Landscape Architecture

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

Assistant Professor



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


Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto joined the School of Design in 2010. 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 2010 Medici Gardens won the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award, presented by the Society of Architectural Historians for the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of landscape architecture or garden design. Fabiani Giannetto is twice recipient of a research fellowship from Harvard-affiliated Dumbarton Oaks (2004-05 and 2014-15), where she is currently working on a new book project: From Palladian Villa to American Plantation: Gardens and the Ideology of Country Living. The project focuses on the gardens of American plantations and their foreign sources, which are traceable to England and Italy. It is the offspring of an essay Fabiani Giannetto presented at the Foreign Trends on American Soil symposium, which she conceived and chaired at the School of Design in 2011. Her edited volume by the same title, forthcoming in 2015 by the University of Virginia Press, expands on the essays presented at the symposium, and addresses the translation, imitation and adaptation of distant stylistic trends onto American gardens. The book also dwells on the dialectic of the foreign versus the native emerging from professional journals and narrates the experiences of selected individuals.