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An architect, artist, and historian, Alicia Imperiale harnesses various modes of inquiry and expression to investigate the underlying impact of technology on the arts, society, and culture. Her design and written work focuses on the impact of traditional and digital technologies on art, architecture, representation, fabrication, and urbanism from WWII to the present. A registered architect in the State of New York, she has the practical experience to enrich her theoretical writings regarding the impact of technology and advances in computation upon architecture and the design profession.
Aspects of this research are presented in her book New Flatness: Surface Tension in Digital Architecture (Birkhauser, 2000). Other publications include “Paolo Soleri and the Teilhard de Chardin Cloister” in Building the Kingdom: Architecture of Religious Communities (Pickering & Chatto, London, 2014); “The Packaged House of Konrad Wachsmann and Walter Gropius” and “Modularity, Prefabrication & Building Manuals in Postwar Italy: Scenes from America” (ACSA, 2012); “Organic Italy? The Troubling Case of Rinaldo Semino Architect” Perspecta 43 (Yale Univeristy/MIT Press, 2010); “Digital Skins: architecture of surface" in SKIN: Surface, Substance and Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002); “Fluid Alliances: Architecture, Politics and Fetish Post 9/11” and “Territories of Protest,” in LOG magazine (2003 and 2008); “Seminal Space: Getting under the Digital Skin,” in RE: SKIN (MIT Press, 2006), “Flatness,” in the monograph Elena Manferdini, (2013) and “Anne Tyng: Dynamic Symmetries,” in Anne Tyng: Inhabiting Geometry (ICA, 2011). In relation to her work on the politics of the 1960s Alicia is a co-curator of the exhibit and catalogue Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X. (Actar, 2010). Her dissertation at Princeton University focuses on similar issues of computation, fabrication, and scientific concepts used by architects in 1960s postwar Italy. Entitled Crescita e Form: An Alternate Organicism in Italian Architecture 1958-1973, this project repositions “organic architecture” as an investigation megastructural design and prefabrication in the 1960s modeled on natural models of growth.
Prior to teaching at Temple University, Alicia has taught design and architectural history and theory at Pratt Institute, Barnard College, Columbia University, Cornell University in Rome, Parsons School of Design/The New School, City College in the City of New York and SCI-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture. She was a Van Alen/John Dinkeloo Visiting Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Alicia holds a BArch from Pratt Institute, an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College/City University of New York, an MA and PhD [Jan. 2014] in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University. She is a Registered Architect in New York State.