Virginia San Fratello

Virginia San Fratello, NCAARB, B.Envd; North Carolina State University, M.Arch; Columbia University

Virginia San Fratello is an Assistant Professor at San José State University in the School of Art & Design. Prior academic appointments include the University of California Berkeley, the California College of the Arts and Clemson University, where she was the co-director of Clemson University’s Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genova, Italy. She has been a member of the Design Faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and a Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona.

San Fratello’s research revolves around the convergence of digital, ecological, and building component design in architecture. She was the recipient of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for her Hydro Wall concept and with Ronald Rael currently has a collection of  recently designed masonry units which hold vegetation on display in New York. She is working with manufacturer / distributors to launch these innovative and sustainable architectural building components into the market place.