Renata Codello

A former Director of Institutional Affairs at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Renata Codello is an architect and, since 11 June 2020, a member of the Bank of Italy Board of Directors. 


In her long career she has held several important positions: Superintendent of Architectural and Landscape Heritage of Venice and its Lagoon (2006 to 2014) and of the Eastern Veneto (2009); Superintendent of Fine Arts and Landscape in Rome and Director of the Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism for the Veneto (2015 to March 2018). 


After graduating from the IUAV, Venice, with a first-class honours in architecture, she carried out research and held a temporary technical position at the same university. She completed her PhD in 1996 and was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 2013 to 2018. She also received an honorary PhD from the University of East London in 2018. 


In Venice, she has restored works by Carlo Scarpa: the Manlio Capitolo Room in the Tribunale Civile, the bridge of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, the Monument to the Female Partisan at the Giardini, the Biennale Ticket Office and the Olivetti Shop in St Mark’s Square. 


She drafted the preliminary project and directed the works for the new home for the Accademia di Belle Arti in the 16th-century Ospedale degli Incurabili on the Zattere, completed in 2004. Together with architect Tobia Scarpa, she designed and directed the works for the extension of the Museo nazionale delle Gallerie dell’Accademia, completed in 2014. 

She collaborated with Tadao Ando in realising his designs for the Centre for Contemporary Art at the Punta della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi and the Teatrino Grassi for the Pinault Collection. She has overseen projects for the Fondation Bru, the Fondazione Annabianca e Emilio Vedova, the Fondazione Prada and the Fondaco dei Tedeschi. She was architectural inspector for the restoration of the Colosseum, Rome, and directed the official opening of the Quirinale complex in Rome in 2016 in collaboration with the Presidency of the Republic, with which she still collaborates. 


She has taught at Florida University, the University of Genoa Faculty of Architecture and the Tor Vergata University Faculty of Engineering, Rome. From 2001 to 2014 she taught Architectural Restoration Science and Techniques at Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, and since 2010, directly appointed as a renowned expert, she has been Professor of Restoration at the IUAV. In 2017 she obtained the national academic university teaching qualification for the disciplines of History of Architecture and Restoration.



Renata Codello has published numerous books and essays, including more recently: Il restauro dell’architettura contemporanea. Carlo Scarpa, Aula Manlio Capitolo (Milan, 2000); La nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. Cinque progetti per il complesso degli Incurabili (Venice, 2001); L’intonaco da risanamento a Venezia: sperimentazione sulle murature antiche (Reggio Emilia, 2003); Progettare un Museo. Le nuove gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia (Milan, 2005); La nuova Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. Conservazione, restauro e modificazioni del complesso degli Incurabili (Venice, 2007); Architetture veneziane di Carlo Scarpa. Percorsi e rilievi di cinque opere (Venice, 2010); Architetture contemporanee a Venezia (Venice, 2014); Venezia: la grande Accademia. Architettura e restauro (Milan, 2017).