Professor of Architecture
First Woman Dean of a School of Architecture in the U.S.
Born in Naples, Italy, on October 24, 1937, Professor Piomelli was
educated at the Instituto d’Arte (B.A. 1954) and Accedemia d’Arte (M.A.
1955) on Naples, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B. Arch. 1960).
In the 1960s and 1970s she worked at various architects’ offices in
Italy, New York, and the Netherlands, including I.M. Pei and Partners
from 1971 to 1974 as a project architect. In 1974 she opened her own office
New York City.
From 1971 to 1976 Professor Piomelli taught at City College of New
York School of Architecture as Adjunct Associate Professor, and from
1974 to 1979
taught at the Pratt Institute, where she served as Chair of the Faculty
from 1976 to 1979. In 1979 she returned to CCNY School of Architecture
as a Distinguished
Professor, and was appointed Dean of the CCNY School of Architecture
in 1980, becoming the first woman to hold a deanship of any school
in the U.S. In 1984 she was Visiting Distinguished Professor at the
University of California at Berkeley, returning to her current position
at CCNY in 1985.
Professor Piomelli has spent much of her career promoting the work of women
in architecture. In 1974, as director of the Equal Opportunity Committee
for the American Institute of Architects, she organized an exhibit of women
architects’ work. This exhibit generated a great amount of interest
in the standing of women in the profession. She served as a member of the
Board of Advisors for the International Archive of Women in Architecture
from 1985 to 1995.
Professor Piomelli earned her professional licensure in New York in 1969
and became a member of the American Institute of Architects in 1970. She
has served as Commissioner of the Schools of Architecture Committee of the
New York City AIA chapter and Director of the New York City AIA Executive
Publications by Professor Piomelli include “Canary Wharf: London
in the Third Millennium” in the March 1991 issue of Zodiac and as
translator (from English to Italian) for Jan Gehl’s Vitta in Citta
(1992). Publications about her include information about her work in Susana
Torre’s Women in American Architecture (1977) and Insegnare L’Architettura,
by M. Vegeto (1994).