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Romina Canna


Romina Canna


Architecture and Design

Romina Canna is an Assistant Professor at IE University and has been the Director of the school’s Design-Lab since 2013. She combines her academic career with research and a professional practice that focuses on the relationship between infrastructure, urbanism and architecture and the critical state of the discipline. Her work in the field has been published in many scholarly journals.

She has worked in the offices of Lohan Anderson Architects, in Chicago; CCRS Architects and Xavier Montsalvatge, in Barcelona; and KMBR and Associates. She also worked for the Department of Public Housing for the Provincial Government of Santa Fe in Rosario, Argentina before establishing her own practice, R+D Studio. As co-director of R+D Studio she has developed a variety of projects in different countries and scales. Two exemplary projects were the strategic planning for reconfiguring IIT campus space organization and a Civic Center in Reconquista, Argentina, 2010, which was awarded the second prize. She taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA; the Universidad Nacional de Rosario, in her native Argentina; and an International Summer Workshop for the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, Spain (UPC) in Barcelona, before joining IE School of Architecture and Design. For two years she served as co-director of the Chicago Architectural Club focusing on the “State of the Art”, a discussion about the position of architecture in current times.

She received her Architecture degree from the National University of Rosario, Argentina (UNR) and her PhD, in Urbanism, from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB_UPC). She wrote her dissertation on urban highways in American cities and the potential relationships between architecture, urbanism and infrastructure in the built city.

Selected Publications

Canna, R. (2020). “Parallel Lines: Building a History of Urban Expressways in the United States”. In Heathcott, J. (Eds.). Forthcoming  in Infrastructure Designs: Global Perspectives from Architectural History. Routledge

Canna, R. (2020). Introduction. “Exhibition at the Rome National Gallery of Modern Art”. In Chinchilla, I.  (Eds.). Forthcoming in Catalogue of “Cosmowomen”. Silvana

Canna, R., Elias, J. (2019). “De-metropolizing the Territory Memory montage as a Strategy for Recovering the Identities of the North Industrial Corridor of Rosario”. Registros. Revista de Investigación Histórica, Vol. 15 (1)