Gaia Piccarolo



Free University of Bozen-Bolzano


Platform Cultural Heritage Cultural Production

The Platform Cultural Heritage Cultural Production of the Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, promotes an interdisciplinary discussion on the practices of cultural heritage as cultural production, interweaving the many diverse research approaches that draw on art studies, socio-cultural sciences (anthropology, cultural geography, and sociology), history, architecture, art and design. The aim of the platform is to develop research, conservation, mediation and further development of the cultural heritage in the European region/EUREGIO Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, including social participation.


Gaia Piccarolo (1980) is an architect and architectural historian. She received her PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism at Politecnico di Torino in 2010 and since 2020 she is AR at the Platform Cultural Heritage Cultural Production of the Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano. Since 2010 she is adjunct professor of History of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape at Politecnico di Milano and since 2013 she is member of the editorial board of the architectural magazine “Lotus International”. She received the habilitation as associate professor in History of Architecture (ICAR 18). She curated and participated to the curatorship of several exhibitions and published extensively on contemporary architecture, urban planning and landscape, with special reference to Brazilian modernism and the circulation of architectural ideas and models between Europe and the Americas. Recently she has been investigating the disciplinary encroachments between architecture and landscape in the contemporary debate and she has been devoting her interest to heritagization processes, heritage concepts and practices. Her research have been presented in Europe, the United States, Canada and Brazil in the framework of international seminars and conferences. 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).