Ingrid Maria Paoletti

Full Professor in Architectural Technology.



Ingrid Maria Paoletti graduated in Architecture (1998; enrolled in the Register of Architects, Planners, Landscapers and Conservators of the Province of Milano), achieved her PhD (2003) and became in the meantime a Research Associate at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Boston, USA; 2000-2001). She won two Research Grants to continue her PhD research on Innovative Façade Systems at the Best Department, Politecnico di Milano (2004 – 2005). She has been Assistant Professor (2006 – 2014) and Associate Professor (from 2014 – 2022) at the ABC Department of Politecnico di Milano. From 2023 she is a Full Professor.

She got the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale ICAR12 Settore Concorsuale domanda: 08/C1 Prima Fascia (II Semester 2017).

She is the founder and coordinator of Research Groups: first ACTLAB (2014 – 2017) and then Material Balance (from 2018).

She is the Scientific Coordinator of the SAPERLab, ABC Department, Politecnico di Milano (2006), and the delegate for the ABCLab System. Moreover, she has been the Rector’s Delegate for Exhibitions and Events since 2023.

She is an experienced professor and researcher on Material systems and Innovative Technologies for Architecture with experimental works and theoretical studies. Her research studies deal with technological design for architecture, searching for new processes and products for the built environment, with particular regard to advanced methods and tools for the environmental regeneration of the building sector.


Visiting Researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston (USA) // 2019

Leadership on Research – Executive Team management // 2011
Course SDA – Bocconi School of Management, Milano.

PhD // 2003
Thesis: Una finestra sul trasferimento. Tecnologie innovative per l’architettura. Advisor: Anna Mangiarotti; Politecnico di Milano (published by Libreria Clup, Milano, pp. 296; ISBN: 9788870906028).

Research Associate // 2000-2001
Scientific development of the research: Innovative Building Envelopes at Building Technology Group; Tutor: Leon Glicksman, MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Boston (USA).

Master’s Degree of Architecture //1998
Thesis: The “engines” of innovation. Contemporary technology systems for the architectural envelope. Advisor: Guido Nardi, Co-relator: Andrea Campioli; Politecnico di Milano.

INSTITUTIONAL ROLES | In Politecnico di Milano

Rector’s Delegate Exhibitions and Events// 2023 – Ongoing

LaborA modellistica fisica e virtuale // 2022 – Ongoing
Member of the Scientific Committee, Politecnico di Milano.

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano // 2020 – 2023
Vice-President, Board of Directors and Delegate for Internationalization.

Dean’s Delegate for International Relations with “EXPO2020”, Dubai // 2016 – 2022

ABC Labs // 2020- Ongoing
Delegate of the director for ABC laboratory system, Politecnico di Milano.

POP: Polytechnic Equal Opportunities// 2018 – Ongoing
Member of the steering committee, Politecnico di Milano.

BIC: Biobased Industry Consortium // 2018 – Ongoing
Member of the Academic Board as representative of ABC Department.


Foundation Alliance // 2022 – Ongoing
Coordinator of the MoU among Fondazione Politecnico – Politecnico di Milano, Fondation CentraleSupélec – Université Paris Saclay, Centro de Innovatión y Tecnología – Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya · Barcelona Tech – UPC.

Venice Architecture Biennale, “Italian Pavilion” // 2020
Board Member of the Italian Pavilion for Biennale of Venice 2020 and invited exhibitor.

Gloknos, Center for Global Knowledge Studies Cambridge// 2019 – Ongoing
Member of the board.

Lab “Ex Future Urbain”, Paris // 2019 – Ongoing
Member of the board.

Angelo Mangiarotti Foundation // 2018 – Ongoing
Member of the Board of Directors.

Emilia Romagna Region // 2018 – 2021
Member of the Advisory Board; Expo2020, Dubai.

Smart Building Expo // 2017 – Ongoing
Member of the technical committee.


Material Balance. A Design Equation, , Massimiliano Nastri Book2021book publication
Siate Materialisti!, , , Book2021book publication
La Cura, Collana Kum! Le pratiche della Cura, Il Nuovo Melangolo, , Paoletti, I.; Mortari, L.Book2021book publication
Executive Design of the Façade Systems. Typologies and Technologies of the Advanced Building Envelopes, , , , , , , Massimilano Nastri, Ingrid Paoletti Book2023book publication
Construction of the Façade Systems. Production and Assembly Procedures of the Advanced Building Envelopes, , , , , , , Massimiliano Nastri Book2024book publication
Sound Driven DesignCourse explore the relationship between space, human and sound, by inviting students to design a space with high sound comfort conditions. , Organizer, Workshop2019organizer workshop teaching
Towards sustainable events: from creative design to executionWorkshop of 3 meetings in cooperation with Balich Wonder Studio. The aim of the workshop is to make an event as sustainable as possible. , , Balich Wonder Studio Organizer, Workshop2024organizer workshop teaching
Leonardo da Vinci: Imagining Futures SymposiumThe project launched in Milan in May 2019 at the start of Leonardo da Vinci’s 500th anniversary commemoration, moved to Cambridge in October 2019 before returning to Milan for its final activities. , , Conference, Conference Organizer2019conference conference-organizer
“Imagining Futures”The programme engaged students from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and the Politecnico di Milano in new strategies for multidisciplinary thinking and creative production, , , Conference, Conference Organizer, Workshop2020conference conference-organizer workshop teaching
“FUTURE SCENARIOS”Italian Pavilion at Expo2020; Dubai. The conference had the ambition to set the future scenario of teaching, research and practice for architecture of the near future with invited speakers., , Conference Organizer2021conference-organizer
The 6th Tensinet SymposiumComputational knitting in Architecture: an experimental design process for a performative textile systemClarke, E.; Giglio, A.Conference2019conference
REBUILD 2019, (Re)Making Cities Nuove Piattaforme per le cittàDigital DesignNastri Massimiliano Conference2019conference
ECAADE 2020/ Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in EuropeTrack Moderator , Conference2020conference
Design in the Digital AgeMultimaterial - Based Design: Framing an Innovative Ecological Approach to Creativity, D’Alessandro, M.; Santana, L.O.; Mônaco dos Santos. D.Conference, Publication2021conference publication
The 39th ECAADE Conference. Towards a new, configurable architectureYarn-Level Modeling of Non-Uniform Knitted Fabric for Digital Analysis of Textile Characteristics - From a bitmap to the yarn-level model., , , Anishchenko, M.; Conference, Publication2021conference publication
ICBBM 2023 / International Conference of Bio-Based MaterialsBio-based Solutions for the Retrofit of the Existing Building Stock: A Systematic Review., , , Castellano, G.; Paoletti, I.; Malighetti, L.E.; Carcassi, O. B.; Pradella, F.; Pittau, F.Conference, Conference Scientific Board, Publication2023conference conference_scientific_board publication
KUM festival! Curare, educare, governareSpeaker lecture: “L’habitat: ovvero della cura”; , Conference2020conference
Advanced Materials Lecture Series/The multi-inter-trans, disciplinary/Research Innovation and TechnologyTalk: “Material Thinking in Design: how to create Radical Material ExperimentalConference, Conference Scientific Board, Publication2020conference conference_scientific_board publication
KUM Festival! Curare, educare, governare, Ed. 2021 “Come ripartire. Cantieri”Presentation of the text ‘La Cura’ (Collana Kum! Le pratiche della Cura, Il Nuovo Melangolo, Genoa, pp. 80); , Conference2021conference
Re-Think – Circular Economy ForumSpeaker lecture: “Lympha Ingenious, Conference2021conference
Future Scenarios. Dialogues on ArchitectureSpeaker lecture: “Material Balance: A New Material Table without WasteConference2021conference
Digital Futures4D Soft Material SystemsConference2021conference
B20-G20 Dialogue on Women EmpowermentOrganised by B20 Special Initiative on Women Empowerment Conference2021conference
MADE Expo “La Sostenibilità e la MateriaSpeaker Lecture: “Rethinking the concept of sustainable material without preconceptions but weighing up the impact”Conference2021conference
KUM Festival! Curare, educare, governare, Ed. 2022 “Cantiere: Il Fine Vita”Dialogue “Che cosa fare di ciò che resta? With Federico Leoni, Conference2022conference
Italian Design Day the Faculty of Interior ArchitectureLecture: “Materializing Light” organised by “Ion Mincu” Bucarest University with the support of Italian Embassy. , Conference2023conference
Nuvole pesanti: quanto inquina internet | MILANO DIGITAL WEEKCured By Hublab. Talk: Ingrid Paoletti, Francesco Bruschi and Andrea Daniele Signorelli (Moderator) , Conference2023conference
Architettura e MetaversoTalk con Zaha Hadid Architects and LAVA ArchitectsConference2023conference
NATURE-DESIGN & FUTURE | Milano Design Week 2024Organised by Wired. Talk “Come natura comanda “with Giovanni Perotto e Claudia Pasquero, Conference2024conference
Gli scarti e la rigenerazione UrbanaOrganizzato da RCS Talk con Alessandro Cannavò (giornalista di Corriere della Sera), Mario Cucinella, Claudia Brunori, Maria Cristina Lavagnolo e Ingrid Paoletti. Conference2024conference
Material Eco-systems: Digital, Physical, and Cultural Assemblies – VeneziaGuest speaker. Organizated by Rice University and Politecnico di Milano Conference2023conference
TRANSLITERA #03 ARCHITETTURA, PENSIERO UMANO, INTELLIGENZA ARTIFICIALE – MestreRelatrice. Organizzato dall’ Ordine degli Architetti P.P.C. di Venezia e la Fondazione degli Architetti P.P.C. di Venezia, in partnership con M9 - Museo del '900 di Venezia Mestre.Conference2023conference
SAPERLab le mani pensano: prototipare sistemi costruttivi al tempo del digitale”Seminario Online con Saverio Pasquale Spadafora (03/06/2020).Politecnico di Milano Public Engagement, Teaching2020public-engagement teaching
Dalla materia ai materiali e dai materiali al materialismo | Alla Scoperta del Ramo d’OroTrasmissione RAI – Alla Scoperta del Ramo d’Oro diretto da Edoardo Camurri, Interview, Public Engagement2023interview public-engagement
Riscoprire i Materiali per costruire la città del Futuro | Podcast “Città” di Will MediaRiscoprire i Materiali per costruire la città del Futuro | Podcast “Città” di Will Media, Interview, Podcast2024interview podcast
Digitale materico | Archiverso PodcastS01 E01 Archiverso Podcast , Interview, Podcast2024interview podcast
TEDxMilanoSIATE MATERIALISTI! FACCIAMO POLITICA CON LA MATERIAInterview, Public Engagement2022interview public-engagement
“SENTIRSI”: Musica, spazio, condivisioni in un ambiente urbano | Milano Music WeekEvento per Milano Music Week , Public Engagement, Uncategorized2023public-engagement uncategorized
Eco-Visionaries: Confronting a planet in a state of emergencyOne week workshop that explores innovative 3D printed tectonics for closed microalgae cultivation systems (photobioreactors) made of the same biomass produced by the cultiRoyal Academy of Arts, London, Olga Beatrice Carcassi Workshop2019workshop teaching
MAT.RES, Italian Pavilion, 17° Biennale di Architettura di Venezia MatRes is a living laboratory of resilient materials, with a biological, organic, sustainable, recycled origin, which has a voice and the freedom to grow and transform over time., Exhibition, Installation, Uncategorized2021exhibition installation uncategorized
XXIII Triennale Unknow UnknowsThe Alchemic laboratory is an experiential place that invites the visitor, Exhibition, Installation2022exhibition installation
Angelo Mangiarotti and the polytechnical imagination: novel and rediscovered worksThe exhibition, displayed inside Guido Nardi Exhibition Space at Politecnico di Milano, presents the figure of Angelo Mangiarotti through his polytechnic culture., Ingrid Paoletti; Matteo Ruta; Maria Pilar VettoriExhibition, Installation2023exhibition installation
PRIN. BHIMM BUILDING HERITAGEMember of Polimi team, responsible of innovative strategies for adaptable re-use. Scientific coordinator Stefano Della Torre. , Competition2015competition
DIGITAL FABRICATION LABScientific coordinator of the winning project "Laboratorio di Fabbricazione Digitale per il Design dell’Artigiano Evoluto' vincitore del Bando della Regione Lombardia 'Territori Creativi', Competition2017competition
SMART LIVING PROJECTS – DAMATRAResponsible and scientific coordinator for the a traceable supply chain in construction , Competition2017competition
SMART LIVING PROJECTS – 3DIGITALMember of the team for BIM Mantainance and survey experimental research, Competition2017competition
SMART LIVING PROJECTS – ECO-ACUSTICAResponsible and scientific coordinator for the project of aperformance drive acoustic design , Competition2017competition
HEART HORIZON 2020 CALL FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGSTopic: EEB-05-2017 - HEART - Holistic Energy and Architectural Retrofit Toolkit – Work Package Coordinator the building envelope retrofitting strategy. Scientific coordinator Niccolò Aste.Competition2017competition
LECCO INNOVATION GRANT – ECOLOGICAL MATERIALScientific Responsible for the Development of an Innovative Building Component with natural material.Competition2017competition
MISTI – MIT/POLITECNICO – ROCCA PROJECT FOR PHD EXCHANGEPolitecnico coordinator for the exchange of Phd with Building Technology Group – Digital Structure (Prof. Caitlin Muller).Competition2018competition
MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS- ITALIAN PAVILLION FOR EXPO DUBAI 2020Winner of the tender for ‘Concept Design’ of Italian Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai. Scientific coordinator for Politecnico di Milano, ABC dept in ATI with Rampello & partners.Competition2018competition
Senseknit Pavilion‘Senseknit’ is using digital knitting to investigate the application of textiles in architecture., , , Maria Anishenko, Elpiza KoloInstallation2019installation