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Irene Curulli

Associate Professor of Practice

Dr. Irene Curulli is an Associate Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech. She has over twenty years of practical experience in architecture and landscape architecture. Her Amsterdam-based office engaged in many professional collaborations resulting in a rich portfolio of winning international competitions and built projects.

As an educator and scholar, her research interest lies at the intersection of architecture and landscape architecture, focusing on the transformation of dismissed industrial landscapes. Irene is currently researching post-industrial ‘Water Wise Landscapes’ (WWL), where heritage, water, and climate change come together.

Irene believes in the synergetic and integrative exchange across disciplines and has coordinated multidisciplinary ERASMUS+ projects (funded by the European Commission) and international workshops where she continuously experiments with the relationship between research and design, profession, and education.

Irene was granted the ‘Lawrence Halprin fellowship’ by Cornell University (USA) and has taught at the University of Oregon (USA), the Eindhoven University of Technology, (NL), and at the Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (IT).

She is the author of a number of books and articles in scientific publications and proceeding books.

Industrial landscapes, industrial waterscapes, heritage and climate change, resilient landscape design and planning, research and professional outreach

LAR 4254/5253: Landscape Architecture Theory

LAR 3016: Site Program & Community Design Studio.

LAR 2164: Landform Function & Aesthetics


Curulli, I. (ed.) (2018) Ghost Industries. Industrial Water Landscapes on the Willamette River in Oregon. Altralinea, pp125. ISBN: 978-88-94869-44-6

Curulli, I. (ed.) (2016) The Making and Remaking of dismissed industrial sites, Alinea International, pp.75. ISBN: 978-88-6055-819-0

Curulli, I. (ed.) (2014) Industrial Canal Waterfronts in The Netherlands. Transforming the Canal Zones of B5, Alinea International, pp.128, ISBN 978-88-6055-774-2

Edited books and journal articles (selected)

Curulli, I. (2022) Environmental disasters and social injustice: an analytical study of two trans-boundary rivers. In A. Gonzales-Milea, O. Niglio (eds.) On Surveillance and Control at Borders and Boundaries. Landscape, Infrastructure and architecture. Tab edizioni, Rome, pp.93-122.

Curulli, I., D. Ikiz Kaya (ed. by) (2021) Designing for a climate resilient landscape, ISP1 International workshop on ‘Climate Xtremes and Resilient Heritage’, TU/e, pp.110, ISBN: 978-90-386-5435-5

Caglar, N., Curulli, I., Ruhi-Sipahioglu, I., Mavromatidis, L.E, (ed. by) (2020). Thresholds in Architectural Education, Wiley-Iste ISBN: 9781786306494

Hannurkar*, S., Eshuis*, L., Curulli, I. (2019). ‘The shoreline and climate change: investigating on strategies and architectural typologies for uncertainty’. In Urban Heritage in Time of Uncertainty. Complexity, Sensitivity and Protection. pp. 56-69.

Curulli, I. (2017) Industrial riverscapes and climate change in the Dutch Delta Area. Ecological resilient strategies: coping with the future Noord River’s urban waterfront. In Babalis (ed. by) Waterfront Urban space. Designing for green-blue places. Altralinea, pp.34-46.

Babalis, D., Curulli, I (2016) Transforming Strijp S: From Philips’ Industrial Site to New Residential and Creative Area. In Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture (10): 777-787 doi:10.17265/1934-7359/2016.07.005

Curulli, I. (2015) Industrial Waterfront Ecologies: Integrating City, Heritage and Nature through public space. The Centennial Mill area in Portland, USA as a work-in-progress strategy. In Babalis (ed. by) ECOPOLIS 2020. Approaching the Integrative City. The Dynamics of public space. Altralinea, pp12.

Curulli, I (2015) Industrial urban landscapes. The dismissed canal zones of B5 in The Netherlands. Eindhoven canal as study case. In Space & Form n. 24 / Part 1, 2015. pp.103-112.

Curulli, I. (2015) (ed. by) Industrial Waterfronts. The Blue Gate in Antwerp: design for a sustainable industrial park, TU/e, pp.40, ISBN: 978-90-386-3915-7

Curulli I. (2008) Prison Gardens, article in Domus n.915, p.110-114.

Curulli I. (2008) De-Cay or Re-vamp? The irresistible wastelands, article in Architecture. Ehv07 08, annual Eindhoven University of Technology, 010 Publisher pp.28-33.

Curulli I. (2000) Segregated in the garden, article in Space &Society n.92, p.100- 105.

Curulli I. (1999) Six recent projects by Herman Hertzberger, article in Space & Society n.86, p.18-31.

Curulli I. (1999) How blue-how much blue-which blue?, article on Aldo van Eyck in Space & Society   n.87 p.24-33.

Best Paper Award, German University in Cairo (GUC), Agora Caumme International Conference, Cairo, Egypt

Fellowship for teaching at the Center for Advanced Studies- interdisciplinary doctoral studies, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. Funded by the European Commission

Best Master Docent of TU/e, Education prize Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe), The Netherlands

Pecha Kucha Award, CIB W070 International Conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Fellowship: 1st recipient of the Lawrence Halprin Fellowship, Landscape Architecture Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA

Finalist, competition for the ‘Best built design’ in Amstelveen, Amsterdam, the Netherlands with the t’Eigen Wisije Kindergarten project

2nd prize invited competition: landscape and planning study for a new urban  development area in Fribourg, Switzerland, with Privileggio-Secchi Architettura e Urbanistica (IT)

3rd prize international competition, Museum of Macedonian Fight, Skopje, Macedonia, Funded by the Macedonian Ministry of Culture

1st prize national competition: design for the public square of Santa Maria Liberatrice, in Rome, with V. Errigo and A. Marino

1st prize international competition ‘Festival International des Jardins, Chaumont -sur-Loire, France with the project ‘Arianna’s threads’ (built), responsible leader G. Donin.

Invited Lectures (selected)

Water Design, International Conference “Carolea Event-Effort in Transition is...’ at Venice

Biennale of Architecture, Italian Pavillion, (IT)  11/06/2021


Ph.D. Architecture, University of Naples Federico II (IT)

Postgraduate, The Berlage Institute Amsterdam (NL)

Master Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University & Research (NL)

Master Architecture, Mediterranea University of Reggio Calabria (IT)