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Architecture over Architecture

Join us for a lecture by architect Paola Lugli, Intl. Assoc. AIA, who talks about the fusion between historic buildings and modern interventions, including collaboration among culturally diverse architects. In her talk, Paola addresses how old buildings and the ones not deemed historic can survive and thrive through modern adaptations, as well as how French and Italian architects are re-purposing buildings today.

Presented by: Paola Lugli, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Lugli’s interest in old buildings and adaptive reuse began in Rome where she was born and trained at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.” From there, she practiced in France as a registered architect before moving to the United States to design for Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter brand.

Lugli practiced independently for many years where she collaborated with architects and design-build firms. In 2011, she founded Paolasquare International outside Washington, DC with another Italian architect. She is the recipient of the 2015 DESIGNArlington Residential Award. As Project Architect at Shinberg.Levinas, Paola has recently managed residential, educational, and recreational projects around Washington, DC.

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After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the fusion between historic buildings and modern interventions;
  • Explore how international architects can bring unique perspectives to projects in the United States;
  • Discuss the challenges of preserving or adapting old buildings that are not deemed historic; and
  • Describe the strategies used by French and Italian architects to re-purpose buildings in today’s environment.

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