Past Guest Speakers at FIDI

Noted architects, artists and designers whom have given guest lectures at the Florence Institute in the past. Lectures are typically held once per semester and feature a the work of single artist, architect, designer or movement.
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Elisa Valero Ramos

Elisa Valero Ramos

Franco Raggi graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1969, and began his collaboration with the studio Nizzoli Associati. From 1971-1975 was editor of Casabella magazine 1977-1980 editor of design magazine MODO until 1983. Then 1973 for IDZ - Internationales Design Zentrum - Berlin, he curates the first exhibition on Italian Radical Design. From 1975 to 1977 he was coordinator of the Secretary-Visual Arts Section of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Franco Raggi graduated in architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1969, and began his collaboration with the studio Nizzoli Associati. From 1971-1975 was editor of Casabella magazine 1977-1980 editor of design magazine MODO until 1983. Then 1973 for IDZ - Internationales Design Zentrum - Berlin, he curates the first exhibition on Italian Radical Design. From 1975 to 1977 he was coordinator of the Secretary-Visual Arts Section of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Clet Abraham- Born on October 2nd 1966 in Brittany Clet Abraham. French artist living in Florence, Italy. Clet moved to Italy almost 20 years ago.

Clet Abraham- Born on October 2nd 1966 in Brittany Clet Abraham. French artist living in Florence, Italy. Clet moved to Italy almost 20 years ago.

MARCO CASAMONTI Founding partner of the Archea firm, Casamonti graduated with honours in 1990, winning a competition announced by the architecture faculty of Genoa the following year and receiving a study grant within the context of the PhD in architectural planning. He received his PhD from the architecture faculty of Genoa in 1994 with a dissertation titled “History and Design, a central issue in the architectural debate of the post-war years”.

MARCO CASAMONTI Founding partner of the Archea firm, Casamonti graduated with honours in 1990, winning a competition announced by the architecture faculty of Genoa the following year and receiving a study grant within the context of the PhD in architectural planning. He received his PhD from the architecture faculty of Genoa in 1994 with a dissertation titled “History and Design, a central issue in the architectural debate of the post-war years”.

Adolfo Natalini was born in Pistoia in 1941. After his experience as a painter, (which is still reflected in his constant use of drawings in his profession as architect), he graduated in architecture at Florence University in 1966 and founded Superstudio, (with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Roberto and Alessandro Magris), which gave birth to the so called “radical architecture”, one of the most important avant-garde movements of the sixties and seventies.

Adolfo Natalini was born in Pistoia in 1941. After his experience as a painter, (which is still reflected in his constant use of drawings in his profession as architect), he graduated in architecture at Florence University in 1966 and founded Superstudio, (with Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Gian Piero Frassinelli, Roberto and Alessandro Magris), which gave birth to the so called “radical architecture”, one of the most important avant-garde movements of the sixties and seventies.

Paolo Deganello studied architecture at Florence University from 1961 until 1966. In 1966 Paolo Deganello joined Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Massimo Morozzi in founding Archizoom Associati in Florence, named after Archigram, the British group of architects, and the journal "Zoom". Archizoom belonged to the radical design movement in Italy

Paolo Deganello studied architecture at Florence University from 1961 until 1966. In 1966 Paolo Deganello joined Andrea Branzi, Gilberto Corretti, and Massimo Morozzi in founding Archizoom Associati in Florence, named after Archigram, the British group of architects, and the journal "Zoom". Archizoom belonged to the radical design movement in Italy

Andrea Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture. Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy, where he moved in 1973. His work and interests relate to industrial design, architecture, urban planning, and cultural promotion. He also works as a professor of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano University. He founded with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi and Gilberto Coretti the Archizoom associates. He is a promoter of the Italian Radical Movement.

Andrea Branzi was born in Florence, where he also graduated in architecture. Currently he lives and works in Milan, Italy, where he moved in 1973. His work and interests relate to industrial design, architecture, urban planning, and cultural promotion. He also works as a professor of industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano University. He founded with Paolo Deganello, Massimo Morozzi and Gilberto Coretti the Archizoom associates. He is a promoter of the Italian Radical Movement.

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia- Born   in   Florence   in   1941. Founded “Superstudio” in December of 1966 with his colleague Adolfo Natalini and participated in the first exhibition of Superarchitettura, which was published by Domus and Architectural Design and then republished in April 2007 in Milan at Galleria Carla Sozzoni.

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia- Born in Florence in 1941. Founded “Superstudio” in December of 1966 with his colleague Adolfo Natalini and participated in the first exhibition of Superarchitettura, which was published by Domus and Architectural Design and then republished in April 2007 in Milan at Galleria Carla Sozzoni.

Gianni Pettena- Born   in   1940,   he   studied   architecture   at   the   University   of Florence.  In the '60s, with other students such as Paolo Deganello, Andrea Branzi, Massimo Morozzi and Adolfo Natalini, he helped to create the climate that produced the "Radical" movement, which was the origin of much contemporary experimentation in the field of Italian architecture and design.

Gianni Pettena- Born in 1940, he studied architecture at the University of Florence. In the '60s, with other students such as Paolo Deganello, Andrea Branzi, Massimo Morozzi and Adolfo Natalini, he helped to create the climate that produced the "Radical" movement, which was the origin of much contemporary experimentation in the field of Italian architecture and design.

Lapo Binazzi- Born in Florence in 1943, completed his architectural degree in 1971. In 1967, with Foresi, Maschietto, Bachi and Cammeo, he founded UFO, a group which found its place in the experimental climate of Radical architecture. Together, they participated in numerous international exhibitions,     such     as     the     XIV     Milan     Triennale     (1968),     the Paris    Biennale    (1971)    Contemporanea    in    Rome    (1974),    the Venice Biennale(1978)

Lapo Binazzi- Born in Florence in 1943, completed his architectural degree in 1971. In 1967, with Foresi, Maschietto, Bachi and Cammeo, he founded UFO, a group which found its place in the experimental climate of Radical architecture. Together, they participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as the XIV Milan Triennale (1968), the Paris Biennale (1971) Contemporanea in Rome (1974), the Venice Biennale(1978)


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