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 collaborations with highly regarded academic and cultura 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, Milan Polytechnic and the The University of Manchester.

Silvia’s research investigates global architecture 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.

Awards

One Room Tower phorm architecture+design with Silvia Micheli and Antony Moulis

  • House of the Year, Brisbane Region, Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018
  • Brisbane Regional Commendation, Residential Architecture - Houses (Alterations and Additions), Australian Institute of Architects, Queensland Awards 2018.

Memberships

Registered Architect, Board of Architects, Lecco, Italy Member, European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Member, Society of Architectural Historians Australian and New Zealand (SAHANZ)

Research Interests

  • Asia Pacific Contemporary Architecture
    The project “The Asia Pacific city between global architecture and identity: Ideas, methods and strategies” aims to critically investigate the role of architecture and urban infrastructure in the making of contemporary Asia Pacific cities, characterised by both rapid industrial growth and significant urban transformations. Through a series of comparative case studies, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, the project will articulate the circulation of architectural ideas in the region. The intention is to critically assess the urban changes taking place in Australian cities within a broader regional context.
  • Italian Architecture
    I am an international expert of Italian post-war, postmodern and contemporary architecture. I have produced major analytical and critical work assessing Italian architectural production from 1960 to the present. My studies have shown the relevance of Italian postmodern architecture to the making of international architecture from the 1960s to the 1990s. My research has also initiated a discussion within academia and the profession on the agency of architecture in shaping national identity and the importation of international ideas into the local context in the Berlusconian era. Capitalising on my knowledge and expertise on Italian postmodern architecture, I am studying 3 renowned Italian architects: Aldo Rossi, Paolo Portoghesi and Alessandro Mendini. My research is shifting the axis of the academic conversation on Postmodern Italian theoretical and design production by drawing their works into relationship with politics and media.
  • Modern Finnish Architecture
    I have built a reputation as an international expert of Finnish modern architecture, with particular interest in Alvar Aalto and Erik Bryggman. I have been advancing a new stream of research on the impact of Aalto's work globally. The research has revealed the networks that Aalto was able to establish in European countries and the US; the counter-influences of these regions on his works and his influence in countries on the global periphery.

Qualifications

  • PhD in History of Architecture and Urbanism, IUAV University

Publications

  • Baracco, Mauro, Macarthur, John and Micheli, Silvia (2018). Between La Tendenza and neoliberty: Mauro Baracco goes to Australia. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: Postmodernism in Translation (pp. 180-193) Melbourne: Uro.

  • McDougall, Ian, Macarthur, John and Micheli, Silvia (2018). Culture mining. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: postmodernism in translation (pp. 164-171) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Uro.

  • Italy/Australia: postmodern architecture in translation. Edited by Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur Melbourne, Australia: Uro, 2018.

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Baracco, Mauro, Macarthur, John and Micheli, Silvia (2018). Between La Tendenza and neoliberty: Mauro Baracco goes to Australia. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: Postmodernism in Translation (pp. 180-193) Melbourne: Uro.

  • McDougall, Ian, Macarthur, John and Micheli, Silvia (2018). Culture mining. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: postmodernism in translation (pp. 164-171) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Uro.

  • Micheli, Silvia and Macarthur, John (2018). Thinking Italian in postmodern Australia. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: postmodern architecture in translation (pp. 6-10) Melbourne: Uro.

  • Addison, Rex, Micheli, Silvia and Macarthur, John (2018). Thinking about Gino Valle and a few others in my small pool. In Silvia Micheli and John Macarthur (Ed.), Italy/Australia: postmodern architecture in translation (pp. 172-179) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Uro Publications.

  • 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

Completed Supervision