Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Architettura

Pier Francesco Cherchi is an associate professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at the
DICAAR department of the University of Cagliari. Architect, engineer and PhD, Pier Francesco
Cherchi graduated in Rome in 1999 and in Cagliari in 1995. He gained a research doctorate in
architecture in 2003 and since then has been developing didactic and research activity on the
themes of the regeneration of the abandoned and underused territories, urban spaces and

Since 2017 he studied and worked on the reuse of abandoned production
landscapes of production among both in teaching and research activities, with special attention to the territories of the
Sardinian mining complexes. Part of this research are the studies on the mining archeology of the
town of Buggerru and the adaptive reuse of a design-research of the former Serbariu mine in
Carbonia. In 2018 Carbonia’s research-project was exhibited in the Italian pavilion of the XVI
Venice Architecture Biennale (Exposition Arcipelago Italia. Italian Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture
Biennale) (more bibliographic details at: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/248314)

Since 2012 he studies abandoned European monumental hospital complexes. On this issue, he
developed a research that was addressed, referring to the European framework, considering the
best experiences and the most significant cases, and analyzing, locally, the remarkable case of the
nineteenth-century San Giovanni di Dio hospital in Cagliari. The results have been presented in
various international conferences and they have been published in Domus (n° 990) and into the
monograph entitled: Typological shift. Adaptive reuse of abandoned historical hospitals in Europe 
published by Letteraventidue (more bibliographic details at: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/185406).

In 2011 and 2012 he participated in the institutional research project “Study for the recovery and
redevelopment of the mining system of the Iglesiente coast”, funded by the Province of Carbonia-
Iglesias. In this research, he oversaw the study and the project for the knowledge and
redevelopment of the Nebida mining port and of the adjacent historical washeries. The results have
been published in: The coastal-mining landscape of Sulcis in Sardinia. The ruins of the landing and
of the laveria Lamarmora of Nebida, perspectives of preservation and reuse (more bibliographic
details at: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/280482).

In the two-year period 2009/2010 he founded the research laboratory RI_AB_LAB (re-inhabiting
the city), where he investigated the problems and opportunities for modification and development
of unused and abandoned urban areas. He introduces these topics into the teaching and thesis
laboratories, analyzing the cases of the internal suburbs and the disused spaces of the consolidated

Between 2007 and 2008 the didactic and research activity focuses on the themes of “social living”.
The researches on the city of low-cost housing culminate in the publication of the book Città
Architettura e Paesaggio [City Architecture, and Landscape] (see at:. The book collects the results
of the research and design proposals developed around the social housing district of Sant’Elia
in Cagliari, that during 2007-2008 has been the subject of workshop and urban projects developed by
Rem Koolhaas-O.M.A. and architectural-scale projects such as the Zaha Hadid’s Betile museum.
Pier Francesco Cherchi was “design leader” responsabile di progetto” (with prof. G.M. Chiri, arch.
S.Dessì, arch. M. Cubeddu), for the Architecture School of the University of Cagliari. The resultas of
the studies and of the SEW07, Sant’Elia Workshop, con la partecipazione dello studio Office for
Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) di Rem Koolhaas e del Politecnico di Milano (more bibliographic
details at: http://hdl.handle.net/11584/68454).

During the three-year period 2005/2007 he is part of the research group on the “Carbonia case”,
a mining city founded and built from scratch in Sardinia by the fascist regime in 1938. In 2011, this
research contributed significantly to the award of the Council of Europe Landscape Award to the
“Carbonia case”. During this juncture, he has been one of the four components of the group of
designers, who sees prof. Luigi Snozzi, project leader in charge of designing the new train and
buses stationg of Carbonia (more bibliographic details at:  http://hdl.handle.net/11584/59672).

In the years following the university education (1999-2012), the teaching and research activity
was intertwined and supported by the design one which was carried out within the architecture
studio C + C04STUDIO http://www.cc04.net/. In professional practice, the design themes have
focused on the programs of settlement and living and can be traced back to two main strands: the
projects of collective residences in the urban environment, and the interventions of accommodation
of production structures that deal with the size of the Sardinian landscape. The former one are
located in the difficult and disordered condition of the peripheral city; the latter with the size of the
territory, in some cases harsh and inviolate, in others tampered with by disheartening interventions
that constitute a recurring term for comparison and verification of the effectiveness of design as a
tool for interpreting and regenerating the existing data. The projects developed within the studio
have merged into a book, C+C04STUDIO Forme dell’abitare, which is introduced by an essay
written by Pier Francesco Cherchi describing the approach to design and to the theoretical
background of the work of C+C04STUDIO (more bibliographic details at: 

As a designer, Pier Francesco Cherchi presented his works at conferences, seminars and
architecture exhibitions such as: Laboratorio Italia, during Parma Architecture Festival, The Italian
Collective House Cittadella, Festarch of Cagliari, Rizoma. Biennial of young Italian architects, Italy
Now traveling exhibition of Italian architecture exhibited in Tokyo, Vancouver, Montreal.

Various projects and creations have been published in national and international magazines,
including: the Almanacco di Casabella, Abitare, Progetti e Concorsi, Ottagono, AD, Arketipo,
D’Architettura, and others; and in numerous national and international monographs, including:
Identità Molteplice (edited by M. Lucchini), You are here. A new Approach to Sinage and
Wayfinding, The Italian collective house, completed works, Press/Tmag, European Style,
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