Giuseppina Forte

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Assistant Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies

'66 Environmental Center



B.Arch. La Sapienza University, Rome
M.S. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

Inequality and difference in the built environment; environmental justice; urban history and theory; design activism; more-than-urban and intersectional ecologies; innovative design pedagogies; peripheral urbanization; Brazil; global South.

Scholarship/Creative Work

Forte, Giuseppina, and Kuan Hwa (eds.). Embodying Peripheries. Florence University Press, 2022.

Forte, Giuseppina. “Houselessness, infrastructural exclusion, and stigmatization.” Radical Housing Journal 4(1), 2022.

Forte, Giuseppina. “‘Uninhabitable’ Spaces of Flooding in an Urban South.” Lo Squaderno 60, 2021. ISSN 1973-9141.

Forte, Giuseppina. “Concrete Embeds: Assembling Modernity in the Periphery of Mexico City.” In Mexico City: Materiality, Performance, and Power, edited by Greig Crysler and Maria Moreno Carranco, Metropolitan Autonomous University Press (forthcoming, Fall 2022).

Forte, Giuseppina. “The Neighborhood in the Morro: Heterogeneity, Difference, and Emergence in a Periphery of the Global South.” Lo Squaderno 53, 2019. ISSN 1973-9141.

Forte, Giuseppina. “O Caminho Para um Espaço mais Aberto” (The Path towards a more Open Space). In Jardim Filhos da Terra: Reflexões de uma Experiência Construída, edited by Glauber Triana et alt, Escola da Cidade, 2018.

Forte, Giuseppina. “Subversive Spatial Practices at the Urban Fringes of São Paulo,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series, Vol. 266, 2015.

Forte, Giuseppina. “Architettura e Comunicazione Sociale” (Architecture and Social Communication). Misurare la Comunicazione 18, 2009.

Media Exposure

Mentinfuga Magazine. “Giuseppina Forte: Research and Praxis in Social Architecture and Urban Planning.” Interview with Pasquale Esposito. January 15, 2024.

Williams Magazine. “Architecture for All.” Interview with Tomas Weber. Fall 2023. 

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

2022-25 Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley, “Ecologies of Difference” Working Group
2023 Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Willams College, “Beyond Biophilia” Working Group
2021-22 Center for Race and Gender, UC Berkeley, “Intersectional Ecologies” Working Group
2021 Doreen B. Townsend Center for Humanities, “Decolonizing Ecological Imagination” Working Group
2020 Graduate Remote Instruction Innovation Fellow, Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center
2020 Global Urban Humanities Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
2020 Townsend Conference & Lecture Grant, Doreen B. Townsend Center for Humanities
2019 Fulbright-Hays DDRA, Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, U.S. Department of Education
2019 Global Urban Humanities Publication Grant, UC Berkeley
2018-2019 John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, Institute of International Studies
2017 Global Metropolitan Studies, Fieldwork Research Grant
2017 Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Grant (FLAS), U.S. Department of Education, Advanced Brazilian Portuguese
2016-2017 Joan E. Draper Research Fellowship, Architectural History Research Endowment Fund
2016 Diversity Platforms Award, Arcus Endowment
2016 (re)thinking South Research Collective Award, Global Metropolitan Studies
2016 FLAS Summer, U.S. Department of Education, Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese
2015 Instructional Teaching Improvement Grant, GSR
2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, sponsored by the GSI Teaching and Resource Center
2013-2014 Block Grant Fellowship, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

As part of the design team of the Center for Women’s Health, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso:

2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Finalist project
2010 XXII Architecture International Biennale of Venice, Exhibited project
2010 Zumtobel Award for Humanity in the Built Environment, Special mention
2009 Barbara Cappochin International Biennale Architecture Prize, Honorable Mention
2009 International Architecture Awards The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, Winner
2008 World Architecture Festival, Health Category, Winner

Current Committees

  • Campus Environmental Committee
  • Environmental Studies Program