Dr. Federica Goffi speaks at the 110th annual meeting of ACSA

June 20, 2022

Interim director Federica Go was an invited speaker at the 110th annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), with the theme Empower, which took place in May 2022. 


Dr. Go presented the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism PhD program in architecture at a session called Empowering Doctoral Degree Programs. 


The EMPOWERING DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS session was moderated by Chris Ford, Stanford University & Marc Neveu, Arizona State University. 


At the virtual conference, a panel of administrators -Federica Goffi, Carleton University, Neil Leach, Florida International University, Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon University, Barry Wylan, University of Calgary- representing four doctoral degree types shared insights from their programs housed in various academic, geographic, and disciplinary contexts. ACSA member schools are home to 82 post-professional graduate degree programs and 39 doctoral degree programs. 


Goffi explained that ASAU’s program is distinguished by exploring individual research questions through diverse media that combine visual and textual research methods of scholarship and design. 


The school’s PhD projects draw on faculty research interests and expertise, with attention to how these aesthetic, multicultural, cross-cultural, and professional forces have engaged the world at large through a diverse range of geographical conditions, political systems, and technological traditions. 

Carleton’s PhD program is also enriched by research opportunities in the ASAU’s research labs. 


The Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), a center dedicated to state-of-the-art and hybrid forms of representation, provides an essential base for doctoral projects, along with the Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (CRIPTIC), the Carleton Sensory Architecture and Liminal Technologies Laboratory (CSALT), and the Carleton Urban Research Lab (CURL). 


The program further benefits from extracurricular activities such as a biennial Open Colloquium, where PhD candidates present their research in a school-wide setting with invited critical respondents, as well as a biennial Agora SymposiumThe next Open Colloquium will take place on October 20, 2022, and the next Agora Symposium in September 2023. 

About ACSA

The ACSA Annual Meeting convenes educators, practitioners, and students from around the world to share research and explore the past and future of architecture, design, and allied disciplines. 


The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture was founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education.



About Federica Goffi 

Federica Go is a professor of Architecture, interim director, and co-chair of the PhD and MAS programs in architecture at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism at Carleton University. She is also the chair of the Carleton Research | Practice of Teaching | Collaborative (C R | P T | C). The collaborative pursues research in the humanities with a diverse research agenda that reflects the interests of the collaborators.  


Goffi holds a PhD from Virginia Tech in Architecture and Design Research. She has published book chapters and journal articles on the threefold nature of time-weather-tempo. 


Her book, Time Matter[s]: Invention and Re-imagination in Built Conservation: The Unfinished Drawing and Building of St. Peter’s in the Vatican, was published by Ashgate in 2013. In addition, she edited the books InterVIEWS: Insight and Introspection in Doctoral Research in Architecture (Routledge 2020), Marco Frascari’s Dream House: A Theory of Imagination (Routledge 2017), and InterVIEWS: Insights and Introspection in Doctoral Research in Architecture (Routledge 2019). She co-edited Ceilings and Dreams: The Architecture of Levity (Routledge 2019). 

She is guest editor of a special issue of the Routledge journal Architecture and Culture, titled And Yet It Moves: Ethics, Power and Politics in the Stories of Collecting, Archiving and Displaying of Architectural Drawings and Models (September 2021). She recently edited The Routledge Companion to Architectural Drawings and Models: From Translating to Archiving, Collecting and Displaying (May 2022).


Goffi holds a Dottore in Architettura from the University of Genoa, Italy. She is a licensed architect in her native country, Italy.