Guest Lecturer, Domus Academy Milan
Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/francesca-vargiu/48/20b/164
Education: Educated at Politecnico di Milano and Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Francesca Vargiu graduated in Architecture with the final thesis “Planning Strategies in a State of Exception,” a research and design work centered on the Deheishe Refugee Camp in the West Bank. A contributor to the international research project “Decolonizing Architecture,” Vargiu worked for its first exhibition, Design by Destruction: Oush Grab Military Base. This show opened at Bozar in Brussels in 2008 and traveled to the Venice Biennale 2008, COAC Barcelona 2009, Istanbul Biennial 2009, Rotterdam Biennial 2009, and the Edinburgh Art Festival 2010.
About: After graduating, she collaborated with some interior design studios in Italy and in Spain. From 2010 to 2013, Vargiu was assistant professor of Interior Design at Politecnico di Milano; in 2011, she joined Domus Academy, first as course leader of the Master in Urban Vision & Architectural Design and currently as course leader of the Master in Interior & Living Design, constantly collaborating with famous Italian design companies and renowned professionals, just like Patricia Urquiola, who mentored the master course. For Milan Design Week 2014, she curated the exhibition Empathic Travels: A Year with Patricia Urquiola, which featured projects by 2013–2014 Master in Interior & Living Design students who worked with Patricia Urquiola in collaboration with B&B Italia, Flos, Kvadrat, and Moroso. She’s currently the Coordinator of Domus Academy Metaphysical Club, an innovative teaching and influencing infrastructure gathering some of the most important personalities on the international design, art, and architectural scene to guide the future vision and practical activities of the school.
During recent years, Vargiu has taken part in several international workshops and seminars, and has lectured in many universities all over the world, including: Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy; Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Chinese Culture University, Taipei, Taiwan; Universidad del Valle de México, Merida, Mexico; and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2013, she was part of the teaching staff of the Summer Exploratory workshop at New School of Architecture and Design, San Diego, California.
Vargiu carries on her professional practice at KICK.OFFICE, the Milan-based studio she founded in 2009 with Mario Abruzzese, which develops projects and competitions in the areas of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and graphic communication.
Research Interests: Through her career, she has progressively been fostering a multidisciplinary approach, both as teacher and architect. She has developed professional projects and design research focused on the interplay among the urban, architectural and interior scales, with a constant focus on the interaction among people, space and objects.
Design and Teaching Philosophies: She strongly believes that her mission, as teacher and coach, is to shape student’s individual identity as “designer”, today. In a context where complexities increase exponentially and where rapid changes mark every aspect of our experience, the challenge is to support students in finding their own way of combining their inner richness with the constantly changing cultural frameworks.