Seventh Edition 2019-2020
Francesca Torzo (Padua, 1975) established her own studio in Genova in 2008. She has studied architecture at the TU Delft, ETSAB Barcelona, Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio, and the Università Iuav, Venice. She has been working for Peter Zumthor in Haldenstein and Bosshard Vaquer in Zurich and has been a teaching assistant for Atelier Bearth at the Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio, where she lectures Architectural Design (2020), as well as at the Bergen School of Architecture in Norway (since 2017). Torzo has been part of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2018, curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, and was appointed chairman of the Maarten Van Severen Foundation in Ghent between 2018 and 2019. She received the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture in 2020. Her project for the extension of the Centre for contemporary Art Z33 in Hasselt has been received the International Piranesi Award in 2018, as well as the Italian Architecture prize in 2020. The project has also been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2020.