Dorotea Ottaviani | Senior Project Associate


Dr. Dorotea Ottaviani is a Senior Project Associate with the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) at Virginia Tech (USA) and an architect, researcher, and educator who is currently participating in a range of special projects central to the implementation of innovative experiential and practice-based pedagogies. Her interests have always been nurtured through academic research and professional practice and vary from urban renewal and architectural adaptive reuse to the interior design. After completing her Master’s Degree, Dr. Ottaviani worked in several architectural offices in Italy, Germany, and Portugal. She also earned a PhD at Sapienza University (Italy) with a dissertation focused on the transformation of public housing in the UK and Germany. She has taught Interior Design at the graduate level at University Marconi (Italy) and Adaptive Re-use and Heritage at the undergraduate level at the Mackintosh School of Architecture (UK). Since 2016, she has been fascinated by the learning and teaching process in the design and artistic fields. She investigated the role of the Tacit Knowledge in the Design Research for the Creative Practices, working as Experienced Researcher within the European Union funded project ADAPT-r ITN ( at the Glasgow School of Art (UK).