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 focused on morphogenetic design and the concept of sacred spaces, and my PhD dissertation was devoted to the reconceptualization and redesign of the Irnerio digital library providing access to the three hundred medieval manuscripts of common law belonging to the Royal Collage of Spain in Bologna.
I have been practicing information architecture since 1999 for clients large and small in Italy and Europe and I ran my own small studio with a partner in the early 2000s. I’m a former FatDUX associate, and I’m currently an associate professor of experience design and information architecture in the Department of Intelligent Systems and Digital Design at Halmstad University in Halmstad, Sweden. Before that I was a senior lecturer and the program director for the Master’s in Information Architecture and Innovation at Jönköping International Business School and the Director of Research and Innovation for the Center for Co-production, part of the School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.
I teach courses and supervise theses on information architecture, digital / physical experience design, systems thinking, service design, digital transformation, game design and serious games, and interaction design.
My own research focuses on information architecture, digital / physical 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; I was WP leader for the Prosperity 4 All (P4A) project, a contributing writer for the dissemination and outreach project FOOTPRINT, a member of the digital transformation project TTAAA, and a co-lead for Smart Housing Småland’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 designed the creative studio at JIBS, part of nationally-funded projects supporting studio methods in research, education, and collaboration with the industry.
I’m one of the founders of Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, and I served two terms as the president of the Board of Directors of the now dissolved Information Architecture Institute, where among other things I reimagined the research awards and helped create World IA Day. I chaired a good number of conferences and was the originator of the Academic / Practitioner Roundtable, now in its 8th year and run by a briliant posse of dedicated practitioners.
I wrote Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-channel User Experiences with Luca Rosati, published by Morgan Kaufmann in 2011, Reframing information Architecture, published by Springer in 2014, and Advances in Information Architecture with Sarah Rice and Bern Irizarry, published again by Springer in 2021. 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 make things, bang my fingers on the piano, twang some guitar, read (way) too much, and play more than my fair share of board games and video games.