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    Ashley Gardini is an architectural historian specializing in modern Italian architecture. She teaches global architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, she is serving on the Advisory Committee for the SAH Data Project.

    Gardini’s initial research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. She analyzed how the legacy of Sant’Elia was used to incorporate Italian Futurism into fascist mythmaking. Her work was presented at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. It has since been published in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Yearbook of Futurism Studies.

    Gardini is currently researching the influence and role of women in Italian modern architecture.


    • agardini [at] dvc [dot] edu



    San Jose State University – Master’s of Art, emphasis Art History

    San Francisco State University – Bachelor’s of Art, emphasis Art History


    Teaching Experience:

    • Art history survey courses covering Prehistory to the 18th century.

    • Architectural history courses covering Prehistory to Contemporary architecture


    “The Reception of Futurist Architecture after the Second World War,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, ed. Günter Berghaus. Publication: May 2018. (LINK)

    “New Publications on Futurist Architecture,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, ed. Günter Berghaus. Publication: May 2017. (LINK)


    “The Realities of Adjuncting Today,” Contingent Talk for CAA Conversations Podcast, College Arts Association, March 2019. (LINK)

    Master’s Thesis:

    “The Legacy of Antonio Sant’Elia: An Analysis of Sant’Elia’s Posthumous Role in the Development of Italian Futurism during the Fascist Era,” San Jose State University, completed April 2014.

    Conference Paper:

    “Defining Sant’Elia: The Intersection of Italian Futurism and Modern Architecture” – presented at the American Association of Italian Studies 33rd Annual Conference, University of Oregon, April 2013.


    Advisory Committee Member, SAH Data Project, Society of Architectural Historians, July 2019 to the present. (LINK)


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