64th Course on Palladian Architecture
The Palladio Project: understanding functions, changing forms, transforming life
Vicenza + Veneto, 31 August - 6 September
coordinated by Guido Beltramini and Howard Burns


Donata Battilotti, Università di Udine
Donata Battiloti teaches History of Architecture in the Arts Faculty at the University of Udine. Her interests include: the life and works of Andrea Palladio, the use of tax documents in reconstructing the urban image and landscape of sixteenth-century Vicenza, Venetian villas, the construction of the Palazzo Comunale, the Piazza Contarena and Piazza I° Maggio in Udine, eighteenth-century Friulan architecture, and commercial and manufacturing settlements in Livorno and in Florence during the Renaissance.
Guido Beltramini, Direttore CISA Andrea Palladio
Guido Beltramini has been director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura (CISAAP) since 1991. He was a contract professor at the University of Ferrara from 1994 to 2002 and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2015. His main interest is the history of Renaissance architecture, with a special focus on Palladio, Venetian architecture, the art of war, and the study of the Antique.
Howard Burns, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Chairman of the CISAAP Advisory Board, Howard Burns has taught at the University of Cambridge, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Harvard University, the IUAV, Venice, and the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, of which he is now professor emeritus. He has played a major role in the preparation of all the CISAAP exhibitions as well as in the organisation of exhibitions on Raphael (Rome, 1984), Giulio Romano (Mantua, 1989) and Francesco di Giorgio (Siena, 1993). His publications include essays on Filippo Brunelleschi, Leon Battista Alberti, Francesco di Giorgio, Raphael, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Giulio Romano, Pirro Ligorio, Michele Sanmicheli and Michelangelo.
Gianmario Guidarelli, Università IUAV di Venezia, Università degli Studi di Padova
After graduating in architecture from the Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav, 2002), Gianmario Guidarelli obtained a PhD in the history of architecture and the city from the Scuola di Studi Avanzati, Venice (2006). He has collaborated with several universities and Italian and international research institutes. He currently teaches the history of architecture at the University of Padua and is the director of the international project entitled “The Churches Of Venice. New Research Perspectives” (Studium Generale Marcianum, Venice). His main research interests are the history of architecture, especially religious architecture from the 15th to 17th centuries, with a special focus on the relations between construction sites, design culture and liturgy. He has published essays or monographs on Venetian civil, religious and confraternal architecture, Naples cathedral, the architecture of the religious orders in the Renaissance and the cathedral of San Pietro di Castello. He has collaborated with the cisaap since 2005.
Francesco Marcorin, Curatore del Palladio Museum
Having graduated with the a first-class degree in architecture, Francesco Marcorin obtained a PhD from the Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav) with a thesis on Michele Sanmicheli (2014). He then collaborated with the State Archives in Verona, where he conducted an initial re-ordering of the archive of Bevilacqua di San Michele alla Porta. In addition to studies on Sanmicheli and his workshop, his current research interests include spolia in the Late Antique and Modern Ages, Renaissance architectural theory, and patronage and art collecting in 16th to 18th century Veneto.
Damiana Lucia Paternò
Damiana Lucia
After graduating from Venice University Institute of Architecture (iuav, 2008), she obtained a PhD in the Conservation of the Architectural Heritage from the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on restorations of Palladian buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries (2013). Since 2008 she has been a teaching assistant at the iuav. As a research fellow at the same institute (2014), she conducted studies on Palladio’s construction techniques and drafted a project for a catalogue of them in cooperation with the Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and the cisaap, with which she has collaborated since 2010. She has taken part in Italian and international conferences and has written essays and articles on the state of conservation of Palladian works and their restorations; she drafted the first complete register of all Palladian restoration works carried out since 1945, published as Palladio, materiali, tecniche, restauri (2011).
Elena Svalduz, Università di Padova
Elena Svalduz is Associate Professor of History of Architecture in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the University of Padua. Her principal interests are the history of architecture, the history of the city in the modern age, and the historical landscape. A member of both the AISU Board of Directors and the Steering Committee of Visualizing Cities since 2017, with Gianmario Guidarelli she jointly curates the "Armonie composte" project and publishing series on the monastic landscape (