Marcella Del Signore is an architect and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism. Since 2013, she is also the founding partner of OSW- Open Source Workshop, a practice networked in Europe and USA that explores open source methods for design. She holds a Master in Architecture from University La Sapienza in Rome and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York.
Her work concentrates on the relationship between architecture and urbanism by leveraging emerging technologies to imagine scenarios for the future of cities. She is interested in the development of architectural/urban space through digital processes, applied technology, and responsive systems. She operates through an expanded platform that combines teaching, research and design practice. Her strong focus on the spatial production of the urban/public realm has led her to develop a wide index of projects aimed to test strategies for the construction of the contemporary city. She has developed projects and promoted initiatives that, while working with physical conditions of cities, looked at the emerging needs of citizens and communities.
She has operated nationally and internationally through an extended network of partners, institutions and sponsors that have supported her work, receiving several awards including the ‘Young Italian Talent’ in architecture and design in 2010 and the ‘Urban urge Award’ in 2014. She has developed a series of ‘urban prototypes’ supported and promoted by the NEA- National Endowment for the Arts, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, Zero1 Art and Technology Biennal, European Union, Northern Spark Minneapolis, Emerging Artist Network, Fast Company – Fast Co.Exist Design + Innovation, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Milan Design Week, and the AIA New Orleans among others. She is a licensed architect and has practiced in Rome, Madrid, New Orleans, and New York. In New York she worked at Eisenman Architects and Richard Meier & Partners. She has taught and collaborated with different academic institutions in Europe and USA including Barnard+Columbia University, the Architectural Association, LSU School of Architecture, IaaC- Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, University of Waterloo, IN/ARCH- National Italian Institute of Architecture, University of Trento, and Tulane University where she has been the Director of the Study Abroad Program in Rome. She has lectured, published and exhibited widely.