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Richard Ingersoll 
Founder and Director of TerraViva Program

He was born in California, USA,1949, earned a doctorate in architectural history at UC Berkeley, and was a tenured associate professor at Rice University (Houston) from 1986-97. He has lived off and on in Tuscany since 1970 and currently teaches at Syracuse University in Florence (Italy), and the Politecnico in Milan. He was the executive editor of Design Book Review from 1983-1997. He teaches courses in architectural history, urban history, contemporary art...


Eugenia Bolla 
Co-Founder and TerraViva Project Manager 
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She graduates as an Architect with a special mention at the National University of Rosario in 2012. Along her academic career she studies for a semester at the Ensap of Bordeaux and in 2013 she gains a scholarship to continue her studies at Politecnico di Milano where she achieves a Master Degree in Architecture. Since 2009 she participates in several competitions collaborating with landscape and architecture studios in France and Argentina. During 2016 she works...




Recent Updates: 

Due to the sudden loss of Professor Richard Ingersoll - founder and director of TerraViva Workshop - allthe didactic activities in presence at Politecnico di Milano have been suspended until further notice.

In the meantime, the initiatives proposed by TerraViva Competitions, which involve thousands of students and young designers, will continue running normally.


Instagram/Facebook: @TerraVivaCompetitions

Stefano Lardera 
Co-Founder and TerraViva Project Manager
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He graduated in Environmental Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, where he later obtained a Master Degree in Architecture with the highest grade, following the International Program taught in English. Along his academic training he studied for a semester at the Ulpgc of Las Palmas and he took part in the Athens program attending courses at the Mines Paris Tech. In 2015, together with the American professor Richard Ingersoll and the Italian researcher Elisa Cattaneo, he co-founds the TerraViva Program...


Omar Rota
TerraViva Teaching Assistant

Architect at Operastudio Magni Paci Architetti from 2016. Graduated at Politecnico di Milano after completing his career with studies abroad in Madrid at Universidad Europea and Santiago at Universidad Central de Chile. Early in his career, he obtained extensive experience working for international firms, exploring the role of art in the architectural process, investigating social impacts, planning and designing a variety of projects for public and private sectors...


Toufic Rifai 
TerraViva Teaching Assistant
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Born in Beirut, Lebanon. Earned his Masters degree in Architecture and built Environment at Politecnico di Milano, where he currently teaches. Toufic Rifai holds an experience of several years working in Beirut on a project for the Cultural Heritage and Urban development in 5 cities in Lebanon. He is an Architect based in Milan, Italy, where he currently works and collaborates as a Teaching Assistant with the architecture department at Politecnico di Milano.


Most of the workshops will extend over 9-day periods, requiring attendance on consecutive weekends of the course, four days total of obligatory attendance, with five weekdays in between for individual research.



Richard Ingersoll (Milan)

Eugenia Bolla (Milan)

Stefano Lardera (Milan)

Narges Mofarahian (Teheran)

Toufic Rifai (Beirut)

Omar Rota (Bergamo)

Matteo Pettinaroli (Milan)

Elisa C. Cattaneo (Milan)

Marco Bovati (Bergamo) 

Patrick Ducasse (Bordeaux)

Aleša Metka (Livorno)

Arian Afshari (Teheran)

Emanuele Barili (Prato)

Maurizio Bonizzi (Ferrara)

Michele Ricci (Ancona)

Carlo Scoccianti (Florence)

Narges Mofarahian
TerraViva Teaching Assistant
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She graduated in Architectural engineering at Kashan University in Iran. She pursued the master degree at politecnico di Milano for which her thesis project won an international prize sponsored by IKEA foundation, UNHCR and WDCD, a Dutch design platform. In 2016 she founded Agrishelter Non-profit association involving several professors from Politecnico di Milano as well as members of other social and environmental associations based in Italy...

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