Sofia Nannini

Job Title: Adjunct professor Institutional affiliation: Università degli Studi di Firenze / Università di Bologna

Sofia Nannini is an architectural historian based in Bologna, Italy. She obtained her PhD in “Architecture. History and Project” from Politecnico di Torino (2021), with a dissertation titled The Icelandic Concrete Saga: Architecture and Construction (1847–1958). She is currently adjunct professor at the University of Florence, Pavia and Bologna. She is journal manager of the in_bo journal and editor of Histories of Postwar Architecture. She was a visiting PhD student at the University of Iceland (2019). Her research is focused on the history of architecture and construction in the Nordic Countries, with a particular attention to Icelandic architectural history. She also studies the intersections between architecture, politics and memory, and she conducts research on the architectural profession in Italy during the fascist regime and our relationship with its difficult heritage today.


Nannini, S. From Reception to Invention: The Arrival of Concrete to Iceland and the Rhetoric of Guðmundur Hannesson”. Arts, 7(4) 2018,

Nannini, S., “Icelandic Concrete Surfaces. Guðjón Samúelsson’s Steining (1930–50)”. In Iron, Steel and Buildings: the Proceedings of the Seventh Conference of the Construction History Society, edited by James W. P. Campbell, Nina Baker, Karey Draper, Michael Driver, Michael Heaton, Yiting Pan, Natcha Ruamsanitwong and David Yeomans. 541–52. Cambridge: The Construction History Society, 2020,

Nannini, S. The Silence of Modernity. Technology, Technique, and Reception of Giuseppe Vaccaro’s Works since the 1930s”. In The Routledge Companion Guide to Fascist Italian Architecture: Reception and Legacy, edited by Kay Bea Jones and Stephanie Pilat. Abington: Tayor & Francis/Routledge, 2020,

Nannini, S., The City as a Gravel Pile: Building Codes, Concrete, and Urban Dwellings in Reykjavík (1903–45)”. In AISU paper proceedings, La città globale. La condizione urbana come fenomeno pervasivo / The Global City. The urban condition as a pervasive phenomenon, edited by Marco Pretelli, Rosa Tamborrino, Ines Tolic, Torino: AISU, publication ongoing.

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