Organization /
Chi Siamo

Nature, Art & Residency was founded in 2015 by Associazione Amici Artista Franco Normanni, a nonprofit association, based in Bergamo, Italy. The Artist's family, originally from Val Brembana, lived in Bergamo. The association is the main supporter of NAHR and it is represented by the Artist's house, in Bergamo. Its medieval walled garden inspired Normanni's prolific work.
In 2016 Nature, Art & Habitat (NAHR) has become a nonprofit association as well.
Nature, Art & Residency è stata fondata nel 2015 dall'associazione Amici Artista Franco Normanni, un'associazione no-profit con sede a Bergamo, Italia. La famiglia dell'artista, originaria della Val Brembana, visse a Bergamo. L'associazione è il principale sostenitore di NAHR ed è rappresentata dalla casa degli artisti, a Bergamo. Il suo giardino murato medievale ispirò il prolifico lavoro di Normanni. Nel 2016 Nature, Art & Habitat (NAHR) è diventata un'associazione senza fini di lucro.

Founding Committee / Comitato Fondatore

Ilaria Mazzoleni, NAHR founder, Architect, author, educator, and founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles. Her conceptual work in the fields of sustainable architecture and biomimicry has been published internationally. Before joining CalArts, she has been faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Her research focus in biomimicry, where innovation in architecture and design is inspired by the processes and functions of nature. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy, and a Master of Building Science from the University of Southern California's School of Architecture.

Alexandru Balasescu, PhD. Anthropologist, writer, curator. Adjunct professor in urban studies at SFU. He publishes extensively in international journals covering interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approaches to urbanism, design, material culture and the body. His research has received support from the Center for German and European Studies, UC Berkeley; the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; the British Library; the French Institute of Research in Iran; and the Open Society Institute.

Anna Santi, PhD. NAHR curator. Graduated in Architecture at Istituto Universitario di Venezia, she holds a Ph.D. in Design for Cultural Heritage at Design Department of Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Her research is focused on the enhancement of cultural heritage through the use of digital archives and tools, to foster novel learning models. She has been involved in research projects at academic and institutional level, dedicated to curatorship, coordination and organization of exhibitions, workshops, conferences and cultural events.

President / Presidente 

Gabi Scardi,
NAHR President
Art Critic, Curator and Writer, Milano, Italy

Gabi Scardi is art critic, curator and writer. Her main field of research is arte at the intersection with anthropology, architecture, design and urban culture.
Scardi was consultant for visual art for the Milan Provincial Authority, and curator at MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. She worked with several institutions and museums in Italy and abroad. She teaches at several universities and art schools, such as Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan; IED-Istituto Europeo di Design, Moda e Arti Visive. Among her public projects the restoration of Alberto Burri’s Teatro Continuo, Milan (2015).
Since 2011 she has been the curator of nctm e l'arte project. She is also a writer, having contributed reviews and features extensively to many publications and exhibition catalogues. Among her publication: Paesaggio con figura: Arte, sfera pubblica, trasformazione sociale, ed. Allemandi & C., 2011.

Scientific Committee / Comitato Scientifico

Deborah Weintraub,  Scientific Committee Chairperson
Architect, Los Angeles, CA USA

Maristella Casciato
Architectural Historian, Roma, IT/Los Angeles, CA

Fulvia Mendini, 
Artist, Milano, Italy

Adrian Paci,
Artist, Tirana and Bergamo, Italy

Paolo Belloni,
Architect, Bergamo, Italy

Susanna Ravelli,
Culture Manager, Milano, Italy

Alessandro Mendini,
NAHR Founding Chairman_In Memoriam
Artist and Architect, Milano, Italy

Ambassadors / Ambasciatori

Jose Herrasti,
Architect Principal at  M u t u o
Los Angeles, CA USA / Mexico City, Mexico

Dan Disney, PhD

Poet and Professor
English Literature Program, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea

Dr Melissa Blanco Borelli,  

Senior Lecturer in Dance,
Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, University of London, London, UK

Lucinda Coleman, PhD  
Choreographer, Dancer, Writer
Adjunct Lecturer, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University
Perth, Australia

Sara Invernizzi,
Doctoress in Modern Literature. Scholar/expert of the Orobic territory
Torre de' Busi, Bergamo, Italy

Noah Mercer,
Software Architect,
Los Angeles, CA,

Asli Suner,
Architect, Educator
Istanbul, Turkey

Richard Molina,
Lecturer, Cal Poly Pomona, CalArts,
Los Angeles, CA,

Katie de Bari
Performer, Writer, Urban Agriculture Educator,
Orlando, FL,

Intern / Stagista

Sofia Della Pace
Cultural Project Manager
Milano, Italy

Past Ambassadors

Elena Stevanato,
Landscape Architect
Gardone Val Trompia, Brescia , Italy

Jenny Rodenhouse,
Designer and Professor
Interaction Design, Art Center College of Design, Santa Monica College, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Stefania Cabassi,
Freelance Geologist, Hydrogeological Instability and Spatial Planning,
Piazza Brembana, Bergamo , Italy

Technical Sponsors

Osservatorio Val Taleggio


Ecomuseum Val Taleggio recognized in 2008 by the Region Lombardy - in network with 17 others - is an institution dedicated to education, discussion and sharing of best practices to enhance the local heritage and local development for the knowledge of the territory: visitors centers; restoration of historical buildings, museums, identification of thematic routes promote new models of receptivity and community involvement through cultural, social and economic actions.

Media Partners

Institutional Partners

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