Mauro Baracco, PhD, architect, is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University. He is the Deputy Dean of International, and director of BAracco + Wright Architects.
His research explores states of integration between open and built spaces, and natural and urban environments, spanning from large territorial/urban to small site scale projects.
Mauro’s wide engagement with these topics spans from PhD research supervision undertaken both in Australia and Europe; critical re-interpretations of modernist and late modernist theories, also investigated through the course: History of the 20th Century Architecture which was coordinated together with Prof. Peter Corrigan from 1997 to 2013; to publications documenting design research projects in urban and rural contexts of Australia produced in collaboration with industry partners, government bodies, community and environmental organizations.
In close correlation with these research topics, from 2011 to 2013 Mauro has led an international mobility project with the collaboration of three Australian and three European schools (RMIT Melbourne, UTS Sydney, QUT Brisbane, UPC-ETSAB Barcelona, ENSA Toulouse, Turin Polytechnic) and various related industry partners and government/community organizations (Greening Australia among others), involving students and staffÕs exchanges and collaborative design projects on the extended topic of urban sustainability in relation to climate change. As an extension of this project, and further consolidation of collaborative activities with international partners, an urban laboratory for the rehabilitation of urban and landscape environments is being undertaken by Mauro in Europe, through collaborations between RMIT School of Architecture and Design, RMIT Europe and several industry, government and institutional partners including Milan Polytechnic where he is currently a visiting professor.
Mauro’s projects and writings have been widely published in books, journals and magazines (Domus, Abitare, Casabella, A+U, lÕArca, Ottagono, Landscape Architecture Australia, Transition, Architecture Australia among others), exhibited nationally and internationally (Venice Biennale, Melbourne Biennale, Storey Hall Melbourne, Spazio Opos Milan, K-Arts Gallery Seoul among others), awarded with national and international prizes, and presented at conferences and symposia.