Philadelphia University architecture, interior design and interior architecture students currently have their work on display in the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Back from Italy” exhibition.
The event showcases designs, models and projects of students from across the country who have studied in Italy and the work of various Italian architects and artists in the United States.
Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy, in collaboration with the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, the exhibition provides an opportunity to evaluate how living for a significant period of time exposed to Italian architecture, art and culture can have a lasting influence on future work.
For example, PhilaU interior design student Erica Lomando designed “Adagio,” a bookstore that emphasizes the ideals of ballet form; architecture student Daniel Bachelder’s adaptive reuse project “The Dugout” in the EUR district of Rome includes a market, incubator space and residential tower; and interior design student Sophia Warne-Rowe’s “Versace” fashion showroom accentuates circulation and movement through the use of flowing, curving forms.
“In the work displayed in the exhibit, we see the outcomes of the experiences of Rome,” said James Doerfler, director of PhilaU’s architecture programs and the Cheryl Smith, AIA, Chair for Architecture. “These student projects are respectful of the past, working with the urban conditions and environmental surroundings of their project sites. We see an energy in these projects that use analytical methods to understand the context and justify the formulation of the project.”
Madeleine Wilcox, PhilaU’s manager of international and domestic study away programs, said it’s inspiring to see how students’ projects, collaborations and experiences with a different culture opened up a world of possibilities.
“The exhibit is a testament to the profound impact of study abroad on the individual and the world around them,” she said.
“Back from Italy” runs until June 2.