Ph.D. Architecture History & Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
M.Arch. Architectural Design, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
B.S.Arch. Architecture Science, University of Parma (Italy)
Brunella Angeli is a Lecturer at UC Davis and serves as an Editor for the architecture peer review journal The Plan Journal. Her current research includes a study on educational spaces aimed at developing a theoretical toolkit that connects educational philosophies with specific design strategies. In her PhD thesis developed with two years residence at UC Berkeley, she examined the meanings and effects of World Fairs in the construction of urban models and fictional landscapes in the environment of host cities. She has been researching the phenomenon of bi-, triennials and festivals; she developed comparative studies on historic cases and explored the meaning of terms such as the unfinished, memorialized, referenced and replica.
As a licensed architect in Italy, Brunella worked with interior architecture firms prior to moving to California. As a curator, she has worked on exhibitions at the MAXXI Museum in Rome and Palazzo Te in Mantua (Italy). She has co-authored a book on Italian Postmodern architecture L’avventura del progetto (2012) and curated one on the development of the post-suburban metropolis; she has also collaborated with the international architecture magazine Domus, and she publishes in various magazines about contemporary architecture.
Brunella’s approach as an educator is grounded in her view of architecture as both a practice with its own rules and a means of social engagement. At UCD she teaches Design Studio classes that root design practice in a larger theoretical and cultural background connected to their historical periods. Prior to this at the Politecnico in Milan, she has taught survey courses on modern and contemporary architecture history, typology and morphology, and on the evolution of museums.