Virginia San Fratello, Chair of the Department of Design in the College of Humanities & Arts, San Jose State University | Rael San Fratello, Partner | Emerging Objects, Partner
Virginia San Fratello’s work folds together traditional and indigenous craft alongside contemporary technologies. She is a co-founder of Rael San Fratello which is grounded in the disciplines of architecture and interior design as a basis for creative production. Virginia grew up in the forests and tobacco farms of the deep South. Humor and play are important aspects of her work, which are often layered with serious topics that span the themes of immigration, start-up companies, waste, homelessness, fashion, and 3D printing.



Patrizio Martinelli, Miami University
Patrizio M. Martinelli studied at Venice University IUAV where he earned a Master’s degree in Architecture and a PhD in Architectural Composition. Since August 2017 is a Assistant Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His teaching and research focus on modernism, domestic and urban interiors, adaptive reuse and the concept of theatricality. He’s also been guest teacher at Münster School of Architecture and BTU Cottbus (Germany) and at Escuela de Arquitectura de Toledo (Spain). His researches have been published in monographs and journals, and presented in several international conferences in Italy, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK and the United States.

Keith Bresnahan, OCAD University
Keith Bresnahan is Associate Professor of Design History and Theory at OCAD University, where he is also the Graduate Program Director for OCAD’s MA program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories. He is a historian of architecture and design in the modern era, with a particular interest in 19th-century France. He is the editor (with JoAnne Mancini) of Architecture and Armed Conflict: the Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2014), and is currently completing a manuscript entitled On the Commune’s Ruins: emotion and spatial violence in late 19th-century Paris, under contract with McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Patrick Macklin and Thomai Pnevmonidou, The Glasgow School of Art
Patrick Makilin is Head of the Interior Design Department at The Glasgow School of Art. He co-founded pop-up innovators Lapland, designed as Frozen River and was an associate artist and designer for the award-winning theatre company Suspect Culture. He collaborates with Thomai Pnevmonidou as SpaceKraft. His work has been exhibited and published internationally and he has contributed to shaping future  academic directions for the discipline in the UK, China, SE Asia and the Gulf. He is a trustee of Interior Educators (IE), the subject association for interiors in the UK.

Thomai Pnevmonidou is a lecturer in Interior Design department at The Glasgow School of Art. Her research and practice investigates the relationship between space and memory through the power of imagination and storytelling. Thomai is currently undertaking an MEd observing and documenting studio participation and motivation. She has contributed online journals and has worked as an illustrator. With Patrick Macklin she established the interdisciplinary research studio SpaceKraft.

Ryan Roark, Georgia Tech School of Architecture, Atlanta
Ryan is the 2019-2021 NEXT Teaching Fellow at Georgia Tech School of Architecture, where her research focuses on urban design and interventions into historic buildings. She previously taught at Rice University and has worked at architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles. She received her MArch from Princeton and her PhD in Oncology from Cambridge. Ryan has written about the history of preservation and of urbanization in JSAH, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Pidgin, and the forthcoming books Ruskin’s Ecologies, Modeling the Nonhuman Condition, and a special issue of Early Modern Literary Studies, focusing on liminal domestic spaces.

Timothy Rohan, University of Massachusetts
Timothy M. Rohan is a professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His research focuses upon architecture and design from the mid-twentieth century to the present. He is the author of The Architecture of Paul Rudolph (Yale, 2014). He also edited a volume of scholarly articles about the architect, Reassessing Rudolph (Yale, 2017). Rohan has published about subjects ranging from brutalism to disco architecture in edited volumes and in journals, such as Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Art in America. He is working on a new book about late twentieth-century Manhattan residential interiors.




Maya Alam, University of Pennsylvania

Naomi Frangos, Cornell University

Antonin Mongin and Anna Saint Pierre, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs

Kevin Moore, Auburn University

Alex Augusto Suarez, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy

Shai Yeshayahu, Ryerson University


Host Committee:

Lois Weinthal
Linda Zhang
(Ryerson University, School of Interior Design, FCAD)

Deborah Schneiderman
(Pratt Institute, Department of Interior Design, School of Design)
Anca I. Lasc
Karyn Zieve
(Pratt Institute, Department of the History of Art and Design, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)


Symposium Schedule


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