Paola Sanguinetti, a recognized expert in technology, sustainability and architecture, has been named the new director of the Design School of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
Sanguinetti comes to ASU from the University of Kansas, where she was a professor of architecture as well as chair-elect of the faculty senate, director of the robotics lab, and former chair of the architecture department. She has two decades of experience teaching architecture and computer design and has been recognized for her teaching excellence, including being named one of DesignIntelligence’s Most Admired Educators in 2014.
“Dr. Sanguinetti is a seasoned academic leader, a fantastic scholar, a renowned teacher, and an innovator,” said Herberger Institute Dean Steven J. Tepper. “She will be a perfect fit for ASU, New American University , adhering to our charter of inclusion and our commitment to use-inspired research and taking responsibility for the results of our communities.”
Sanguinetti became interested in architecture while growing up in Venezuela.
“I wanted to be an architect since I was young,” she said. “I understood the power that design can have to contribute to the well-being of others.”
Sanguinetti says his passion is mentoring students and supporting the participation of underrepresented groups in his area of expertise: building simulation, robotic fabrication and virtual reality in architecture. She has an active consulting practice in BIM (Building Information Modelling) and has worked professionally in New York and London, gaining experience with several internationally renowned architectural firms, including those of Emilio Ambasz and Zaha Hadid.
She was drawn to Arizona, she says, because “I read about ASU for 10 years. I am constrained by the load of inclusion and creation of access. It’s hard to do, but it’s important.
Sanguinetti holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas; a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Doctor of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in high-performance buildings and design computing. His research has focused on building systems, additive manufacturing, robotics and design informatics in the areas of sustainability, net zero energy, affordability and waste. She has also explored Latin American architecture as well as cinematographic techniques for architecture and design. His current research focuses on energy efficient 3D printed construction.
“Design is a way of seeing the world as possibilities,” Sanguinetti said. “He asks, ‘What if?’ I am delighted to be part of an institution that values design.
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