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Raffaella Sini

Raffaella Sini

Assistant Professor

Office

AA 207A

Phone

208-885-5107

Raffaella Sini has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and public art. Her research, teaching and practice take a humanities and design-centered perspective, with a focus on cultural landscapes. Her design-based research is explicated through the practice of temporary and experimental installations realized with the design collective LAND-I archicolture (2000—ongoing) co-founded with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, and with the students and various communities in Europe, Asia and the United States. The use of short-term interventions and community design approaches, for which Raffaella has managed to obtain various forms of funding from governments and private foundations, has been instrumental in the practice and in pedagogy for exploration of process design methodologies that have been applied in diverse contexts.

Raffaella has her advanced degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza, has taught in several universities and in Asia as assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her focus on the exhibition of temporary narrative landscape architecture works has been documented in several journals and the international press, as has her scholarship focused on understanding and intervening on cultural landscapes.

  • Ph.D. Landscape Architecture, 2001. Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome
  • M. Arch, 1994. Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome

Raffaella Sini has a multidisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, planning and public art. Her research, teaching and practice take a humanities and design centered perspective, with a focus on cultural landscapes. Her design based research is explicated through the practice of temporary and experimental installations realized with the design collective LAND-I archicolture (2000—ongoing) co-founded with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, and with the students and various communities in Europe, Asia and the United States. The use of short-term interventions and community design approaches, for which Raffaella has managed to obtain various forms of funding from governments and private foundations, has been instrumental in the practice and in pedagogy for exploration of process design methodologies that have been applied in diverse contexts.

Raffaella has her advanced degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza, has taught in several universities and in Asia as assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her focus on the exhibition of temporary narrative landscape architecture works has been documented in several journals and the international press, as has her scholarship focused on understanding and intervening on cultural landscapes.

She has very recently published a 3-year research project financed by Singapore Ministry of Education, which investigates planning and design of Singapore’s public parks built since Colonial times, in the book “Singapore’s Park System Master Planning: A Nation Building Tool to Construct Narratives in Post-Colonial Countries” (Springer Publisher in the series “Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements” ISBN# 978-981-13-6744-1), and is working on the book “Temporary Gardens” to be published by Routledge.

The exhibition of temporary narrative landscape architecture works, accomplished with the design collective LAND-I archicolture, has been financed through design competitions and research grants. It is documented in the journals Landscape Architecture, Techniques&Architecture, L’arca, Domus, Abitare, Art Actuel and in the international press with the books Star Landscape Architecture, Digital Landscape Architecture Now, Sketch Landscape, Avant Gardeners, The Source Book of Contemporary Garden Design; exhibited and debated at the Singapore Art Museum and the National Design Centre in 2014, MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts Rome in 2012 , (ARCHITEKTUR! Stories of contemporary architecture between Italy and Germany: Land-I VS Topotek1), University of Applied Arts in Vienna in 2008 (Avant Gardeners Itinerant Exhibit, curated by Tim Richardson), V Architecture Biennale Brasilia (Contemporary Ecologies, 2006), and the Centro per L'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in 2003.

2019 - Faculty Research Grant, ORED RISE Arts & Humanities (A&H) Project Support Grant of the University of Idaho. Project: “Palouse Railtowns’ Cultural Landscape. Actions from Local to Global that Want to Raise Awareness and Contribute to the Protection of Site-Based Tangible Heritage”. Principal Investigator. Funding: $3,500

2018 - Faculty Excellence and Development Award. College of Art and Architecture Paul G. Windley, University of Idaho. Funding: $1,000

2013–2016  - Start-Up Grant AcRF Tier1. National University of Singapore NUS and Singapore Ministry of Education MOE. Project: “Nature in Singapore: a Vision, an evolving Framework”. Principal Investigator. Grant WBS No: R -295-000-099-133. Funding: $90,000

2015 - Heritage Participation Grant (NHB/HPG/15Q1168/Parks Made in Singapore).  Co-Investigator. Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) Heritage Grant Scheme. Funding: $12.000

2013 - Art-Installation Grant. Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) Singapore Art Museum. Funding: $8.000

2012 - Art-Installation Grant. Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) Singapore Art Museum. Funding: $1,250

2007 - Lazio Regional Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Activities Grant, Italy. Recommendations for the Restoration and Enhancement of the Francigena Pilgrimage Route in the Lazio Region. Research Team Member

2004–2005 - Proposal for the recovery of landscape of the emergency post-earthquake areas in Umbria Italy. Formulation of guidelines. Research Team Member. EU Grant. LOTO project (Landscape Opportunities for Territorial Organization) co-financed by the European Union and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, 2004

2004 - EU Grant. LOTO project (Landscape Opportunities for Territorial Organization) co-financed by the European Union as part of the Interreg-IIIB programme, area CADSES - Work-package 4

Proposal for the recovery of landscape of the emergency post-earthquake areas in Umbria Italy. Formulation of guidelines. Research Team Member, for DARC Department for Contemporary Architecture, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities

1999-2001 - University of Rome "La Sapienza" Scholarship holder for three years (Decreto Rettorale 30.03.1999) with a thesis focused on the "Maintenance and Restoration Plan of Villa Borghese in Rome".

1999 - SOCRATES (U.E.) Bursary. International seminar “Jardin, patrimoine et paysage Culturel en Europe” at the Ecole d’architecture de Versailles, France.

1997 - European Community ICOMOS-IFLA Bursary (International Committee on Historic Monuments and Sites – International Federation of Landscape Architects) for a three months research on the management of historic gardens. Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies. Department of Archaeology. University of York, UK

Books

  • Sini, R. (2019) Singapore’s Park System Master Planning: A Nation Building Tool to Construct Narratives in Post-Colonial Countries. Springer Publisher in the series “Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements”. ISBN# 978-981-13-6744-1
  • (under contract, forthcoming) Sini, R. (2019) Temporary Gardens. Routledge Publisher, London UK 

Papers, abstracts, conference proceedings 

  • (under review) Sini, R. (2018) Park System Master Planning: a Nation-Building Tool in Post-Colonial Countries. Submitted to the journal Landscape Research. Routledge, Taylor & Francis 
  • (under review) Sini, R. (2018) The Social, Cultural and Political Value of Play: Singapore’s Playground Project. Submitted to the Journal of Urban History. Sage Journals 
  • Sini, R. (2015) Pulau Ubin Cultural Landscape. In AA.VV.eds. Naturing Ubin. Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), National University of Singapore.ISBN# 978-981-09-5483-3
  • Sini, R. (2017) Participative Cultural landscapes? Two case studies from Singapore. CELA2017 Conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) organized by Tsinghua University & Beijing Forestry University & Peking University. In “Bridging” (Service-Learning and Community Engagement) Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R. (2017) From Nature Represented to Nature Reconstructed: a Paradigm Shift. CELA2017 Conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) organized by Tsinghua University & Beijing Forestry University & Peking University. In “Bridging” (History, Theory and Culture) Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R. (2015) De-Coding Temporary Gardens. CELA2015 Conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) organized by Kansas State University. In “Incite Change insight Change” (Communication and Visualization) Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R. (2014) An understanding of Singapore’s Nature as Heritage and its implications in man-nature interaction inside Public Parks. CELA2014 Conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) organized by Morgan State University and the University of Maryland at Baltimore United States. In “Landscape City Community” (People-Environment Relationships) Conference Proceedings 
  • Sini, R. (2014) LANDscapeINTHEBOX: Design Narratives employed to shape a Talking Landscape. CELA2014 Conference (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) organized by Morgan State University and the University of Maryland a Baltimore United States. In “Landscape City Community” (Communication and Visualization) Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R., Shawn Low ZiShuo (2014) Can Asian cemeteries be successful urban parks? IFLA Asia Pacific Congress 2014 Kuching, Malaysia. In Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R. (2014) The long lasting lesson of Rome in Preserving Natural and Cultural Heritage. IFLA Asia Pacific Congress 2014 Kuching, Malaysia. In Conference Proceedings
  • Sini, R. and Capecci R. (2014) The Contamination Landscape Architecture +Art forwards Community Participation. 9th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network 2014 Taipei, Taiwan. The College of Design, CYCU. Full paper accepted
  • Sini, R. (2013) LANDSCAPE in the BOX. Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), National University of Singapore. ISBN# 978-981-07-7660-2
  • Capecci R., Sini, R. (2012) A Self-made City and the Construction of Collective Space. International Seminar on Place Making and Identity 2012.Department of Architecture Universitas Pembangunan Jaya, Tangerang Indonesia. In Rethinking Urban Approaches to Built Environment, Conference Proceedings ISBN# 978-602-18815-0-7
  • Sini, R. (2009) Strategies of Landscape Design in our Practice. In Piccardo Emanuele Lezioni di Paesaggio (Ed.) plug_in, Busalla. ISBN# 978-88-95459-02-8
  • Antonini, M., Capecci R., Quilici S., Sini, R. (2005) Sotto il Raccordo. In Gomorra n. 9 Grande Raccordo Anulare Territori e culture della Metropoli Contemporanea, annoV, Meltemi Ed.
  • AA.VV. (2005) Proposal for the landscape recovery of the emergency post-earthquakes areas in Umbria. In LOTO Landscape Opportunities, Cangemi editore, 2005 p.121-132
  • Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2002) Temperamento metafisico. In VilleGiardini n.383 2002 p.79-84
  • Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2002) Le ultime miglia di Ionio. In VilleGiardini n.378 March 2002 pagg.79-84 
  • Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2000) II giardino Globale. In VilleGiardini n.363 November 2000 p. 30-33
  • Sini, R., Tangari L. (1998). Un parco lineare, la Rupe e il Percorso Botanico. In Guarrera G. M. (Ed.) Via della Sette Chiese in Roma: un Percorso Storico, Archeologico Paesistico, Cangemi Editore, Rome. ISBN# 978-8874487462
 

Raffaella’s built works, some of which she is documenting in the book “Temporary Gardens” to be published by Routledge, include:

  • 2013. Singapore Art Museum Art Garden 2013. Landscapeinthebox. Installation and Workshop. Funded by Singapore National Heritage Board. See on YouTube.
    • The project has been presented in 2014 at the CELA Conference and First Annual Art Exhibit [Sini, R. 2014. LANDscapeINTHEBOX: Design Narratives employed to shape a Talking Landscape. CELA2014, Baltimore US], and at the 9th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network2014 Taipei, Taiwan, CYCU College of Design.
  • 2012 Nest Temporary Garden. Funded by the International Federation of Landscape Architects, Rome.
  • 2011. Singapore Art Museum. Fall. Installation and Workshop. Funded by Singapore National Heritage Board.
  • 2011. Rome Auditorium. Snow Globe Urban Installation. Funded by Festival del Verde e del Paesaggio/ System 180.
  • 2011. Rome Biennale Spazio Pubblico. Attraverso Urban Installation.
  • 2011. MicroMega Urban Installation. Funded by the International Federation of Landscape Architects, Rome.
  • 2008. Ponte de Lima Garden Festival International Ideas Competition, Portugal. Orange Power Temporary Garden. WINNER. Funded by the Municipality of Ponte de Lima. http://www.festivaldejardins.cm-pontedelima.pt/2008/ing/.
  • 2008. Lezioni di Paesaggio in Renesso, Italy. Il paesaggio non è un gioco. Landscape Installation. Research connected with the workshop and installation has been published in 2009 in Piccardo Emanuele, Lezioni di Paesaggio. Plug_in.
  • 2006. Internationales Landart Symposium Ideas Competition, Hundisburg Germany. Line of Beauty. Landscape Installation. WINNER. Funded by Landschaftspark Althaldensleben.
  • 2004. CornerStone Sonoma, USA. Stone’s Throw Playground WINNER. Funded by the CornerStone Gardens Foundation. http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2011/02/stones-throw-playground-by-archicolture/.
  • 2003. Westonbirt International Ideas Competition, UK. Metropolis Temporary Garden. WINNER. Funded by the Forestry Commission, England.
  • 2002. Jardins de Metis International Ideas Competition, Canada. Ombre Temporary Garden. WINNER. Funded by the Reford Gardens Foundation and Institut Italien de Culture de Montréal. http://www.landezine.com/index.php/2011/03/ombre-by-land-i-archicolture
  • 2001. Festival di Arte Topiaria, Lucca. Tracce Temporary Garden. Funded by Grandi Giardini Italiani/ Piante Mati.
  • 2001. Temporaere Gaerten International Ideas Competition, Berlin. Urban Modules Installation.
  • 2000. Chaumont sur Loire International Ideas Competition, France. Mente la-menta? Temporary Garden. WINNER. Funded by Chaumont Sur Loire Jardins Foundation. AWARD. Premio Luigi Piccinato. Rome Board of Architects.

Please see Raffaella's CV for a full listing of built works and awards.

Locations

Landscape Architecture Program

Physical Address:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481
Email: larch@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-364-4571

Fax: 208-885-9429

Email: larch@uidaho.edu

Urban Design Center

Physical Address:
Urban Design Center
University of Idaho
322 E Front Street, Suite 390
Boise, ID 83702
Email: larch@uidaho.edu

Phone: 208-364-4571