Linda Stagni
Curriculum vitae

Linda Stagni is currently PhD candidate at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the Chair of Prof. Maarten Delbeke.

She obtained her master’s in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where she also worked as a teaching and research assistant and co-authored the publications MMX Architettura Zona Critica (Zandonai, 2010) and Architettura del Novecento. Teorie, scuole, eventi (Einaudi, 2012). After spending an exchange year at the Universität Stuttgart, she completed her master‘s thesis on the postwar reconstruction of the German cities. In 2016, Linda completed her Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) at the gta where she also contributed to the publication Städtebau als politische Kultur. Der Architekt Hans Bernoulli als Theoretiker (gta 2019).

Her doctoral project seeks to expand the agency of the architectural magazine in the context of 1920s modernism, e.g. to understand how it constructs and mediates the topic of architecture in the Swiss context. By analyzing the five years of the art historian Joseph Gantner’s tenure at Das Werk, the Swiss professional magazine of the two associations Bund Schweizer Architekten and Swiss Werkbund, the project highlights the role of the magazine in actively participating in the definition of architecture.

More generally, Linda's research investigates media and their definition of architecture, in particular how their operational taxonomy projects visions and ideas of architecture in negotiation with the different authorities involved. Beyond magazines she also looks at architects’ websites and monographs as theoretical and historical constructs.

As an architect she practiced in architecture offices in Italy and Switzerland. As an editor she was an active member of gizmoweb and trans magazine, in which she both also published. She also co-organized the summer school On the Threshold: Guidebooks and Visions of Rome at the Instituto Svizzero in Rome. She is member of the DocTalks, a series of weekly meetings that provide a platform for informal discussion and debate among peers about research topics and methods.