BARBARA DI PRETE

COORDINATOR / FACULTY MILAN

Barbara Di Prete graduated (MA) in 2002 at Politecnico di Milano with the valuation of 100/100 “cum laude” discussing a thesis about model making and prototyping in architectural and industrial design processes (published by Clup in 2005). In 2003 she obtained a scholarship from FAAR Foundation and from ADI Foundation to develop a research about Interior and industrial design.

In 2004 she founded the company “studio ghigos” (lately just acknowledged as “ghigos”), working in the fields of architecture, design and communication. During the following years professional consultancies and competitions were taken as opportunities to realise objects, exhibition and buildings whose designs were deeply permeated by such an inter-disciplinary approach.

In 2005 Ghigos was selected and published by Actar in the book that reviewed the Italian avant-garde; in 2008 won the award “Prime Cup” by “La Triennale di Milano”; in the same year designed and curated the exhibition “Vignette dal mondo per i diritti umani” for the Italian Ministero per le Pari Opportunità; since 2010 the project “panchina a dondolo” (the rocking bench) has been shown worldwide in “The New Italian Design” exhibition by “La Triennale di Milano”; in 2010 designed the temporary set of “DOCVA” at MAXXI in Rome.

In 2011 Maxxi and MoMA selected Ghigos for “YAP 2011 – Young Architect Program” (a competition among 5 shortlisted studios across all Europe); the presented project was later on display at MoMA in New York.

Theoretical researches have been developed through international workshops, conferences, publications and teaching activities. Barbara was invited as lecturer at the “Architects World Congress” (UIA), at the “IFW2010 – Interiors Forum World” in Milan; in 2013 was co-curator of the design section in the exhibition “Senza Pericolo” at La Triennale di Milano.

From 2005 to 2008 Barbara Di Prete has been Art Director for Omegna Forum – museum of the kitchenware industry district of Omegna – and since 2007 she has taught “product design” at NABA. In 2011 she completed the PhD in “Architettura degli interni e allestimento” at the Politecnico di Milano, and since then she has been teaching at the same university.