DDAA is an architectural workshop, established in the Venice area in 2014 by Enrico Dalla Pietà and Valeria Diminutto.
The activity of DDAA is multidisciplinar, ranging from the design of buildings, to graphic and product design, urbanism and research.
Valeria is an architect, designer and art director based in the Venice area. After working for several architecture and interior design practices in Italy, she moved to Chicago where she worked for the design firm DW Design Workshop, collaborating at the design projects of the firm. In June 2015 she graduated at the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design in Moscow, tutored by Kuba Snopek and by Winy Maas (founder of MVRDV). At Strelka Institute she had the chance to focus on the urban and social consequences of de-industrialization with the work “Life in dying cities: Last Stop Kineshma”. Member of Architects without Borders and interested in the social value of architecture, she later moved to a favela in the north of Argentina with the purpose to do research about informal architecture and to design community buildings in an informal barrio.
Enrico is an architect and researcher based in Venice. After working on architectural and interior design projects for several years in an office, in January 2013 he opened his own architectural practice. Since then, he worked on architectural projects in the Venice area and on design competitions. As a member of Architect without Borders, in september 2015 he moved in a favela in Posadas (Argentina) with the purpose of doing research about informal settlements and to design community buildings for a local NGO in the informal settlement “barrio San Jorge”. After the Ph.D. in the University of Trieste, he is now focusing his research on the production of urbanity as a form of participation, carrying on the research work started in Argentina.