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Exhibit: ROMA XL

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to host the exhibit ROMA XL

“Sketches by Waterloo Architecture Rome Program graduates, including Alison Brooks, Howard Sutcliffe and Lisa Rapoport, seen alongside built work.”

The opening reception is on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

The exhibition is open to the public from October 17 until November 1, 2019.

In 1979, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture launched its Rome program in a dark studio in a tiny alleyway near Piazza Navona. Forty years later, the program has a permanent home in Trastevere, and over 2,000 Waterloo students have had the privilege of spending a term in the Eternal City, studying architectural icons such as the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and Hadrian’s Villa, as well as masterpieces by Bramante, Borromini, Bernini and Michelangelo.

But how has this exposure to more than two thousand years and multiple layers of city building in one of the richest architectural environments in the world affected them as architects? RomaXL presents drawings by a selection of highly accomplished Waterloo graduates completed during their Rome term, together with examples of their built work. This juxtaposition reveals unexpected influences of Roman architecture, landscape architecture and urban design on Canadian architects today.

RomaXL features work by Alison Brooks, Johnson Chou, Jean Colonnier, Shelley Craig, Alexander Josephson, Chris Pommer and Lisa Rapoport, Paul Raff, Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe, John Shnier and others.

exhibit sketches





  • Organized by: Istituto Italiano di Cultura & Waterloo School of Architecture Perimeter Development Corporation
  • In collaboration with: curated by Sascha Hastings Independent Arts Producer, Curator and Consultant