PHOTO: Broadway Affordable Housing. Kevin Daly. Detail of image by Iwan Baan.

Monica Mazzolani,
Giancarlo De Carlo Associati; Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Xi’an Jaotong – Liverpool University

Monica Mazzolani attained her Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Genoa. In 1988 she began working with Giancarlo De Carlo at his Milan studio and from 1994 she became project associate. In 2002 the studio became Giancarlo De Carlo and Associates, with the aim of concluding a long cycle of collaboration and participation in project planning and methodology, and of bringing current works to completion. In December 2005 along with Antonio Troisi she founded MTA Associates, with the same intention of research and elaboration in the field of architecture and urban planning. Building on previous experience the studio continues its social exploration through projects that reflect on physical and social context and on the use of technology and innovative spatial solutions, with attention to sustainability. The studio is committed to developing in several fields and to varying scales, managing the renovation of buildings of architectural interest and of new build projects in outstanding urban and natural settings, territorial plans and, more recently, landscape planning.

She has been responsible for leading design studio courses at the 3rd and 4th levels within the Study Abroad Program of UTSA, TEXAS. She taught in Polytecnic, Milan, Contest Design Studio. Monica joined the UAE Modern Initiative in 2017 and contributed to the development of the contents of the conference on Modern Architecture Heritage at the Dubai Design Week 2017: a two days event at the Etihad Museum and the Design District gathering together experts form the region and internationally to share experiences on documentation and conservation on modern architecture. in 2018 she was co-curator of the event entitled People Planet Profit, which was involved in the Design District, Dubai. An event of international importance that has contributed to the debate on sustainability issues in UAE.

The Twentieth Century Society was founded as the Thirties Society in 1979, and exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. The Society’s prime objectives are conservation and education. Monica joined the C20 after having been invited to participate to a seminar on conservation management planning in July2015 to present the Conservation Plan for GDC Collegi in UrbinoSince then Monica liaises with the C20 community members to promote knowledge exchange both nationally and internationally. The Observatory Museum of Urbino in the “Orto dell’Abbondanza” is a current example of a renovation project for buildings of extraordinary quality, and updating a plan originally conceived by De Carlo. Others are new buildings in urban and natural contexts, such as the Parco delle Piagge, which develops themes in the Master Plan, Monza “Ex Macelli”, the Parco delle Torri, in Sesto S. Giovanni. This project tackles the reorganization of the park and all the neighbouring areas of construction. Urban projects such as the residential quarter of Wadi Abou Jmeel in the historical center of Beirut, Lebanon, have continued to undergo modifications as a result of the changing Middle Eastern political situation. School buildings such as the Lama Sud complex in Ravenna (2006), the elementary school of Villamarina in Cesenatico (2011), the Citterio complex in Monza (2018). Rehabilitation buildings such as the Centro del Levante Ligure in La Spezia (2014) Competitions play a fundamental role in the exploration of different architectural themes: The Waterfronts of Vado Liguria and La Spezia, the New Polyclinic and development projects in new contexts such as The Waterfront near the New Terminal on Maya Island in Abu Dhabi, Wather Melody Masterplan in Oman, Al Jarf in Abu
Dhabi, Kfardebian Mountain Center, Lebanon etc..

Peter Culley Int. Assoc AIA, ARB, RIBA
Creative Director, Founder Spatial Affairs Bureau

Peter Culley is founder of Spatial Affairs Bureau – an international award winning architecture, landscape, interior and product design studio.

Recent projects include The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the redeveloped Fifth Avenue Plaza with Olin Partnership, Crosstown Arts and Crosstown Concourse, a 1.5m sq ft former warehouse in Memphis and an AIA 2019 national winning project, Richmond Bridge Park, Virginia, and LA Department of Cultural Affairs 2019 Art and Food Triennial.

He previously worked with Rick Mather Architects, overseeing the $200m Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and London’s South Bank Centre, and with Kathryn Gustafson as project architect for the National Botanic Garden of Wales, and the National Heritage Lottery Crystal Palace Park, with John Lyall Architects.

Culley also works on visionary artists residences, and is completing a live/work compound for an internationally renowned Royal Academician London based artist in 2021.
He is a UK registered architect (ARB), a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), international associate AIA member in the US, serves on the UK’s RIBA Visiting Board for Architecture School Accreditation, and is a Passive House consultant.

Ruth Wallach
Associate Dean for Public Services, USC Libraries
Ruth Wallach has authored several books on the history of Los Angeles and its architecture. Her other area of research interest is the place of public art within the urban development of contemporary Los Angeles. She is on the faculty of the libraries at the University of Southern California.

PHOTO: Banner: Broadway Affordable Housing. Kevin Daly Architects. Detail of image by Iwan Baan.