Carla Borromeo is a continuing Lecturer in Italian Studies and has been a part of the French and Italian Department at UCSB since 1997. She has taught all levels of lower-division Italian language classes, as well as Italian conversation. Prior to being a full-time lecturer, she worked for the Italian Institute of Culture and Fondazione Italia of Los Angeles, organizing and teaching Italian in Santa Barbara. She taught Italian at Santa Barbara City College Continuing Education and was a member of a committee for the Los Angeles Italian Consulate School Office contributing to a project to promote Italian language programs. Since Fall 2021, Carla has served as Faculty Advisor for the Italian Club, organizing various events and re-connecting UCSB students to the local community.
She earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy (110 and Magna Cum Laude) as well as a Diploma di Specializzazione in Technical Restoration from the Professional College in Poggibonsi, Siena, Italy. Carla worked as an independent architectural consultant at Peter Becker Architect, Barry Berkus/B3 Architects in Santa Barbara, California. Several excerpts of her thesis are published in professional European magazines and the model of her thesis was acquired by the city of Lerici where it is displayed to the public. Carla is interested in the new methods for teaching languages, and she is constantly looking for new modern approaches to make the students more interested in learning this language. She has worked on independent innovative learning projects between UCSB and the Istituti Scolastici of La Spezia and Bergamo. Carla is passionate about art, architecture, design, music, Italian traditions and culture which is always integrated into her classes. She is active in the Santa Barbara community, volunteering with Adam’s Angel Charity Organization and the Alpha Resource Center.