DFR Architecture

DFR is a design practice that operates in the field of architecture, landscape and urban planning.
Based in Rome it investigates the contemporary condition of inhabited territory searching strategies and space solutions to make it liveable, lovable, inclusive and resilient.

It is configured as a permanent laboratory that hybridizes professional practice with research and experimentation in the academic field.
Systemic thinking, multidisciplinary and collaborative approach mark the philosophy of the firm and its design process.
Research and experimentation activity intend to contribute to the shape of architectures that overcomes the oppositional dialectic between built and nature, promoting the meaningful relationship between different habitat components in order to develop territories and communities.

Gaetano De Francesco, founder of DFR, is a PhD architect. Of Samnite origins, he graduated in 2012 at Sapienza University of Rome, where he is teaching assistant in Architectural Design Studios. His doctoral dissertation Water Infrastructure. Adaptive strategies to water emergency of climate changes. Design new generation of water infrastructures is focused on the multitasking approach to the urban flooding in the contemporary city. He curated scientific publications, books, essays and articles, participated in international conferences and public events as lecturer and public speaker.
He complements to personal research activities the experiences in Italian and international design firm: Ian+ (Rome), Perraudin Architectes (Lyon), Gianni Ranaulo Design (Dubai). He has been an active member of nITro group between 2012 and 2016, and co-founder and active member of dMake Architecture Design Art between 2015-2018.
He is Adjunct Professor at Quasar Institute of Advance Design.

 

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Giulia Capozi, associate partner of DFR, is an architect with a passion for the detail. Of Roman origins, she graduated in 2013 in Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome, after a period of study in Brandenburg University of Technology of Cottbus – DE. Right after graduation she has specialized in safety on construction site, management and supervision of works. She has participated in the reconstruction of the Italian internal areas affected by the earthquakes, collaborating with an interdisciplinary network of professionals.

Lecture symposia and conferences

 

Technology for ALL
Scalo de Pinedo, Baja, Roma
Lecture: Tevere Cavo Un progetto urbano per Roma, Facoltà di Architettura Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza’ [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Water Infrastructures. Micro-scale for a diffused and incremental model International Seminar and Workshop Climate Change and urban spaces. H2O Multilevel Rivers. Zyanderud|Isfahan – Bisagno | Genova – Gualdamedina|Malaga
Dipartimento di Pianificazione, Design, Tecnologia dell’Architettura, Facoltà di Architettura Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma,
Lecture: New public spaces for contemporary challenges [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

International Conference Nature for Innovative and Inclusive Urban Regeneration 2022
Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli e Università Iulm, Milano, webinar, Lecture: Green infrastructures and the new public city: a key nexus for resilience-based urban regeneration processes in the city of Altamura [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

I mercoledì del DIAP. Patrimonio, casa e città
Dipartimento di Architettura e Progetto, Facoltà di Architettura Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma
Lecture: Micro-architettura per contesti marginali, periferici ed emergenziali [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Laboratorio di Sintesi Finale, Corso di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Architettura, prof. Antonino Saggio
Facoltà di Architettura, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Lecture: Infrastrutture dell’acqua: strategie adattive all’emergenza idrica dei mutamenti climatici. Progettare infrastrutture idriche di nuova generazione [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2021
Laboratorio di Sintesi Finale, Corso di Laurea Magistrale a Ciclo Unico in Architettura, prof. Antonino Saggio
Facoltà di Architettura, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Lecture: Infrastrutture dell’acqua: strategie adattive all’emergenza idrica dei mutamenti climatici. Progettare infrastrutture idriche di nuova generazione [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2020
Urban Regeneration Architectural Design Studio
Sapienza University of Rome
Lecture: Water Infrastructure. Adaptive strategies to water emergency of climate changes. Design new generation of water infrastructures [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Architettura come prodotto di ricerca. Linee guida per la valutazione del progetto
Department of Architecture and Design – PhD Architecture Theory and Projects Sapienza University of Rome
[Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2019
XXII Conferenza Nazionale SIU Società Italiana degli Urbanisti L’urbanistica italiana di fronte all’agenda 2030
Campus UniBas Matera – Politecnico di Bari
Lecture: Città: organismo in sei azioni. Portare territori e comunità sulla strada della sostenibilità e della resilienza [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

PechaKucha Night Event – Tirana Design Week
Destijl Hostel Albania – Tirana
Lecture: DFR Architecture: researches, projects, teaching [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2018

Globalization and Organized Crime
Università degli Studi di Siena
Lecture: La possibilitàà della trasformazione dei rifiuti in risorsa in due progetti [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Recupera-Riabita: salviamo i borghi dell’Appennino – evento Residenza Borgo Biologico – Arcipelago Italia
Master Casa-Clima-Bioarchitettura LUMSA University – Cairano
Lecture: Infrastrutture idriche della rigenerazione: riattivare le aree interne [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

I dialoghi di Iperurbano #1 Resilienza
ex Monastero del Soccorso – Altamura
Lecture: Infrastrutture dell’acqua per comunità resilienti [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2017
Rigenerazioni creative tra arte, architettura e design. Modelli bottom up per un approccio incrementale
Ordine Architetti di Isernia Auditorium Unità della Pace – Isernia
Lecture: Esperienze a confronto tra architettura, arte e attivismo civico [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

1st Symposium PhD in Architecture – Theories and Project
School of Architecture Sapienza University of Rome
Lecture: Water Infrastructure. Adaptive strategies to water emergency of climate changes. Design new generation of water infrastructures [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Alcamo Marina: Reconstructing the Coastal Landscape – Villard19 Itinerant design seminary
School of Architecture Roma Tre University of Rome
Lecture: Water Infrastructure. Adaptive strategies to water emergency of climate changes. Design new generation of water infrastructures [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2016
Evoluzione sostenibile dei paesaggi
Futuridea – Benevento
Lecture: Paesaggi rifiutati 2.0 [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

2015
Recuperiamo terreno. Politiche, azioni e misure per un uso sostenibile del suolo Legambiente
Frigoriferi Milanesi – Milano
Poster: Paesaggi infrastrutturali [Gaetano De Francesco, Saverio Massaro]

 

2014
Nuovi approcci sistemici
Galleria Come se, Roma
Featured project: Foreste Urbane [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Big Ben. Il lavoro di UNStudio
MAXXI B.A.S.E., Roma
Lecture: Il ruolo della struttura nel lavoro di UNStudio [Gaetano De Francesco, Saverio Massaro, Pasquale Loiudice, Isabella Santarelli]

 

2013
Environmental Design for innovation in the post-crisis, ENHSA, European Network of Heads’ of School of Architecture
School of Architecture Naples University
Lecture: Eco Strategies: Ten Imperatives for an Ecological Approach [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

festAmbiente MONDI POSSIBILI 2013 Legambiente
Circolo degli artisti – Rome
Featured project: Foreste Urbane [Gaetano De Francesco]

 

Urban Green Line. Un’infrastruttura ecologica per Roma
Casa dell’Architettura – Rome [Gaetano De Francesco]

Teaching

Architecture Design Studio 4-5
Architecture
Sapienza University of Rome
Professor: Antonino Saggio
Teaching assistant: Gaetano De Francesco

 

Information Technology in Architecture. Theory Experiments Applications
Architecture
Sapienza University of Rome
Professor: Antonino Saggio
Teaching assistant: Gaetano De Francesco

 

3D Computer Aided Design
Habitat Design
Quasar Institute for Advanced Design
Professor: Gaetano De Francesco

 

3D Computer Aided Design
Master Interior Design
Quasar Institute for Advanced Design
Professor: Gaetano De Francesco

 

3D Computer Aided Design
Master Product Design
Quasar Institute for Advanced Design
Professor: Gaetano De Francesco