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.

Founder / Fondatrice  //  President / Presidente

Ilaria Mazzoleni, NAHR founder,
Architect, author, educator, and founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles.

Ilaria conceptual work in the fields of sustainable architecture and biomimicry has been published internationally. Ilaria has been faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and CalArts in Los Angeles. Her research focus in biomimicry, where innovation in architecture and design is inspired by the processes and functions of nature. Her book Architecture Folows Nature - Biomimetic Principles for Innovative Design is published by CRC Press. 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.

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

Fulvia Mendini, 
Milano, Italy

Adrian Paci,
Tirana and Bergamo, Italy

Susanna Ravelli,
Culture Manager,
Milano, Italy

Anna Santi, NAHR Co-Founder
PhD. Educator,
Milano, Italy 

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

Past Scientific Commitee Members

Alexandru Balasescu, PhD. Anthropologist, NAHR Co-Founder (2015-2019)
Cristina Rodeschini
, Art Curator, Bergamo, Italy (2015-2020)
Paola Tognon, Art Curator, Bergamo Italy (2015-2019)
Kyong Park, Artist, San Diego, USA (2016-2019)
Paolo Belloni,
Architect, Bergamo, Italy (2020-2021)

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,  

Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of the Dance Program at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

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,

Sofia Della Pace
Project Manager,
Milano, Italy
Roxanne Korda
Opera singer, librettist, PhD candidate with M4C at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Co-founder of Infinite Opera, Birmingham, UK

Katarina Rozalia Sallemova
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

Isabel Kuh - Intern June 2022
Art History and Fine Art Undergraduate, Artist-curator,
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Over the years we have been partnering with:

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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