Ashley Gardini is an art historian specializing in modern Italian architecture. Her initial research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. That evolved into analyzing the influence of Italian Futurist architecture during both the interwar and post-World War II periods. Now she has expanded her focus to looking beyond the role of Italian Futurism.

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.

Her current active areas of research interests are:

  • Italian Futurist architecture.

  • Women in architecture during the Fascist era.

  • 1950s and 1960s Italian architecture and design.

In addition to academic research, Ashley Gardini teach both art history and architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.




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



  • agardini [at] ccsf [dot] edu

  • agardini [at] dvc [dot] edu


“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)

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.


College Arts Association

American Association of Italian Studies

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