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Associate Professor

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Paolo Cornaglia is Associate Professor of History of architecture at Turin Polytechnic, Department of Architecture and Design. He graduated in Architecture from the Turin Polytechnic in 1990. He has a P.H.D. in History of cultural heritage (Turin Polytechnic, 1998) and a specialization (Ecole des Hautes Etudes of Paris, 2000)in social history of space in the royal residences. He worked at the DINSE (Scienze e tecniche per i processi di insediamento Department, Turin Polytechnic) since 1988 to 1998. From the 1998 he works - since 2004 as researcher - in Casa-Città department of the same university, teaching History of gardens, History of architecture and landscape, History of towns and hinterland. At DAD, now, he carries out didactics activity and research in the field of the history of architecture He teaches History of Modern Architecture, History of Architecture and Cities. He taught and teaches also in masters and courses at the Turin Fine Arts Academy, the Turin Faculty of Agronomics and The Royal Residences of Savoy Consortium. He is being working since 2000 for the regional government (then for the Consortium of Royal Residences of Savoy) as architecture historian for the restoration of the palace and the gardens of the castle of Venaria Reale Turin), and for the exhibitions program. He regularly participates to national and international congresses about his main research topics:

- history of gardens in Piedmont and Europe (XVI-XIX centuries)

- history of royal residences in Piedmont and Europe (XVI-XIX centuries)

- Hungarian architecture (XVII-XX centuries

(Area 0008 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura)
Curriculum Curriculum file application/pdf (191 KB)
Identifiers ORCID: 0000-0002-8509-4258
Research topics
  • • Lastly, the final sector focused on the study of architecture and gardens in the 19th and 20th centuries by taking examples from Turin and parallel cases throughout Europe, paying special attention to Hungary and the Magyar Építészeti Múzeum, the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, the Art History Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Architecture in Budapest.
  • • History of gardens is the central research topic, in particular those aspects most strongly influenced by architecture and the territory, between the 16th and 19th century, and in relation to reference models and cultures, specific professional figures, and building sites. His research activities developed in close co-ordination with the Superintendencies and Regione Piemonte who commissioned the work (Gardens of Venaria Reale, Palazzo Reale di Torino, Moncalieri Castle). His teaching activities, involving specialisation courses and masters at the Faculty of Agrarian Studies at the University of Turin and at the Royal Residences of Savoy Consortium should be seen in this context.
  • • Another important research topic is civil architecture during the Baroque and late Baroque periods, with special reference to courtly residences in the Sardinian mainland states and their relationship to the city-capital and the European context. This analysis – which also involves themes of patronage, professional designers and builders, architectural reference models, the distribution, decoration and social use of space – has encompassed some of the outcomes linked to the first half of the 19th century in Piedmont and the city of Genoa. Alongside this main line of research is the study of aristocratic residences, analysed through case studies, and that of care structures. This activity developed within the context of the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino, but also in research centres funded by Regione Piemonte (Reggia di Venaria Reale) and the Compagnia di San Paolo (Palazzo Reale di Torino), in co-ordination with the respective Superintendencies.
Skills and keywords

ERC sectors

SH5_6 - History of art and architecture, arts-based research


Goal 4: Quality education


Garden history Hungarian architecture Royal palaces and villas
Scientific responsibilities and other assignments


Editorial boards

  • LA CIVILTÀ DELLE CORTI (2016-), Director


  • Città e residenze di corte/ Politecnico di Torino, Centro Studi Venaria Reale, Universidad de Jaén, Italia, 9-10/5/2014, Program committee
  • Carlo e Amedeo di Castellamonte/ Politecnico di Torino, Centro Studi La Venaria Reale, Italia, 11-13/11/2013, Program committee
  • L’esotismo ritrovato. Il gabinetto cinese della duchessa d’Aosta dal castello di Moncalieri al palazzo vescovile di Mondovì/ Centro Studi Venaria Reale, Italia, 15/3/2013, Program committee
  • Storia della città Studi a confronto/ Politecnico di Torino, Universidad de Jaèn, Italia, 13/3/2013, Program committee
  • Filippo Juvarra (1678-1736). Architetto dei Savoia, architetto in Europa/ Politecnico di Torino, Centro Studi La Venaria Reale, Italia, 13-16/11/2011, Program committee
  • Benedetto Alfieri, Primo Architetto di Carlo Emanuele III/ Politecnico di Torino, Centro Studi Venaria Reale, Italia, 14-16/10/2010, Program committee
  • Michelangelo Garove (1648-1713): un architetto per Vittorio Amedeo II/ Politecnico di Torino, Centro Studi Venaria Reale, Italia, 11-12/12/2009, Program committee
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Other research or teaching roles outside Politecnico

  • Titolare di contratto di ricerca at Musei Reali di Torino (26/9/2016-1/6/2019)
  • Visiting Researcher at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University (21/3/2016-18/4/2016)
  • Professore a contratto at Università degli Studi di TORINO (14/12/2010-12/5/2011)
  • Professore a contratto at Università degli Studi di TORINO (12/1/2009-12/1/2009)
  • Professore a contratto at Università degli Studi di TORINO (16/12/2007-16/12/2007)
  • Professore a contratto at Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino (12/12/2007-10/7/2008)
  • Professore a contratto at Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti di Torino (16/10/2006-7/6/2007)
  • Professore a contratto at Università degli Studi di TORINO (20/1/2006-20/1/2006)
  • Professore a contratto at Università degli Studi di TORINO (10/5/2005-10/5/2005)
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Research networks

Other titles

  • Curatore (con Vincenzo Cazzato) e membro del comitato scientifico della Mostra Viaggio nei Giardini d’Europa. Da Le Nôtre a Henry James (Venaria Reale 5.07-20.10.2021) (2018-2021)
  • Membro del comitato che – sotto la direzione di E. Castelnuovo – con W. Barberis, V. Comoli, M. di Macco, S. Ghisotti, A. Merlotti, T. Ricardi di Netro e C. Spantigati, ha concepito la mostra La Reggia di Venaria e i Savoia (12.10.2007-30.03.2008). (2005-2008)
  • Membro del Comitato scientifico della mostra Dalle regge d’Italia, allestita a cura di Silvia Ghisotti e Andrea Merlotti (Venaria Reale, 25 marzo-2 luglio 2017). (2016-2017)
  • Membro del Comitato scientifico della mostra Filippo Juvarra. Regista di corti e capitali. Dalla Sicilia al Piemonte all’Europa (Torino, Biblioteca Nazionale, 4 marzo-31 maggio 2021). (2019-2021)