Francesca Romana Forlini is an architect, editor, and educator whose research is located at the intersection of feminism, cultural sociology, architecture and interior design history, and theory. She is a visiting assistant professor at New York Tech, teaching Global History and Theory of Architecture and Interior Design. Francesca has published and presented her research widely. She was the first chief editor of the magazine KoozArch, where she currently contributes. Moreover, she taught at Parsons The New School in New York, was head of the B.Arch. History and Theory of Architecture course at the University of Hertfordshire, worked as a researcher at Foster + Partners, and as a lecturer and researcher at Middlesex University, Harvard University, and the Royal College of Art (RCA). Francesca has co-authored The Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Palava City: A Brief Account and Evaluation (Harvard GSD Press, 2017), and is currently working on the book titled From Within: Uncovering Cultural Domesticity (DEditore, 2024). She is the director of the book series Stanze (LetteraVentidue), and was contributor and editor at Oblique, Critical Conservation Vol. 1, and the Giornale dell'Architettura.

Forlini is a Fulbrighter and an alumna of the RCA, where she received her doctorate in architectural history and theory. She holds a Master in Design Studies in Critical Conservation from Harvard Graduate School of Design (degree with Distinction), and completed a five-year degree in architecture at Università La Sapienza in Rome.

Recent Projects and Research

  • The contribution of women in architectural design and theory. Alternative architectural histories. Domesticity and inhabitation, the influence of cultural sociology on the study and design of homes.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Forlini, F.R. (2023) "La Casa é Donna: Culture Abitative Femminili nella Casa del Dopoguerra" (The House is Female: Domestic Cultures in the Post-War Home), NCI2 – Nuova Casa Italiana Conference Publication (Pisa: University of Pisa Press).
  • Forlini, F.R. (2022) "Nurturing Post-anthropocentric Architecture: New Alliances at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale" Review Available at:
  • Forlini, F.R. (2021) "Salotto Buono: The 'Art of Conservation' and the Permanence of an Italian Room", Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture (Taylor & Francis) / DOI: 10.1080/20419112.2021.1942616
  • Forlini, F.R. (2021) "From Within: Uncovering Cultural Domesticity", The 16th International Docomomo Conference Tokyo Japan 2020+1 Proceedings, Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities. Docomomo: Echelle-1. / ISBN 9784904700785
  • Forlini, F.R. (2021) "Preface/Prefazione" in: Domestic City/Città Domestica. Salerno: Plectica Editrice. / ISBN 9788888813448
  • Capiato, E., Cresciani, G., Forlini, F. R., Mancini, M. F. (2017) "Immagini di Città: Riflessioni di una Città-ponte nella Mente di Sacripanti". AAA Italia – Official journal of the Associazione Nazionale Archivi Architettura Contemporanea. Rome: AAA / ISSN 2039-6791
  • Rowe, P. G., Forlini, F.R., Fu, Y., Lu et al (2017) The Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Palava City: A Brief Account and Evaluation. Cambridge (MA): Harvard GSD / ISBN 1532331177
  • Forlini, F.R. (2016) "Druot, Lacaton & Vassal's PLUS Principle and the Preservation of the Domestic Condition". OBL/QUE, Critical Conservation Journal. Cambridge (MA): Harvard GSD. / ISBN 0692678255

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation STEAM Scholarship, 2017
  • Fulbright Scholar (IIE placement), 2014
  • ERASMUS, 2011

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • ARCH 161
  • AAID 160
  • ARCH 361

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