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Roberto Damiani

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

roberto.damiani@daniels.utoronto.ca

Roberto Damiani is a designer, curator, and scholar whose work investigates the intellectual discourses and spatial manifestations of the public and the common in architecture and urbanism through an approach that brings together history, theory, and design perspectives. 

Damiani’s interest in the public is the most evident in the recent book he edited The Architect and the Public: On George Baird's Contribution to Architecture (Quodlibet, 2020) which gathers multiple voices on the Canadian architect and Daniels Professor Emeritus George Baird’s theoretical work and teaching. The volume was awarded a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. 

Damiani holds a Ph.D. in History and Theory of Urbanism from the University of Pescara with a dissertation on Aldo Rossi's, Colin Rowe's, and Oswald M. Ungers's contribution to the teaching and practice of modern urban design. Some excerpts of his doctoral research have been exhibited at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and will be published in the forthcoming volumes Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press, 2022) and Histories of Architecture Education in the United States (Routledge, 2022). Other shorter writings on the teaching and practice of urbanism have appeared in the journals JAEOASEScapegoat, and San Rocco.  

Damiani’s design work on contemporary public space has been recognized in the international competition Toronto: Middle City Passages, 2015 and the exhibitions Call to Order (2015) at the University of Miami and Unfolding Pavilion (2018) in Venice and published in the Bauhaus’s journal Horizonte. In Toronto, he is the organizer and curator of Italy under Construction, a series of public lectures and exhibitions on contemporary architecture in Italy sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto (iuctoronto.it).

Damiani held teaching and research positions at Cornell University, University of Waterloo, and the Daniels Faculty, where he is now teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs and serving as Interim Coordinator of the Post-Professional Program.