Valerio Della Scala

Pristhinalisi. Design Practice as a Tool to Stress Regulatory Framework in a Postwar State-Building Context

Tutor: Alessandro Armando
Co-tutor: Giovanni Durbiano

The research investigates the relation between design practice and political-regulatory framework in the long-term postwar period in Prishtina. Through the observation of different case studies, completed and ongoing projects, the local urban development is analyzed, shifting the attention from the merely morphological and physical aspects to the complex ecology of design practice. The aim of the work is to inquire how architecture could become a tool capable of questioning and affecting the existing political-regulatory framework on urban transformations, which is still being redefined in the Kosovo’s capital.


Valerio Della Scala is an Architect, graduated cum laude in ‘Architecture Construction City’ at Politecnico di Torino. Since then he has been undertaking research on post-catastrophe environment, mainly related to post-war reconstruction. From 2017 he is involved in research scholarships and teaching assistant. During his studies, first in Venice and then Turin, he worked in some different architectural firms.


2014-2016 / MSc in Architettura Costruzione Città, Politecnico di Torino
2008-2012 / BSc in Scienze dell’Architettura, IUAV

2018- / outside contractor, NoTempo (Torino)
2017 / scholarship holder in the research activity ‘Masterplan. Processo per lo sviluppo strategico degli spazi di Ateneo’, Politecnico di Torino
2016- / collaborator, DAR Architettura, (Torino)
2016 / architect, Latogiardino (Torino)
2014 / collaborator, Cei (Torino)
2011 / (internship) Studio Garufi, (Alì Terme, ME)
2009–2015 / architect, Marisca-Santisi Studio Tecnico, (Nizza di Sicilia, ME)

Selected publications

Della Scala, Valerio, and Sebastiano Leotta, Sebastiano. ‘‘Hortus Belice. the space for wine production in the valle del belice.’’ In School of Architecture Yearbook #01, edited by Michela Barosio, 274-279. Siracusa: LetteraVentidue, 2018.

Della Scala Valerio, and Daniele Campobenedetto. “Eidos o progetto relazionale? una riflessione sugli obiettivi dell’insegnamento della progettazione architettonica”. In IMPARARE ARCHITETTURA. I Laboratori di Progettazione e le pratiche di insegnamento, Atti del VII Forum dell’Asociazione Nazionale dei docenti di Progettazione Architettonica ICAR 14-15-16, Milano, 16-17 novembre 2018. edited by (in phase of definition) Roma: Proarch, 2019.