Michela Barone Lumaga

Michela Barone Lumaga

New York, NY, US



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

Jan 2008 - current

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.

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013

Cino Zucchi + Buro Happold, Milan, IT, Project Architect

Project architect for ENI Headquarters International Competition and Generali City Life urban housing,

Apr 2011 - Aug 2011

Gas Studio, 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

Jan 2008 - Sep 2010

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

Aug 2010 - Aug 2010

Optofonica, Amsterdam, NL, Design Consultant

Designer of immersive art projects. Managed technical feasibility and detailing for synesthetic installations.

Jan 2009 - Jan 2010

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

Jan 2006 - Jan 2008

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

Sep 1999 - Sep 2000


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, SMArchS

Master of Science in Architecture Studies

Sep 2011 - Jun 2013

Politecnico di Milano, Milan, IT, MArch, Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture

Sep 1999 - Jun 2005



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


MIT international Science and technology initiatives fellowship, Grant

Research grant to develop design project in collaboration with Brazilian government


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