Isabella Pasqualini is an architect (ETHZ 2000) and a scientist with a Ph.D. in architecture and cognitive neuroscience (EPFL 2012).
Isabella has planned a new City in Angola and built a temporary bank building in Luanda. She has won several competition prizes and exhibited her work at Swiss and international art venues (Mappings Visual-Audio and Deviant Electronics Festival 2018, MAXXI Rome 2018, Guiyang International Comics and Animation Festival 2018, Venice Biennale 2016, Werkschau Architektur 2015, Shanghai Art, Science and Technology Exhibition 2012 (SAST Award 2012), Beijing Design Week and Beijing Triennale 2011, EAC ‘Les Halles’ 2011, Swiss Art Awards 2008 and 2010, City of Helsinki 2007, City of Rome 2006).
Isabella works a scientific reviewer, editor, and a scientific advisor. She has an expert mandate for Innosuisse, the Swiss Federal Agency for Innovation, as well as for the Design Prize Switzerland. In the industry, she works as a specialist for VR/AR/XR technology and in urban planning.
Isabella’s works explore the mutual and intimate relationship between body and space using immersive and interactive multimedia, with a particular interest in the multisensory enhancement of the user’s horizon. For her post-doc project “Visual Touches – Touching Views” on emotion and cardio-visual biofeedback in virtual interiors at the Bertarelli Center of Neuroprosthetics (EPFL), she obtained the prestigious fellowship grant from the Cogito foundation (2013).
Currently a lecturer in Data Experience and a research fellow at the Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences (HSLU), Isabella is also a faculty member of LeaV at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles (Ensa-V), and a lecturer at the first Master for Neuroscience Applied to Architectural Design (NAAD) at the IUAV University in Venice.
In the past, she has been a visiting Professor at the Art and Design Academy of Tsinghua University in Beijing, at the Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK), and a Lecturer for urban visualization at the School of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at EPFL.