Marcella Del Signore is an architect and urbanist who holds a Master in Architecture from University La Sapienza in Rome and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York. She is the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersections of design with urban space and architecture. Since 2013, she is also the founding partner of OSW- Open Source Workshop, a practice networked in Europe and USA that explores open source methods for design.
Her work concentrates on the relationship between urban space, social practices and information technologies as a mode to test how we collectively produce future urban scenarios. She is interested in the development of the public / urban space through performative actions, applied technology, responsive systems and digital processes. Her current research operates at multiple scales, looking at the interdisciplinary aspects of architecture, public space and urban development through the lens of digital processes and small-scale interventions as testing devices for the construction of urban scenarios. She operates through an expanded platform that combines teaching, research and design practice. Her strong focus on the spatial production of the public realm has led her to develop a wide index of built and theoretical projects aimed to test strategies for the construction of the contemporary city.
She has operated internationally through an extended network of partners, institutions and sponsors that have supported her work, receiving several awards including the ‘urban urge award’ in 2014. She has practiced in Rome, Madrid, New Orleans, and New York. In New York she worked at Eisenman Architects and Richard Meier & Partners. She has taught and collaborated with different academic institutions in Europe and USA including Barnard+Columbia University, LSU School of Architecture, IN/ARCH, and Tulane University in New Orleans where she has been the Director of the Study Abroad Program in Rome. In 2010 she was awarded “Young Italian Talent“ in the Architecture and Design Category by the Italian Government. She has lectured, published and exhibited widely.