The Open Design School is one of the pillar projects of Matera 2019. It is a living lab for interdisciplinary experimentation, a platform that will be the main feature of Matera 2019 cultural programme. Its main goal is to produce the infrastructure necessary for Matera 2019.

The Open Design School is not a school. It will serve as an instrument of systemic, community-wide capacity building where learning occurs through doing, prototyping and testing, in a continuous creative exchange process between art, science, and technology.

It is a horizontal platform, a place of interdisciplinary learning and experimentation without strict hierarchies in which everyone learns from everyone, in an atmosphere of mutual enrichment.


Director: Joseph Grima

Project Manager: Rita Orlando

Coordinator: Marco Laterza

 Lab Manager: Giovanni Diele

  Lab Manager: Pasquale Montemurro

 Communication & Social Media: Paolo D'Ercole


Current Team 

Stefano Battaglini - Architect

Elisa Bertron - Exhibition Designer

Anna Cellamare - Scenographer

Sofia Coutsoucos - Architect

Antonio Elettrico - Architect

Cecilia Gonzalez Torres - Architect

Antonio Guerrieri - Designer

Giovanni Martemucci - Architect

Gabriella Mastrangelo - Designer

Artemis Papageorgiu - Designer

Francesca Raimondi - Architect

Francesco Santarsia - Urban Planner

Martha Schwindling - Exhibition Designer

Davide Tagliabue - Artisan



Former Participants

Annegret Boenemann - Social Designer / Silvia Cafora - Architect / Giulia Finazzi - Architect / Elisa Giuliano - Exhibition Designer /    Alberto Lago - Designer / Pierangelo Laterza - Photographer / Rossella Nicoletti - Urban Planner / Gustavo Velho - Visual Designer /

Former Staff

Diogo Rinaldi - Coordinator


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