Academic work and interviews
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)

Academic work and interviews


circa 1970-2015

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • approx. 7760 slides
    0.33 l.m. of textual records
    523 digital files (87 GB)
Scope and content:

The series documents Pettena’s academic work and his activities as an architecture critic from the 1970s to the mid 2010s. It documents Pettena’s teaching, including his work as professor of History of Contemporary Architecture at the University of Florence from 1973 to 2008, but also as professor of Design at California State University. It also includes materials related to lectures and conferences he gave either on his work or on subjects he studied, including lectures for the Domus Academy in 1993. The series also documents interviews he gave during his career to promote his projects, his exhibitions or publications, as well as for publications and exhibitions on him and his work.

The series contains administrative material related to Pettena’s work as a professor, chiefly at the University of Florence, such as correspondence and course syllabi. The series also includes Pettena’s teaching material, such as notes and reference material, and photocopies of reading assignments for courses. This series also contains a large collection of reference slides, predominantly on contemporary architecture and design and on architects, such as Ettore Sottsass Sr. and Jr., Hans Hollein, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Scarpa, Oscar Niemeyer, Buckminster Fuller, and Studio Alchimia, as well as on contemporary artistic movements. Also included is student work, such as student theses from University of Florence and one thesis from a student at the California State University.

The series also contains materials related to Pettena’s lectures, including correspondence, presentation texts, and promotional material for lectures, seminars and courses. Finally, the series includes material from Pettena’s interviews, such as interview transcripts, copies of published interviews, and audio and video recordings of interviews.
Reference number:


Files in this series are arranged as followed: files related to Pettena’s teaching, followed by material related to Pettena’s lectures and seminars, and finally his interviews.
Credit line:
Gianni Pettena fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Gianni Pettena/
Gift of Gianni Pettena
Language of material:
  • Italian
  • English

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