Francesca Funis

Francesca Funis, completed a PhD in History of Architecture at University of Florence in 2003, with a dissertation entitled “Il Corridoio Vasariano: forma e costruzione”.

Architect and history of construction techniques scholar, in 2002-2004 she carried out a research project on the ceilings of Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence. During the 2004-2005 academic year Dr. Funis participated in a collaborative research project organized by the University of Udine, focusing on foreign communities and urban development in Livorno during the Grand-Ducal Period. As a Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project (2005-2008), she worked on the Greek settlements in Livorno from 1560 to1650 and continued her studies on the architecture of Giorgio Vasari.

In 2012-21 she was Adjunct Professor of History of Architecture at the University of Florence. She taught History of Renaissance Architecture at Kent State University (Ohio) in Florence Semesters.

At the Uffizi Gallery, Funis was one of the scientific curators of the exhibitions “Vasari, gli Uffizi e il Duca” (2011-12) and “I cieli in una stanza” (2019-20).

On behalf of MIBAC, she conducted historical researches on the Uffizi complex (2005; 2009-2010; 2012). From 2017 to 2020, Funis received a research grant co-financed by the Uffizi Galleries and the Department of Architecture for a historical-architectural research on the Vasari Corridor.

In 2016 she published with Claudia Conforti the volume “La costruzione degli Uffizi: nascita di una Galleria”.

In 2018 Funis published the volume “Il Corridoio Vasariano: una strada sopra la città”, translated and published in English “The Vasari Corridor: a road above the city” (Livorno, Sillabe, 2020).