Caterina Tiazzoldi

Caterina Tiazzoldi

New York, NY, US



Caterina Tiazzoldi, is the principle of the award winning interdisciplinary architecture and design practice, Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio, providing architectural and interior design, set design, urban installations, public art and strategic thinking. Established in 2004, the firm focuses in a new approach to user spatial experience. Caterina Tiazzoldi has worked in a variety of countries, environments.

This cluster based studio includes a network of architects, interior designers, urban planners, structural and environmental engineers, interaction designers and graphic designers. At the heart of the studios work is a commponent of finding innovative design solutions through the strong interaction between professional practice and the research developed in the research lab NSU at Columbia University. Additionally, Caterina Tiazzoldi teaches at the GSAPP at Columbia University in New York and various universities throughout the world.

The studio has been invited to particiapte to several significant events and museums such as the Saint Etienne Biennale, Boston Design Museum, Soho Digital Gallery, Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris, Honour Guest at Salone Satellite, Architecture and Design Film Festival Tribeca, Made Expo, Experimenta Design Lisbon, Torino World Design Capital.

Nominated at Cooper Hewitt Museum National Design Award, winner of the Architetture Rivelate, Museum of Memphis Art Lab Competition, Doing and Undergoing Competition and finalist for the Renzo Piano Award: Young Italian Talent, the work achieved has been published in several international magazines such as Domus, Elle Decor, Frame, Icon, Interni, Wall Paper, Interior Design, La Stampa, La Repubblica, Metropolis, Sole 24 ore, Vogue, Vanity Fair, books Taschen, Thames and Hudson, Birkauser, Links Books, Gestalten.

Among the clients: and clients such as Illy Caffe', Toolbox, Regione Piemonte, Delmonte, Cosmit, Amorim Cork, Politrofa, and Abet Laminati.


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Assistant Professor + Director Research Lab Non Linear Solutions Unit at GSAPP Columbia University

The Non Linear Solutions Unit focus on the development of a conceptual methodology that respond creatively to the complexity of today’s cities: a polyhedral lens to approach multidisciplinary projects.
The interdisciplinary lab NSU, inherits its design methodology from cognitive science and particularly from John Holland’s work in the field of complex adaptive system. The combinatorial method has permitted NSU to work on concrete case studies in collaboration with other research labs and professional firms developing several interdisciplinary projects such as Formal Modulation for Acoustic Performance developed with the Cresson Laboratoire France (research selected best paper by American Research Centers Consortium), Robustness in Power Network Grids developed with the Santa Fe Institute.

Sep 2005 - current

IDS SPA, Torino, Senior Retail Architect

1998–2008 Retail Design for the brands GB Sportelli Catherine Klee
1998 – 2002 Junior Retail Architect for the fashion brands GB Sportelli and Catherine Klee, Torino – Italy. Implementation and adaptation of existing retail concepts on 20 different locations in Italy.

2004 – 2008 Part Time Senior Retail Architect for the for the fashion brands GB Sportelli and Catherine Klee, Torino, Italy focused on the development of two new spatial concepts for the brands GB Sportelli and Catherine Klee: Program development, conceptualizing and defining design guidelines, ideation, communication of ideas, design development, budgeting and setting time–lines, preparation of comprehensive construction documents (including coordination of production teams and external consulting), value engineering, field oversight and construction administration. 30 units realized

Feb 1997 - Mar 2008

Maire Engineering spa, Torino, IT, Junior Architect

Junior Architectural Design Consultant for Maire Engineering, Torino – Italy. Schematic Design for a Fitness Center Technogym New building, for the Project Ferrari Restaurant, Maranello and for New University of Torino, Company, developed as a collaborative project with Maire Engineering and Norman Foster within the frame of the Lagrange Research Grant

Jan 2005 - Jan 2006

Li/Saltzman Architects, P.C., New York, NY, US, Schematic design for a new building within the Chelsea Historic District (401 West 22nd street) Company.

Schematic design for a new building within the Chelsea Historic District (401 West 22nd street) Company.

May 2004 - Sep 2004


Memphis Art Lab Competition, 1st Place

The Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) opened in 1981, it went by the name University Gallery. At that time our mission was to host temporary exhibitions.
AMUM continues to host innovative temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and culture alongside selections from our permanent collections. The museum is an important component of the College of Communication and Fine Arts with exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts Candidates and the annual Juried Student Exhibition. Additionally we present a diverse range of educational public programs that engage both the University and greater Memphis communities.

nstant Installation by Caterina Tiazzoldi GSAPP Columbia University
Participating Students: Constantinou Christos, Gianpapa Eleni, Koutalianou
Andriana Marie.

An environment in which the configuration of geometry and layering of materiality are conceived to encourage and to solicit visitors' curiosity and reaction. Instant Installation is an adaptive extensible rubber installation. It is a spatial generator; a playful environment inviting visitors to play with the vibrancy of rubber layering. To move in an exhilarating non-orientable space continuously revealing and hiding the presence of other people.


Premio Renzo Piano, Nomination


Relevant Literature American Research Center Consortium, Other

Selecte Relevant Literature American Research Center Consortium


Doing Undergoing Artist Competition, 1st Place

Doing and Undergoing is an immersive exhibition offering an interactive experience by featuring site-specific works that reflect the concepts of American philosopher John Dewey, whose idea of experiential learning provides the ground for the works on display. Emerging and established artists from across the globe explore the underlying themes of "Experiential Inquiry" "Experiment and Experience" and "Doing and Undergoing" to disclose rich fields of experience.

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of Teachers College, Columbia University, the exhibition is installed throughout the historic building activating both its history and architecture. The exhibition is intended to break down the conventional distinctions between different communities of experiencers since it engages the often separate spheres of teachers, students, facilities workers and art community at large. As Dewey points out—"the work of art is complete only as it works in the experience of others than the one who created it."

The exhibition includes works by Mac Adams, Bill Albertini, Luis Camnitzer, Mary Ellen Carroll, Christo & Jeanne Claude, Jake Cruzen & Dan Solberg, Katherine Daniels, Kara Daving, Peter Dudek, Helidon Gjergji, Ana Golici, Nicholas Knight, Vikki Michalios, Jorge Pardo, Moritz Partenheimer, Risa Puno, Michael Rees, Julika Rudelius, Gina Ruggeri, Caterina Tiazzoldi & Eduardo Duarte, Ana Tiscornia, and Monika Wuhrer.

Among the works on display, Helidon Gjergji recreates two stained glass windows from The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, formerly the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist (a World Heritage site). One of the windows will be a faithful citation of the Damascus iconography, the other one will have lost the black lead that connects and highlights the pieces, as if a mysterious source of extreme heat had melted and returned the pieces of glass back to their material origin, depriving them of their cultural glue. By focusing on this extraordinary site, his project sounds the alarm to safeguard the protection of an endangered world culture and its artifacts from senseless destruction.

Onion Pinch is the newest chapter in Caterina Tiazzoldi and Eduardo Benamor Duarte's chronicle of interactive public installations. Responding to our living environment, the artists conceived a projection-based video piece that is a poetic documentary of dancers moving in the installation. The hybrid work innovates the architectural space and challenges the boundary between research and experimentation, the environment and public interaction.

The exhibition is conceived by Richard Jochum, associate professor of art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. It is curated by Robert Gero, who currently serves as assistant professor in the Visual Arts Department at SUNY College, Old Westbury.

The project was made possible by the Office of the Provost at Teachers College and the AAE|TC Art & Art Education Program.

Performance Festival in November 2013; please contact the organizer for more information.

Academic Festival, April 12, 2014; a panel discussion with the organizers and select artists.

About Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology


Architetture Rivelate, 1st Place

Winner of the Architetture Rivelate award with the project Toolbox Torino


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