Architect and Urban Designer
Professor of Urbanism, Università luav di Venezia, EPFL Lausanne
Paola Viganò is an architect and urbanist, Professor in Urban Theory and Urban Design at the EPFL (Lausanne, where she coordinate the Lab-U and the new Habitat Research Center) and at Università IUAV of Venice where she coordinates the program in Urbanism in the PhD program in Architecture, City and Design. Guest professor in several European schools of Architecture (KU Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium; EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland; Aarhus Danemark), in 2012 and in 2013 she was a visiting professor at the GSD, Harvard. She has lectured in many symposia and international schools of architecture. She is member of the scientific board of the European Master in Urbanism (EMU) of which she was co-founder that involves UPC Barcelona, TU Delft, KU Leuven, Università IUAV, Venezia.
In 1990, she founded Studio with Bernardo Secchi, until 2014, realizing the Park Spoornoord, Theaterplein in Antwerp and the city Structural Plan; the central public spaces in Mechelen, the cemetery in Kortrijk, the masterplan and public spaces in La Courrouze, Rennes. In 2009 Studio has been one of the 10 teams selected for the “Grand Paris" project and in 2012 has been selected for the "New Moscow " project. In 2011-2013 Studio has worked on a vision for Brussels 2040, Lille 2030, Montpellier 2040. The Hostel in De Hoge Rielen (Belgium) has been selected for the EU Mies Van der Rohe award in 2015.
In 2015 Studio Paola Viganò won the international competition for the City of Science quarter in Rome; it is today working on the Blue Space of the crossborder Eurometropolis (Lille-Tournai-Courtrai) and on an urban park in the nuclear research center in Dessel (Belgium), while concluding the urban project of La Courrouze in Rennes (France). In 2013 Paola Viganò is the first woman to receive the Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in France and is today part of “Atelier du Grand Paris" scientific committee. In 2016 Paola Viganò was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium in the frame of “Utopias for our time”.