I'm an information architect, a teacher, and a researcher.
I was trained as an architect at the Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy, and I hold a PhD in Legal Informatics from the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna, in Bologna, Italy. My master's thesis and early research had to do with morphogenetic design and the concept of sacred spaces, and my PhD dissertation consisted in the redesign of the digital library serving the Irnerio Archives containing the medieval manuscripts of common law from the Royal College of Spain in Bologna, Italy.
I have been practicing information architecture since 1999 for clients large and small in Italy and Europe and ran my own small studio with a partner in the early 2000s. I'm a former FatDUX associate, and I am currently a senior lecturer and program director at the International Business School of Jönköping University, in Jönköping, Sweden.
I teach courses and supervise theses on information architecture, cross-channel user experience, user experience design, systems thinking, innovation, information strategy, user research and interaction design.
My own research focuses on information architecture, cross-channel experiences, new media, and the concepts of space, place, and place-making in blended spaces. I've been a part of a number of different national and international projects in different roles, including the EU-funded ESTRELLA, TRIAS, HE-LP, and ISET, was WP leader for the Prosperity 4 All(P4A) project, a contributing writer for FOOTPRINT, and co-lead for Smart Housing's Office of the Future initiative. I was involved in international practice-led projects such as the proposed redesign of the Johannesburg Art Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa, and I'm currently co-director and chief architect for the upcoming creative studio at JU, part of nationally-funded projects supporting studio methods in research, education, and collaboration with the industry.
I co-founded Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, chaired a good deal of conferences including ASIS&T EuroIA, served two terms as the president of the Board of Directors of the Information Architecture Insitute where among other things I reimagined the research awards and helped start World IA Day. I co-created the Academic / Practitioner Roundtable at the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit, which is now in its 5th year and run mostly by a briliant posse of dedicated practitioners.
I'm the author, with Luca Rosati, of Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-channel User Experiences, published in 2011 by Morgan Kauffman, and the editor of Reframing information Architecture, published by Springer in 2014. I contributed chapters to a number of other books and I regularly publish both academic and practice-oriented articles and papers.
I teach masterclasses and workshops for both academic and professional audiences, and regularly speak or keynote at industry and academic conferences. I also bang my fingers on the piano daily, twang some guitar, read (way) too much, and play my fair share of board games and video games.