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Davide Bandera


Biographical notes

Mr Davide Bandera, who was born on December 20th in Milan and is resident here, graduated in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan in October 1997. His first post-graduate work was the architectural design of the structures of some installations for the production of prestressed concrete elements.
He has been working in Mapei since June 1st 1998 in the field of the technical assistance in the construction site for the buildingline sector, both in Italy and in foreign countries, with particular reference to the restoration systems in existing buildings, also of historical and artistic value, under protection of the Superintendence for the architectural and environmental heritage.
Since 2006 he has been Product Manager of the Restoration line for masonry buildings.
His expertise relates to the knowledge of building systems, with particular attention to issues of durability and eco-sustainability, as well as eco-compatibility and comfort.
Experience that has been proven both in the analysis of the main degradation phenomena of building materials that affect the existing structures and in the degradation prevention at the design stage.
Knowledge of the most advanced techniques-technologies, as well as of consolidation systems, renovation and restoration of existing buildings, both of the concrete ones and of the masonry ones, also of particular historical and artistic value.
Management of relations with both public and private prescribers-specifiers and with specialized restoration companies, either domestically and abroad.
Speaker at numerous national monothematic conferences and seminars.
Author and co-author of numerous articles and publications in the specialized press of the sector.


Giampaolo Benedini

Architect and designer

Gilda Bojardi

Editor-in-chief of the magazine Interni

Biographical notes

Since 1994, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Interni (Mondadori) and all the publications
of the Interni system: the monographic Annuals (Cucina, Bagno, Contract); Interni Panorama;
the Design Index; the FuoriSalone Guides; KingSize and the website
As a curator, she creates and organizes events and exhibitions in various countries.
In 1990 she invented the FuoriSalone, the Design Week that enlivens the city of Milan each year in the month of April, with over 1000 events. In 2007 she received the Ambrogino d’Oro from
the City of Milan for the creation of the FuoriSalone, and in 2014 she was assigned the
Premio ITA Italian Talent Award by the Chamber of Deputies in Rome.


Dante O. Benini


Biographical notes

Student of Scarpa and Niemeyer, Dante O. Benini carried out building projects worldwide co-operating with Frank O. Ghery, Richard Meier, Arup and Daniel Libeskind. He is registered architect at Rome “Ordine degli Architetti” (Italian Architects’ Register), and also chartered member of U.K. ARB (Architects Registration Board) RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects.
In 1997 he founded “Dante O. Benini & Partners Architects” of which he is at present Leader Partner and Chairman together with Luca Gonzo Senior Partner and Managing Director.
DOBP practice with Headquarters in Milan is also present in Monaco, it has specific departments dedicated to architectural project design, urban planning, interior design, yacht design. A staff of 60 people carries out, worldwide, complete projects of urban areas, major companies headquarters, industrial laboratories and shopping centers, exclusive clubs and private houses, yachts, as well as object design. Each project is designed on the basis of technical, economic and environmental sustainability, within a quality architectural context based on details care.
DOBP practice has been awarded several architectural and design prizes and mentions (the latest is Best Lighting Design at Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018); won or was classified in international competitions and is invited to hold workshops and conferences both in Italy and abroad.
DOBP practice works have been often published and Bruno Zevi, Cesare De Seta, Cesare Casati, Ada Francesca Marcianò, Renato Pedio, Roberto Guiducci, Giampiero Bosoni, Murizio Vitta and Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi are among the authors of articles about the practice.


Armando Bruno

Biographical notes

He is currently a partner and CEO of Studio Marco Piva, a reality of architectural design, interior design and product design with about 60 employees in Milan and with offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai, Beijing and Shaghai.
Among the various activities of architect, interior designer and product design he teaches at the Polytechnic of Milan, SPD Polytechnic School of Design, Tongji University_Shanghai, Shenzhen University_Shenzhen Tsinghua University_Shenzhen, Barreira A + D_Valencia JURIES and collaborates with SDA Bocconi and other international universities.
He has been a member of several juries and has been coordinating the Young & Design award since 2015.
He has collaborated with some fashion brands such as Aspesi, Bvlgari, Jil Sander, Larusmiani, Maison Martin Margiela, Marni and MSGM. He was founder and artistic curator of the Spaziootto art gallery in Milan. He is the founder and director of BrUTO magazine.


Fiorella Baserga

CEO of Gigapublishing

Biographcal notes

Fiorella Baserga is the CEO of Gigapublishing, a multimedia publishing company that publishes magazines about design, contract, gardening, food and fashion - with dedicated websites for each sector - .
She’s the Editorial Director of Suite, the high-level hotellerie leading magazine in Italy, which since almost 30 years speaks about trends and innovation in the contract field, analyzing the development strategies in this sector.
In the early 2000s she started getting interested in the world of SPA and wellness and she curated several editions of the “Guida al Benessere” a basic guide which represents a fundamental tool for all those who wish to approach to the wellness world , at whatever level. The guide is constantly updated and it is available on the website
In 2008 Fiorella and her sister Gisella founded Fondazione Gaetano Bertini Onlus, a non profit organization whose mission is promoting social inclusion of young people with psychological distress , trough activities such as cooking and gardening courses.


Sandra Barclay


Biographical notes

Born in Lima, Peru, 1967. Formed as an architect in Lima and Paris.
Master degree in Landscape and Territory at the UDP, Chile.
She currently teaches at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and has previously taught at the Paris-La Villette School of Architecture (2006).
Received the 2018 Woman in Architecture Award from the Architectural Review, London.
Recipient of the Fulbright Foundation and the French Académie d’Architecture Fellowship in 2000.
Sandra was curator, along with J.P. Crousse, of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale, 2016, which obtained the Special Mention of the Jury.


Emanuele Bonetti

graphic designer

Irene Bacchi

graphic designer

Markus Bader



There was once a society that believed the future would bring better living conditions to everyone. There were people, utopian thinkers, who thought about the big questions of the city. Today only a feeling remains, half desire, half melancholy, reminiscing of those architects who wanted to live in a better society and who had dreamed of better places. Such an era is now over. Here begins my work.
raumlaborberlin is a network, a collective of 8 trained architects who have come together in a collaborative work-structure. We work at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention. We address in our work city and urban renewal as a process. We are attracted to difficult urban locations. Places torn between different systems, time periods or planning ideologies, that can not adapt. Places that are abandoned, left over or in transition that contains some relevance for the processes of urban transformations. These places are our experimentation sites. They offer untapped potential which we try to activate. This opens new perspectives for alternative usage patterns, collective ideals, urban diversity and difference.
For our projects, we form tailored teams of interdisciplinary experts. City residents are also specialists. No one knows better in each respective situation than those who have to deal with the places on a day to day basis. Thus we can gain valuable information about the history, fears, desires, existential needs, as well as deficits, that exists like an invisible network over every spatial situation. We forge active alliances between local actors and external experts. Thus we discover new areas of action and open new fields of experimentation, whose possibilities we test and examine collectively.
We call this “research-based design.” We are committed to dealing with places 1:1, discovering and using what we find within the conditions of the site. In the process of doing, we learn more through active design about the site of investigation and find new methods that are open to appropriation and upgrades the existing. We do not solve problems, rather we initiate processes that give actors the opportunity to know, understand and use the city and its dynamics, as well as its possibilities.
An architecture in which it is possible to merge space with individual experience can uncover new qualities and leads to new images of the city created in the minds of its users. New options and possibilities appear on the horizon of places or buildings, were nothing seemed possible before, because they appeared finally defined, were given up or simply forgotten.
Examples for this practice are projects like “Der Berg” (2005), a spacial installation in the former Palace of the Republic in Berlin; the “Eichbaumoper” (2009), an urban laboratory for the recapture of a neglected traffic junction in public space; “Moderato Cantabile” (2008), a festival centre in Graz or “Open House” (2010), a vertical village as a generator for an open society in South-Korea; “The KNOT” (2010), a laboratory for artistic production, dialogue and presentations in public space.
On an abstract level of city planning we have specialized in dynamic master planning. Activation through use is our central approach. Multi-facetted usage of public space a driving force for the development of vibrant, contemporary and adaptive neighborhoods. We try to invent new user-based applications and involve the urban actors as early as possible in the transformation processes.
City-planning projects are e.g. “Kolorado Neustadt” (2003-2006), scenarios for a new urban diversity in the shrinking city Halle-Neustadt, the “Rahmenplanung Dachauer Str.” in Munich (2009) or the “Aktivierende Stadtentwicklung Flughafen Tempelhof” in Berlin (2007-2008) and the collaboration for the concept of an “IBA Berlin 2020″ (2011).
raumlaborberlin also works in the field of urban interventions. We transform urban spaces into something completely different, far from all expectations and visions. We move programmatic narratives into urban spaces, install new atmospheres and create a sense of new potential. Through the participation of local actors in cooperation with experts from all creative disciplines, new fields of action are discovered, tested, and projected into the future.
Examples for this approach are the “Kitchenmonument” (since 2006), an ephemeral and interventionist object for the creation of temporary communities in Duisburg, Liverpool, Warschau, Munich, Berlin or Eindhoven; the “Hotel Neustadt” (2003) a theater festival in Halle/Saale; and again the “Eichbaumoper” (2009) a opulent opera in a run-down public space by the motorway A40 in between Mülheim and Essen.
Architecture is an experimental laboratory for a moment related to the participatory work practice in urban areas. Architecture is understood not as an object, but rather as history, a layer of the history of the place. As architects, artist we are more of activists, because we operate within the city. Architecture is a tool, in the search for a city of possibilities, the city of tomorrow!


Solano Benitez


Biographocal notes
Solano Benítez was born in Asunción, Paraguay in 1963. After graduating in Architecture from the National University of Asunción (FAUNA) in 1986, the following year he founded the practice Gabinete de Arquitectura which he currently runs together with Alberto Marinoni and Gloria Cabral.
Benítez has won numerous awards, including an Outstanding Youth award from the Junior Chamber of Paraguay for contributions to national culture; the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, an international recognition for architects under the age of 50 who have done significant work in the field of contemporary culture (2008); and an honourable mention from the National Congress of Paraguay for his contribution to the nation (2014). In 2011 he was elected Arquitecto del Bicentenario by the Paraguayan Architects’ Association and in 2012 became an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.
In turn the Gabinete de Arquitectura has won various awards, including the Work of the Decade Award for the period 1989-1999 from the Paraguay College of Architects in 1999. The same year it was a finalist in the Mies van der Rohe award for Latin America. In 1994 it represented Paraguay in the Venice Biennale, in the São Paulo biennial and in Lisbon during its stint as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture. In 2016 Gabinete de Arquitectura was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Participant at the Venice Architecture Biennale directed by Alejandro Aravena.

Main works
The Ytú tourist village in Paraguay, 1997-1998 (finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Award for Latin American architecture)
Piribebuy Grave (Paraguay), 2000-2001
Unilever site in Villa Elisa (Paraguay), 2000-2001
Casa Esmeraldina, Asunción (Paraguay), 2002
Casa Fanego, Asunción (Paraguay), 2003 (with Sergio Fanego)
Casa Abu & Font, Asunción (Paraguay), 2005-2006
Casa Las Anitas, San Pedro (Paraguay) 2007-2008
Edificio Alambra, San Lorenzo (Paraguay), under construction


Fabrizio Batoni


Biographical notes

Graduated in Architecture from the University of Florence, he opens his own studio in Colle di Val d’Elsa in 1997. He wins various awards such as the Design Plus with the radiator “Monolite” for Brandoni and the Interior Innovation Award 2014 with the table “Vela” for Resol. He is also selected for the “Compasso d’Oro” award. Today his activity ranges from product design to architecture.


Nadir Bonaccorso


Biographical notes

Nadir Bonaccorso, was born in Milan, in 1967. Studied architecture at the Facoltaì di Architettura , Politecnico di Milano and graduated in 1993. He collaborated with JoaÞo Luiìs Carrilho da Graça Office (1993 - 1996). In 1997 led his own office (nbAA). He starts working with passive solar energy in architecture, extending his interests on research, apllied to competitions. Currently in Brasil where is developing his Phd, started in the University os Evora, focused on “Plug-in, infra-structure for low height construction in tropical climate” and as Invited Professor at University of Architecture INTA in Sobral.


Riccardo Blumer


Biographical notes

Graduated in architecture in 1982 from the Milan Polytechnic, in 1983 he began his professional practice by working in Mario Botta’s architectural firm till 1988. Ever since he has been principal of an architectural firm in Varese engaged in residential, industrial and directional building and in industrial design, working with companies such as Alias, Artemide, Desalto, Poliform, Ycami, B&B and Flou. As a public and private interior designer, he planned some of the infielders of the “Teatro alla Scala” of Milan and has several exhibition installations to his credit, such as those at the “Triennale di Milano” and at the “Musèe du Président Jacques Chirac”. In 1997 he received the “Design Preis Schweiz” award and in 1998 he won the “Compasso d’Oro”. By 2010 Laleggera chair for Alias and Entronauta chair for Desalto have been included in the Moma’s permanent collection of New York. Currently, as much in architecture as in industrial design, he is focusing on the issue of removing all non-essential components of the structures, and has devoted himself to research and teaching. He is professor in architectural and industrial design at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio- USI, at the IUAV-RSM in S. Marino, at the NABA in Milan and at the ISAID in Vicenza. Blumer conducts research, lectures and workshops in methodologies focused on creative design and cognitive training through physical exercises within the “esercizi fisici di architettura e di design”.


Irene Bell

Biographical notes
Irene Bell is a Programme Coordinator and lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. Following her Degree study in Ceramics at GSA in 1983, she worked in Industry for a short period, designing tiles for an International market whilst creating a range of branded products for restaurants. She ran her own business for 12 years, producing work for exhibition and working to commission.  This involved collaborating with architects on projects such as the Katherine Hamnet shop in Princes Square Glasgow and an award winning housing design in Tokyo, as well as producing her own range of Ceramics, which she was to exhibit widely at home and abroad. Her interest in the subject as a maker, researcher and as a teacher, have taken her to Iceland, Hungary and the USA to exhibit and participate in cross-cultural exchange of ideas to consider developments in Education and in the Ceramics Industry.
Currently, her practice is in education, fulfilling the role of coordinator for the year 1 Design disciplines and the suite of Masters Programmes in Design Innovation, including lead tutor role in the Masters in Design Innovation and Environmental Design Programme. With the demise of Ceramics as a dedicated Degree subject within Higher Education in Scotland, she has diversified to operate across design subjects applying her experience and knowledge to emergent design areas such as Design Innovation.

Francesco Bergomi

Confindustria Ceramica
Aged 54, he is a director of Confindustria Ceramica and works in the fields of training and safety. He was director of Federceramica (Milan) from 1998 to 2006 and is currently Chairman of ENCS (National body for ceramics and silicates) and of CEN/TC 163 (technical standards for sanitary appliances).

Jan Boersema

Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Jan Boersema - (1947) got his academic training as a biologist, major ethology, at the University of Groningen and lectured on biology and environmental sciences at the same University. He graduated in theology at on a thesis titled: The Torah and the Stoics on Mankind and Nature (English edition published with Brill, Leiden, 2001). In 1994 he became Reader in Environmental Science and Philosophy at Leiden University and at the same time Secretary General of the Council for the Environment at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. At the same ministry he became a cofounder and member of Forum a think-tank operating from 1999 - 2002. In 2002 he was appointed as special professor, and in 2005 as full professor, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he is based at the IVM (Institute for  Environmental Studies) His inaugural lecture entitled Hoe Groen is het Goede Leven (How Green is the Good Life) in which he developed a new theory on the ecological history of Easter Island was held in October 2002. His current research is focused on the relation between sustainability, nature, culture, worldviews and religion. Running title “How Green is Progress? His publications cover a wide range of subjects in the environmental field. With Wim Zweers he edited Ecology, Technology and Culture (White Horse Press, Cambridge 1994) He is editor in chief of two textbooks on Environmental Science: Basisboek Milieukunde (Boom, Amsterdam 1984, 1992) and Principles of Environmental Sciences (Springer Publishers, 2009). In 2003 he became Editor in Chief of Environmental Sciences.
In 2009-2010 he was elected visiting fellow at St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge UK.

Mario Botta

Mario Botta is born in Mendrisio, Ticino, on April 1, 1943. After an apprenticeship in Lugano, he first attends the Art College in Milan and then studies at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. Directed by Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol he receives his professional degree in 1969. During his time in Venice he has the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn. His professional activity begins in 1970 in Lugano. He builds his first single-family houses in Canton Ticino and subsequently all over the world. He has always committed himself in an intense architectural research and since 1996 he is involved as creator and founder of the new academy of architecture in Mendrisio, Ticino where he is Professor and held the directorship in 2002/2003.
His work has been recognized with important awards such as the Merit Award for Excellence in Design by the AIA for the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; the International Architecture Award 2006 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the “European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra”, The Hague (The Netherlands) for the restructuring of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan; the International Architecture Award 2007 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for the Church Santo Volto in Turin and the wellness centre Tschuggen Berg Oase in Arosa. His work has been presented in many exhibitions.
Among his realizations must be remembered the theatre and cultural center André Malraux in Chambéry, the library in Villeurbanne, the SFMOMA museum in San Francisco, the cathedral in Evry, the museum Jean Tinguely in Basel, the Cymbalista synagogue and Jewish heritage centre in Tel Aviv, the municipal library in Dortmund, the Dürrenmatt centre in Neuchâtel, the MART museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, the Kyobo tower and the Leeum museum in Seoul, the office buildings Tata Consultancy Sercices in New Delhi and Hyderabad, the museum and library Fondation Bodmer in Cologny, the church Papa Giovanni XXIII in Seriate, the restoration of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan, the new casinò in Campione d’Italia, the church Santo Volto in Turin, the wellness centre Tschuggen Bergoase in Arosa, the Campari headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni, the winery Château Faugères in Saint-Emilion and the Bechtler museum in Charlotte, USA.

James Biber

LEED AP, Pentagram
James Biber has practiced architecture in a multi-disciplinary environment for more than 25 years.  Trained first as a biologist, then as an architect, James has surrounded himself with a variety of thinkers from different fields to expand the notion of architecture.  His work centers on a belief that architecture, as an expression of identity, is inseparable from its language of form and tectonics.  The result is an architecture tied closely to its context; whether physical, cultural or metaphorical.  
Projects Biber has created range from oceanfront residences in the Hamptons to a museum for the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle company.  Filling in this broad spectrum of projects are restaurants, showrooms, retail stores, schools, exhibitions, streetscapes and urban design projects spanning the US market.  Current clients include the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston; the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; Interface FLOR; Fashion Center NYC; and Harrah’s Entertainment in Las Vegas.
His work has been awarded prizes from numerous magazine and design organizations and has been widely published in the US and Global press.
James has practiced for the past 19 years as a partner in Pentagram.  
On October 10 he will open his new office, Biber Architects, in New York.

Claudio Baraldi

Dean of Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Claudio Baraldi teaches Social systems and communication cultures and Sociology of intercultural conflicts at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy. He works on intercultural communication, dialogue and interlinguistic and intercultural mediation.

Andrea Babbi

anaging Director, APT Servizi Emilia Romagna
Married with four children, Andrea Babbi was born and raised in Ravenna but studied in Bologna.
At the age of thirty, he was appointed regional director of Confcommercio Emilia Romagna. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of ENIT – National tourism agency and is Chairman of the Emilia Est-Romagna Territorial Committee of UniCredit Group.
Since 2006 he has been Managing Director of the Tourism Promotion Agency for the Emilia Romagna Region.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the magazine “Economia dei Servizi” published by Il Mulino.

Marco Brizzi

Editor of ARCH' IT
Teaches at the California State University in Florence and the Kent State University in Florence. Interested in issues regarding architectural history and criticism and in the relationship between technological innovation and project design, paying particular attention to new communication technologies. Since 1995 he has been editor of the magazine ARCH'IT (, the first digital information platform to deal with contemporary architecture, and is actively involved in a series of projects aimed at promoting contemporary architecture and developing digital technologies. Since 1997 he has been in charge of the BEYOND MEDIA festival (, one of the leading international events that provide an overview of the very latest outlooks in contemporary architecture. With Image (, he works to promote the adoption of project communication systems.

Nick Baerten

Nik Baerten is one of the founders of Pantopicon, a studio for future exploration and envisioning based in Antwerp, Belgium. Together with their partners and clients Pantopicon charts the challenges which tomorrow might bring, assesses their meaning, envisions strategies for a succesful tomorrow and conceptualizes future-inspired products, services and experiences. They guide their clients, both public and private, to see, design and act upon the future starting today. Nik Baerten has a background in knowledge engineering and spent several years at the Digital Cultural Heritage department of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute in the Netherlands, where he was involved in multidisciplinary research with an eye on the future.

Stefano Boeri

architect and urban planner
Born in Milan (1956), architect and town planner. Lecturer in Urban Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan and visiting professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Editor of the international magazine Abitare since September 2007. Editor of Domus from 2004 to April 2007. Stefano Boeri is the founder of the Multiplicity research agency (, with which he conducted, in 2002,  “U.S.E. Uncertain states of Europe”, a research project on the future of Europe (Skira, Milan, 2004). Important projects include: redevelopment of the Arsenal of La Maddalena in Sardinia, the new headquarters of RCS in Milan, and the Centre Régional de la Mediterranée in Marseilles. In Milan, he is part of the architectural board entrusted with the drawing up of the masterplan for EXPO 2015; he is dealing with two projects aimed at coping with the environmental emergency: the "Metrobosco" (a green belt of woodland and parkland around Milan) and the two “vertical woods” tower blocks for the Isola quarter.

Giacomo Bizzarri

Lecturer and Lead Researcher at E-FAF – energy laboratory at Ferrara Architecture Faculty
Researcher in Technical and Industrial Physics and Aggregate Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara, where he is the coordinator of the Energy Sector of the Architecture and Energy Centre and Director of the Energetics Laboratory. Author of the Energy Plan of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia 2006-2008. He has written forty-five scientific articles published in national and international magazines.

Chiara Baglione

Architect and architecture historian
Architect and architecture historian, she obtained her doctorate in History of Architecture at the University IUAV of Venezia (2001). Since November 2008 she has worked as a researcher at the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering at the Kore University in Enna, where she teaches History of contemporary architecture and History of the city. She also teaches at the Faculty of Civil Architecture of Milan Polytechnic. Since 1989 she has been on the editorial staff of Casabella.
Author of numerous articles and essays in specialist magazines and miscellaneous books, she has contributed to the volumes Giuseppe Terragni. Opera completa (Electa, Milan 1996); Storia dell’architettura italiana. Il Seicento (Electa, Milan 2003). Again for Electa, she edited the book entitled Pietro Lingeri (Electa, Milan 2004). She has also contributed to the books Nuovi Antichi. Committenti, cantiere, architetti 1400-1600 (with others, Electa, Milan 2004) and the recent Casabella 1928-2008 (Electa, Milan 2008).

Shigeru Ban


Biographical notes
Shigeru Ban, who was born in Tokyo in 1957, attended at Southern California Institute of Architecture and graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1984. In 1985, he established Shigeru Ban Architects, a private practice in Tokyo. In 1995, He started working as a consultant of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the same time established an NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in 1995. Renowned for his works with innovative ideas such as “Curtain Wall House”, “Japan Pavilion Hannover EXPO 2000”, “Nicolas G. Hayek Center”, “Centre Pompidou-Metz”, he is today based in his three offices at Tokyo, New York and Paris. Meanwhile, he contributes his knowledge, skills and energy for the disaster relief projects such as Paper Log House (Kobe of Japan in 1995, Turkey in 2000, India in 2002), Paper Church (Kobe,1995), Temporary Elementary School (Chengdu, China 2008) and Container Temporary Housing (Onagawa, Japan in 2011)  He has been awarded a number of prizes, including Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture (2005), l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (2010) and Auguste Perret Prize(2011).  Jury of Pritzker Architecture Prize from 2007 to 2009, Professor at Keio University, Japan from 2001 to 2008, Visiting Professor of Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Visiting Professor of Cornell University(2010), and Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design from 2011.


Cini Boeri

Architect and Designer

Biographical notes
Cini Boeri graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1951. After a brief collaboration with Gio Ponti’s practice, she worked for many years at the firm of Marco Zanuso.
She started up her own practice in 1963, concentrating on civil architecture and industrial design.
She has designed single-family houses, apartments, museum exhibits, offices and shops in Italy and abroad, devoting a great deal of attention to the functionality of space and the psychological relationships between humans and the environment. Her work in the field of industrial design has focused in particular on furnishing elements and building components.
She has given conferences and lectures at a number of universities in Italy and abroad, including Berkeley, Barcelona, the Nucleo del Deseno Industrial in São Paulo, the College of Architects of Rio de Janeiro, the Cranbrook School in Detroit, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Vico Marcote, Switzerland, and Pacific Design Center and UCLA in Los Angeles.
From 1981 to 1983 she led courses in architectural design and industrial and furnishing design at Milan Polytechnic’s Architecture faculty.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the XVI Triennale in Milan and has been on the jury of numerous international competitions.

Milan, Compasso d’Oro, mention (1970), Milan, Premio Compasso d’Oro, Strips (1979), Ljubljana, gold medal for “Rever” door, BIO 10 (X Bienniale Disegno Industriale) (1984), Stuttgart, Design Center Stuttgart, Design ‘85 award for the Prisma collection (1984), New York, Roscoe Prize (1984).
Stuttgart, Design-Auswahl ‘90 (1990), Milan, Medaglia d’oro “Apostolo del Design”, Sala Puricelli, Fiera di Milano - Rima Editrice (2003), Milan, Dama d’Argento award “Gli uomini e le donne che fanno grande Milano - I Maestri del Design” Spazio Ferrè - Associazione Amici del Museo Poldi Pezzoli (2006), Milan, “Milano Donna” award, Palazzo Reale, Sala delle Cariatidi (2007), Florence, “Piramidi dell’Accademia Italiana” award, Teatro Saschall, Accademia Italiana (2008), Los Angeles, The IIC Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Cultural Institute (2008), Chicago, Good Design Award (2008), Rome, XXII Compasso d’ Oro ADI, Compasso alla Carriera (2011), Rome, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, nominated Grand Officer of the Republic (2011)

Le dimensioni umane dell’abitazione, Franco Angeli editore, Milan 1980
essay, La dimensione del domestico, in M. Bertoldini (editor), La casa tra tecniche e sogno, Franco Angeli editore, Milan 1988
essay, Progettista a committente, in Struttura e percorsi dell’atto progettuale, Città Studi, Milan 1991
C. Avogadro (editor), Cini Boeri, architetto e designer, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2004


Renaud Batier

Director of Cerame-Unie
Biographical notes
Renaud Batier graduated in Law from the law faculty of Poitiers in France in 1997 and specialised in European Union Business Law at the Amsterdam Law School in 1997-1998.  He came to Brussels in 1998 to work in the field of Competition law with British law firm Hammond’s and performed an internship at the European Commission in DG Trade (Anti-dumping).  In 2002, Mr. Batier joined the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) as the EU Public Affairs Manager.   Since March 2007, he has been working for Cerame-Unie, the European Ceramic Industry Association, first as Senior Adviser and since September 2008 and as Managing Director.  As such, he has been coordinating the representation of the European ceramic industry in Brussels in the areas of trade, energy and environmental regulatory matters.

Liliana Bazzanella

Professor Turin Polytechnic
Biographical notes
Architect, lecturer in architectural technology and director of the Architectural and Industrial Design department of the Polytechnic of Turin.
During her many years of research and teaching, she has been involved in architectural projects at many levels, frequently as part of multidisciplinary groups. These range from the territorial level of large-scale architecture, the landscape and the built environment through to the smaller-scale level of detail, of the language and art of good building practices. Her main field of activity, often on commission from public authorities, is the redevelopment of the fabric of city suburbs, remediation of abandoned industrial areas, the potential and criticality of urban sprawl, and the architecture of infrastructures as the driver of transformations in living spaces. She has constantly sought to dialogue with other disciplinary areas, and alongside the figures habitually involved in architectural design – structural engineers, physicists, urban planners and evaluators – has sought the contributions of geographers, sociologists and road traffic experts in a relationship that has now been continuing for a decade as part of European and national programmes, and of the world of education through the involvement of numerous artists and lecturers at visual arts academies. She has published books and articles in Italy and abroad.

Mauro Bazzi

Swiss Tile Association
Biographical notes
Mauro Bazzi, 52, is owner and director of Bazzi Piastrelle, Locarno (Switzerland)
member of honour of the SPV, Swiss Tile Association.

Marcello Balzani

Scientific Director, Construction Platform Emilia Romagna advanced technology network
Biographical notes
Marcello Balzani was born in Forlì, Italy on 5 August 1962. He is associate professor at the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and has also taught at the universities of Florence and Ferrara.  As Director of the DIAPReM (Development of Integrated Automatic Procedures for Restoration of Monuments) centre of the University of Ferrara, he is responsible for dozens of national and international research projects in various archaeological areas (Pompei, Benevento and Rome) and monumental contexts (in Italy: Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Michelangelo in Florence, Leon Battista Alberti in Mantova, Ferrara, Florence and Rimini; internationally: in the fortified citadel of Gozo in Malta, in Mexico City, Cairo and Salvador de Bahia), as well as in smaller Italian towns throughout the country. Since his appointment as director, he has overseen agreements with research centres, ministries, archaeological heritage offices and study centres, and has led DIAPReM to undertake scientific and industrial partnerships and training agreements in Italy and abroad. Since June 2008 he has held the position of Vice Director of the Architecture Department of the University of Ferrara. In March 2010 he was appointed Scientific Director of the TekneHub Laboratory of the University of Ferrara Technopole, part of the Regione Emilia-Romagna High-Technology Network Construction Platform, and in October Scientific Director of the Constructions Platform. He is a member of the Italian Design Union, the National Urban Planning Institute  and the Focus Area Cultural Heritage, Horizontal Issue “Archaeology”, of the European Construction Technology Platform. He has been a jury member and jury chairman for national and international architecture competitions and awards, including the “Innovazione e Qualità Urbana” award, the “International Prize for Sustainable Architecture”, and the “International Domus Restoration and Preservation Prize”, which he helped found and support. He is associated with the “Architettura>Energia” Centre of the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara and is scientific director of WebgisLab of the Consorzio Ferrara Ricerche. He is editor of the architecture magazines Paesaggio Urbano and Architetti, idee cultura e progetto.

Giorgio Bianchi

Senior Partner RPBW
Biographical notes
Born in 1957, he studied architecture at Genoa University. Between 1986 and 1994 he worked in the Genoa office on most of the major projects of that time including the rehabilitation of Genoa harbour. In 1995 he joined the Paris office and became a partner in 1997. He was in charge of the Morgan Library expansion project in New York and is currently working on the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.

Jain Bijoy

Mumbai studio (India)

Biographical notes
Bijoy Jain was born in Mumbai, India in 1965 and received his M. Arch from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 1990. He worked in Los Angeles and London between 1989 and 1995 and returned to India in 1995 to found his practice.

Studio Mumbai is a human infrastructure of skilled craftsmen and architects who design and build the work directly. Gathered through time, this group shares an environment created from an iterative process, where ideas are explored through the production of large-scale mock-ups, models, material studies, sketches and drawings. Here projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources.

The essence of the work lies in the relationship between land and architecture. The endeavor is to show the genuine possibility in creating buildings that emerge through a process of collective dialog, a face-to-face sharing of knowledge through imagination, intimacy, and modesty.

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