Assistant Professor

Irene Curulli

Interiors to architecture, architecture to landscape, architecture or landscape to urban fabric, my work finds its foundation in the intersection of different disciplines, creating a bridge which binds them.

Research Profile

Irene Curulli is an Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her teaching and research interests have been fostered by years of teaching and mentoring at the Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria (Italy), Cornell University (USA) and the University of Oregon (USA). Irene’s subject expertise lies at the intersection of architecture and landscape architecture, focusing on transformation of urban wastelands and post-industrial sites towards the implementation of a sustainable city. In particular, she is actively engaged in researches related to the sustainable regeneration of industrial areas along waterways. In 2007, she organized the International Conference ‘Urban Wastelands’ around this topic at the TU/e in 2007. At TU/e, she also developed a two-year research program into the transformation of abandoned industrial waterfronts, funded by the 'Excellentiefonds' at TU/e and from the Provincie-Noord Brabant (The Netherlands). Two books (see list publications) results from this research. Moreover, this research folded in a 2011 European Commission-funded project named E.L.I.R. (European Laboratory of Industrial Reuse) of which she was scientific coordinator. The project involved 7 European Universities.  (weblink:

Academic Background

Irene Curulli received her degree in architecture from UNIRC, Universita' degli Studi di Reggio Calabria, Faculty of Architecture, Italy where she received the First Class Honours and Distinction (110/110 and cum laude). After her post-graduate Master in Architecture from The Berlage Institute Amsterdam, she received her PhD in 1996. In 2000 she won a fellowship from Cornell University, USA where she taught and also researched the subject of wastelands and was awarded a jury position at Harvard University and at University of Pennsylvania. In 2012 she was visiting assistant professor at the university of Oregon, USA where she taught several design studio courses and research on five abandoned industrial  sites along the Willamette River.      Irene Curulli runs Amsterdam based office Terrafirma. The strength of her projects lies in the inextricable weave between landscape and architecture and the specificity of the contexts represents the raw material for the design. Irene Curulli’s experience includes projects with Gigantes Zenghelis Architects, de Architekten Cie and with Inside Outside in several designs by OMA. She has also published numerous articles on Dutch architecture in ‘Space & Society’ magazine. (weblink: )  

Current Educational Activities

Ancillary Activities

  • professionele activiteit, architectuurontwerp, Terrafirma