Isabella Pasqualini is an architect (ETHZ 2000) and a scientist with a Ph.D. in architecture and cognitive neuroscience (EPFL 2012).
She has won several competition prizes and exhibited her works 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 & Technology Exhibition 2012, SAST Award 2012, Beijing Design Week & Beijing Triennale 2011, EAC ‘Les Halles’ 2011, Swiss Art Awards 2008 & 2010, City of Helsinki 2007, City of Rome 2006).
Isabella has planned a new City in Angola and built a temporary bank building in Luanda. She is a scientific reviewer and an editor. She has a mandate as an expert for Innosuisse, the Swiss Federal Agency for Innovation and works as a specialist for business start-ups 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 research fellow at the Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences (HSLU), Isabella is also a faculty member and an affiliated researcher 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.