Federica Goffi’s writings and research bring to focus the matter of time as an essential and overlooked design material, in its threefold nature of ‘time’, ‘weather’, ‘tempo’. This includes explorations on the relationship between music and architecture; researching material imagination and architectural representation; restoration and rehabilitation projects. She has published several articles and book chapters (Routledge, ARQ Cambridge, In.Form, Interstices, INTAR). She holds a PhD in Design and Research from the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (VT), which explored theoretical issues pertaining change within mnemic buildings and resulted in a book titled: ‘Time Matter(s): Invention and Re-Imagination in Built Conservation’ published by Ashgate, London (July 2013). She is a licensed architect in her native country.
She is launching a new research agenda exploring how architecture may contribute to the well being of residents in health care facilities. The medical field acknowledged the importance of a patient’s emotional well-being and the effects of stress on healing, and linked this with the surrounding environment. Medical scientists have defined this field as mind-body medicine. Abducting this concept into the field of architecture, we aim to define the qualities of mind-body architecture: introducing cultural and emotional aspects of design in developing seminal extra-ordinary details for healthy spaces. Infra-ordinary observations on the everyday operations of existing facilities will lead to the introduction of carefully constructed details that better respond in a holistic way to the residents. Proper details are critical in helping us define our sense of place, providing comfort and care, introducing new elements that flexibly respond to multiple design issues in an elegant and sustainable way, moving from the region of exportable to responsive and customizable details.