giovanni traverso_paola vighy


Giovanni Traverso (Bolzano 1969) and Paola Vighy (Vicenza 1969) graduated  from IUAV with Arrigo Rudi in 1994. They continued their studies at The Bartlett, University College of London, attending the Master of Science in Architecture “Light and Lighting”.

In 1996, they founded traverso-vighy architetti studio, based in Vicenza, specializing in sustainable architecture and experimental projects related to the use of light.

The studio’s projects follow a consistent path that leads to lightweight building construction, based on experimentation, prefabrication and economy of resources, while working with the local craft production and trying to establish a balance between traditional knowledge and technological optimization.

In recent years the focus for the environment has turned into a real commitment in terms of design approach and the use of sustainable technologies.

In the field of lighting design, the studio attentively looks at the themes of   sustainability. With assignments ranging from urban-scale interventions which study lighting systems aimed at the enhancement of historic buildings and works of art, to building design focused on maximizing the use of natural light, lighting integration systems and circadian dynamics.

It also promotes cultural activities to raise awareness of the value of natural light as a compositional element of architecture.

They have both taught courses in the principal Master of Lighting Design programs in Italy.  Giovanni teaches the use of natural light at the Department of Architecture, University of Florida.



The design of the little grandfather clock shop in the Palladian Basilica is the first opportunity to apply their construction and lighting approach. They contemporaneously develop lighting projects for important Italian monuments, such as the daylight analysis of Palazzo della Ragione in Padua or the lighting of Piero della Francesca frescoes in Arezzo.



Their design, prefabrication system and daylight control techniques are applied on several buildings, including the Designer Studio, Salvagnini Technical Center (Japan), and a residential structure prefabricated and assembled inside a church.



The interest for daylight qualities drive their work on several tracks, from the Spidi Showroom building construction, to the circadian lighting system for Illycaffè bars and the Padua Baptistery frescoes’ dynamic lighting.

During the same time period they develop urban scale projects such as the Alingsas Skatepark lighting (Sweden) and the Palermo Airport Retail Masterplan.



They optimize their digital production process, developing experimental constructions like the zero energy building TVZEB, the restoration of Casa Ceschi and the AveMaria Boat, a symbol of ecological tourism in Veneto.

During this time frame they also approach lighting on an urban scale through the Vicenza Light Fest and the Verona City Walls Lighting Masterplan competition.



Their attention is now focused on larger scale projects where social and energy issues play a central role.

The recent Corte Bertesina demonstrates how the use of innovative building methods and adaptive reuse allow projects to reach objectives in sustainability, resource management and energy efficiency.