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Michela Barone Lumaga is an architect and designer. She develops products that hold a different idea of the world. Believing in the creative potential of humanity, she designs objects and architecture whose imaginative production logic and basic structure allow further user customization. Her work aims to merge together the notions of technology and nature, using digital fabrication and craftsmanship, to generate new environmental perceptions. She believes that large scale issues can be changed with smart actions.
Over the past two years she has collaborated with the Brazilian government in Rio de Janeiro to implement design workshops in slums and, as a fellow at the TATA Center for Technology and Design (MIT Energy Initiative), she implemented a digitally fabricated, masonry based, Pilot Home for India. Her thesis, “Public by Design: Auto-fabrication for a Contemporary Urban Physiognomy” proposes urban objects that can be designed and built by citizens and are catalysts of inter-species exchanges.
As an educator, Michela held teaching assistant positions in design studios both at MIT and at Politecnico di Milano. Since 2008, she has been the Architectural Editor of LOFT, The Scandinavian Bookazine, a family-run cultural journal published in Sweden. She also interviewed contemporary architects and designers and has written several articles for the magazine. Michela holds two Masters degrees, one from Politecnico di Milano and the other from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since her graduation from Politecnico di Milano, Michela has worked internationally both in Europe and USA, collaborating with Jo Coenen Architects in the Netherlands, Cino Zucchi in Italy and Michael Sorkin in New York.
LOFT the Scandinavia Bookazine, Stockholm, SE, Architectural Editor
LOFT, The Scandinavian Bookazine
Tata Center For Technology and Design at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, US, Design researcher
Design researcher at the TATA-MIT Center for Frugal Technology and Design for implementation of a digitally fabricated, masonry based, Pilot Home for India.
Cino Zucchi + Buro Happold, Milan, IT, Project Architect
Project architect for ENI Headquarters International Competition and Generali City Life urban housing,
Gas Architects, Milan, IT, Project Architect
Project architect for clients including Generali Properties, Mangiavacchi Group, Sara Assicurazioni. Coordinated architectural design teams, led concept development, directed graphic production for client presentations, prepared construction drawings, interior design development, led all client contact, budget supervision and document production for housing and renovation projects
Terreform, New York, NY, US, Design researcher
Project architect and researcher: developed a proposal of a residential expansion for post-Katrina New Orleans. NEW ALGIERS PROJECT, New Orleans
Optofonica, Amsterdam, NL, Design Consultant
Designer of immersive art projects. Managed technical feasibility and detailing for synesthetic installations.
Jo Coenen & Partners Architects, Amsterdam, NL, Project Architect
Design architect for ING Real Estate apartment buildings and office headquarters
Designer of interiors and custom furniture during construction phase for OBA Central Public Library, Amsterdam
Studio AMDL, Michele De Lucchi, Milan, IT, Junior Architect
Junior architect for Poste Italiane image restyling. Created interior design and prepared CAD drawings and models
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, SMArchS
Master of Science in Architecture Studies
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, IT, MArch, Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
CAMIT GRANT, Grant
Grant from Council for the Arts at MIT in support of thesis design project.
Frugal brick development for India. Received award for full MIT tuition
Research grant to develop design project in collaboration with Brazilian government