About me

meElisa Dainese is an architect and historian and she is currently Assistant Professor for Architecture at Dalhousie University. In 2012, she obtained a PhD in Architectural Composition from the IUAV University of Venice, with a dissertation focused on post-war architecture, Team Ten, Aldo van Eyck, and the fascination for Dogon architecture of Mali (Africa). She started her career as EU-licensed architect in the Atelier of Prof. Arch. Boris Podrecca (Wien, Austria) and in the Italian office of Prof. Arch. Aurelio Galfetti (Lugano, Switzerland) where she worked on public and private projects of urban and architectural design. Her interests explore the key role that sub-Saharan traditions played in the historical and conceptual refashioning of modern European and American architecture from the 1940s to the 1970s. Her current research has been enabled by a fellowship offered by the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies in America and by a three-year Marie Curie International fellowship funded by the EU. The project has been developed in connection with Columbia University, Harvard University (Department of African and African American Studies), the University of Pennsylvania (History of Art Department), and the University of Venice (IUAV, Faculty of Architecture). Elisa Dainese is the author of articles and essays in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (Dec 2015), New Urban Configurations (2014), Nuove qualità del vivere in periferia (2013), EAEA11 2013: Envisioning Architecture (2013), Landscape and Imagination (2013), and Catalogo della Mostra Internazionale Triennale d’Architettura Milano (2012). She has participated in numerous international conferences in Europe and the US and served as an organizing team member of both the Venice Biennale of Architecture (2010), IUAV AFRICA – Rwanda Pavilion, and of the Milan Triennale of Architecture (2013) where she focused on the Great Green Wall projects of Africa and China.

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