Il Bel Paese

Frank Ponterio – June 16, 2016

It’s been awhile since my last blog post – mostly because, in the busy design world, finding the time to thoughtfully write about a topic can be a bit of a challenge.


But today, I find myself inspired, and only a little jet lagged, as I sit here in the living room of an apartment I’ve rented on the Amalfi Coast. It’s 5 a.m.; the windows are wide open as I listen to the waves and gulls. I’m looking at the photos we took yesterday on our first day back at this fantastic place and thinking about how it affects me.

I’ve been coming here since I was a small child, and now I bring my family as often as I can. What I notice today is that all of us are guided by this beauty – the designs of those who, literally centuries ago, took the time to stop and plan and find great resources – all for others to enjoy. Those efforts have shaped my aesthetic – strong axial views, symmetry and balance, the understanding of how the architecture of a mature landscape will one day frame the vista, and most importantly, artistry (even more than academics) – all things I consider when I design a project.

I’m feeling grateful that I get to be in this incredible place again and thinking about how to keep it close.


All my best,


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