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Stefan Di Leo

Visiting Assistant Professor

Interior Design
School of Design

Stefan Di Leo, RA, AIA is an educator, registered architect and design partner at Studio RAI based in New York. He founded the Future Materials Lab at Pratt Institute and teaches courses on representation, and innovative material practices. His passion lies at the intersection between craft, the natural environment and digital processes.

Through his experiences at Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Handel Architects, Swanke Hayden Connell, Fredrich St. Florian and Studio Luz Stefan developed an expertise in highly crafted architectural environments and large scale, mixed-use urban developments.

While at Harvard, Stefan worked with Rem Koolhaas’s on the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Elements of Architecture exhibition and the publication published by Taschen.

During an artist residency at PS1 MoMA for EXPO 1: New York developed by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Stefan developed novel approaches for combining coastal resiliency and recreation for the coast of New York City.

Master of Architecture, Urban Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design

Bachelor of Fine-Arts, Rhode Island School of Design

Salone del Mobile Milan, Alcova Gallery, Milan Italy, Spring 2022
Presented a furniture piece in collaboration with Alara Alkan.

Bioclimatic Function of Terra Cotta Campaign Exhibition/Publication, 2020-2022
Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop: Research/Design representing Handel Architects

swissnex Boston, Après-Ski: 10 Visions to Face Climate Change in Mountain Villages, 2014
Presented vision for Swiss alpine villages addressing climate change using Les Diablerets as a case study.
Critic: Toshiko Mori

2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Fall 2013 – Spring 2014
Researcher & Exhibition Designer: Elements of Architecture, Research & design under direction of AMO editors and director Rem Koolhaas.

PS1 MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, Summer 2013
Artist Resident: Expo 1: New York, Don’t Fight Later, Rethinking the Rockaways
Critics: Klaus Biesenbach, Frank Barkow, Niklas Maak & Arno Brandlhuber

Acadia 2011 Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Spring 2011
Refereed Journal Articles & Invited to present: Salim, F. D., Jaworski. P., Kaftan, M., Friedrich, E., Urquiza, R., Oh, S., Fihn, J., Galaso, J. P., Roa, R., Banke, T., Bak, J., Kalvo, R., Di Leo, S. , Madeddu, D., Albuquerque, J., Gillespie, D., Østergaard, J., (2011) “Informing Architecture and Urban Modeling with Real-World Data on 3D Tangible Interfaces and Augmented Displays”, Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA 2011), Banff, Canada. (ERA rank: A)

Smart Geometry
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011: Interacting with the City, Social Constructs
Barcelona, Spain 2010: Parametric and Physical Interactions
San Francisco, CA 2009: Parametric Design and Structural Optimization

International Journal of Architectural Computing, Published
Refereed Journal Article: Salim, F. D., Mulder, H. M., Jaworski, P., Ransom, J. W., Cutellic, P., Iseki, T., Di Leo, S., Köm, Y. (2010) “Collaborative Design and Live Interaction with Parametric Models using UbiMash”, International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), pp. 377-398, Volume 8, issue 3, 2010. (ERA rank: A)