AIA Continental Europe Italian Section Event: Rome, Italy  I  May 2019
10:00 AM10:00

AIA Continental Europe Italian Section Event: Rome, Italy I May 2019

PROGRAM – Saturday 25 May 2019

THEME:  Lessons in Sustainability from the 'Eternal City' 

Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Sustainable Design and Technologies to Improve Building Performance

7.5 HSW LUs (Estimate).

There is no registration fee for this event. To Register, Contact Royce Lanier, Italian Section Director at

Note: Participants will pay their proportional share of the cost of lunch and dinner.

Event Program:

10:00 – 12:30 - Designing Adaptable Structuresthe Central Premise of Sustainability

A guided tour and lecture presentation of the 16th Century Villa Farnesina, its gardens and frescoes with a focus on on-going restoration works and the adaptability of the structure to various uses over its long history.

Venue: The Villa Farnesina - Via della Lungara, 230 (in Trestevere)

Guided tour of the villa with an emphasis on restoration works and a talk on the relationship between the architecture of the villa and the frescos of Raffaello.

Introduction of the speakers by Section Member Arch. Lawrence Mitsch, AIA, Managing Director, The Architects Collaborative, Rome

Speakers - Head Curator for Restoration Works at Villa Farnesina

                   Art Historian Professor Alessandro Zuccari, University of Rome, La Sapienza.

The preservation and continued use of historic buildings is one of the most basic strategies of sustainability.  Well-designed, well-built and well-maintained structures are key elements of this strategy.  The Villa Farnesina is an architectural and artistic masterpiece but it is also an excellent example of the principals of sustainable design.  It is more than five hundred years old, has undergone numerous restorations, been adapted to accommodate various functions and retains its architectural integrity.  We will explore what makes this property such a fine example of sustainable design and examine how restoration and maintenance of historic properties contribute to sustainability and liveability.

12:30 – 14:00 and 16:00 - 17:30 - Architectural Walking Tour in Rome's Historic Center (with a break for lunch)

Introduction / Context - Section Director Arch. Royce Lanier, AIA - Efforts to Improve Livability in the Historic Center of Rome

Tour Led by Section Member Arch. Judith DiMaio, FAIA, RIBA, Visiting Professor, Rome Program, Notre Dame School of Architecture, and Dean Emerita and Professor (on leave), School of Architecture and Design, NYIT

We will explore the largely pedestrianized historic centre of Rome visiting a carefully curated set of buildings and public spaces covering several centuries of Rome's architectural heritage but seeing them in the context of a functioning modern city and examining what measures have been taken and what additional ones are needed to assure the long-term viability of the city.  

14:00 – 16:00 - Lunch

Venue: Ristorante Vecchia Roma (via della Tribuna di Campitelli, 18 (in the old Jewish Quarter)

Presentation - New Technology to Improve Building Performance and Enhance Architectural Creativity

Sponsor Presentation - Digital Ceramic Printing on Glass - a new way to integrate art into buildings and improve building performance 

Speaker Lilliana Toschi, FERRO/Dip-Tech Italy 

FERRO/Dip-Tech collaborates with architects as manufacturers and suppliers to the building profession and as specialists in ceramic printing and high-performance glazing systems for a wide variety of building types and uses.  The presentation will include the latest development in their technology and examples of the application of techniques that enhance architectural design and allow opportunities for integrating graphics and art while reducing overall energy consumption.

16:00 - 17:30 - (Continue Architectural Walking Tour)

17:30 – 19:00 - Adapting Historic Structures for New Uses, a key Strategy for Sustainability 

Guided tour of Palazzo Rhinoceros designed by Arch. Jean Nouvel and a presentation on the experimental arts programs of the foundation as well as plans for future expansion of the facilities 

Introduction of the Speaker by Italy Section Director, Arch. Royce Lanier, AIA

Speaker - Anouchka Jond-Moine, Foundation Manager, Fondazione Alda Fendi - Esperimenti

Venue: Palazzo Rhinoceros - Via del Velabro 9 (adjacent to the Arch of Janus)

 Jean Nouvel’s first project in Rome is the new headquarters of the multidisciplinary arts organization created by Alda Fendi in 2001 for the express purpose of breaking down barriers between art, theatre, literature, music and performance.  We will tour the current facilities - the foundation headquarters, gallery, the all-suites airbnb 'hotel' called the Rooms of Rome and a roof top restaurant that make up the core of what Nouvel calls a ‘village of artists’ and Fendi calls ‘a neighbourhood under one roof’ and ‘a place for living with art’. 

Any project in the historic center of Rome, especially one that involves historic structures of any era or significance, faces many challenges from protection of archeological remains to rigorous historic preservation regulations and requires multiple levels of governmental approvals to assure strict adherence to codes governing historic preservation, health and safety, energy consumption, light pollution and accessibility as well as to assure seismic integrity of the structure.  We will examine how the project met these technical challenges while creating an exciting new facility to house a complex program of activities.

19:00 – 20:00 - Aperitifs 

Venue: Cocktail Bar on the roof terrace of Palazzo Rhinoceros.

20:30 - Dinner

Venue: to be announced.

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