AUTUMN 2013 Rome Blog


This year's studio is being taught by Associate Professors Louisa Iarocci, Brian McLaren, and Emeritus Faculty Frank Ching. Both undergraduates and graduate students are in this studio. Check back regularly for updates and for more information about the studio and even more photos, please visit the Architecture in Rome 2013 Studio Blog.

DECEMBER 4, 2013
The AIR program had an exhibition of student work on the 1st and 3rd floors of the UW Rome Center. 


DECEMBER 4, 2013
Special guests for the exhibition were Dott. Daniele Bosi (right) and Ing. Orazio Fabio Leone (second from right) of ITALGAS, who generously allowed us to visit their site along Via Ostiense in Rome—which was the location of the main studio problem.  

DECEMBER 3, 2013
The final review.

NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Sponsored by the UW and the University of Waterloo, Steve Badanes, Professor and Howard S. Wright Endowed Chair, presented his work as founding partner of Jersey Devil Design Build and as teacher of Design/Build Studios at Yestermorrow Design School in Vermont and the University of Washington, Seattle.

NOVEMBER 18, 2013
The class was given a tour of the Tibertina Rail Station located in the northeastern part of Rome by Gijs Pychevet and Claudia Pagani of ABDR Architetti Associati. Completed in 2011, Roma Tibertina is the second largest railway station in the city, serving as a hub for bus, subway and regional and high speed trains.

NOVEMBER 13, 2013
Paulo Desideri presented the recent work of his firm ABDR to a packed lecture hall at the UW Rome Center, sponsored by the Rome programs of the Architecture departments of the University of Washington, Seattle and the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

NOVEMBER 12, 2013
In San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (1638), Francesco Borromini presents a complex play of geometries that is uniquely Baroque, from the undulating zone of the lower order of the columns, through the transition zone of the pendentives to finally the oval coffered dome capped by the lantern with its symbol of the Holy Trinity.

NOVEMBER 11, 2013
The class poses atop one of the gasometers at the Italgas facility on Via Osteniense on a second site visit, thanks to the generous assistance of Daniele Bosi, head of media relations for the company (second from the right)

NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Designed by Baldassare Peruzzi, the Villa Farnesina (1509-1511) reveals a strong relationship between the building and the landscape in the manner of ancient Roman villas.

NOVEMBER 4, 2013
The little known network of subterranean passages beneath the Baths served for maintenance of the facility- including storage rooms for wood and furnaces to heat water for hot baths and saunas, as well as a water mill and a Mythraeum. The class received special permission to view the now closed restored galleries that contain a new museum designed by Fabio Fornasari, (2012) that contains fragments of the marble decorations that once adorned the baths.

OCTOBER 31, 2013
The Baptistery of San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran) originally by Constantine (c 315-24) is octagonal in design, with eight porphyry columns, surmounted by eight smaller white marble columns creating a frame around the large green basalt baptismal font in the center. 

OCTOBER 29, 2013
The basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere preserves the experience of a 12th century interior that contains 21 ancient columns scavenged from various Roman buildings and rich mosaics on the apse and on the exterior, the later depicting the Madonna surrounded by ten female figures with lamps.

OCTOBER 26, 2013
Members of the class pose alongside Mimmo Paladino's sculptural installation, Testimoni (Witnesses), in the piazza of the Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium in Ravello (2010).

OCTOBER 26, 2013
The view from the Belvedere of the Villa Rufalo (13th century) in Ravello looking out over the gardens and the bay.

OCTOBER 24, 2013
The class poses in front of the Basilica in the Forum at Pompeii, amid the masses of ruins and tourists.

OCTOBER 24, 2013
Looking toward the apse of the caldarium in the men's section of the Forum Baths of Pompeii (c 80 bc)

OCTOBER 19, 2013
The massive piazza in front of San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran) that continues to serve as the cathedral church of Rome and seat of the Pope, dating back to the 4th century. The present monumental facade with its colossal double framing, surmounted by statues of Christ and the apostles, dates to 1730-40.

OCTOBER 18, 2013
The class at the start of a private tour of the Italgas facility on Via Ostiense in the Testaccio neighborhood. The company was founded in 1837, was the first company to distribute gas to urban areas in Italy and continues to operate in over 1,400 municipal areas.

OCTOBER 15, 2013
Sketching from the steps leading to the Courtyard of the Angel, Castel Sant' Angelo, containing papal apartments built under Nicholas V (1447-55).



OCTOBER 11, 2013
The group in front of the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, EUR, 1938-1956, flanked by cars and statues of Castor and Pollus, 1937-1938.

OCTOBER 8, 2013
Sketching at the Markets of Trajan 110-112 AD


SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
The students in front of Giuseppe Terragni's Monument to the Fallen in Como, 1931-33.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
The UW Architecture in Rome 2013 on the steps of the Duomo (Basilica Cattedrale di Santa Maria Nascente) in Milan (1386-1567 Facade 1580-1638) on the second day of the North Field Trip.