Researcher biography

Dr Silvia Micheli (BArch Politecnico di Milano; PhD, IUAV, Venice), architect and architectural historian, is Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland, where she teaches design. Silvia has a range of international collaborations with highly regarded academic and cultural institutions, such as the Alvar Aalto Foundation, Vitra Design Museum, Centre Pompidou, MAXXI Museum (Rome), Seoul National University, Princeton University and The University of Manchester. Since 2019, Silvia is Visiting Professor at the School of Art and Design at the Guangdong University of Technology, China. Silvia has exhibited her design research with an installation at the second edition of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in 2019.

In 2018, Silvia's has co-designed the multi-awarded residential building One Room Tower, which has won the House of the Year, Brisbane Region, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018 and the Brisbane Regional Commendation, Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018.

Silvia pursues research-led teaching, liaising with international academic institutions and architectural firms in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Daejeon. Between 2016 and 2019, Silvia has assisted UQ Architecture to secure funding for 1 New Colombo Mobility grant and 3 Endeavour Mobility Grants – Asia Postgraduate Programs.

Silvia’s research investigates global architecture and cross-cultural exchanges in the 20th and 21st century architectural context, with a focus on the circulation of contemporary architectural ideas in the Asia Pacific region. Here recent co-edited book, Aalto beyond Finland: Buildings, Projects and Network (Helsinki, 2018), explores the global reach of the work of the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Silvia is currently focusing on the impact Aalto had Australia via Japan, a study that will be presented at the DOCOMOMO conference in 2020 in Tokyo. Her co-edited book Italy/Australia: Postmodern Architecture in Translation (Melbourne, 2018), reflects on the influence of Italian postmodern culture on Australian architecture.

Silvia is recognised for her expertise in post-war, postmodern and contemporary European architecture and the city. She co-authored the book Storia dell’architettura italiana 1985–2015 (Turin, 2013) and co-edited the volume Italia 60/70. Una stagione dell’architettura (Padua, 2010). She has co-authored the journal article "Paolo's Triangolo"for AA Files and is currently co-writing the first book on Paolo Portoghesi dedicated to the international audience (Boomsbury, 2021). Silvia has authored the book Erik Bryggman 1891–1955. Architettura Moderna in Finlandia (Rome, 2009).

Silvia is registered architect, Board of Architects, Lecco, Italy and member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) and the Society of Architectural Historians Australian and New Zealand (SAHANZ).

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