Giuseppe Ciorra

Università di Camerino (Italy)

Weinberg Fellow in Architectural History and Preservation

Follow the building! Architecture and the production of material worth

2024–2025: Fall

A full professor at the Scuola di Architettura e Design, Università degli Studi di Camerino (SAAD UNICAM), Giuseppe Ciorra is a critic, writer, and director of the International Ph.D. program “Villard d’Honnecourt” at IUAV University in Venice. An author of books and essays, he has published monographic studies on Ludovico Quaroni, Peter Eisenman, contemporary architecture, and urbanism. In 2011 he published Senza Architettura. Le ragioni di una crisi, a critical essay on the condition of architecture in Italy. Other subjects of his research are museums, exhibiting culture, and relations between architecture, politics and art. He is a member of CICA (the International Committee of Architectural Critics), an advisor for the EU Mies van der Rohe award for architecture (as well as a member of the 2024 jury), and co-director of the Italian Architecture Prize of MAXXI – Triennale Milano.

He was part of the curatorial team for the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 1991 and a juror for the 2016 edition. He has curated exhibitions in Italy and abroad. Since 2009, he has been the Senior Curator of MAXXI Architettura in Rome, where he curated—among other shows—“Re-cycle, Energy, Food,” “The Japanese House,” and “Bruno Zevi.” More recently he curated “Good News. Women in Architecture” (2020) and “Technoscape. The architecture of Engineering” (2022). From 2011 to 2021, he curated the Italian section of the Young Architects Program (YAP) founded by MoMA and MoMA PS1 (now MAXXI’s program called NXT). He is also the founder and co-curator of “Demanio Marittimo KM 278,” a yearly festival (in Senigallia, Italy) dedicated to culture and the arts, and the co-founder of “Future Architecture Platform” (now LINA), a European program for young practitioners and thinkers. From 2017 to 2018, he co-directed the interdisciplinary research program “Housing the Human,” based in Berlin.

His main research interests now (to be developed thanks to the fellowship at the Italian Academy) head in two directions: the current relationships between art and architecture theory and political/economic phenomena, and the impact of the political and technological context on design and representation tools.