Lina Malfona

Lina Malfona, an architect with a Ph.D. in architectural design, has been teaching at Sapienza University since 2008. Her research investigates the relationship between built form and urban space, as in her book Tra Roma e il mare (Libria, 2014), where she interprets the city as a critical and political device for architectural innovation. She is the founder of Malfona Petrini Architects, a design practice which has built an archipelago of residential pavilions in the Roman countryside over the past 10 years, bringing the long-neglected idea of the single-family home back into play within Italian architectural culture. In her last book Building the Landscape (LetteraVentidue, 2018), she reflects on the role of authoriality in contemporary design, offering new perspectives on constructing the Italian landscape. Her designs and writings have been published through Il Poligrafo, Gangemi, Ananke, Anfione e Zeto, Rassegna di Architettura e Urbanistica, and The Plan, among others.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architecture and the city — theories and practice since the 1960s
  • Building the landscape — the single-family home
  • Silicon Valley's design — architecture, labor, and information technology in the digital age

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3101/3102 Design VDesign and development of complex architectural projects situated in urban contexts and developed with regard to program, site, building, and representation.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • CCA Visiting Scholarship, Canadian Center for Architecture, Montréal (2018)
  • Library Research Grant, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2018)
  • Fulbright Research Grant, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2016–17)
  • ATCH Visiting Fellowship, the University of Queensland–Brisbane (2015)
  • "RomArchitettura5," an award for a built project made by an architect under 35. Ordine degli Architetti di Roma, ANCE, INArch (2014)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Lina Malfona, "Piazza Navona's Jails," in Memorabilia. Nel paese delle ultime cose, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (2015)
  • Lina Malfona, Beyond the frame. Six Residential Pavilions in the Roman Countryside, Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, Palazzo Carpegna, Roma (2015–16)
  • Lina Malfona with Orazio Carpenzano et al., ROMA 20-25. New Life Cycles for the Metropolis, MAXXI Museum, Roma (2015–16)

Publications (Selected)

  • Building the Landscape. Residential Pavilions in the Roman Countryside (Siracusa: Lettera Ventidue, 2018)
  • Il tracciato urbano | The Urban Trace (Melfi: Libria, 2012)
  • "The Circle: Geographies of Network vs. Geometries of Disjunction," The Avery Review 30 (2018)