Francesco Garofalo: The Challenge of Research in the Realm of Practice

Cornell in Rome Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Together with Sharon Yoshie Miura, Francesco Garofalo is a partner in the Rome-based Garofalo Miura Architetti, established in 1997. The firm completed the temporary exhibition spaces at the former barracks on Via Guido Reni and at the Termini Train Stationa and in 2003, the master plan for the extension and renovation of the British School at Rome. They are currently building a church in Rome and working on the renovation of the Berenson Library, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies in Fiesole. Francesco Garofalo is a professor of design at the Faculty of Architecture in Pescara, where he now teaches following an engagement at the Venice School of Architecture. Garofalo has written a guide to Italian architecture, two books on Adalberto Libera and one on Steven Holl. In 2008 he published his first collection of essays, entitled Architettura scritta. As consultant for the Italian Ministry of Culture, he organized the competitions for the Center for Contemporary Arts (now the MAXXI Museum), won by Zaha Hadid; and the extension to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, won by Roger Diener. In 2008, Garofolo was appointed curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.