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New Website Exhibits Design Work of Late Architect and Beloved Professor Franco Possemato

Author: Andrea Smith
Franco Possemato, Professor and Architect

Franco Possemato has lived a successful career as an architect during his time in the U.S. as well as in Italy. Besides serving as Project Architect on numerous projects throughout his life, Franco was a professor of Architectural Design at Temple’s Rome campus for fifteen years as well as a visiting Professor at Temple’s Tyler School of Art at Main Campus. Having since passed away in 2012, his life’s work has been documented and recently published on a new website, commemorating Possemato’s work and his time with Temple University. Possemato spent the first seven years of his life in his small southern Italian village until his family moved to the U.S. He received his B. Arch from Temple University in 1981 and went on to receive a Masters in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in 1983. Soon after graduating, Franco moved back to Italy with his family and opened his own practice. Throughout his career he designed for new spaces as well as restored and renovated historical structures near Naples and Rome. He also received many awards for his design competition entries. Possemato was the recipient of the “Centennial Fellow” provided by the College of Engineering and Architecture at Temple University, given every one hundred years to the graduate whose profession has brought great prestige to the University. To see more of Franco Possemato’s work and time with Temple University, visit