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Persoonlijk profiel


“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, an architect and landscape architect, is 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 degli Studi Mediterranea (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 the transformation of urban wastelands and post-industrial landscapes, particularly water-related ones, towards the implementation of a sustainable city. She is author of three books on this subject. She is currently developing the research ‘Water Wise Landscapes’ focused on industrial heritage reuse with relation to water and the climate change. 

In 2007, Irene organized the International Conference ‘Urban Wastelands’ at the TU/e, where she also developed a two-year research program into the transformation of abandoned industrial waterfronts. The research was funded by the 'Excellentiefonds' at TU/e and from the Provincie-Noord Brabant (The Netherlands). 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. She is the coordinator of several multi-disciplinary ERASMUS+ projects.

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

Academic background

Irene’s emphasis on synergetic and integrative exchange across design disciplines is rooted in her educational background, comprising a degree in architecture from the Università degli Studi Mediterranea (Italy), and in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wageningen (The Netherlands), a post-graduate Master at the Berlage Institute Amsterdam and a Ph.D. on the ‘Landscape Attitude’ in contemporary Architectural Design’ from the University of Naples (Italy).In 2000 she won a fellowship from Cornell University, USA where she taught and also researched the subject of wastelands and was awarded of 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 researched on five abandoned industrial sites along the Willamette River.  Irene was awarded the prize ‘Best Master Teacher’ of TU/e in 2010.

Irene Curulli runs the 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 Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
public space Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
urban growth Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
multiplier Sociale wetenschappen
school graduate Sociale wetenschappen
poster Sociale wetenschappen
Netherlands Sociale wetenschappen
architect Sociale wetenschappen

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Projecten 2016 2020


Curulli, G. I. (., Bekkering, J. D., Klein, C., Klein, C., van der Avoird, M., Massaad, H. & Massaad, H.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Erasmus + TOBB

Curulli, G. I. (., Klein, C., Klein, C., Sartorius - ter Haar, M., Massaad, H. & Massaad, H.


Project: Onderzoek direct

Onderzoeksoutput 2004 2019

Ghost industries: industrial water landscapes on the Willamette River in Oregon

Curulli, G. I., jul 2018, Florence, Italy: Altralinea Edizioni. 125 blz. (City, Design & Sustainability.The New Series; nr. 4)

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportRapportAcademic


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

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresAbstract

Open Access

The making and remaking of dismissed industrial sites

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

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekAcademic

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 blz. (Cities, design and sustainability series; vol. 10)

Onderzoeksoutput: Boek/rapportBoekAcademic



Best Master Teacher at TU/e

Irene Curulli (Ontvanger), 1 sep 2010

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk


Lawrence Halprin Fellowship

Irene Curulli (Ontvanger), 2000

Prijs: AndersFellowships & membershipsWetenschappelijk

Research on Industrial (water) landscapes

Irene Curulli (Ontvanger), 2012

Prijs: AndersOverigWetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2009 2019

MateriArt: Arte and Science of Materiality in Architectural Design education

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Organisator)
3 okt 20194 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk

MateriArt: Arte and Science of Materiality in Architectural Design education

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Organisator)
3 okt 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk

e-Fiade Transnational Meeting 6

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Organisator)
19 jun 201920 jun 2019

Activiteit: Types deelname aan of organisatie van een evenementWorkshop, seminar, cursus of expositieWetenschappelijk


G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Spreker)
29 mei 2019

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesGenodigd sprekerWetenschappelijk

2019 International Conference 'Water as Heritage' (Evenement)

G.I. (Irene) Curulli (Voorzitter)
27 mei 201931 mei 2019

Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van commissieWetenschappelijk


The Built-up Heritage Over Time

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

Auteur: Broers, I., 19 dec 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Shilova, A., 31 mei 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


Blue School

Auteur: Fisscher, J., 28 mrt 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: de Groot, E., 31 dec 2008

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Aulenta, D., 30 apr 2011

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master