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Elena Rocchi

Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Clinical Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1605
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Design, Environment and the Arts (Design)
Herberger Institute


Clinical Assistant Professor at ASU The Design School; Current Ph.D. Candidate at Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment, and the Arts program at Arizona State University; Faculty Affiliate at The Sidney Poitier New American Film School and The Biomimicry Center; FHA Barrett Honors College Faculty; Former Fellow at Taliesin the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Elena was awarded the AIA 2020 Educator of the Year Award, Arizona Chapter.

She has been Lecturer and Co-Director of Master “Interior Design for Commercial Spaces” at IED Istituto Europeo di Design, Barcelona (2008/2013); Lecturer at the Architectural School at ESARQ-UIC, Barcelona, Spain  (2010/2013); and Senior Architect and Office Director of Miralles Tagliabue Associated Architects  (1995/2008). She won an Honorable mention in Europan 8, Architectural competition for young architects in 2006, and the second prize in the young architects' competition for Housings, Barcelona in 2003. She gave lectures and workshops in Spain, England, Germany, USA, France, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Mexico, South Africa, Argentina in different Universities and institution as ETH Zurich, Cornell University, Ithaca, IUAV of Venice, UNAM, University of Architecture of Mexico, Ecole d’Architecture de Nancy, Architectural Society of Casablanca, Morocco, Architectural School of Bordeaux, France, Children of Scotland Foundation, Scotland, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town’s Schools of Architecture, South Africa, Fapyd in Rosario and Torcuato di Tella Schools of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina, CCA Art School San Francisco.

  • Ph.D. Design, Environment and the Arts, Arizona State University (In progress)
  • M.Arch Theory and History of Architecture, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya UPC, ETSAB, Escola Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura, Barcelona 2013 
  • M.Arch. Architecture (Summa Cum Laude), University of Studies La Sapienza, Rome 1994. 
Research Interests: 

Environmental Design; Design from Body To Field; Architecture/iinterior architecture as the interface between humans and nature, and with a focus on writing (theory), drawing (design), and History of Architecture; History of Roman Architecture; Drawing on Origin; Analog + Digital; Urban Scenography; The Image of Rome; Post-production of ideas. 


Rocchi E (2018). ENCUENTROS. Una idea de Elena Rocchi. con la colaboración de Julio Martínez Calzón. Fernando Villaverde Ediciones, 2018 ISBN: 9788493708375

Rocchi E (2018). “Paradox of Preference.” In: Catherine Spellman: Conversations and allusions to Enric Miralles. BARCELONA:ACTAR, doi: 9783034607049

Rocchi E (on process). Louis Kahn 1931: Il valore ed il Proposito del disegno. Trento: List Laboratorio Int. Editoriale, ISBN: 9788899854461

Rocchi E (2017). “Spaziare l’abitare”, In: Limaq Nº 3,architectural review University of Lima, ISSN 2410-6127,

Rocchi E (2016). “Geometría in situ: la fragmentación de los volúmenes del edificio de Gas Natural.” In: Gas Natural Fenosa: Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Arturo Mc Clean, Josep M. Rovira, Edificio Marenostrum: Un imprescindible en el skyline de Barcelona. p. 160-177, Barcelona: Museo del Gas de la Fundación Gas Natural Fenosa, ISBN: 978-84-617-7326-8

Rocchi E (2014). “Conversación con Elena Rocchi” por Ana Valderrama. A&P, Continuidad. Publicación Técnica de Arquitectura FAPyD-UNR, vol. 1, p. 74-85, ISSN: 2362-6097

Rocchi E (2013). “The Geography of dust.” In: Laura Cantarella e Lucia Giuliano. (a cura di): Laura Cantarella e Lucia Giuliano, “Topografia del Trauma: Valle del Belice, Sicilia: un’indagine territoriale.” vol. 1, Torino: Centro Inter-dipartimentale Servizi Didattici Architettura, Politecnico di Torino, ISBN: 9788882020439

Rocchi E (2002). “Mille e uno pensieri.” In “EMBT, Opere e Progetti,” Marco De Michelis, Maddalena Scimemi. (a cura di), Venezia Vigo. MILANO:Skira Editore. ISBN 88-8491-182-6

Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
DSC 592Research
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 120Design Fundamentals I
ALA 121Design Fundamentals I
APH 405Contemporary Architecture
ADE 421Architectural Studio III
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
APH 494Special Topics
DSC 592Research
APH 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
INT 120Design Fundamentals I
ALA 121Design Fundamentals I
ADE 421Architectural Studio III
Honors / Awards: 

- First Prize, AIA Phoenix Metro INFILL Phoenix Design Competition, Phoenix, USA, 2017

- Fellowship, Taliesin The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Scottsdale, Arizona August 2014/May 2015.

- Selected work for a Group Exhibition at Biennal of Venice at the Italian Pavilion in Turin, Sala Nervi, Turin, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Italy 2012.

- Fellowship Resident Artist, NIROX Foundation, Johannesburg 2012.

- First Prize in Open competition, “Opera Al muro”, Saronno, Italy, 2011.

- Several First and Second prices and honorable mentions in open competitions and competitions by invitation, while Office Design Director of EMBT Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue, from 1995 to 2008.

- Honorable mention in Europan 8, Architectural competition for young architects, Madrid, Spain, 2006.

- Second prize in the young architects competition for Housings, Barcelona, Spain, 2003.

- Comett European Scholarship for 1 Year Working Abroad, February 1995.

- Ministry of Foreigner Affairs of Italy Scholarship for a 6 months Research Program, Budapest, Hungary, December 1994.

Work History: 

- 1995/2008. Architect, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT Associated Architects, Barcelona, Spain. Office Design Director, Senior Architect of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. Editorial Activity Assistant. Photographic and Drawing Archive. Exhibition Designer. PR. Lecturer.

- 1994/1995. Architectural Designer at Ricci &Spaini, Rome, Italy.

- 1985/1994. Draftsman, Sati Consulting Engineering, Rome, Italy.


Member of the HIDA Personnel Sub-Committee, Member of the HIDA Equity and Inclusion Committee.