Marcella Del Signore is an Associate Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), School of Architecture and Design. She is the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with digital processes. The notion of urban-digital prototyping has been at the core of her research. She holds a Master in Architecture from University La Sapienza in Rome and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University in New York. She taught and collaborated with academic institutions in Europe and the US including Tulane University, Barnard College at Columbia University, the Architectural Association, IaaC- Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, University of Waterloo, LSU School of Architecture, IN/ARCH- National Italian Institute of Architecture and University of Trento. At Tulane University, she served as the Director of the Study Abroad Program in Rome and the Kylene and Brad Beers SE Professor at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. She has received several awards and lectured, published and exhibited widely.