Antonella Versaci is a researcher and assistant professor at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University “Kore” of Enna, where she is responsible of the “Laboratory of Restoration of Architectural and Cultural Heritage” and teaches “architectural restoration” and “laboratory of architectural restoration” within the Master of Architecture.
She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Parisien de Recherche Architecture Urbanistique Société (IPRAUS), a research laboratory of the ENSAPB – National Superior School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville (UMR 3329 Ausser).
Her research applies to the issues of safeguarding and conservation of historic buildings and landscape, with particular attention to cultural heritage spread across the territory and to the protection of historic centers, as well as to their survey, diagnosis, classification and valorization.
In 1996, she earned a master’s degree in Building Engineering at the University of Messina and, the following year, obtained a scholarship for postgraduate specialization courses abroad. She then attended in Paris two courses of specialization in urban preservation, strategic planning and management earning both degrees. In 2005, she received a PhD degree cum laude in “Architecture” from the University of Paris VIII, with a dissertation on the legislation on historic centers in France. From June 2004 to September 2008, she was a UNESCO International staff member, responsible for numerous cultural projects in Southeastern Europe, including those related to the creation of a School of Restoration in Tirana (Albania) and to a Center for Digitization of heritage cultural in Skopje (FYROM).
She is the author of over 90 refereed publications.