Francesco Garofalo

Design Critic in Landscape Architecture

Francesco Garofalo founded Openfabric in 2011, a landscape architecture and urbanism practice based in Rotterdam and Milan. Openfabric is composed by an international team of diverse professionals, active locally and globally, with projects extending in more that twenty countries in five different continents.

His realized projects include Reggia di Rivalta 26 hectares park (Reggio Emilia), urban spaces such as Into the Wild (The Hague), Gridgrounds (Amsterdam), Desio city center and the first World Forum on Urban Forestry (Mantova). He’s in charge of Landscape visions for large urban contexts, such Genova Green Strategy, Mantova Landscape Plan and rural development strategies, including a vision for Selva Central in Peru and Southern Albania Coastal region.

His work has been awarded receiving the World Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence in 2019 and the Topscape-Paysaje Award in 2018 and it is widely exhibited, including Venice Architecture Biennale, IABR Rotterdam, Triennale di Milano, AIA New York, Matadero Madrid and COAC Barcelona.

Furthermore, his active in Academia, holding teaching positions in various institutions such as Politecnico di Milano, London Metropolitan University, Domus Academy, RAoB Rotterdam and Amsterdam Academy of Architecture AHK. He lectures internationally on a continuous base, in several cultural institutions and universities, including Cornell AAP (New York), MIT (Cambridge MA), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), Hong Kong University, IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia), London Metropolitan University, Strelka KB (Moscow),  Instituto de Arquitectura (Buenos Aires), Triennale di Milano, KU Leuven (Belgium), TU München and Pollenzo University of Gastronomic Sciences.