Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

Assistant Professor
Landscape Architecture


Laurea in Architecture, University of Palermo, Italy (1996)
M.L.A. University of Pennsylvania (1999)
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (2004)

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto joined the School of Design in 2010. Her previous faculty appointments were as Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland (2007-2010) and the Ohio State University (2005-2007). Fabiani Giannetto’s research interests focus on the Italian Renaissance garden, its legacy and historiography. In addition, she maintains an interest in contemporary landscape architecture, its theory and criticism. She is the author of Paolo Bürgi Landscape Architect, Discovering the (Swiss) Horizon: Mountain, Lake, and Forest published by Princeton Architectural Press (2009), and Medici Gardens: From Making to Design published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2008). In 2004 Fabiani Giannetto was the recipient of a post-doctoral Fellowship for Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and her book on the Medici Gardens was recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians with the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award in 2010. In March 2011, Fabiani Giannetto hosted the the Foreign Trends on American Soil symposium at the School of Design, and her latest book chapter, "Grafting the Edelweiss on Cactus Plants: The 1931 Italian Garden Exhibition and Its Legacy" (in Clio in the Italian Garden, edited by Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee), was published early in the summer.