Principal, Design Director, Founder
Paola is an Architect by training and an Italian designer living and practicing in the United States since 1999. Paola’s strengths are in strategic planning, design and innovation management, with particular focus on fabrication and feasibility of complex object making. She is highly engaged in all aspects of contemporary design and an expert in how hybrid thinking informs the design process.
Prior to founding FIELD COLLECTIVE in 2012, for twelve years, she worked on high profile projects at internationally recognized firms like Neil Denari Architects and Frank Gehry Partners.
Paola’s expertise in the practice of architecture spans from master planning to interior design.
She is also a passionate researcher, educator and design mentor. When her schedule allows, she teaches Architecture, Interior Architecture and Digital Fabrication at Woodbury University Interior Architecture Department and at CalPoly Pomona Architecture Department.
Her Graduate degree final project (University of Florence, 1998, Italy) was done in collaboration with WEST8 in Rotterdam (Holland).
In 2004 she obtained her Post-graduate degree in Metropolitan Research and Design from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc).
The ALPHA team entry has been selected by NASA within the top 10 projects in the Phase 3 BIM Level 1 submission.