Giovanna Galfione is a licensed architect in Italy, where she practiced for 15 years working on institutional, mixed-use and social housing projects, primarily in the Florentine urban context and for both public and private clients. Her italian professional experience includes master planning and urban design, as well as adaptive reuse of historic buildings. In 1996 she was a founding partner of RBGC - Architecture, Research, Urbanism- in Charlottesville VA. She was lead designer for renovations, additions and new mixed-use infill buildings in Charlottesville’s Historic Districts, as well as residential Planned Unit Developments and community design projects with local developers and non-profit groups. In 2010 she designed the first certified Passive House in Virginia. She received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Florence in 1977, and was a Visiting Architectural Scholar at Columbia University in 1982, focusing on New York City’s social housing in the 1970s.