Miti Aiello was born in Italy and received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.), a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from North Dakota State University. She was awarded a post-professional Master of Architecture and Urban Design (M.Arch. II) from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., and Florence, Italy.
Miti is an architectural and design professional and educator with experience in architectural practices, as a 3D digital modeler, and as a consultant for private clients. As the owner of ArchistDesign Studio, Aiello has been responsible for projects ranging from residential remodels, permitting, urban infill projects, pro-bono work, and architectural photography. She was awarded the San Diego AIA Associate Award in 2006.
She is a visual artist and a published poet and her passions are the written word, art-making and world travel.
Aiello is Assistant Professor in the Undergraduate and Graduate Architecture Programs at NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego. Her core area is History of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate and Undergraduate level. She has been teaching at NewSchool of Architecture & Design since 2005 and is part of the First Year (Foundation) Studio Faculty. Among other courses, she teaches the popular History of Architecture and Urban Design: Analysis and Synthesis through Visual Notes class. The class focuses on teaching architectural history through hand drawing, in the form of student-generated visual notes based on assigned reading, aimed at strengthening visual literacy and graphic analysis in future architects.
In the 2017-2018 school year, Aiello served as Chair of the NewSchool Council for Academic Policies, having served three years as Secretary. She is a Director on the NewSchool Foundation Board, a nonprofit organization, where she is the Scholarship Chair.
Aiello is also an academic researcher. In July 2016, she was invited to present her paper “Self Storage Cities: a New Typology of (Sub)urban Enclave” at the 2016 ACSA (American Collegiate Schools of Architecture) International Conference in Santiago de Chile. In June 2017 she presented her continued research on Storage Cities|Cities of Clutter at the S.ARCH ( Sustainable Architecture) International Conference in Hong Kong. She is currently working on a manuscript for publication.