected built heritage and sites of difficult history (notably including prisons).

Jacopo Leveratto
Lecturer of Interior and Exhibit Design 
Research Topics
Critical Spatial Practices;
Public Space Design;
Post-human Architecture.


Camillo Magni
Senior Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Contemporary Urban Housing;
Design for Development in the Global South.

Pasquale Mei
Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design

Andrea Oldani
Lecturer of Landscape Architecture
Research Topics
Landscape of Contemporary Infrastructures;
Urban Regeneration and Resilient Public Spaces;
Riverscapes Recovering.

Giulia Setti  
Lecturer of Architectural and Urban Design
Research Topics
Post Industrial Landscape;
Recover of Productive Architecture;
Evolution of Contemporary Public Space;
Architectural Design in Informal Settlement.

 

Board of Experts
Luca Basso Peressut (Polimi), Carlo Berizzi (Università di Pavia), Antonella Contin (Polimi), Giovanni Corbellini (Politecnico di Torino), Carlotta Fontana (Polimi), Pierfranco Galliani (Polimi), Stefano Guidarini (Polimi), Marco Lucchini (Polimi), Matteo Poli, (Polimi), Sara Protasoni (Polimi), Roberto Rizzi, (Polimi), Michele Sbacchi (Università di Palermo), Michele Ugolini (Polimi), Fabrizio Zanni (Polimi)

Advisory Board
Najla Allani (Ecole Nationale d’Architecture de Tunis), Oya Atalay Frank (ZHAW, Wintherthur), Tom Avermaete (ETH Zurich), Matthias Graf von Ballestrem (HafenCity Universität Hamburg), Jo van den Berghe (KU Leuven), Margitta Buchert (Leibniz Universität Hannover), Carmen Diez Medina (EINA Zaragoza), Carmen Espegel (ETSAM Madrid), Joerg Gleiter (TU Berlin), Joao Gomes da Silva (Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio), Christoph Grafe (Universitaet Wuppertal), Marco Hemmerling (Technische Hochschule Köln), Claus Peder Pedersen (Aarhus School of Architecture), Annalisa Viati Navone (ENS Architecture Versailles), Tadeja Zupancic (University of Ljubljana)