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Elena Maria Formia

Associate Professor

Department of Architecture

Academic discipline: ICAR/13 Design

Director of First Cycle Degree in Industrial Design

Curriculum vitae

Elena Formia is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture of the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, where she is Director of First Cycle Degree in Industrial Design and the Second Cycle Degree in Advanced Design.

She is member of the Advanced Design Unit, a research group that investigates the relationships between design cultures, innovation and anticipation through a cross-disciplinary approach. Within this context, she is investigating, in a historical perspective, how ideas of futures were embedded in artefacts and/or in design projects.

The interest towards possible overlaps between design sciences and humanistic knowledge started in 2012, when she worked at the Humanities Design Lab, a trans-disciplinary platform of the Politecnico di Milano (Design Department).

Previously (2008-2012) she hold a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at the Politecnico di Torino, Architectural and Design Department. In 2007 she completed a Ph.D. in History of Architecture and Town Planning at the Politecnico di Torino.

She taught Design Cultures at the Design Degree Courses of the University of Bologna and Politecnico di Milano. She hold workshops and seminars in national and international universities such as TEC Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, Mexico (2014) and Politecnico di Milano (2014).

She is author of the books Storie e cronache del design (Allemandi 2012 – with Pier Paolo Peruccio), Storie di Futuri e Design (Maggioli 2017) and editor of the books Innovation in Design Education. Theory, research and processes to and from a Latin perspective (Allemandi 2012), Humanities Design Lab. Le culture del progetto e le scienze umane e sociali (Maggioli 2016 – with Manuela Celi).

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