Dr Silvia Micheli

Lecturer

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
s.micheli@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53849
0413093623

Overview

Dr Silvia Micheli (PhD, IUAV, Venice) is Lecturer at The University of Queensland. Silvia has a range of international links, collaborating with highly regarded institutions, such as the Alvar Aalto Foundation (Helsinki), Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein), Centre Pompidou (Paris), MAXXI Museum (Rome), IUAV University (Venice), Milan Triennale, Polytechnic of Milan and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Silvia’s main research interest focuses on international influence and cross-cultural exchanges in the 20th and 21st century architectural context. In 2015 Silvia has co-convened the seminar ‘Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and design’ in Rovaniemi with the Alvar Aalto Academy, investigating Aalto’s international network and his impact abroad. Her UQ Postdoctoral project investigates the historical roots of post-war regionalism in Australian architecture through the Scandinavian and Italian legacy.

Her research on Finnish modern architecture, begun in 2004 with her PhD studies in Venice, has led to her co-editing the book Alvar Aalto beyond Finland. Architecture and Design (Helsinki: 2015) and the publication of the single authored book Erik Bryggman 1891-1955. Architettura moderna in Finlandia, (Rome, 2009).

Silvia holds wide expertise in post-war, postmodern and contemporary Italian architecture and the city, accumulated while teaching and researching at the Polytechnic of Milan between 2003 and 2012. She co-authored the book Storia dell’architettura italiana 1985-2015 (Turin, 2013) and co-edited the volume Italia 60/70. Una stagione dell’architettura (Padua, 2010). At the present, Silvia is investigating Italian postmodern architecture, with a focus on the work of Paolo Portoghesi.

Silvia has actively promoted the debate on contemporary architecture through the publication of books, edited books and journal articles. As a co-author of the book Lo spettacolo dell’architettura. Profilo dell’archistar© (Milan: 2003), she has investigated the relationship between architects and media; as co-curator of the exhibition ‘The architecture you like’ held at MAXXI museum (Rome, February 2012) she has promoted contemporary architecture to a non-specialised audience.

Silvia is member of ATCH Research Centre (Architecture, Theory, Criticism, History), an ECR grant holder and ResTeach Affiliated Academic at The University of Queensland. She is founder member of GIZMO research group at the Polytechnic of Milan. Silvia is a registered architect in Italy, where she has been practicing since 2004.

Qualifications

  • PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism, IUAV University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2016) Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Micheli, Silvia (2015). Between history and design: the Baroque legacy in the work of Paolo Portoghesi. In Andrew Leach, John Macarthur and Maarten Delbeke (Ed.), The Baroque in architectural culture, 1880-1980 (pp. 195-210) Farnsworth, United Kingdom: Ashgate.

  • Micheli, Silvia and Wilson, Andrew C. (2015). International influences in post-war Queensland: protagonists, destinations and models. In John P. Macarthur, Deborah van der Plaat, Janina Gosseye and Andrew Wilson (Ed.), Hot modernism: Queensland architecture 1945-1975 (pp. 117-133) London, United Kingdom: Artifice.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2014). Alvar Aalto and Italy: A relationship of exchange. In Jochen Eisenbrand, Mateo Kries and Alvar Aalto (Ed.), Alvar Aalto: Second Nature (pp. 316-337) Weil am Rhein: Vitra Design Museum.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2012). Architecture Italienne: Années 1960 et 1970. In Frédéric Migayrou (Ed.), La tendenza: Architectures Italiennes 1965 -1985 (pp. 81-89) Paris, France: Centre Pompidou.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2012). Biennale di architettura di Venezia. In Marco Biraghi and Alberto Ferlenga (Ed.), Architettura del novecento - Teorie, scuole, eventi (pp. 99-106) Torino, Italy: Giulio Einaudi Editore.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2012). Genius loci di Christian Norberg-Schulz. In Marco Biraghi and Alberto Ferlenga (Ed.), Architettura del novecento - teorie, scuole, eventi (pp. 390-394) Torino, Italy: Giulio Einaudi Editore.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2010). Baukuh. Una idea di architettura. In Marco Biraghi, Gabriella Lo Ricco, Silvia Micheli and GIZMO (Research group) (Ed.), MMX: Architettura zona critica (pp. 185-193) Rovereto, Italy: Zandonai.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2010). L'Altra sede. Verso una nuova identita' milanese. In Marco Biraghi, Gabriella Lo Ricco and Silvia Micheli (Ed.), MMX Architettura zona critica (pp. 90-95) Rovereto, Italy: Zandonai.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2010). La cultura architettonica Italiana: Una generazione "contro". In Marco Biraghi, Gabriella Lo Ricco, Silvia Micheli and Mario Viganò (Ed.), Italia 60/70. Una stagione dell’architettura (pp. 15-30) Padova, Italy: Il Poligrafo.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2010). Le riviste Italiane di architettura: Il luogo logico del dibattito architettonico. In Marco Biraghi, Gabriella Lo Ricco, Silvia Micheli and Mario Vigano (Ed.), Italia 60/70: Una stagione dell'architettura (pp. 125-138) Padova: Il Poligrafo.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2009). Un pensiero in continua evoluzione. In Gabriella Lo Ricco and Mario Vigano (Ed.), Editoriali di architettura (pp. XIII-XVII) Rovereto, Italy: Zandonai.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Bischeri, Cecilia and Micheli, Silvia (2016). Queensland, golden chips and the temptation of the Asia-Pacific model. In: AnnMarie Brennan and Philip Goad, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 33, Gold. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (54-64). 6-9 July 2016.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2015). Brisbane, Australia’s new world city: the making of public and institutional spaces in South Bank from Expo ’88 to the G20. In: Paul Hogben and Judith O'Callaghan, Proceedings of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: 32, Architecture, Institutions and Change. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (402-412). 7-10 July 2015.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2014). Building European taste in broader communities: The role of the David Jones stores in the promotion of design and architecture in Australia. In: Michela Rosso, Investigating and writing architectural history : subjects, methodologies and frontiers : papers from the Third EAHN International Meeting. EAHN Turin 2014: European Architectural History Network Third International Meeting, Turin, Italy, (824-832). 19 - 21 June 2014.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2013). Architecture in a foreign language: how Italy has recognized foreign architecture in the last twenty years. In: Alexandra Brown and Andrew Leach, Open: The 30th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, (985-996). 2-5 July, 2013.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2012). At the origins of postmodernism: Paolo Portoghesi's studies on baroque architecture. In: Fabulation: Myth, Nature, Heritage: The 29th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Launceston, TAS, Australia, (740-755). 5-8 July 2012.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2012). Exploring the edge of orthodoxy: The Baroque as read by Paolo Portoghesi. In: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of the European Architectural History Network. 2nd International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network, Brussels, Belgium, (424-428). 31 May - 3 June 2012.

  • Micheli, Silvia (2011). Look at the architect! The effects of the star system on the communication of contemporary architecture. In: Antony Moulis and Deborah van der Plaat, Audience: The 28th Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference. Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ) Annual Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 7-10 July 2011.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision