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Staniscia, Stefania

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

Stefania Staniscia is a registered architect and landscape architect (EtsaB, Barcelona). She holds an International Ph.D. in Architecture from the IUAV University of Venice, and has been Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Trento, Italy, from 2011 to 2015. She is now Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the West Virginia University.

Since her dissertation, she has been investigating the island as a powerful cognitive device and designing tool. Her research broadened to include mountain areas, which, like islands, are sensitive and fragile contexts in addition to being regions where the geographical features are predominant. Her main current interest is the Energy Landscape, namely the landscapes that are the results of the energy production and particularly the landscapes of extraction, exploited in order to supply raw materials and energy needs. The State of West Virginia constitutes an outstanding example of this landscape, as the byproduct of the coal industry. Underground mining, contour mining and mountaintop mining deeply shape the region leaving huge mine sites to be reclaimed from environmental, landscape and community point of view.

Staniscia has published widely in this fields and has engaged in numerous communication and dissemination activities.


  1. Staniscia, S. “The “Island Effect”: Reality or Metaphor?” New Geographies 08 “Islands,” eds. Daou, D. and P. Pérez-Ramos, (Harvard University Press). (Forthcoming)
  2. Staniscia, S. “Resilient Ecological Design Strategies,” In MONOGRAPH.RESEARCH 02. R.E.D.S.2Alps. Designing a Sustainable Future toward an Ecological Approach, eds. M. Ricci, P. Scaglione (Trento: LISt Lab, 2016): 18-21.
  3. Bragagnolo, C., C. Rizzi, S. Staniscia. “A Multi-scale Approach to Support Integrated Landscape Management in Rural Mountainside Areas (RMAs) of Alps,” in Landscape Planning and Rural Development - Key Issues and Options Towards Integration, ed. C. Rega (Springer, 2014).
  4. Staniscia, S. “The Island Paradigm and the Mediterranean,” New Geographies 5 “The Mediterranean,” ed. A. Petrov (Hollis: Puritan Press, 2013): 255-262.
  5. Staniscia, S. Islands (Barcellona/Trento: LISt Lab, 2011).
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