Umberto Bellardi Ricci

Umberto Bellardi Ricci has been teaching at the Architectural Association (AA) in London for the past six years and running a practice in London, New York City, and Mexico City that ranges from residential projects to sculpture.

Prior to completing his five-year diploma at the AA, Ricci completed a degree in social anthropology and an M.A. in international relations from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Umberto worked in human rights and journalism before embarking on a career in architecture. He has since coorganized the Architecture Exchange, a platform fostering debate between architecture and philosophy.

A major focus over the past five years has been within the AA Visiting School that he started in the Mexican jungle in the surrealist garden of Las Pozas, looking at the intersections between architecture and sculpture, abstract architecture, experimentations in concrete, and nonprogrammatic architecture.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

Ricci specializes in materiality, abstraction, sculpture at an architectural scale, and concrete fabrication. 

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4509/6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation IThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Visual Representation. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .