Biography

Ilaria Di Carlo is an architect and urban planner. Graduated with Honors at the Polytechnic of Milan she then got a Master in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association in London.
During her studies she had the opportunity to spend few years abroad in Antwerp, Belgium, at the Henry van de Velde Instituut and in Barcelona, Spain, at the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya where she developed also her final thesis, ‘The Groane’s park: architecture for a landscape’ under the supervision of Prof. Arch. Felipe Pich-Aguilera, for whom she also worked until 2001 when she moved to London to enroll in the Master program Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association.
In 2003 she started working for HOK International ltd. until 2005 when she moved to Skidmore Owings and Merrill where she was appointed Associate and where she worked until 2010 when she returned to Italy to open her own office, IDC_studio, in Rome.
Her international career spanned across different countries among which Italy, Spain, UK, France, Russia, Algeria and the Middle East giving her the opportunity to be confronted with different realities, cultures, landscapes and needs enriching her knowledge, experience and sensibility.
Her work has been exhibited and published in various occasions at the Venice Biennale, the Rotterdam Biennale (NAI) and at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.
Ilaria’s work in the office has  been juxtaposed at the same time by reasearch as well as teaching activity: she has been visiting tutor at the Polytechnic of Milan, the Architectural Association, the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Westminster School of Architecture in London and the University of Trento and from 2009 to 2013 she was appointed UCL Teaching Fellow in the Master in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.
She has been lecturing at the Polytechnic of Milan, the University of Trento, the Westminster School of Architecture and the Bartlett in London and at the New London Architecture. Moreover she regularly participates as speaker at international symposiums and conferences.
In 2016 she concluded her PHD research in Environmental Engineering at the University of Trento, obtaining the title of Doctor Europeus with the her  thesis entitled “The Aesthetics of Sustainability. Systemic thinking and self-organization in the evolution of cities”.

 

Design Philosophy

IDC_studio is an office of Architecture and Urban Design based in Rome and working worldwide. Our international career in several different countries has exposed us to different contexts, landscapes, cultures and practices that have enriched our background, sensibility and knowledge enabling us to read and interpret the most diverse places.
Places in terms of context and identity, together with a specific interest in ecological processes, aesthetics practices and transdisciplinarity, are at the core of our methodological design process.
The importance in every project of integrating a concept with a landscape, climate and light, local materials as well as techniques and practices at the different scales of the design process becomes the occasion to experiment new strategies in order to reach an original solution in terms of quality of the space and its aesthetic dimension,  functionality, flexibility, and sustainability.
Different tools are used to pursue our objective: from the most traditional ones, hand sketches and physical models, to the most technically advanced such as digital drawings, 3Dmodels and renderings, results also of our academic research.
A fundamental part of the project is represented by the client’s vision and the users of the project who are a primary part of the process since the very beginning: their role is essential and their involvement is ensured by continuous communication and participation.

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