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CV EDUCATION SEPT 2011 | DEC 2017 Master Degree in Building Engineering - Architecture (110/110 with honors)

Politecnico di Bari | Italy SEPT 2006 | JUL 2011 Secondary school, Diploma in Scientific studies ( 100/100 with honors)

Liceo Scientifico "Ricciotto Canudo" | Gioia del Colle | Italy

work experience MAR 2018 | SEPT 2018 Workaway Volunteering experience (Gap year)

Skolerne i Boserup | Roskilde | Denmark

languages ITALIAN Native ENGLISH Advanced (certified with IELTS 8,0) DANISH Basic communication skills

technical skills Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk AutoCAD, Microsoft Office (ECDL Certification), Rhinoceros

personal skills Communication, working under pressure, decision making, time management, conflict resolution, adaptability, teamwork, creativity, attention to detail.

ABOUT Francesca leo, Architect

via Umberto Terracini 38 70029 Santeramo in Colle Italy +39 3806896973

in a few words I’m Francesca Leo. I was born and raised in Italy, where I also graduated with honors in Building Engineering - Architecture from Polytechnic of Bari. My thesis in Architectural Composition called “Domestic Landscape� deals with the relationship between architecture and the surrounding landscape and the ways in which they can enhance each other, reflecting my belief that respecting a natural environment while promoting beautiful architectures is both possible and necessary. It also expresses the great importance visual perception and representation have for me as instruments to form and transform spaces, to read and analyse them, but also to express and communicate any kind of message. I am deeply passionate about various forms of visual expression, so I spend most of my spare time drawing, taking photos, watching movies and keeping up with the fashion world. Anyways, being extremely curious and a hungry learner, I always find room for many other interests, ranging from reading books about any topic (from novels and poetry to Physics and Sociology essays) to listening to different kinds of music (shoegaze but also jazz, folk but also hard rock), while making attempts at knitting and baking. This curiosity comes from an openness that makes me always ready for constructive dialogue as an opportunity to ease conflicts, but also to achieve personal growth. It also leads to my love for travelling and getting in touch with differents cultures and habits, which is also the main reason why I decided to take a gap year straight after graduating. During my volunteering experience in Denmark I had the opportunity to test myself and to further improve my teamwork and communication skills, but also to take some time to experiment with a more mindful living while dipping a toe into learning a new language.



Francesca Guglielmi Rossana Laera MariaLuisa Pizzone Gruppo di lavoro 19 Bari

Architectural Survey Politecnico di Bari dICAR CdLM in Ing. Edile-Architettura A.A. 2012/2013 0.5


ARCHITETTURA CLASSICISTA Il disegno di rilievo NEL BORGO MURATTIANO DI BARI Disegno dell'Architettura II + Lab. Prof. Arch. Lorenzo Netti







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The focus is an 18th century building in the historic Murat district. The aim was to acquire a deeper knowledge of these architectures and how they interact with the more recent buildings that, sometimes wisely, sometimes brutally, replaced some of them.



FACEBLOCK Architectural composition I

Francesca Guglielmi Rossana Laera MariaLuisa Pizzone Mireia Parets 2013 Bari

After analyzing the previous murattian building, the goal was suggesting an umpteenth replacement of a historical architecture, trying to learn from the virtuous lessons of the good replacements and designing a building that could fit in the context while being utterly contemporary. Like in most part of the Murat distric, here commercial and residential use coexist.

KARESANSUI Architectural composition 2

Paolo Damato Francesca Guglielmi Francesco Ingino 2015 Bari

Karesansui is about shapes starting a transformation process in an abandoned landscape. Like a pebble thrown in a pond makes waves, three new buildings ignite a new life in a degraded neighborhood, introducing new functions and moulding the space around them. The main needs were providing spaces for culture and entertainment, commerce and coworking and student residences. The “Culture box�, obtained from the transformation of an abandoned building, originally intended to become a hospital and never completed, is destined to culture and coworking.

DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE master degree thesis

SUPERVISOR arch. Lorenzo Netti

2017 Alta Murgia National Park

DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE: An architectural project for Jazzi, Poste and cisterns in “Alta Murgia” National Park

“DOMESTIC LANDSCAPE: An architectural project for Jazzi, Poste and cisterns in “Alta Murgia” National Park” is the title of this thesis work, that focuses on the relationship between the landscape of the Park and the rural architectures that deeply characterize it. The research took place within the university course held by prof. Arch. Lorenzo Netti. I had the opportunity to tutor prof. Netti’s students and to explore the park, searching for areas to be assigned as study cases. Each case was introduced to the students through photographs (all taken by me), aerial maps and GPS coordinates. This whole process helped me deepen my knowledge of the park, it gave me the chance to witness all the different examples of rural architectures and led me to the decision to focus on the “jazzi”, traditional sheep pens. Each student then designed a small architecture enhancing the area. Three jazzi were particularly worthy of attention, because of their peculiar locations: all of them are in close proximity to three artificial lakes, originally intended to function as collectors of water for agricultural use, but that never started working. These structures are all in the municipality of Poggiorsini and they’re all placed along the very southern border of the park, where the ground suddenly rises, marking the transition from the Bradanic Trough to the Murgian Upland.

I studied each of these three jazzi and the respective concrete lakes through photographic surveys and the analysis of the current and historical cartography. Digging through the layers of history helped me understand the web of relations existing among all the elements connotating the areas. This is how I identified the most interesting case among the three. The jazzo I chose is placed on a virtual trail marked by the traces of the presence of water.

Jazzo Filieri appears to be placed in a privileged setting, that is the watershed formed by the slopes coming down from the upland. This explains the presence of elements such as the late concrete lake, an ancient stone cistern, the Masseria Filieri and the Acqua Orsini factory, built next to the Orsini Spring. The analysis of the area was followed by the architectural survey aided by the photogrammetric processing of digital images generating 3D spatial data.

The project includes actions on the various elements, to achieve an actual revitalization of the park. The existing railway station becomes a future infrastructural hub, Masseria Filieri is destined to a Museum of Transhumance, Acqua Orsini becomes part of a water theme path leading to Jazzo Filieri and its cistern, and up to the lake. In the hypothesis of a possible demilitarization of the Polveriera (an existing military store for weapons and munitions), new temporary residences and an airfield for drones and light aircrafts have been considered. The project on Jazzo Filieri consists of renewal interventions aiming at the reintroduction of a sustainable sheep farming, through the reuse of the original structures, and didactic activity. Inspired by Stacy Levy’s land art works, the intervention on the artificial lake consists in adding leisure areas for visitors and in regenerating it growing plants employed in the phytopurification of the collected water.

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Architecture portfolio, by Italian architect Francesca Leo.


Architecture portfolio, by Italian architect Francesca Leo.