On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the Department of Landscape Architecture's 2015 A.E. Bye Research Fellow, Giorgia Aquilar, will deliver a lecture titled, Evolutionary Landscapes in the Age of Imperfection, related to her ongoing research of the landscape architect A.E. Bye (whose archive of works is held in Penn State Libraries’ Special Collections Library) as part of the Stuckeman School lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Aquilar is an architect with a Ph.D. in Urban Design. She is research fellow at the University IUAV of Venice and adjunct professor at the University of Naples Federico II. At the IUAV, she is currently working for UNESCO to draft the "Regional Report on Urban Conservation and Regeneration in Europe," which will be delivered at the UN Habitat III Conference.
At the intersection between theoretical investigation and design research, Aquilar’s teaching and scholarship mainly focus on the relation between existing heritage and the transformation of architectures, landscapes, and cities. Within this framework, her ongoing studies on landscape architect A.E.Bye are part of a wider book project – about evolutionary paradigms, strategies and devices for inherited landscapes, hovering between preservation and change – which has been granted with the Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Grant by the Eberly Family Special Collections Library (2014), with the DE.MO. Project: Movin'Up Grant by the General Direction for Landscape of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage (2014), and with a One-Month Research Award by the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, trustees for Harvard University (2015).
Aquilar is the author or co-author of more than thirty publications. Among her latest contributions are the single-authored articles, "The Relational Space. Designing New Urban Hinges in Suspended Edge Places," in Architecture and Education Journal (Nov. 2014), and "The Ambiguous Space. Paradigms and Design Strategies for the Transitional Territories of Waste," in Monograph Research (May 2013).
In 2016, Aquilar will serve as a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich, being awarded with the TUM University Foundation Fellowship for a research project about Urban Heritage between Remembering, Recycling, and Reinvention.