Project stories #4 - lecture by Francesca Torzo, 12. February 19.00 at Landmark

PROJECT STORIES is an architecture lecture series which takes an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the biography of singular built projects as a reflection on the nature of architectural practice today. Read more!

PROJECT STORIES #4 features Francesca Torzo Architetto from Italy.

Francesca Torzo (Padova 1975) Studies in TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, AAM in Mendrisio and IUAV in Venezia. She developed the diploma at AAM and graduated with honours at IUAV with arch. P. Zumthor, prof. U. Tubini, arch. M. Kreisler, eng. J. Conzett. In 2001-2002 works as project architect by Peter Zumthor Architekturburo and in 2003 by Bosshard Vaquer Architekten. In 2008 she started her own office in Genova.

Since 2017 professor at Bergen Arkitekthøgskole, Norway.

She has lectured at a number of schools and cultural institutions, such as ENSAC in Paris, aut in Innsbruck, TUM in Mu¨nchen, USI AAM in Mendrisio, Brickworks International Speakers Series Australia, TUW in Wien, Museum Alvar Aalto in Helsinki, Design Museum in Gent, Triennale di Milano, ArchiSummit in Lisboa, Frieze Art & Architecture at RIBA in London.

In 2018 she was a participant at the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venezia FREESPACE and is appointed 4th Chairman of MVSF in Gent. The project Z33 is awarded the international 2018 Piranesi award.

Studio profile
The studio consists of a small international team of young architects and students with a core of stable collaborators and a high turnover of the others.

Collaborators are named project architect for individual assignments, but they are required to train a knowledge and an awareness of all projects running in the office. Such an approach calls for an honest and straightforward engagement.

The choice of entrusting with the combination of an individual responsibility with a common dialectic is grounded on the belief that thoughts need to be daily exposed to a critical process in order to achieve a shareable clarity.

The teaching and the academic research, the collaboration with builders and the design practice challenge and influence each other in the perspective of building a public discourse, which may support the awakening of a curiosity for understanding our way of living and a confidence in taking responsibility for it.

The studio has intentionally chosen for more than 10 years a defiladed position to gain the time and the necessary quietness to focus on the work.

Project Stories is co-hosted by the Bergen School of Architecture (BAS) and Bergen Arkitektforening (BAF). The series is curated by Cristian Stefanescu (Assistant Professor, BAS).

Image Credits
Francesca Torzo Architetto | Z33 House for Contemporary Art | Photo by Gion Balthasar von Albertini