Rebecca Carrai is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Brussels, and a visiting scholar at the Architectural Association, where she leads the theoretical workshop AAVS Think Tank. Her work combines interior design and architecture with philosophical and anthropological subjects through various media and multiple forms.
Her PhD project, The IKEA Home, aims to offer a novel architectural perspective on the
history of domestic space by looking at IKEA’s impact and unpacking the commercial
actor’s objects of mediation. Before starting her PhD, she graduated from the Faculty of
Architecture in Florence with her thesis, Finn Juhl, architect, which offered the first comprehensive overview of neglected architectural works and the Danish architect and designer’s domesticity visions.
Lately, Carrai has participated in several academic conferences and been involved in activities interrogating the agency of architecture and the role of the architect, such a forthcoming dialogues’ series resulting from the EAHN 2021 Conference, and the theoretical course “Who Does Architecture” which she co-teaches, with her supervisor Martino Tattara, at the Faculty of Architecture, Brussels (KU Leuven).
Besides academia, Carrai is a former editor for the magazine “Area” and has been involved in exhibition design, including ‘Rethinking retirement. Academy of life’, displayed at then 26th Design Biennial in Ljubljana.