• Chiara Tonelli
  • Associate Professor
  • Scientific disciplinary sector ICAR/12 - tecnologia dell'architettura
  • E-mail chiara.tonelli@uniroma3.it
  • Telefono 06.57332928

Chiara Tonelli is associate professor in Architectural Technology at the Department of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre, where she is the Rector’s delegate for ‘Startup and Enterprise’.
She conceived and coordinated the two multidisciplinary teams from Roma TRE University who took part at Solar Decathlon, a competition among universities around the world for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing prototypes.
In 2012 in Madrid the housing prototype “MED in Italy” was the first Italian project admitted to the competition and was ranked third overall, while in 2014 in Versailles the Social Housing apartment, named “Rhome for Dencity”, again the unique Italian presence, ranked first overall.
From 2015 she is responsible for the coordination of the Regional Energy Plan of Latium, where she operates to reduce regional energy consumption, to promote the transition to electricity and to diversify in the long-term sources of energy, reducing GHG emissions and energy dependency fossils, with the aim of spreading the low-carbon economy, to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the local industry and the productivity and profitability of the agricultural production.

Over the past four years she has initiated processes of university-industry exchange, involving Italian and multinational companies in experimental activities, which have led to the filing of patents and the launch of spin-off. In this context, she is launching a building chain of wooden houses in Argentina, following the assignment of a Great Scientific and Technological Research Project on “Energy and Environment” of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs in the years 2014-2016.
Architect since 1996, she is author of numerous projects for private and public entities, related to energy efficiency.
She is member of: the National Project 10,000 Social Housing Scientific Committee; the International Board pro Solar Decathlon Europe; and the Culture and Architecture Committee of the Bolzano Fair. She is President of Casaclima Awards since 2013.
She has been: visiting professor at TUM Technishe Universitet of Munich, Germany, in 2014-15; member of Lazio Startup Commission in 2013-14 to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Region; and member of the Green Drop Award Jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2014.
She took part at over 100 meetings and conferences in Italy and around the world, among them the Republic of Ideas in Bologna in 2011, and the TEDx Milan in 2013. She has been host of several television programs on Architecture (RAI TRE “Geo & Geo – The ecological house” 2011-12, Leonardo “The house that will be” 2011-12, Real Time “Comfort for Strangers” from 2005 to 2013).
Since 2000 she teaches in the Architectural Technology domain, at the graduate level, master degree and postgraduate, in different Italian locations.
She speaks French, English and Spanish.