Francesca Perani, © francesca perani, Photographer: francesca perani

Francesca Perani IT
via cappuccini 3 | 24021 Albino

Francesca is an architect and an instigator. she grew up in the 70s, adored the 80s, was deeply confused in the 90s, now tuning in with the new millennium. Trained as an architect in Italy, Belgium, Australia, United Kingdom, she has been trapped in a graphic designer’s mind and now inextricably taken hostage by cre(ative)-activism. She is an architect, visual artist, educator and activist promoting change in the architecture field.

She enjoys experimenting with the space-making process through the obsessive use of holes, sharp diagonals, bold materials that can breake the 90°degrees box rules. She really needs now to move on to round surfaces, sustainable materials but most of all to a more equitable collaborative environment. She works tirelessly across multiple facets of architecture and visual communication with irony. Her emotional and communicative charge finds its expression both in objects and surfaces.

She is a firm believer in the power of shared creativity as an effective instrument to bring about change.

Before founding her studio, she collaborated with several international studios, including ENZO MARI in Milan (IT), Russell Hall in Brisbane (AU), and TTSP The Thomas Saunders Partnership in London (UK). Since 2007 she owns and runs FrancescaPeraniEnterprise studio, working in interior architecture, design and art direction. From 2011 to 2013 she co-owned SpectaculArch! Studio.

In 2012 she was elected vice-president of Ordine degli Architetti, Bergamo branch (Architecture Association Bergamo); where she coordinated and cofounded the ARCHIDONNE (female architects) collective. Since 2011 she lectures at IED Istituto Europeo di Design, International Master courses. She has been a tutor at Politecnico di Milano, guest lecturer at Universita’ Degli Studi Di Bergamo engineering department, Beijing university – Faculty of Architecture, Donghua University – Rosso Fashion & art school Shanghai, China, New Bulgarian University, Design department in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Currently working on social initiatives: since 2016 she runs , an open-source platform delivering a more inclusive and diverse world of free cutouts for the architecture community. Since 2017 she is president and co-curator, together with 14 creatives and more than 55 international advisors, of RebelArchitette a no-profit cultural project, promoting 1000 women’s work in the architecture profession, the application of gendered language and more equitable public panels. Rebelarchitette's curatorial project has been recently exhibited in a dedicated section at LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2021 Italian Pavillion.

Her work has been published in a number of national and international specialised publications; Urban Cabin project was nominated at PIRANESI AWARDS (November 2021), nominated TOP 9 small spaces 2020 DWELL AWARD (2020 December ), TOP 10 interiors 2020 DEZEEN (2020 December ), BIG SEE ARCHITECTURE AWARD WINNER (October 2020) Longlisted DEZEEN AWARD (2020 September). In 2016 she placed second place in MOMOWO’s International photographic competition, she was a winner at 2015 Biennale Interieur in Kortrijik in Belgium with the bistrobar design DriedChatroom, in cooperation with Sandra Marchesi and Studio DWA. She was awarded a special mention at the international competition Young Designer Adam’o Eva 2008.