Associate Professor, Program Head
Landscape Architecture Program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2481
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2481
Raffaella Sini has been teaching at the Landscape Architecture Program of the University of Idaho since 2016. She has a multidisciplinary background in landscape architecture, architecture, landscape planning and public art.
Raffaella has her advanced degrees in landscape architecture and architecture from the University of Rome La Sapienza, has taught in several universities and in Asia as assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore.
Raffaella’s research, practice and teaching explore landscapes as medium of expression; she advocates the landscape architect’s role in discovering, deciphering, and communicating landscape’s cultural, social and environmental values to and with communities. Her work takes a humanities and design-centered perspective, with a focus on cultural landscapes.
Raffaella’s design-based research is explicated through the practice of temporary and experimental installations realized with the design collective LAND-I archicolture (2000—ongoing) co-founded with Roberto Capecci and Marco Antonini, and with students and various communities in Europe, Asia and the United States. Service learning projects and the use of short-term interventions, for which she has managed to obtain funding from governments and private foundations, are instrumental in the practice and in pedagogy in exploring process design methodologies that have been applied in diverse contexts.
The focus on the exhibition of temporary narrative landscape architecture works has been documented in several journals and the international press, as has her scholarship focused on understanding and intervening on cultural landscapes.
- Ph.D. Landscape Architecture, 2001. Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome
- M. Arch, 1994. Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza, Rome
University of Idaho Student Arts-Fee Grant. Project: “InterARTing. Temporary Site-Specific Art Installations to Connect People and Land”. Co-investigator (Raffaella Sini and Roberto Capecci). Funding: $3,802 (2020). The grant supports seven students in the College of Art and Architecture to conceptualize and build site-specific installations at the PCEI Nature Center in Moscow, Idaho (Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute).
NEA National Endowment for the Arts grant for the project “NEA Meg Webster Exhibition” funded under FAIN:1858716-41-20. Principal Investigator. Funding: $60,000 (2020-2021). The grant supports artist Meg Webster’s installation to be built in collaboration with the College of Art and Architecture and the Prichard Art Gallery of the University of Idaho.
ORED RISE Arts & Humanities (A&H) Project Support Grant of the University of Idaho. Project: “Palouse Railtowns’ Cultural Landscape. Actions from Local to Global that Want to Raise Awareness and Contribute to the Protection of Site-Based Tangible Heritage”. Principal Investigator. Funding: $3,500 (2019). The grant supports an archival and on-site research as well as funding artworks connected to the history of the railways and railtowns of the Palouse.
College of Art and Architecture Paul G. Windley Faculty Excellence and Development Award, University of Idaho, 2018 ($1,000). The award recognizes three consecutive years of excellence in faculty scholarship and provides support for continuing scholarly activities in written research and dissemination.
Start-Up Grant AcRF Tier1. National University of Singapore NUS and Singapore Ministry of Education MOE. Project: “Nature in Singapore: a Vision, an evolving Framework”. Principal Investigator. Grant WBS No: R -295-000-099-133. Funding: $90,000 (2013—2016). The grant has supported an archival and on-site research on the colonial and post-colonial planning and design of Singaporean parks.
Heritage Participation Grant “NHB/HPG/15Q1168/Parks Made in Singapore”. Co-Investigator (Raffaella Sini and Fan Lei). Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) Heritage Grant Scheme. Funding: $12.000 (2015). The grant was to support the publication of the research.
Art-Installation Grant. Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) & Singapore Art Museum. Principal Investigator. Funding: $8.000 (2013). The grant has supported conceptualization and building of a landscape installation with students of the National University of Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum.
Art-Installation Grant. Singapore National Heritage Board (NHB) & Singapore Art Museum. Principal Investigator. Funding: $1,250 (2012). The grant has supported conceptualization and building of a landscape installation with students of the National University of Singapore at the Singapore Art Museum.
Lazio Regional Directorate of Cultural Heritage and Activities Grant, Italy. Project: “Recommendations for the Restoration and Enhancement of the Francigena Pilgrimage Route in the Lazio Region”. Research Team Member (2007)
EU European Community Grant. LOTO project (Landscape Opportunities for Territorial Organization) co-financed by the European Union and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. Project: “Proposal for the recovery of landscape of the emergency post-earthquake areas in Umbria Italy. Formulation of guidelines”. Research Team Member (2004)
University of Rome "La Sapienza" PhD scholarship holder for three years (Decreto Rettorale 30.03.1999) with research thesis on "Villa Borghese Historic Garden in Rome. Restoration project and Management Plan" (1999—2001)
EU Erasmus Socrates Bursary. Doctorate research studies at the Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles, France “Jardin, Patrimoine et Paysage Culturel en Europe” (1999)
European Community ICOMOS-IFLA Bursary (International Committee on Historic Monuments and Sites – International Federation of Landscape Architects) for a three months research on restoration and management of historic gardens and landscapes at the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies, Department of Archaeology, University of York (UK) (1997)
- Sini, R. (2021) Temporary Gardens. Routledge Publisher, London UK. ISBN: 1138917885. Book under Contract (under submission)
- Sini, R. (2020). Singapore’s Park System Master Planning: A Nation Building Tool to Construct Narratives in Post-Colonial Countries. Springer, Advances in 21st Century Human Settlements
eBook ISBN: 978-981-13-6746-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-13-6744-1
Series ISSN: 2198-2546
Adjudicated and Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Sini, R. (2020). The Social, Cultural, and Political Value of Play: Singapore’s Postcolonial Playground System. JOURNAL OF URBAN HISTORY, ISSN: 0096-1442, DOI: 10.1177/0096144220951149
- Sini, R. (2020). The “Here and Now Time”: Temporary Gardens As Design Enquiry. In: CELA Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Research Record. vol. N.9, p. 14-33, Galen D. Newman, March 18-21 2020. ISSN 2471-8335
- Sini, R. (2015). Pulau Ubin Cultural Landscape. In: AAVV Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture (CASA), National University of Singapore. Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore, Naturing Ubin. ISBN: 978-981-09-5483-3
- Sini, R. (2009) Strategie di intervento nella progettazione del paesaggio. In Piccardo Emanuele Lezioni di Paesaggio (Ed.) plug_in, Busalla. ISBN: 978-88-95459-02-8
- Antonini, M., Capecci R., Quilici S., Sini, R. (2005) Sotto il Raccordo. In Gomorra n. 9 Grande Raccordo Anulare Territori e culture della Metropoli Contemporanea, annoV, Meltemi Ed.
- Sini, R., Tangari, L. (1998). Un parco lineare, la Rupe e il Percorso Botanico. In: Guarrera G. M. Via della Sette Chiese in Roma: un Percorso Storico, Archeologico Paesistico. Cangemi, ISBN: 978-8874487462
Adjudicated and Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings
- Capecci, R., Sini, R. (2021) The use of site-specific temporary artworks to actualize history in communities. CELA2021, Virtual Conference. Conference Proceedings
- Capecci, R., Sini, R. (2021) Exploring the Use of Artworks as Practices That Encourage Alternative and Diverse Expressions and Representations of Places. EDRA52 Virtual Conference. Conference Proceedings.
- Sini, R. (2020) Temporary Gardens. CELA2020, Louisville, KY USA. Conference Proceedings
- Cronan, D., Roberts, M., Sini, R. (2020) Finding and Enhancing PLACE in Placemaking within Small Historic Towns Where the State Highway is the Main Street: A Service-Learning Design Project Gauging Student Design Responses for a Sense of Place. CELA2020, Louisville, KY USA. Conference Proceedings (in Design education and Pedagogy)
- Sini, R. (2014) An understanding of Singapore’s Nature as Heritage and its implications in man-nature interaction inside Public Parks. CELA2014, Baltimore US. Conference Proceedings
- Sini, R. (2014) LANDscapeINTHEBOX: Design Narratives employed to shape a Talking Landscape. CELA2014, Baltimore US. Conference Proceedings
- Sini, R., Shawn Low ZiShuo (2014) Can Asian cemeteries be successful urban parks? IFLA Asia Pacific Congress 2014, Kuching Malaysia. Conference Proceedings
- Sini, R. (2014) The long lasting lesson of Rome in Preserving Natural and Cultural Heritage. IFLA Asia Pacific Congress 2014, Kuching Malaysia. Conference Proceedings
- Sini, R. and Capecci R. (2014) The Contamination Landscape Architecture +Art forwards Community Participation. 9th Conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network2014 Taipei, Taiwan. The College of Design, CYCU. Conference Proceedings
- Capecci R., Sini, R. (2012) A Self-made City and the Construction of Collective Space. International Seminar on Place Making and Identity 2012.Department of Architecture Universitas Pembangunan Jaya, Tangerang Indonesia. Conference Proceedings
Magazines and Journal Articles
- AA.VV. (2005) Proposal for the landscape recovery of the emergency post-earthquakes areas in Umbria. In LOTO Landscape Opportunities, Cangemi editore, 2005 p.121-132
- Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2002) Temperamento metafisico. In VilleGiardini n.383 2002 p.79-84
- Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2002) Le ultime miglia di Ionio. In VilleGiardini n.378 March 2002 pp.79-84
- Antonini, M., Capecci R., Sini, R. (2000) II giardino Globale. In VilleGiardini n.363 November 2000 p. 30-33