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Silvia Carlotta Balzan

Author, Reviewer, Production Manager, Section Editor

Institute of Urban and Landscape Studies (ISUP) and Institute of History and Theory of Architecture (ISA), USI Accademia di Architettura Mendrisio



Silvia Balzan is an architect, researcher and educator. Her doctoral research focused on instances of colonial modernities with relational dimensions and their legacies.

She holds postgraduate degrees from IUAV Venice, was a graduate researcher at ETH Zurich, D-Arch and earned her PhD from the University of Basel in July 2022. She is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland, and since January 2024, as a postdoc, she is also part of an SNSF-funded project at ZHAW, Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.

She is working on her first monograph based on her PhD: Relational Modernities. Pancho Guedes’ Social Architecture for the Swiss Mission in Colonial Mozambique (Park Books, 2025).

Silvia co-organizes DocTalks (, an online platform that amplifies the voices of early career researchers in architectural history and theory.