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Elena Rocchi

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

Biography: 

Clinical Associate 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.

Education: 
  • 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. 
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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. 

Publications: 

Rocchi E. (2021) “Prima Materia,” preface in Omer Arbel. Phaidon Press: ISBN-13, 9781838662530

Rocchi E. (2019) “Paradox of Preference,” in Catherine Spellman: Conversations and allusions to Enric Miralles. BARCELONA: ACTAR, doi: 9783034607049

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

Research Activity: 

2021

Rocchi E. “Requiem for the model” In: Stoa, Anno I, 1/2 Summer 21. Thymos books.

Rocchi E. (2021) “Maybe Yes. Maybe Not In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 7, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School. AIAS, Research and discovery. vol. 7: AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087.

2020

Rocchi E. (2020) “Zerkalo— My Dear Professor Vittoria In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 6, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School. AIAS, Research and discovery. vol. 6: AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087.

2019

Rocchi E. Group Show “Power Of Site” – Group Show, NIROX Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, South Africa, 04 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2019 contemporaryand.com, retrieved at https://www.contemporaryand.com/exhibition/power-of-site-group-show/

Rocchi E. “Power of Site: an exhibition of sculptures, installations, and performances” in Art Times, April Edition 2019, pp 10-21, retrieved at https://issuu.com/arttimes/docs/sa_art_times_april_2019_/10

Rocchi E. Collective Exhibition “Power Of Site” – Group Show, NIROX Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, South Africa, 04 May 2019 - 31 Jul 2019, retrieved at https://nirox.howler.co.za/events/preview-power-of-site-sculpture-exhibition-winter-2019-1125

Rocchi E. “How To Disappear Completely,” In Discipline, Architecture Journal at ASU, Issue 5, p. 46-49, ISBN: 9781366119087

Rocchi E. “Interview with Bundy, Shekerjian, Rocchi,” In Discipline, Architecture Journal at ASU, Issue 5, p. 42-45, AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087

Rocchi E. “Homo Rodans, 2018” In Discipline, Architecture Journal at ASU, Issue 5, p. 36-37, AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087

2018

Rocchi E. (2018) “Et quid amabo nisi quod rerum metaphysica est? What shall I love if not the enigma?” In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 4, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School. (a cura di): AIAS, Research and discovery. vol. 4: AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087.

2017

Rocchi E. “Enric Miralles: espaciar el habitar. Multiplicación, fragmentación y diversificación del espacio medido a partir del ámbito,” in: Limaq Nº 3, architectural review University of Lima, pp 43-60, ISSN 2410-6127.

Rocchi E. Pragmatic Poets. In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 3, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School. (a cura di): AIAS, Research and discovery. vol. 3, p. 57-62, ROMA:AIAS, ISBN: 9781366119087

Rocchi E (2017). Students Projects. In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 3, Research and discovery, Publication of ASU The Design School. vol. 3, ISBN: 9781366119087

2016

Rocchi E (2016). “Prima Materia” Exhibition. In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 2, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School.. vol. 2, p. 52-53, ISBN 978-1-36-611908-7

Rocchi E (2016). La Cosa: ThPhCH. In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 2, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School.. vol. 2, p. 46-47, ISBN 978-1-36-611908-7

2015

Rocchi E (2015). Interview. In: AIAS Architectural Review, number 1, Discipline, Publication of ASU The Design School. vol. 1, p. 40-49, ISBN 978-1-36-611908-7

2014

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

2012

Rocchi E (2012). Back to the beginning, By Lisa Johnston. In: Mail & Guardian: Africa's best read.

2011

LA VANGUARDIA, December the 10th, 2011. In “Cultura”, pag , article by Joan Bufill, “Elena Rocchi Expone en Fidel Balaguer “Figure in Fuga”,

Rocchi e (2011). arte y parte. vol. 96, p. 80

ART BARCELONA, Galeries d’Art Contemporani. “Elena Rocchi, Figure in Fuga a la Galeria Fidel Balaguer 11/11/11 - 14/01/12” September, October, November, December 2011).

Rocchi E (2011). "Figure in Fuga", Galeria Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona. In: Bonart. vol. Novembre 2011

Rocchi E (2011). Drawings of origin. In: Designindaba.com a better world through creativity.

Rocchi E (2011). “Drawing On Origins” – A Seminal Exhibition Celebrates A Seminal Anthropological Find!. In: Plascon Trends, Designed for Life .

2005

Journal essay by Elena Rocchi, “Fiaschi”, in “UNDER 40 Otto progetti in parallelo”,  Issue 4-5-6, May 2005, Pp.78, Ordine degli Architetti Planificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Salerno, Italy.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ARC 101Architecture Project I
ALA 394Special Topics
APH 405Contemporary Architecture
APH 494Special Topics
ADE 499Individualized Instruction
DSC 590Reading and Conference
DSC 592Research
ADE 592Research
APH 598Special Topics
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
Honors / Awards: 

- AIA AZ 2020 Educator of the Year Award, recipient, Phoenix, USA, Fall 2020

- ASU The Design School Faculty Excellence Award, Category “Humanity”, recipient, Tempe, USA, Spring 2020.

- ASU The Design School Teaching Excellence for Innovative and Impactful Values, recipient, Tempe, USA, Spring 2019

- ASU Teaching Excellence and Student Success Grant, recipient, Tempe, USA, February 2019

- 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.

Service: 

2021-current

Senator, Academic Senate, Arizona State University

2020-current

Member of the Design Justice Initiative, ASU The Design School

2018-2021

Member of the HIDA Personnel Sub-Committee, HIDA

2020-current

Member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Re-Design Committee, ASU The Design School

2013-current

Barrett Honors College Faculty Advisor, Arizona State University

2019-current

End of the Year Exhibition, Architecture, ASU The Design School

2017-current

Faculty Advisor, Latino Architecture Students Organization (LASO), ASU The Design School

Faculty Advisor, AIAS Students Organization, ASU the Design School

2014-current

Graduate Supervisor and other academic advising, ASU The Design School

2019-2020

Member of the Human Skillsets, ASU The Design School

2017-2019

BSED Program Coordinator, ASU The Design School

2018

Chair of the BSED Re-Design Committee, ASU The Design School

Member of The Guidebook: How to Design the Future; Arizona State University

Member of the HIDA Equity and Inclusion Committee, HIDA

Member of the TDS Equity and Inclusion Re-Design Committee, ASU The Design School

Member of the Architecture Committee for Assistant Professor Search, ASU The Design School

Coordinator Exhibition NAAB Accreditation 2018, ASU The Design School

2017

HIDA Day, Meal in the Mall. #CreaTable activity, HIDA

2014

Co-organizer of academic Spring Lecture Series “Conversation Alluding Miralles” (Organized by Associate Prof. Catherine Spellman), ASU The Design School