Hidden Tools. The Use Of Architecture As Reference in the Creative Process of Design


  • Alessandra Como University of Salerno
  • Luisa Smeragliuolo Perrotta University of Salerno





architecture as reference, creative process


The topic of the use of architecture as reference within the creative architectural design process is not a matter given for granted, both in the architectural culture and in the teaching. The Italian architecture studio courses are based on theoretical lectures and laboratory activities. The student's design experience is built through the combined action of theory and practice. The theoretical lectures offer the opportunity to address design issues also through discussion of examples of architecture. What are the examples of architecture that we can consider useful for the design project? And how do students use them within the design project? This paper aims to answer the questions through a theoretical investigation and through the presentation of an architectural design studio at the University of Salerno (Italy). Through the combination of theoretical issues that underlie the topic and the teaching experience, we want to give a contribution on the relationship between the architecture case studies and their use within the design process.

How to Cite

Como, A., & Smeragliuolo Perrotta, L. (2019). Hidden Tools. The Use Of Architecture As Reference in the Creative Process of Design. EAAE Annual Conference Proceedings, 42–45. https://doi.org/10.51588/eaaeacp.5



Author Biographies

Alessandra Como, University of Salerno

Alessandra Como is Associate Professor in Architectural and Urban Design. She studied in Naples at the university ‘Federico II’, where she also received a PhD in Architectural Design with a thesis dealing with the relationship between ruin and design in the work of Sir John Soane. She has worked several years at Francesco Venezia studio (Naples), then on her own and with other colleagues. She began her university career in the UK and the USA where she has taught design studio courses and history and theory courses at various architectural schools — Washington State University (U.S.A.), Architectural Association (London), Manchester School of Architecture (U.K.)–before returning to Italy at the University of Salerno. Architecture in her teaching, research, and also design work, is seen as an interpretative act, a work of manipulation, construction of narratives, and re-design.

Luisa Smeragliuolo Perrotta, University of Salerno

Luisa Smeragliuolo Perrotta is an Architect and PhD at the doctoral program at the University of Salerno (Italy). She is research assistant and also involved in the teaching activities within the Program of Engineering and Architecture, as professor, for the studio design courses at the University of Salerno. She is part of the resarch group for the European Project MAC — Monterusciello Agro City. She graduated in Architectural and Urban Design at the Faculty of Architecture of SUN (2nd University of Naples, Italy) cum laudem and dignity of the press. She participated at various workshops and design competitions on the themes of urban and architectural design and landscape. She is part of the National Association of Journalists, writing on architecture.