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Claudia Conforti

University of Rome Tor Vergata
Conforti

Claudia Conforti is full professor in the History of Architecture of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Previously she taught at Florence and L’Aquila universities and from 1993 to 2003 taught at the Ecole d'Architecture de La Villette, Paris as part of the Erasmus-Socrates programme. Conforti has held conferences and seminars at INHA Paris, Harvard, and Cambridge University, as well as in numerous Italian universities and participated in International and National conferences. She is on the editorial board of Casabella, Rassegna di Architettura,  Città e storia, and has written for Journal of Society of Architectural Historians (JSAH); Bulletin de l'Association des Historiens de l'Art Italien, Paris; Abitare, Area, Giornale dell’Architettura. She is also a member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca and was previously on their managerial board. Conforti is a member of the Accademia Petrarchesca of Arezzo; a founding member of the Associazione Italiana di Storia Urbana as well as on its board; since 2006 she has been a member of the board of the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci at Fiesole; board member of the Fondazione “Luigi Spezzaferro”. She has been involved in the Biennale of Venice and the Triennale of Milan; and was a board member of the Comitato Nazionale per le celebrazioni dell’architetto Mario Ridolfi and the same for the Comitato Nazionale per le celebrazioni di Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola.
In 2004-2005 Conforti set up and directed a Masters degree in ‘Direzione lavori e cantiere di restauro e archeologico’ in collaboration with national and comunal superintendencies and other relevant associations (ACER and CEFME), as well as with firms active in this area. She has been part of national research projects (Cofin and Firb) and has collaborated with the following research centres: Maison de Science de l’Homme, Paris; Biblioteca Corsiniana and Biblioteca Lincei for critical editions and exhibitions. She has participated in many international conferences and has held seminars in the following universities: Università di Paris IV, INHA, Tiblisi, Cambridge, Harvard, Rutgers, Poitier, München, Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Paris, Tokio, as well as at the French Cultural Institute Istanbul.
As a leading scholar of Giorgio Vasari Conforti was invited by the Ministry of Culture (Mibac, Direzione Generale per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici) to participate in the research regarding the project for the New Uffizi Museums (Nuovi Uffizi), the results of which were published in three volumes in 2007 (Gangemi Editore Rome) as well as being involved in the new anti-seismic measures being adopted for the Uffizi (forthcoming). For the fifth centenary of Vasari’s birth in 2011 Conforti curated the exhibition held at the Uffizi Vasari, gli Uffizi e il Duca that was staged by the Polo Museale of Firenze with the Galleria degli Uffizi (June 2011 to January 2012); she was also the editor of the accompanying exhibition catalogue of the same title (Giunti Florence 2011). She has also co-ordinated exhibitions on Vasari and the Uffizi for the Italian Cultural Institute of Tokyo in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa where the show travelled to. Among her studies on water architectures and water cities are:  Acque, condotti, fontane e fronde. Le provvisioni per la delizia nella villa medicea di Castello, in Il teatro delle acque, editor D. Jones, Edizioni dell'Elefante, Roma 1992, pp. 76-89; I Ponti delle capitali europee, dalla Senna al Corno d'oro (editor with  Donatella Calabi), Milano Electa 2002;  Architettura e tecnologia. Acque, tecniche e cantieri nell'architettura rinascimentale e barocca  (editor with Andrew Hopkins), Roma, Nuova Argos 2002; La città del tardo Rinascimento, Laterza Roma-Bari, 2005.
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