DAP studio was founded in 1992 in Milan by Elena Sacco and Paolo Danelli, graduates from the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. Their office has been working for public and private clients, on architectural projects which range in scale from interiors to houses to libraries. In the last few years they have focused especially on the design of cultural institutions.
They couple their design activity with the management and development of cultural projects. DAP studio participated in the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, in the Italian Pavillion, and were nominated for the 2011 Mies van der Rohe award. In 2009 they received a mention at the Golden Medal Prize for Italian Architecture (Premio Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana).
Paola Giaconia, architect, graduated with honors in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, she received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture) in Los Angeles, where she then worked for Morphosis studio. She couples her activity as a designer with scholarly research: she is visiting professor at California State University and at Kent State University, Florence programs. Paola has been lecturing on contemporary architecture and participating at round tables at various cultural institutions and schools of architecture. She contributes to the most important Italian architectural magazines. She is co-editor, with Marco Brizzi, of the catalogues of the last two editions of the BEYOND MEDIA festival (INTIMACY and SCRIPT), and curator, since 2003, of the "SPOT ON SCHOOLS" exhibition. Her monograph on Eric Owen Moss (Eric Owen Moss. The Uncertainty of Doing) was published by Skira in 2006.