Dr Carla Molinari, Senior Lecturer

Dr Carla Molinari

Senior Lecturer

Carla Molinari is an Architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture. She leads the BA Year One and lectures in architectural history and theory.

Carla has a PhD in theory and design of architecture (University Sapienza of Rome). She has published on cinema and architecture, on the conception of architectural landscape and cultural regeneration. Carla taught at the University of Gloucestershire, the University of Liverpool and the University Sapienza of Rome before joining our University in 2018.

In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious British Academy Fellowship by the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Best Young Critic of Architecture Prize (presS/Tletter, Venice). In 2018, she co-founded Urban Tales Lab, a research platform investigating narrative systems to design and communicate architecture.

Research Interests

Carla's current research focuses on the innovative interpretation of montage and cinematic sequences in architecture and the role of narrative in architectural representation. Her work has been published internationally in exhibitions, edited books and journals including: "Rome in RIBA Photographs Collection", edited by Dr Marco Iuliano (University of Liverpool) and published by Electa (2018).

In 2020 she was awarded a Paul Mellon Research Grant for her archival research Gordon Cullen's Serial Visions: A Cinematic Urban Theory.

Dr Carla Molinari, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Molinari C (2019) Sequences in the Landscape. Sacri Monti as Early Picturesque devices. In: Space International Conference - Architectural History and Theory, 3 May 2019 - 5 May 2019, Docklands Academy London. London: SPACE.


  • Molinari C; Bigiotti S (2015) The storytelling in architecture. A proposal to read and write spaces. In: Now Ever Absent: Storytelling in arts, Culture and Identity Formation, Lisbon. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • Molinari C (2013) Environmental Design as Medium: the Sacri Monti and the Narrative Spatial Sequences. In: Architectural Education and the Reality of the Ideal, Naples. European Network of Heads of Schools of Architecture.


  • Molinari C (2018) Architettura in sequenza. Progettare lo spazio dell'esperienza [Architecture in sequence. Designing the space of experience]. Macerata: Quodlibet.

  • Molinari C (2017) Sequences in Architecture. How to use cinema to design the experience of space and time.

  • Molinari C; Iuliano M (2015) Una scuola vince a sorpresa lo Stirling Prize.

  • Molinari C (2021) The urban dimension as film character: Rome in The Great Beauty. In: Mariani A ed. Paolo Sorrentino’s Cinema and Television. Bristol: Intellect Books, pp. 121-136.

  • Molinari C (2018) Townscapes. In: Iuliano M; Must G ed. Rome. Eternal City In the Photograph Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Rome: SKIRA, pp. 148-181.

  • Bigiotti S; Molinari C (2016) Space and time in narrative expositive paths: the corporeal experience of restored ruins. In: Dwyer S; Franks R; Green R ed. With(Out) Trace: Interdisciplinary Investigations into Time, Space and the Body. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, pp. 17-29.

  • Molinari C; Ferrara D (2016) Nuovo Realismo e Post-Modernismo. Ambiguità e contraddizioni nel confronto tra architettura e realtà”. In: Gregory P ed. Nuovo realismo/postmodernismo. Dibattito aperto fra architettura e filosofia. Roma: Officina, pp. 213-217.

  • Molinari C (2015) Letture duali del paesaggio antropico: identità e qualità spaziali del sottosuolo. In: Dell'Aira PV ed. Sottosuoli urbani. La progettazione della città che scende. Macerata: Quodlibet, pp. 52-57.