Civita Institute Fellows

Since 1985, the Civita Institute has funded the creative explorations of architects, planners, designers, artists, writers and other arts professionals annually to pursue projects in Civita di Bagnoregio. We invite you to explore the variety of inspiration and discovery resulting from this cultural exchange. Please click on the images to the right to enlarge. Past fellows: please submit any updated bios information or a representative image from your fellowship to the Communications Chair via this email.

2018

DREXLER FAMILY DIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP

Jennifer Trotter

Jennifer is an international educator, writer, photographer, and media consultant whose past scholarship work has focused on the cultural manifestations of race, gender and class in the transnational endeavors of Black people—spanning the diaspora from the southern states of the U.S., to the Great Frontier and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as those seeking expansion and refuge in Canada, the Caribbean and Western Europe. An Arkansas native currently living in Olympia, Jennifer's project will focus on establishing Bayou Bartholomew, located in her home state, as a historic landmark, and ultimately, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project's primary goal is preserving the intangible fragility of North America’s longest and second most diverse environmentally important historic waterway. 

FELLOWSHIP

Laura Bartunek

Laura will be following in the author Italo Calvino's footsteps and re-imagining the town of Civita di Bagnoregio as a collection of Invisible Cities. She plans to study the intangible sensations and unseen histories of Civita and create an illustrated book where each page becomes an isolated quality of this town retold as a new world.

Luann Bice

Luann is a graphic designer and artist who will be developing a "listening" project (using audio, video and other media) that will invite and record multiple perspectives about Civita di Bagnoregio—including the significance of age-old places in our contemporary lives, their impact on how we view aging and how these places change.

Jean Hicks

Jean will be studying locally-produced wool in the region surrounding Civita di Bagnoregio (Sopravissana, Sarda and Comisana sheep), wool cleaning techniques (such as scouring using Umbrian limestone and dolomite), dyes (woad and black walnut), and their use in fashion applications both historic and modern.

Taehyung Kim

Taehyung Kim will be developing a series of analytical drawings that embody a phenomenological experience of the city, followed by a series of site-specific discreet installations that slightly augments the spatial perception of the city.

FELLOWSHIP / NE CHAPTER

Grimanesa Amoros

Lighting sculpture artist Grimanesa Amoros will host art workshops for Civitonici and will work with them to create an art video that captures the essence of their town and their lives. She also plans to project videos displaying her light sequences for the entire town to experience.

John Apruzzese

John will draw upon his extensive international affairs experience to write a novel set in an imagined Civita. His protagonist, Alïana, leads a humanitarian mission into the city of Obeída to assist its citizens in their massive exodus, only to discover that Obeída is morphing from within, both physically and linguistically, and a new citizenry, with its own origin and displacement stories, is emerging from an underground labyrinth.

Micaela Skoknic Dockendorff

An attorney and historic preservationist, Micaela will explore how green infrastructure can give new life to historic towns in the Lazio region. Studying Civita's lessons of continuity and impermanence, she will attempt to affirm and expand preservation's contribution to community stability and sustainable development.

Claudia Sbrissa

Artist Claudia Sbrissa will investigate both place and space, by referencing architectural forms and systems within the natural and built landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio. She plans to use locally sourced materials in her drawings, sculptures and site installations.

2017

DENNIS TATE FELLOWSHIP

Steve Butler

Steve Butler is the Planning and Policy Manager for Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC), where he conducts research and provides planning advice to local governments throughout Washington State. He received a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY). In 2008, Steve was elected to the American Institute of Certified Planner’s College of Fellows. His Fellowship project identified the key components that contribute to the quality of public gathering places in the Italian communities of Bagnoregio, Civita di Bagnoregio, Orvieto, Perugia and Siena, one objective being to compare old and new public gathering places, which he was able to do in Bagnoregio and Perugia. Using direct observation and discussions with planners and urban designers, he identified some aspects of successful Italian civic spaces that could be replicated in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo: Piazza del Campo, Siena)

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Sharon Birzer

Sharon Birzer is a painter and natural history illustrator whose work employs close observation, she utilizes traditional media as well as digital tools. Sharon holds an MFA from the University of Washington and teaches college art classes, school residencies, as well as illustration workshops. Her art work is exhibited nationally and internationally. She has created illustrations for exhibits and publications for the Seattle Art Museum and The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Recent work from Civita was exhibited at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. During her Fellowship Sharon documented her observations of the natural world in the unique and fragile remote hill town and surrounding canyons of Civita di Bagnoregio, including illustrations of lichen found in the ancient Chestnut grove. (Image: Ramalina panizzei, lichen, Civita, graphite and colored pencil on paper). www.sharonbirzer.com

Leslie Hickey

Leslie Hickey is a visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. Hickey exhibits regularly, including shows at Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy and Edel Extra in Nuremberg, Germany. Her work has been published in Big Big Wednesday and Essentialist. Recent funding includes a Professional Development Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) in 2017 to support her Civita Fellowship, and an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant in 2018. Hickey is also a founding member of two collectives: SCALENO and Small Talk, and the proprietor of a letterpress, Hoarfrost Press. Leslie’s Fellowship awarded her the time and space to expand on a series of photographs she began while living and working in Florence, Italy in 2014, photographing interiors and at night. In January 2018, she delivered a lecture at the Portland Art Museum about her work and its relationship to Italy, and in May 2018 showed this body of work in Nuremberg, Germany. 

FELLOWSHIP / NE CHAPTER

Gary Hall

Julie Morningstar

After earning her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University in 2015, Julie Morningstar continues to work at BLT Architects in Philadelphia, now as a Project Architect. Throughout her studies and professional career, Julie has been interested in how the public can be educated about public services, especially solid waste management, through design. Civita, with its permanent population of under 10 people, is unique in that it welcomes almost a million day-only visitors a year across the pedestrian bridge. Her time in Civita coincided with International Earth Day, which inspired an installation, completed with the help of Cinzia Rocchi and supported by the Commune of Bagnoregio, to demonstrate the number of plastic bottles left behind by tourists. Julie is grateful to have had the experience of living in Civita, which will continue to influence her professional views for years to come. (Photo: Gary Hall)

John Rahill

2016

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

Robert Campbell

FELLOWSHIP

Trish Borden

Katherine L Wright

Katherine is an artist and licensed architect now practicing in Seattle, and a professional architectural illustrator. She and her family moved to Italy in 2005 where she lived for six years in Puglia, Italy. Free to explore & discover, she soon became involved in the Italian art world, sparking her interest in the role of the donkey in Medieval Architecture. During her Fellowship, Katherine researched the role of the donkey in the history of Civita, both architecturally and culturally. She investigated the location and layout of some stalls, the rustic pathways to the fields, and interviewed several natives (and a few non natives) on their memories of how the donkeys were part of the community. The result is a 10-minute documentary, The Role of the Donkey in Civita di Bagnoregio with interviews, field videos, recordings, and photographs, creating a record of this living heritage. www.klwright.com

FELLOWSHIP / NE CHAPTER

Paul Bentel

Andrew Davis

Brian Stanton

2015

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

Margo Aspholm and David Aspholm

FELLOWSHIP

Plamena Milusheva and Choong Ng

2014

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

Stephanie Bower

Seattle-based Stephanie Bower is an award-winning architectural illustrator, teacher, artist, and globetrotting Urban Sketcher. With a background as an architect, she has taught in colleges, online, and in workshops around the world, including an annual workshop in Civita. Stephanie is the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Understanding Perspective, as well as a contributing author to The Urban Sketching Art Pack. Stephanie spent two months in Civita di Bagnoregio learning about its history and documenting the town through drawings and paintings. Her fellowship project resulted in an architectural walking guide available for download here.  www.stephaniebower.com Instagram @stephanieabower

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Thomas Allsopp

Thomas Allsopp graduated in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. After working in that field for two years, he entered the seminary to study for the Catholic priesthood and was ordained in 1979 after three years in Rome. He is currently a chaplain at Seattle Children's Hospital. Thomas' own garden has been published numerous times and he does consulting on garden designs. His Fellowship resulted in a chidren's book and Civita and its people work their magic on him more and more with each visit.

Donald Stewart

2013

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

David Boyd

Dave Boyd is a Senior Planner for Bothell, Washington since 2005 coordinating a major downtown plan to revitalize the community's historic core and continuing to play a key role in its implementation. A graduate of MIT and the University of Washington, where he studied in the 1984 Italian Hilltowns and Architecture in Rome Programs, he has been a registered architect in Washington State since 1994 and has worked as a consultant and in the public sector. He presented his fellowship project, A Living Laboratory for Studying Italian Hilltownsat the 2016 International Making Cities Livable conference in Rome and led a tour from the conference to Civita. His fellowship provided a wonderful opportunity to return to Civita after 29 years and offered the opportunity to repeat what had seemed a once in a lifetime experience. While Civita is a remarkable physical place, it is the people who truly make it a community that remains dear to his heart.

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Anita Lehmann

Anita H. Lehmann is a teacher, an artist and an award-winning architectural illustrator. She is a registered architect in the state of Washington. After receiving her Master of Architecture at the University of Washington, she has taught freehand drawing in Rome, Civita and in Seattle. She currently offers small group classes in drawing, painting, and design. Her other skills include architectural design, graphic design, community planning and design illustration. Prior to receiving the 2013 Civita Institute Fellowship, Anita was a graduate student teacher at the University of Washington Rome Center in 1985. Anita brings over 30 years of teaching experience in teaching design and drawing. During her fellowship she created a lesson book, "Drawing Lessons from Civita: an Artist’s adventure in Italy," that illustrates a visual note taking process for architectural and urban design elements. The book instruct others on the essential elements of design drawing, with evocative and depictive concepts. www.ahldraws.com Instagram: @ahldraws

Dan Shaw

During his fellowship, Dan explored how topography shapes culture, food production, and livable density through a series of drawings that are part hybrid art-pieces, diagrams, and technical drawings.

2012

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

Sharon Mentyka

Sharon is a graphic designer and writer practicing in Seattle. For the past 15 years, she has been a principal of the graphic design firm Partners in Design in Seattle where she specializes in book and public information design for cultural and public organizations. Her historical fiction book Chasing at the Surface published by Westwinds Press for readers aged 9-12 received the 2016 National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA) in the Children’s category. As the 2012 Astra Zarina Fellowship recipient, Sharon created Civita Immaginata, a series of storytelling maps, using visual means to create an 'atlas' designed to envision Civita through multiple lenses, some of which included culture, geography, food, history and the built environment. The visual results of her fellowship and her contemporaneous notes can be found here on her design blog. Instagram: @writerSharon (Image: Civita: Archetypes and Palimpsests)

FELLOWSHIP

Don Fels

Don is a Seattle-area visual artist. He’s been a Fulbright Fellow to Italy and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to India. He’s a grant recipient of the Jack Straw Foundation, Artist Trust, the Ferguson Foundation, the Ella West Freeman Foundation, and the Washington Council on the Humanities. Fels has received multiple grants and commissions from the Puget Sound regional arts commissions and from ArtsWA, the state arts commission. His Civita Institute Fellowship focused on his interest in the relationship between the history of global commodity production, culture and landscape, with a particular focus on alum and its historic role in the area very nearby Civita. He’s chased alum in several countries in Europe and the Middle East as well as India and Indonesia, where it was a highly sought mordant for natural dyeing. (Photo: centuries-old alum mines near Civita)

Liza Mickle

Liza is a planner and historic program specialist for the City of Portland. During her fellowship, she investigated adaptive reuse in Civita and the surrounding region, while researching Italian strategies and approaches to older buildings in the hope of finding commonalities that would be useful to her ongoing work.

UW ROME CENTER ALUMNI FELLOW

Isabel Sitkov

Isabel used her fellowship, while a sudent majoring in Archaeology at the Univeristy of Washington, to research native plants and herbs in the Civita area and investigate how those plants have been managed in a public space and the applicability of that management to community participation.

2011

ASTRA ZARINA FELLOWSHIP

Betty Merken

Betty is an artist, an architectural colorist, and an educator. During her two month fellowship in Civita she researched and documented the colors and light of Civita and over a dozen additional Italian Hill towns, creating a visual narrative of differences and similarities in their use of color.

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Jon Gentry

Jon is an architect and co-founder of Seattle based firm goCstudio where he has worked since 2012. The studio's work is driven by the unique opportunities and constraints of site specific projects which evolve through close relationships with clients, artists, and craftsmen. Each project is strengthened through these relationships, grounded in a strong consideration of site, material, and craft resulting in authentic and tactile buildings that aim to enrich their cultural landscape. Jon's fellowship project entitled Ancestors of Civita explored an alternative and parallel universe in Civita using biocentric collages—visionary tales of several non-human species and their imagined lives in Civita. www.goCstudio.com (Image: Ancestors of Civita, Tale of the Birds)

Jonathan Hartung

Jonathan is a Principal at SHKS Architects in Seattle. Jonathan a is an architect and Principal at SHKS Architects in Seattle. His practice is focused on the renewal of existing buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest. During his fellowship in Civita in 2011 he drew in pencil and watercolor, documenting Civita in fragments, capturing the character of Civita as a place. Before and after his stay in Civita Jonathan graphically explored Ferrara, Bologna and Rome. In his drawings he tries to capture the feeling an observer might have visiting Civita for the first time. Each drawing represents a fragment of what was in view simulating what one might hold as a memory of their experience. www.shksarchitects.com

Amanda Sturgeon

Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. In 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement, for which she has been a visionary leader. She was named one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. 

Lauren Walker

Lauren and Jon Gentry are Seattle architects whose fellowship project explored an alternative and parallel universe in Civita, using "biocentric collages" - visionary tales of several non-human species and their imagined lives in Civita, graphically presented.

UW ROME CENTER ALUMNI FELLOW

Kit Coty

Kit built on her work as a graduate student in Art History at the University of Washington, Kit continued her study of the iconography of the “grotesque” in Italian gardens. 

2010

FELLOWSHIPS

Lesley Bain

Lesley Bain is an architect and urban designer. During her fellowship, Lesley studied “intimate streetscapes”—the human scaled pedestrian routes of Civita and the surrounding areas. The time to study, the library and inspiration of the setting were key to the writing of Living Streets: Strategies for Crafting Public Space, published by Wiley. The fellowship also informed her work in Seattle's network of alleys, including activation of Nord Alley in Pioneer Square, improvements to Canton Alley in Chinatown, and Neighbours Alley on Capitol Hill. (Photo: World Cup Alley showing, Pioneer Square; Joe Iano photographer)

Gabriela Denise Frank

Gabriela Denise Frank is the author of, CivitaVeritas: An Italian Fellowship Journey, a collection of essays and prose poetry written during and about her residency in Civita di Bagnoregio. A writer of essays and fiction, Gabriela’s work contemplates identity, sexuality, gender, aging and the built environment. Off the page her installation and performance work transforms storytelling into experience. An alumna of Artist Trust’s EDGE Development program for literary artists, her work is also supported by residencies, grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Mineral School, Invoking the Pause, 4Culture and Jack Straw. Gabriela describes her Fellowship as nothing short of life-changing—the first time in her life that she considered herself an artist—and credits it as raising the bar for her future work. 
www.gabrieladensiefrank.com

Edward Lalonde

MiLa is a collaboration of urban activism by Jennifer Milliron and Edward Lalonde which originated through a series of architectural investigation of various city conditions.  Edward is an Associate at Olson Kundig Architects in Seattle and holds a Master of Advanced Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.  Prior to returning to the Pacific Northwest, he lived in New York City where he worked for Steven Holl on several utopian urban projects. Jennifer Milliron and Edward Lalonde's joint project for Civita, entitled VERTICAL CITY: SEATTLE examines the distressed pedestrian condition at the city’s urban core.  Specifically, this project is a critical analysis of how Seattle’s growth and historic Master Plan has superimposed itself upon a place of extreme natural topography to create a challenging urban condition at the human scale.  Our architectural proposal offers solutions based upon research and case studies here in Seattle and abroad in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Perri Lynch

Perri Lynch is a Seattle-based artist and member of the Seattle Phonographer’s Union. Her work examines the relationship between human perception and sense of place. Through combined techniques in sound, light, sculpture, and image, Perri’s work explores multiple attributes of a place simultaneously. This Fellowship is devoted to documenting sound as a spatial force in the landforms and architecture of Civita and surroundings. Field recordings, video and photographs will be gathered as source material for public art, paintings, and live performances in the Pacific Northwest upon return.

Jennifer Milliron

MiLa is a collaboration of urban activism by Jennifer Milliron and Edward Lalonde which originated through a series of architectural investigation of various city conditions.  Jennifer is a designer at NBBJ in Seattle and holds a Master of Advanced Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University.  Prior to returning to the Pacific Northwest, she lived in New York City where she worked for Daniel Libeskind on large urban projects. VERTICAL CITY: SEATTLE a joint project for Civita by Jennifer Milliron and Edward Lalonde, examines the distressed pedestrian condition at the city’s urban core.  Specifically, this project is a critical analysis of how Seattle’s growth and historic Master Plan has superimposed itself upon a place of extreme natural topography to create a challenging urban condition at the human scale.  Our architectural proposal offers solutions based upon research and case studies here in Seattle and abroad in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Lara Swimmer

Lara Swimmer is a Seattle-based architecture photographer who travels on assignment nationally, and whose work appears regularly in Metropolis, Architectural Record, Interior Design, NW Home, Residential Architect & LUXE. She has devoted much of her early career to documenting major civic building and renovation projects in the Puget Sound area, and while in Civita, had a joint fellowship with her husband, architect Robert Zimmer, to document and create a photographic mapping of the town and its surroundings. For full portfolio visit www.swimmerphoto.com or her assignment blog: www.facebook.com/laraswimmerphotography.

Robert Zimmer

A Seattle-based architect for the past 25 years, Robert Zimmer is a founding partner of zimmerraystudios. His work is diverse in size, type and location for clients in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest, the Desert Southwest, as well as nationally and internationally. In a joint-fellowship with architecture photographer Lara Swimmer, they systematically photo-documented Civita's streets and surrounding landscapes. Their carefully catalogued photographs will be manipulated into a translation of Civita mapping multiple layers of data. Their collaboration will result in an artistic expression that illustrates the interplay between Civita's unique topography, built environment and human history.

2009

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Clair Enlow

Clair Enlow writes about architecture, urban design and related issues. Her byline appears in Crosscut and the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. During her Civita Institute Fellowship in 2009, she focused on construction, preservation and parking in the public realm, seeking examples of ways in which different municipalities cope with cars. She found them stored inside a hill (Orvieto) and accommodated in widened streets (suburban Rome). She also found Romans living surprisingly well among small parked cars (see photo, right). Clair received additional support from the American Academy in Rome, and her investigations encompassed locales in both Lazio and Umbria. www.clairenlow.com

Betty Torrell

Betty Torrell is a Seattle architect. During her residency in Italy, she studied "Hearth as Home", an architectural and cultural analysis of more than fifty historic hearths located in Civita di Bagnoregio. This study was the first comprehensive documentation of this central feature of the historic houses and public cooking spaces of Civita. Betty was also a past student of AIR 1975 and IHT 1976, and a program assistant for IHT 1979.

2007-2008

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Ann Hirschi

Ann Hirschi is a graduate of UW's Architecture in Rome and Hilltown programs and has been working as an arborist in the Seattle area, after practicing architecture for many years. She helps steer Green Footprints Action Works, implementing forest and wetland restoration projects in her Madison Valley neighborhood. During her fellowship in Civita she studied the ancient Chestnut grove in the valley adjacent to Civita, looking at its history, its meaning to the residents, and how community stewardship of the grove has evolved over time. She served as a NIAUSI board member from 2007–2018. www.greenfootprintsactionworks.org

Bill Hook

When Bill Hook was awarded a fellowship, he had already had a 30-year career as an architect and internationally known and respected architectural illustrator. His fellowship was a major turning point in his art career, allowing him the opportunity to be free of deadlines and client requirements and to experience Civita with a totally open mind to observe, be inspired and respond. His response was a collection of pencil sketches and watercolor paintings recording daily events and experiences including plumbing repairs, bats in the bedroom, and special community events and religious processions in Civita. He also recorded the beauty of surrounding towns and landscape. www.wghook.com

Kristian Kofoed

Kristian Kofoed is an urban planner, attorney, photographer and art critic. While in Civita, Kristian explored and documented transitional edges - the interfaces between the historic built environment and recent building, between inhabited space and uninhabited space, as well as the physical edge conditions at Civita itself and their implications for the town and its future.

2006

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Dan Corson

Dan Corson is a visual artist working in the public realm. His public artworks can be found in State Capital buildings, city parks, light rail stations, city halls, as well as the more intimate settings of interpretive centers and meditation chambers. His passion is creating immersive environments that viscerally effect the viewer; which clearly led to his interest in exploring constrained spaces. While in Civita, he explored and documented the caves, cisterns, grottos and other subterranean spaces in and around Civita. Through a series of stop action movies, photographic light boxes, he hopes to share his understanding of these haunting spaces.

Miriam Ginsberg

Miriam Ginsberg was selected as a NIAUSI fellow in 2006. She is a graduate of SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Miriam is currently working as an architectural designer for the Clark Design Group and has experience in both carpentry and design. Miriam is "intrigued by the way buildings remember their occupants." Through a series of journal entries, letters, and drawings (including the creation of a remarkable 20 foot scroll) Miriam documented various aspects of life, death and rebirth that take place in Civita.

Alan Maskin

Alan Maskin is a principal architect at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects where he has worked for 15 years. Alan has also taught architectural design at Syracuse University and the University of Washington. His primary work has been museum and exhibition projects, including the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, designed with Rick Sundberg. Alan studied with Astra Zarina in U.W's Architecture In Rome Program in 1986 and returned to Italy with a NIAUSI fellowship in 2006. Alan's trip to Civita provided a chance to pick up threads of work and thought that he had started 20 years ago in his student work -- but this time returning as a professional - analyzing historical layers, spaces and architectural relationships through pencil, ink and mixed media, including PowerPoint manipulations.

2005

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James Harrison

As an artist James investigated the types of masonry based on the actions of making: stacking, spanning, turning, rebuilding, filling, etc.

2004

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Mary Ann Peters

Mary Ann was a resident fellow and is an artist who explored the ways that imagery is integrated into architecture, particularly within the fresco tradition, and to compared these observations to similar examples in non-Western cultures.

2003

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M. J. Anderson

M J is an artist who researched the placement of the architectural niche as it provides intimate emotional content to the fabric of village life.

Cory Crocker

Cory was a resident fellow who analyzed factors that have contributed to Civita's timeless inhabitability: local climate, integration of building and site, regional materials, vernacular technologies, and formal qualities. He is an architectural designer and sustainability consultant.

1997

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Valerio Cruciani

Valerio was an Italian scholar.

Lorna Jordan

Lorna is an artist who studied the Italian garden as a theater for ideas and experiences at the nexus of nature and culture. Her findings are incorporated into her environmental art projects within the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

1996

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Iole Alessandrini

Born and raised in Italy, Iole Alessandrini is an artist who has been living in Seattle since 1994. She received her diploma in Fine Arts from the First State School of Fine Arts in Rome and earned two master's degrees in Architecture: one from the University of La Sapienza in Rome and the other from the University of Washington in Seattle. It is the intersection between these two creative expressions – art and architecture – through which her work moves. She is 1996 NIAUSI Fellow, Civita Institute director since 2000 and President (2016-18).

Sue Partridge

Sue is an architect who investigated the historical context and contemporary uses of public and government buildings in Rome.

1995

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Kenichi Nakano

A landscape architect, Kenichi studied and recorded the quality of streetscape and open space connections in Rome. Observations to be incorporated in a Seattle case study using the Pine Street Corridor.

1994

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Judy Anderson

Judy is an artist who, with the architect Philip Helms Cook, planned to design and produce a published work which expresses the vitality of particular urban spaces in historic Rome and how it translates to Seattle.

Lisa Ronchi

Lisa is an artist & architect who presented an historic overview of Women in Architecture in Italy, with focus on projects from her own practice and others from renowned architectural offices in Europe.

1993

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Joan Stuart Ross

Joan, formerly Joan Ross Bloedel, is an artist who created new art works using the unique inspiration of color, light and layered texture of the Roman environment; displayed these works and shared what she has learned with architects, urban designers and students.

1992

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Carolyn Geise

Carolyn is an architect who studied densely populated neighborhoods - how people live, with emphasis on how they use open spaces as a social environment.

Ellen Sollod

Ellen is an artist who studied and recorded the relationship of the built and natural environments and the activities which take place in them.

1991

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Tony Mazzella

Tony is a planner who studied the community planning process and its relationship to the development and protection of the built environment on the island of Procida in the Bay of Naples.

1990

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Don Brubeck

Don is an architect whose design ideas focussed on the technical, aesthetic and philosophical challenges of remodeling existing historic structures.

Denise Johnson Hunt

Denise was an architect who explored multi-family housing patterns in the neighborhoods surrounding Rome's historic core.

Lynn Shimamoto

Lynn is an architect whose design ideas held a special focus on the technical, aesthetic and philosophical challenges of remodeling existing historic structures.   

1989

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Beliz Brother

Beliz is a conceptual artist and set designer who studied current theater design in the European tradition of the 'theater of images' as abstract expressions of emotion and narrative ideas.

Nancy Hammer

Nancy is a landscape architect and public artist investigated the integration of architecture, landscape form, and sculpture; concentrated on the relationship between buildings, people and art and the places they inhabit.

1988

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Catherine Barrett

Catherine is an architect who studied street vistas of Rome, including monuments and portals; planned to publish a book of drawings as a record of her study.

Rysia Suchecka

Rysia is an interior designer who studied how old Roman interiors are transformed to fit modern needs, including technical and aesthetic aspects; shared her findings through teaching, lectures, and articles in professional journals.

1987

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Gail Elnicky

Gail is a landscape architect who conducted a comparative study of old and new mixed-use housing in Rome and its environs, expanding on Gordon Cullen's book, TOWNSCAPE; incorporated their conclusions into the UW Urban Design Program and in professional journals.

Richard Unterman

Richard is a landscape architect who conducted a comparative study of old and new mixed-use housing in Rome and its environs, expanding on Gordon Cullen's book, TOWNSCAPE; incorporated their conclusions into the UW Urban Design Program and in professional journals.

Ellen Ziegler

During her Fellowship, Ellen Ziegler studied and photographed water features—fountains, aqueducts, drinking taps—in Rome and surrounding areas. She presented her work at the University of Washington—a visual study of Roman water features and their integration into the life of the ancient and modern city. Ellen's current work investigates the psychological and physical properties of materials through drawing. In addition to a Rome Fellowship from the NW Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, Ziegler has been awarded a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship in Visual Arts, a New York Foundation for Contemporary Art Travel Grant, an Artist Trust Fellowship in Design, Gap Grants from Artist Trust, and Individual Artists Grants from 4Culture in King County. She is also an award-winning maker of artist’s books, represented by Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, which are in collections nationwide; and a member of Seattle’s SOIL Gallery.  www.ellenziegler.com  (Photo: the nasone, a public drinking fountain in Rome)

1986

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Arne Bystrom

Arne is an architect who studied the uses of wood in Roman construction to enrich the Northwest's architectural heritage of wood.

Diana Painter

Diana is a transit planner who studied how various Roman streets and public spaces have been adapted to changing uses over time; published results of this work in ARCADE magazine and at a national transportation symposium.

Robert Wagoner

Robert is an architect who studied the adaptation of older buildings for new commercial uses; produced an illustrated resource book for designers working in the Pacific Northwest.

1985

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Rebecca Barnes

Rebecca is an urban designer who studied the role of public open space in Rome; edited an issue of ARCADE based on this research.

David Hoedemaker

David is an architect who explored Italy's lessons in urbanism as a model for the Pacific Northwest.

Stuart Silk

Stuart is an architect who studied the idea of procession in architecture; recorded impressions in a series of paintings.