Gaia Piccarolo

Gaia Piccarolo (1980) is an architect and architectural historian. She received her PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Politecnico di Torino with a thesis on Lucio Costa’s public commissions under Vargas’ Brazil from 1930 to 1945. Since 2010 she is Adjunct Professor of History of Contemporary Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Design at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2013 she has been a member of the editorial board of the architectural magazine Lotus International. She received the habilitation as Associate Professor in Restoration and History of Architecture (sector 08/E2). She has curated and participated in the curatorship of several exhibitions. Dr. Piccarolo has published extensively on contemporary architecture, urban planning and landscape design, with special reference to Brazilian modernism and the circulation of ideas and models between Europe and the Americas. Recently, she has been investigating the disciplinary encroachments between architecture, art and landscape in contemporary debates. Her research has been presented at international seminars and conferences in Europe, the United States, Canada and Brazil. She is author of the books Architecture as Civil Commitment. Lucio Costa’s Modernist Project for Brazil (Routledge, 2020) and Un progetto di mediazione. Lucio Costa fra tutela del patrimonio e nuova architettura (Maggioli, 2014). As co-curator with Nina Bassoli, she wrote the exhibition catalogues Architecture as Art. Mostrare l’architettura / Exhibiting Architecture (Editoriale Lotus, 2016) and City after the City (Electa, 2016).