M. Triggianese

M. Triggianese



Manuela graduated cum laude in Architecture (in 2010) at the Faculty of Architecture Luigi Vanvitelli in Italy. She worked as post-doc research fellow (from 2016 to 2018) at Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, as visiting researcher of UKNA program (in 2015) at the Beijing Technical University and as PhD Villard d'Honnecourt researcher (from 2011 to 2014) at Delft University of Technology, in co-operation with IUAV, Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville and Universidad de Sevilla. She cooperated with KAAN Architecten in Rotterdam from 2012 to 2016.


Manuela is Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology at the Department of Architecture, section of History & Complexity. She coordinates the master program of the academic group of Complex Projects (CP) and she teaches in MSc studios and seminars. She is member of ‘Architecture and the City’ (at TU Delft), ‘Smart Urban Mobility’ (at AMS Institute) and ‘Future(proof) Urban Infrastructure’ (at Deltas Infrastructure Mobility Initiative) research groups. In her research, she explores the role of design in large scale interventions, characterized by multiple stakeholders and designers, long term development (market driven) and densification process (mainly around infrastructural nodes). In November 2014 she achieved the PhD on this topic at IUAV in Italy - Universitá luav di Venezia, as participant of the international PhD research program Villard d’Honnecourt. This research focuses on the way the design (activities) influenced the development process of two High Speed Railway stations and their districts: Rotterdam Centraal and Euralille (forthcoming publication, Quodlibet). In education, she has experience in Research-Through-Design approach in design studios and workshops, through the work of her master studio students. In 2016 she developed the 2-years research (through education) project with Prof.ir.Kees Kaan and colleagues of CP academic group ” Amsterdam 2050 Complex Projects“ in collaboration with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, the City of Amsterdam and several practitioners. Among several publications, she recently published the book “ Stations as Nodes – exploring the role of stations in future metropolitan areas from a French and Dutch perspective” , "City of Innovations -  Living Stations"and the article “The spatial impact of train stations on small and medium-sized European cities and their contemporary design challenges” in the Journal of Urban Design (as co-author). 

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  • 2021

    NWO research project WALK-IN

    WALK-IN (acronym of Widening sustAinable mobiLity networKs: Impact on Nodes) focuses on how to improve mobility transition, make it seamless and create public space for more inviting and attractive stations for people and with less car. The general objective will be to develop a design toolkit for professionals in the creative industry which provide generic guidelines and spatial solutions for the integration of sustainable mobility with public space at stations. The project aims to develop a new network and an EU funding proposal on Energy transition and Sustainability.

    WALK-IN project is financed by NWO KIEM GoCi program, as an exploratory research in the field of the creative industry. Main activities are: planned workshops, research-by-design in education and a final symposium.

    Consortium partners are: PosadMaxwan, De Zwarte Hond, Vereniging Deltametropool, the City of Rotterdam, Bureau Spoorbouwmeester; Prorail Stations; Ministry of Infrastructure and the Water Management; Provincie Noord-Holland and Provincie Zuid-Holland.

  • 2018

    DIMI Special Project: The role of stations in future metropolitan areas

    What will the role and function of the station of the future be? The Delft Initiative for Mobility and Infrastructure (DIMI) awarded a 87.500,- research grant to Manuela Triggianese and Roberto Cavallo to research possible answers to this question in a cross-disciplinary program.

  • 2017

    AMS Strategic project: Amsterdam 2050 Urban Makeover

    The Chair of Complex Projects, Department of Architecture at Delft University of Technology, teamed up with AMS Institute, the municipality of Amsterdam and KAAN Architecten to focus on the theme AMSTERDAM 2050. The Graduate students and teachers of the Chair reimagined what nine different sites of the metropolitan area of Amsterdam would be in 2050, based on a critical analysis of current findings and practices in the city. In AMS Mid-City Studio, the focus has been on ?growth? and ?change?: growth of numbers of inhabitants and tourists, and change of energy, mobility, health and leisure concepts. There is an extra demand for new housing and housing types, new workspaces, new infrastructure and urban facilities and for different uses and management of public spaces.

  • 2016-12-15

    AMS Research Fellowship (2years)

    The role of the Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions is to help to set the agenda, and develop and valorize the upcoming research and education portfolio, while involving their colleague researchers and teachers at the founding universities, and several other academics and related universities. The fellowship run from 12-2016 to 12-2018

  • 2015

    UKNA Visiting Research Fellowship

    UKNA (Urban knowledge Network Asia) is funded by the EU's Marie Curie Actions. It is an inclusive network that brings together concerned scholars and practitioners engaged in collaborative research on cities in Asia. In 2015 she spent part of her research in China for three months with the UKNA grant working at the Beijing Technical University

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