Graduate Architecture

Franca Trubiano

Associate Professor

Franca Trubiano is Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at PENN Design and a Registered Architect with l'Ordre des Architectes du Quebec. She teaches in theories of building, environmental design, construction technology, emerging materials, integrated design, and high-performance buildings.

In 2015, Franca was President of the Building Technology Educators Society (BTES) during which time she co-founded TAD (Journal of Technology, Architecture and Design), and acted as its Executive Editor until 2016. From 2014 -2016 she was a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education.

She is presently completing a manuscript for Routledge which challenges the field of architectural theory to reclaim its origins in the art of building. Building Theories, a new Ethics for Architecture (Routledge), proposes an alternative definition of theory, one that valorizes the as yet untapped potential of ‘thinking through building’. Her edited book Design and Construction of High Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energies and Integrated Practice (Routledge Press 2012), was translated into Korean in 2014, by the Korean Research Institute of Environmental Architecture. And Franca’s essays have appeared in edited books Architecture and Energy (eds. Braham and Willis, Routledge Press, 2013) and Architecture and Uncertainty (ed. Benjamin Flowers, Ashgate Press, 2014).

Her paper 'Material Matters: Seeking Collaborations between the building industry and innovative architectural practices The Cases of Thomas Herzog and Ove Arup' was awarded the ARCC - Architectural Research Center Consortium, Best Conference Paper Award. Her work has also been published in DETAIL, Journal of Architectural Education, SCAPES, Chora, as well as the Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture.

Franca was a Principal Investigator and inaugural member of the Consortium for Energy Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) – formerly the Energy Efficient Building Hub, a US Department of Energy sponsored project. Her three-year funded research was focused on the development of Integrated Design Roadmaps of use by members of the AEC industry in pursuit of Advanced Energy Retrofits. Franca also conducts funded research on Building Information Modeling (BIM), developing both Facility Management processes for maximum applicability of BIM authoring models, as well as helping the National Masonry Institute develop BIM based protocols of value to the industry.  

At Penn DESIGN Franca was awarded Penn Design's, G. Holmes Perkins Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2014. 

  • Advanced Energy Retrofit Roadmaps - ( DOE - CBEI Funded Research)
  • High Performance Homes
Work and Research