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Professor Teresa Stoppani

Teresa is Head of Architecture, programme director for the PhD in Architecture and lectures in architectural history and theory.

Role within the School

Professor of Architecture


Master of Architecture (IUAV Venice), Architetto (IUAV Venice), Doctor of Research in Architectural and Urban Design (DrRes, Florence).


Teresa is an Italian architect, architectural theorist and critic. She has taught architectural design and theory at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (now IUAV University) in Venice, Italy and in the UK at the Architectural Association, the University of Greenwich and the University of Brighton, as well as in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) and at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), where she is currently Adjunct Professor of Architectural History and Theory (2014 – 2017). She joined our University in 2013.


Current projects include the convening of the 12th Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA) Conference This Thing Called Theory, taking place in November 2015 and the authored book X Unorthodox Ways to Rethink Architecture (Routledge, 2016), which proposes a series of terms for the re-conceptualisation of the architecture of the city. Teresa is a member of the Group of Experts of Evaluation in Architecture of the Italian National Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (ANVUR), where she coordinates the assessment of research in the areas of Architectural Design, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture.


Contemporary architectural theory and criticism; urban paradigms; critical cartographies; graphic spaces and in particular the graphic works of G.B. Piranesi; architecture and dust, a project on the redefinition of the fragment in architecture.

Selected Publications

Teresa’s work is published internationally in academic journals and edited books, and include a series of works on Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s architectural space in relation to contemporary spatial practices (published in Footprint, Haecceity Papers, The Journal of Architecture); explorations of the significance of dust in architecture, philosophy, literature, the visual arts and media (published in Idea Journal, Log, The Journal of Architecture); essays on the material and critical nature of architectural representation – the grid, the map, erasure, the model (published in 47 al fondo, Angelaki, Architecture Research Quarterly, The Journal of Architecture ); a study of the complex relation of the project of architecture with destruction, war and trauma (published in Space & Culture and in lo Squaderno); and considerations on the critical nature of architecture (published in Field, in Site, and in Chipperfield, D. et al. (2012) Common Ground. Critical Reader, Venice: Marsilio and La Biennale). Her book Stoppani, T. (2010 and 2015) Paradigm Islands: Manhattan and Venice (Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge) has explored the impasse of modernist architecture in historical contexts.


Teresa has received numerous awards, including an International Visiting Fellowship in Design and the Creative Industries from the RMIT Foundation Melbourne (2007) and a Bogliasco Fellowship in Architecture from Bogliasco Foundation, New York (2007).


Teresa is Adjunct Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the University of Technology Sydney. She is member of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) and of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), where she is part of the AHRA Steering Group. Teresa is also academic referee for research proposals in the areas of architecture and architectural theory for the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and for the Bogliasco Foundation, New York.


School of Architecture Contact

Andrew Wilson - Head of Architecture
Postal Address
Building B - Broadcasting Place
Woodhouse Lane