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“Interiors to architecture, architecture to landscape, architecture or landscape to urban fabric, my work finds its foundation in the intersection of different disciplines, creating a bridge which binds them.”

Research profile

Irene Curulli is an Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her teaching and research interests have been fostered by years of teaching and mentoring at the Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), Cornell University (USA) and the University of Oregon (USA). Irene’s subject expertise lies at the intersection of architecture and landscape architecture, focusing on transformation of urban wastelands and post-industrial sites towards the implementation of a sustainable city. In particular, she is actively engaged in researches related to the sustainable regeneration of industrial areas along waterways. In 2007, she organized the International Conference ‘Urban Wastelands’ around this topic at the TU/e in 2007. At TU/e, she also developed a two-year research program into the transformation of abandoned industrial waterfronts, funded by the 'Excellentiefonds' at TU/e and from the Provincie-Noord Brabant (The Netherlands). Two books (see list publications) results from this research. Moreover, this research folded in a 2011 European Commission-funded project named E.L.I.R. (European Laboratory of Industrial Reuse) of which she was scientific coordinator. The project involved 7 European Universities.

 (weblink: http://industrialwaterways.weebly.com)

Academic background

Irene Curulli received her degree in architecture from UNIRC, Universita' degli Studi di Reggio Calabria, Faculty of Architecture, Italy where she received the First Class Honours and Distinction (110/110 and cum laude). After her post-graduate Master in Architecture from The Berlage Institute Amsterdam, she received her PhD in 1996. In 2000 she won a fellowship from Cornell University, USA where she taught and also researched the subject of wastelands and was awarded a jury position at Harvard University and at University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 she was visiting assistant professor at the university of Oregon, USA where she taught several design studio courses and research on five abandoned industrial  sites along the Willamette River.   


Irene Curulli runs Amsterdam based office Terrafirma. The strength of her projects lies in the inextricable weave between landscape and architecture and the specificity of the contexts represents the raw material for the design. Irene Curulli’s experience includes projects with Gigantes Zenghelis Architects, de Architekten Cie and with Inside Outside in several designs by OMA. She has also published numerous articles on Dutch architecture in ‘Space & Society’ magazine.

(weblink: www.terrafirma.nl )


Affiliated with

Affiliated with

2015-present: Member of the research group INTEGRO

2014-present: Member of ICOMOS, The Netherlands

2014-present: Member of TICCIH

2016: Expert reviewer for Change Over Time, International Journal on Conservation and The Built Environment, USA

2015: Expert reviewer for Journal of Architecture and Urban Design, Taylor & Francis, UK

2013: Expert reviewer for ICOMOS-UNESCO, Dossier for The Grand Canal of China, nomination proposal for the Inscription to the World Heritage List 2014

Member of Editorial Review Board

2010-present: of Journal of Sustainable Design Cultural Heritage, Emerald, UK

2015- present: (Journal) SPACE & FORM, Poland        

Member of Scientific committee

2014- present: (Books series), Cities, Design & Sustainability Altralinea International

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canal Earth & Environmental Sciences
public space Earth & Environmental Sciences
urban growth Earth & Environmental Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
architect Social Sciences
city Earth & Environmental Sciences
resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
building Social Sciences

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Projects 2016 2020

MateriArt "Art and Science of Materiality in Architectural Design Education"

Curulli, I., Bekkering, J., Klein, C., Klein, C. & van der Avoird, M.


Project: Research direct

e-Fiade: Exploring the Field of Interaction in Architectural Education

Curulli, I., Klein, C., Klein, C. & Sartorius - ter Haar, M.


Project: Research directResearch

Research Output 2004 2018

Industrial riverscapes and climate change in the Dutch delta area: ecological resilient strategies: coping with the future Noord river’s urban waterfront

Curulli, G. I., May 2017, Waterfront urban space: designing for blue-green places. Babalis, D. (ed.). Florence (Italy): Altralinea Edizioni, p. 34-45 12 p. (Cities, Design & Sustainability: The New Series; vol. 2)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Transforming Strijp S : from Philips industrial site to new residential and creative area.

Curulli, G. I. & Babalis, D., 2015

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Open Access

The making and remaking of dismissed industrial sites

Curulli, G. I., 2014, Florence: Alinea International. 71 p. (Cities, design and sustainability series; vol. 11)

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic

public space
conceptual framework
industrial site

Industrial canal waterfronts in The Netherlands : transforming the canal zones of B5

Curulli, G. I., 2012, Firenze: Alinea International. 128 p. (Cities, design and sustainability series; vol. 10)

Research output: Book/ReportBookAcademic



Best Master Teacher at TU/e

Irene Curulli (Recipient), 1 Sep 2010

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


Lawrence Halprin Fellowship

Irene Curulli (Recipient), 2000

Recognition: OtherFellowships & membershipsScientific

Research on Industrial (water) landscapes

Irene Curulli (Recipient), 2012

Recognition: OtherScientific

Activities 2009 2018

‘Thresholds in architectural education’ related to e-Fiade, (Erasmus+ KA2 cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices), title: Exploring the fields of interaction in Architectural Design education.

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Member of programme committee)
31 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

IADS (International Architectural Design Studio) e-Fiade (Erasmus+ KA2 cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices). Project title: Exploring the fields of interaction in Architectural Design education.

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Participant)
30 Oct 20186 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific


G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Member)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

VII INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE from the series 'Phenomena of borderland'

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Contributor)
29 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

Momenti di Architettura Contemporanea nuova serie (Journal)

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Peer reviewer)
8 Jun 201831 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific


The Built-up Heritage Over Time

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Student theses

A touch of home: creating a feeling of home in elderly housing through materials

Author: Broers, I., 19 Dec 2017

Supervisor: Mohammadi, M. (Supervisor 1), Curulli, G. (Supervisor 2) & Kindt, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


"Between land & water": ecology research center in a context of riparian landscape

Author: Shilova, A., 31 May 2017

Supervisor: Curulli, G. (Supervisor 1), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2), Schilperoort, H. (Supervisor 2) & Moonen, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Blue School

Author: Fisscher, J., 28 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 1), Curulli, G. (Supervisor 2) & Schilperoort, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Changing lanes: vrouwenopvang: het terugvinden van je zintuigen in architectuur

Author: de Groot, E., 31 Dec 2008

Supervisor: Molenaar, B. (Supervisor 1), Voorthuis, J. (Supervisor 2) & Curulli, G. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Creative tiles: the contemporary museum as part of the creative network of Liège

Author: Aulenta, D., 30 Apr 2011

Supervisor: Bosman, A. (Supervisor 1), Curulli, G. (Supervisor 2) & Dehaene, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master