SACI Alumna, Terry Dwan, Talks About the Art of Designing Wood for RIVA 1920

Californian born, Italian by adoption, architect and designer Terry Dwan (SACI Alumna, 1978-79) started her fruitful cooperation with Riva 1920 in 1999 designing some of the best sellers of the whole collection using scented cedar, Kauri, and reclaimed wood. Read the feature article on Archiproducts.

Recently at Imm Cologne, Terry talked about the art of designing wood and how she wants to create products people can “smell, taste and feel – real sculptures creating an emotional bond evolving in time.”

Based in Milan, Terry Dwan was born in Santa Monica, California. She left the Pacific Coast to study structural engineering and architecture at Rice University in Houston and fine arts at Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence. Back in the US, after two years employed in the field of architecture in Los Angeles, Dwan was accepted to Yale and graduated with a Masters of Architecture in 1984. Returning to Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship to study cemetery architecture in Rome in 1986, she stayed on to become partner in Studio Citterio Dwan, collaborating on residential and commercial projects as well as retail and showrooms in Europe.


RIVA 1920 “Curve Bench”

Special thanks to Terry Dwan for being part of a donation to SACI from RIVA 1920 of two “Curve Benches” now being used by guests in the SACI Gallery.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

One comment

  1. YES’……. this is a great story and pleases me to see Terry being recognized for all she has achieved. AVANTI, JULES

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