Mauro Baracco, PhD, architect, is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, where he is the Deputy Dean of International.
Formerly the Deputy Dean of Landscape Architecture (2013–2015), Mauro is a member of RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design executive committee and The Centre for Design Practice Research (d___ Lab) through which he leads consulting projects in partnership with industry and government bodies.
Mauro is also a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering of Milan Polytechnic, Italy.
Mauro was born and educated in Italy where he practiced and taught at Turin Polytechnic and the European Institute of Design, Milan. He moved to Melbourne in 1996, where he has been an academic at RMIT since, and a director of Baracco + Wright Architects. His research explores states of integration between open and built spaces, and natural and urban environments, spanning from large territorial/urban to small site scales. Mauro’s projects and writings have been widely published in books and journals (Domus, Abitare, Casabella, A+U, Transition, Architecture Australia among others), exhibited and awarded nationally and internationally, and presented at conferences and symposia.
Mauro’s research investigations are engaged with the exploration of states of relationship between architecture and place, focused on degrees of integration between open and built spaces, and natural and urban environments. These topics are explored in his complementary activities as a practitioner and academic, through a design approach that investigates non-hierarchical forms of correlation between large territorial/urban scale visions and smaller site scale interventions, testing integration of built and open vegetated space as an essential condition for urban, landscape, economic and social resilience.
Mauro’s extensive work on these topics span from PhD research supervision, critical re-interpretations of modernist and late modernist architects (closely related to the course of History of the 20th Century Architecture that was held in partnership with Prof. Peter Corrigan from 1997 to 2013), to publications and exhibitions documenting design research projects in urban and rural contexts of Australia and internationally.
Among the latter, consistently produced in collaboration with industry partners, government bodies, community and environmental organizations, from 2011 to 2013 Mauro has led an international mobility project with the collaboration of 3 Australian and 3 European schools (RMIT Melbourne, UTS Sydney, QUT Brisbane, UPC-ETSAB Barcelona, ENSA Toulouse, Turin Polytechnic) and various related external organizations (Greening Australia and Habitat 141 among others), involving students and staff’s exchanges engaged in collaborative design projects on the extended topic of urban sustainability and resilience in relation to climate change.
This has led to the research laboratory ‘Regenerated Towns in Regenerated Nature’ for the urban rehabilitation of towns in decline in the Wimmera region, Victoria, Australia (see: www.townsandnature.com; www.rmitallchange.weebly.com).
Other research projects under Mauro’s coordination are focused on urban and landscape regeneration in both Australian and European cities. Mauro’s PhD thesis on the thought and work of Melbourne late modernist architect Robin Boyd – in the process of being published by Routledge – also investigates conditions of identity between representation techniques and conceptual positions that are applied and tested in relationship to the design approach of this Australian architect as strongly inclined towards integration of open and built space. Mauro’s research has been disseminated widely through publications, exhibitions and presentations in Australia and internationally.
Events and exhibitions
2010 Constellations: A large number of Small drawings, RMIT Gallery, Storey Hall, Melbourne, Australia, 8 April–26 June 2010; Chief curator: Suzanne Davies, Curator: Vanessa Gerrans (an exhibition related to the Drawing Out conference, organized by RMIT University and the University of Arts, London, 7–9 April 2010)
2009 Participation of Baracco + Wright Architects (by invitation) to: Out of the Square, Beach Architecture on theMornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Victoria, Australia, 13 November 2008–22 February 2009; Curator: Rodney James
2008 Participation of Baracco + Wright Architects (by invitation) to: Abundant, Australian Pavilion, 11th International Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, September–November 2008;Commissioner: Lucy Turnbull, Creative Directors: Neil Durbach, Vince Frost, Wendy Lewin, Kerstin Thompson, Gary Warner
2006 Participation of Baracco + Wright Architects (by invitation) to: Housing Design Project, Myers & Melbourne Central Link Bridge, Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Australia, 4–14 October 2006; Curators: Shane Murray, Diego Ramirez and Simon Whibley, held in conjunction with 're Housing: UAL International Conference', 5–8 October 2006
2011 Tree Sprawl - Consolidation and Expansion of Open Vegetated Space; Projects in the Urban Territory of Merri Creek, Melbourne, CERES Community Environment Park, East Brunswick, Melbourne, 31 July 2011
2011 A collaboration between RMIT University, School of Architecture and Design; MCMC, Merri Creek Management Committee; and CERES Community Environment Park, 11 June–1 July 2011
2008 Curatorship and fit-out design (with the collaboration of Oliver Hutchison) of: CBD North - An exhibition of works in progress for a publication, RMIT University, School of Architecture and Design, Building 45, Lygon Street, Carlton, 27 May–1 June 2008
2006 Co-coordination of: Rapt! Laboratory for Social Space Melbourne, Research Workshop and Exhibition, The Greenhouse (Atelier Bow-Wow urban installation), City Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne, 25 August–2 September 2006
Coordinators: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Taira Nishizawa (Japan), Mauro Baracco (RMIT University, Baracco + Wright Architects), Marika Neustupny (RMIT University, NMBW Architecture Studio).
Exhibitors: Tsukamoto Lab, RMIT Architecture students, Tokyo Institute of Technology students, Tsukuba University Architecture students.
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L. (2019). Architecture's Role in the Repair of the Natural Environment In: Acumen, , 1 - 19
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L.,Tegg, L. (2018). Repair - Creative Direction In: Australian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition Venice, Italy
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L.,Tegg, L. (2018). Repair - Exhibition Design In: Australian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition Venice, Italy
- Baracco, M. (2018). Grassland Common: Linking Ecology and Architecture In: 'Repair,' the Australian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Biennale Venice, Italy
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L. (2018). Designing for Repair In: Landscape Architecture Australia Melbourne, Australia
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L. (2018). Repair (book project) In: Repair: the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Melbourne (AIA); and Barcelona and New York (Actar)
- Baracco, M.,Wright, L. (2018). Repair: The Micro/Macro Continuum In: Repair: the Australian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale Melbourne (AIA); New York and Barcelona (Actar)
- Baracco, M. (2017). Rose House 2 In: 2017 WA Architecture Award for Residential Architecture - Houses (New) Melbourne, Australia
- Baracco, M. (2017). Super Field exhibition design In: Super Field Melbourne, Australia
- Baracco, M. (2017). Urban Ecology In: Architect Victoria Melbourne, Australia
5 PhD Completions9 PhD Current Supervisions