Degree in Architecture (Iuav), Specialization Degree in Medieval and Early Modern History of Art (Cattolica, Milan), PhD in History of Architecture (Iuav).
I usually teach architectural history - survey courses on Western architecture in the ancient, medieval and early modern ages - to architecture students. At VIU I have given courses on the architecture and art of Venice, a topic I am passionate about, which corresponds to one of my main fields of research.
I chose VIU because a colleague who had already taught at VIU asked me if I were interested in applying. Since then, I have taught 12 courses and VIU has more than doubled its member universities!
The experience of teaching at VIU is a stimulating and ever changing encounter. A great chance, for both professors and students, to develop their approach to education and broaden their perspectives. Alongside teaching and learning, an intense lesson in sensitivity, mental openness and flexibility.
I think, in addition to what I have written above, the opportunity of cultural exchanges and friendships with colleagues of different disciplines and from different countries, it is an important aspect, for which, I also recommend the experience to my colleagues. Last but not least, living in Venice, not only for its beauty and cultural heritage, but also for the unique lifestyle, which favours social and interpersonal relationships.
Moreover, the subject of my courses, "Art and architecture in Renaissance Venice", does not belong to the global issues that all students may be aware of. Also, to be addressed, it needs some basic knowledge. Teaching international students becomes a challenge when the class includes European students who are majoring in Art History and students from other continents who have never dealt with the topic. To cope with this situation, I look for specific strategies to engage all students, which also involves taking an interest in their culture.