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Erna Corbetta

Architect
 

Mario Cucinella

Architect

Biographical notes

Mario Cucinella, Hon FAIA, Int. Fellow RIBA, took a degree in architecture at the University of Genoa in 1986, and from 1987 to 1992 he worked with Renzo Piano at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, in the offices of Genoa and Paris. He established Mario Cucinella Architects in Paris in 1992 and in 1999 in Bologna, where MCA is now located. From 1998 to 2006 he was a professor at the Laboratory of Architecture Technology of the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara, and since 2004 he has been an Honorary Professor at Nottingham University in England.
In 2013 he was Guest Professor in Emergency Technologies at the Technische Universitat of Munich, and in 2014 he was visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture Federico II in Naples. He is currently director of the Scientific Committee of PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture). In 2016 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) assigned to an International Fellowship. In 2017 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) assigned him the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award. He is the curator of the Italian Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. In January 2012, he established Building Green Futures: a non.profit organization whose objective is to combine environmental culture and technology to recreate architecture that ensures dignity, quality and performance while respecting the environment.
In 2014 he worked as a tutor together with Renzo Piano on the G124 project for the recovery of suburbs in Italy. He established SOS – School of Sustainability in Bologna in 2015, a postgraduate school aimed at training professionals in the field of sustainability.

 

Cesare Maria Casati

Architect

Biographical notes

Cesare Maria Casati was born in Milan in 1936 where he studied architecture and in 1960 he joined Gio Ponti’s studio, who immediately involved him in the editing of “Domus” magazine (Editoriale Domus), becoming later its responsible director until June 1979.
From January 1981 he became editor of the magazine "La Mia Casa" (Peruzzo Editore) until June 1985.
In February 1986 he founded the magazine “l’Arca”, international magazine of architecture, design and visual communication, and becomes its responsible director.
In 1985 he was in charge of the interior fittings project of the European Community Pavilion at Tzukuba Expo.
In 1986, 1988 and 1992 realizes the projects of the interior design of the Italian Pavilion at the Expos of Vancouver, Brisbane and Seville.
Later, in 1995, he also became the director of “l’Arca International”, the trilingual version of “l’Arca” edited by MDO in the Principality of Monaco.
From 2004 to 2010 he was appointed professor at the Faculty of Architecture in Valle Giulia (Rome) in the Interior Architecture degree course.
Professor in the Master of interior architecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Valle Giulia (Rome).
His design works are exhibited at the Museum Modern Art in New York.
His architectural and interior projects have been realized in different places in the world (see the book published by l’Arca International: "From 1960 ...").
He has been a jury member in various international competitions, awards and events and speaker at various conferences worldwide.

 

Benedetto Camerana

Architect

Biographical notes

Benedetto Camerana is an architect, landscape architect, and holds a PhD in
History of Architecture and Urbanism. He was the director of the magazines “Eden.
Architecture in the landscape” from 1993 to 1997 and “Landscape Architecture” from
2001 to 2005. He was a speaker at the XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture 2008.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Palazzo Grassi in Venice from 1996
to 2005. Since 2012, he is President of the National Automobile Museum, and since
2013 President of the Lingotto consortium in Turin. From 2015 he is a member of the
Metaphisical Club of the Domus Academy in Milan.

 

Guido Canali

Architect
 

Silvia Camporesi

 

Jean Pierre Crousse

Architect

Biographical notes

Born in Lima, Peru, 1963. Formed as an architect in Lima and in Milan.
Master degree in Landscape and Territory at the UDP, Chile.
Director of the Master Program in Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
Design Critic at Harvard GSD (2015), and teacher at the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture, from 1999 to 2006.
Advisor for Peru at the MoMA exhibition “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980”, New York, 2015.
Member of the jury for the Mies Crown Hall Architecture Prize, Chicago, 2016.
Jean Pierre was curator, along with Sandra, of the Peruvian Pavilion at the 15th Venice Biennale, 2016, which obtained the Special Mention of the Jury.

 

Ernesta Caviola

filmaker
 

maria claudia clemente

architect

biographical notes
Maria Claudia Clemente (1967) graduated from ‘La Sapienza’ in Rome in 1992 and received her PhD from the Faculty of Architecture there in 1995. Since 2001 she has been a researcher at the same university where, since 2003, she has also been responsible for a design studio investigating in particular Design for Public Spaces. In 2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014 Maria Claudia served as a visiting critic at Cornell University in Rome and Ithaca, New York.

In 2002 Maria Claudia Clemente founded Labics together with Francesco Isidori.
Labics is an office of architecture and urban planning; combining the theoretical approach with applied research, the field of interest of the office extends from the the interior design to the scale of urban masterplans, going through the different scales and complexities of the project.
Labics has won several national and international competitions, among which we must remember the MAST in Bologna (2006) and "Città del Sole" in Rome (2007). Recently Labics has taken an honourable mention at the competition for the Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki among more than 1.700 participants, has been mentioned at the Klekovaca Tourist Centre competition in Bosnia and has been selected among the six finalist in the second phase of the international competition Progetto Flaminio in Roma. Since 2003 to 2014 the office has been responsible for the general concept, interior design and architecture of Obikà, an international chain of bars and restaurant.
Labics received different international awards like Iconic Award, the Chicago Athenaeum, Inarch-Ance and Dedalo Minosse; in 2015 MAST has been selected for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Labics has been invited to participate to several exhibitions, among which the 11°, 12° and 14° Venice Architectural Biennale and the recent “Make city” festival in Berlino (2015). Most of the projects have been published in national and international reviews.

 

Alessandra Coppa

Biographical notes
Architect and freelance journalist since 1996. After graduating in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan, she obtained a Research Doctorate in History of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Polytechnic University of Turin. She has worked in the editorial offices of architecture magazines and books since 2002, first for Federico Motta Editore and then for Il Sole 24 Ore Group. She currently teaches History of Contemporary Architecture at DaStu, the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies of the Polytechnic University of Milan, and works with the Academy of Mendrisio.
For Sole 24 Ore Cultura, she has recently published the monographs on Giuseppe Terragni, Adolf Loos and Souto de Moura and The big book of interior design, as well as working on a number of volumes on masters of design for Hachette. For Maggioli Editore she has published Razionalismo lariano. Riletture e Interazioni, by A. Coppa and G. D’Amia, 2010, and currently being printed is A. Coppa, L. Tenconi, Grattanuvole. Un secolo di grattacieli a Milano, Maggioli Editore. She contributes to a number of architecture magazines, as well as the “CER Magazine” by Confindustria Ceramica.
 

Oscar G. Colli

Biographical notes

Columnist for the magazine “il Bagno Oggi e Domani” of which he was co-founder and editorial director.
He is been part for about 16 years of the ADI’s Permanent Observatory of Design. From 2008 to 2010 he directed the selection and publication on the ADI-Design-Index of the best products and services among which the winners of the “Compasso d’Oro” are selected.
He held many conferences and talks with students in various universities and he is often moderator for conventions and seminars about interior design and industrial design.

 

Javier Corvalán

Architect

Biographical notes

Javier Corvalán was born in Asunción, Paraguay on 30 June 1962. He studied architecture at the Faculty of Science and Technology of UCA from 1981 to 1987. He moved to Rome to pursue a doctorate in Redevelopment of urban centres and in 1990 began working as a freelancer with his own studio. He has won numerous competitions for public and private projects, both individually and as an associate. Notable examples include the experimental theatre at the Manzana de la Rivera architectural complex, the municipal theatre in Asunción and the Centro Cultural de España. He was a finalist at the Ibero-American Architecture and Urban Design Biennial in 2002 and 2004. In 2000 he won the Contemporary Architecture award and set up the Architecture Workshop currently located in the city of Luque. He works as a post-graduate lecturer at various schools of architecture in Latin America and is a visiting professor at the Institute of Architecture and Urban Design in Venice, Italy. 
In Asunción he teaches at Taller E of FADA UNA, which he founded, and is thesis professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of UCA.

 

Izaskun Chinchilla

Architect

Biographical notes
Graduated Architect since 2001 from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). She is driving her own office since 2001 in Madrid. She has a long and deep experience in education. She is Senior Teaching Fellow and Researcher in Barlett School of Architecture (UCL London, UK). She has also teached in Ecole Special (Paris, France) and in HEAD University (Geneva, Switzerland). She was Studio Professor in the University of Alicante (Escuela de Arquitectura Universidad de Alicante) from 2002 to 2007 and she is at the moment in Madrid University (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain) and in Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain). Her designer activity is acompanied by a research project called “Social and Aesthetic Repercussions of technical topics and solutions which take ecology into account” and that has taken her as visitting scholar to Columbia University in New York (2002), Ecole de Mines de Paris (2003) and Princeton University in New Jersey (2004) and also to the Institut d´Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya (Barcelona), in a Postgraduate Master (2003-2007).

As speaker she has participated in forum, lectures and debates in more than 80 international destinies and more than 90 different magazines and publications has talked about the proposals from her office. Her work has taken part of the exhibitions in 8ª Biennale di Venezia, 10ª Biennale di Venezia, V Bienal de Arquitectura y Diseño de Sao Paulo in traveling exhibitions as New Trends Europe-Asia, Panorama Emergente Iberoamericano or Europan 7 and in different museums and LIGA (México DF), Galeries including Gallery “mad is mad” (Madrid), Arquerias de Nuevos Ministerios del Ministerio de la Vivienda (Madrid), la Casa Encendida (Madrid), Museo de Teruel (Teruel) and several Profesional Associations for Architects in Spain and several Universities in the same Country. She is at the moment supervising construction of her project for a Mediatheque in Garcimuñoz Medieval Casttle in Cuenca, Spain (a public cultural building including the refurnishment of the existing infrastructures with social purposes); the refurbishment of a Vernacular house in Toledo, Spain; and other smaller projects. She is also involved in the design of digital interactive exhibitions with social purpose like encourage the reading between young children (Fairytale Park Museography in Málaga) or appreciating the effort after some sports (Centro de Arte Canal).

As an architect, she claims for a strong compromise with innovation. In her project she proposes multidisciplinary exercises in which, through ecology, sociology or science, architecture goes beyond stylistic distinctions and meets again the complexity of real life in our contemporary world. She has won more than 20 different prizes in professional competitions. Some of these awards follows:

2001: First Prize for the UNED Pavilion Competition in Madrid Book Fair.

2003: First Prize, Europan 7 Competition, Site: Santiago de Compostela.

2006: Third Prize, "Contemporary Art Centre Competition, ARCO Collection, Matadero of Madrid”.

2007: Second Prize in the Competition “Pavilion of Spain at the Shanghai Expo 2010”.

2010: Runner Up in the Competition “Extension of the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín”, Medellín, Colombia.

2013 Honourable Mention in the ArcVision Prize – Woman and Architecture

 

Carlo Cottica

Chairman for Training, Schools and Universities, Confindustria Ceramica
Carlo Cottica, a native of Ferrara, Italy, graduated with top marks in Economics from the University of  Bologna. In 1968 he began working in the ceramic sector as junior controller at Marazzi Ceramiche, where he would remain for the next 31 years. Initially administrative and financial director and subsequently general manager, he played a key role in the company’s internationalisation process and served as managing director of the international division. In this capacity he spent six years in Dallas, Texas and another three years in Lyon, France.
In the year 2000 he joined the executive board of Concorde Group with numerous responsibilities, including human resources, industrial relations and training.
 

Davide Carra

 

David M Childs

Architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (USA)
David M. Childs is Chairman Emeritus of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.  He continues to serve as consulting designer on selected projects at SOM/NY.  A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, Mr. Childs joined the Washington, D.C. office of SOM in 1971 after serving as Design Director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Commission, under the leadership of Nathaniel Owings and Daniel P. Moynihan.  In 1984, Mr. Childs relocated to SOM’s New York office, where he became the office’s Senior Design Partner.
Mr. Childs has served as the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission and the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, both Presidential appointments.  His current civic involvements include the Chairmanship of the Municipal Art Society, and memberships on the boards of the American Academy in Rome and the National Housing Partnership Foundation.  Among other institutions, he has been actively engaged on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the National Building Museum and the Architectural League.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Childs’ completed projects in Washington include the 1976 Washington Mall master plan and Constitution Gardens; headquarter buildings for the National Geographic and the U.S. News and World Report; the Four Seasons, Regent and Park Hyatt hotels; and the expansion of the Dulles Airport main terminal.  In New York, a sampling of his diverse range of completed projects includes Worldwide Plaza (the subject of an 8-part television documentary); the New York Mercantile Exchange; the JFK International Arrivals Building; the Bear Stearns (now J.P. Morgan) Headquarters; the master plan for Riverside South; the renovation and preservation of Lever House; the Time Warner Headquarters at Columbus Circle; and 7 World Trade Center, the highly acclaimed first tower rebuilt on Ground Zero after 9/11.
Other major projects by Mr. Childs in the United States include the Swiss Bank Center in Stamford, Connecticut; a Natatorium and a Math, Science and Technology Building, both at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts; and the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia.  Internationally, Mr. Childs has completed or has under construction such projects as the new Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada; the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel; West Ferry Circus at Canary Wharf in London; the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; and Tokyo Midtown, a 5.4-million-square-foot mixed-use development in the heart of the Roppongi District.  
Mr. Childs is currently working on the design of 1 World Trade Center (formerly named the Freedom Tower) at the World Trade Center, the centerpiece of the commercial development at Ground Zero; and the new Moynihan Train Station located in the historic Farley Post Office in New York City.
Mr. Childs has also juried, often as Chairman, local and national design awards; participated as a visiting critic or studio leader at leading professional schools of architecture; and has been a lecturer or panelist at numerous conferences and symposia.  His design work has been widely published locally, nationally and internationally.
 

Edie Cohen

Deputy Editor, Interior Design
Edie Cohen is the Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine. Following a long association with the magazine in New York, she moved to Los Angeles to establish its first West Coast editorial office. Ms. Cohen is a frequent participant in design conferences, seminars, juries, and has appeared on television. She is the author of West Coast Rooms and has also contributed articles to various publications. Ms. Cohen graduated cum laude from Syracuse University, where she also spent a semester abroad in Italy.  
 

Giuseppe Culicchia

Writer
Born in Turin in 1965, Giuseppe Culicchia made his literary debut with five short stories in the anthology Papergang Under 25 III edited by Pier Vittorio Tondelli. His first novel Tutti giù per terra (1994, Premio Grinzane Cavour, Premio Montblanc) was adapted as a film directed by Davide Ferrario. This was followed by Paso doble (1995), Bla bla bla (1997), Ambarabà (2000), A spasso con Anselm (2001), Liberi tutti, quasi (2002), Il paese delle meraviglie (2004), Torino è casa mia (2005), Ecce Toro (2006), Ritorno a Torino dei signori Tornio (atto unico, 2006), Un’estate al mare (2007), Brucia la città (2009) and Sicilia, o cara (2010). Since 1994 he has worked as a contributor to the daily newspaper La Stampa. For Einaudi he has translated Bret Easton Ellis’s novels American Psycho, Luna Park and Imperial Bedrooms (for forthcoming publication).
 

Aldo Cibic

Architect
Born in Schio (Vicenza) in 1955.
In 1977 he moved to Milan to work with Ettore Sottsass, becoming his partner in 1980. 1981 saw the creation of the Memphis collection, of which Cibic was one of the designers and founders.
In 1989 he decided to found his own studio, Cibic&Partners and began undertaking research activities with schools.
Today most of his work is carried out in Milan, where Cibic&Partners works on architectural and major interior design projects, and in Vicenza, where CibicWorkshop works on design and research activities, aimed at the development of new design types.
Cibic also teaches at the Domus Academy, on the Degree Course in Industrial Design of the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Milan and on the Degree Course in Industrial Design of the Faculty of Design of the University Architecture Institute in Venice, and is an Honorary Professor at the Tongji University of Shanghai.
 

Valerio Castelli

Design Library

Biographical notes
1972 He graduated in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic.
1972 -1984 He founded and directed CentroKappa, a multidisciplinary consulting firm in the field of business communication. During this period he collaborated with a number of young designers at Centrokappa including Michele De lucchi, Alberto Meda, Paola Navone and Franco Raggi.
1977 He invented the name and brand Flou, remaining its art director until 2005.
1977   Together with Alessandro Mendini he founded the design magazine Modo, filling the role of art director for five years.
1979 With Centrokappa he won the Compasso d’oro award for design research and promotion of Italian design.
1983  Together with Maria Grazia Mazzocchi and Alessandro Guerriero he founded the first postgraduate design school Domus Academy.

1984- 2006 Partner and CEO of Garage, one of the most highly acclaimed communication and multimedia event companies in Italy.

1995-2000  In parallel with his work at Garage, he was a founding partner and chairman of Orchestra, one of the leading new Italian media agencies. The company was sold at its peak to Inferentia Group, which immediately afterwards was launched on the stock market in the new economy list.

2001-2003  CEO of Domus Academy, the school he had founded twenty years earlier.
1999- 2010 Together with Kartell and Finartemide, he founded Design-Italia spa for the construction of the first Internet Portal devoted to Italian design, serving as CEO and Editor.

2004-2008  He worked as art director for Olivetti, in charge of new product and corporate identity design. His machine design team included a number of leading international designers such as Ideo, James Irvine, Alberto Meda, Jasper Morrison and Francisco Gomez Paz.

since 2006 He founded the Design Library, the first library entirely devoted to design.

Today he continues his activities as cultural director of the Design Library. He also works as a freelance design management consultant for design-driven companies and institutions.

 

Giovanni Chiaramonte

Photographer
Biographical notes
Giovanni Chiaramonte was born in 1948 in Varese to parents from the Sicilian town of Gela. The main theme of his work is the relationship between place and destiny in western civilisation, explored in dozens of monographs and personal exhibitions in venues such as Studio Marconi,  Triennale in Milan, the Venice Biennale and Hunter College in New York.
He has launched and edited series of photographic books for Jaca Book, Federico Motta Editore, S.E.I., Edizioni della Meridiana and Ultreya/Itaca.
He teaches history and theory of photography at the IULM University of Milan and on the FORMA foundation’s Masters course.
He runs photography workshops at the Faculty of Architecture of Cesena.
 

João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Architect

Biographical notes
João Luís Carrilho da Graça, architect, graduated from Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa in 1977, the year he initiated his professional practice.
Lecturer at the School of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon between 1977 and 1992. Professor at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa from 2001 to 2010 and at the Universidade de Évora since 2005. Hheaded the architecture department at both institutions until 2010. Guest lecturer at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Navarra in 2005, 2007 and 2010. Invited to lecture in seminars and conferences at several international universities and institutions.

His body of work has been recognized with several awards, including: the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Republic in 2010; the “Prémio Pessoa” in 2008, the “Luzboa” Award in 2004 at Lisbon’s first International Light Art Biennale, the “order of merit” by the Portuguese Republic in 1999 and the “Aica Award” by the International Association of Art Critics in 1992.

Distinguished with the “AIT Aaward 2012 - transportation” for the pedestrian bridge over the Carpinteira stream, the “Piranesi Prix de Rome” prize in 2010 for the musealization of the “Praça Nova” archeological site at “Castelo de São Jorge”, the “FAD” prize in 1999 and the “Valmor” prize in 1998 for the knowledge of the seas pavilion at Lisbon Expo ’98; the “Secil” prize in 1994 for the Higher School of Social Communication (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa), and nominations for the “Mies Van Der Rohe” European Architecture Award in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2010 and 2011, the latter for both the pedestrian bridge over the Carpinteira stream and the musealization of the “Praça Nova” archeological site at “Castelo de São Jorge”.

In 2010 the project Candeias’ House was part of the Portuguese official representation, “no place like - 4 houses 4 films”, at the 12th international architecture exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia “people meet in architecture”.

 

Michele Capuani

Architect
Biographical notes
Architect and designer, he has designed industrial products in automotive and household goods field, residential and entertainment architectures.
He has worked as adjunct professor at IED and at Politecnico di Milano;
Director of the Research Center of IED and of the Master in Transportation Design at Domus Academy.
Founder Member and Board Member of Cumulus. Visiting Lecturer in various Universities of Design all around the world, nowadays he is Dean at IED group.
 

Elio Caccavale

Designer and Professor at the Glasgow School of Art
Biographical notes
Elio Caccavale was born in 1975 in Naples, Italy. He studied Product
Design at Glasgow School of Art before going on to the Royal College
of Art to complete a Masters degree in Design Products.
His research investigates design, life sciences and bioethics partnerships, with particular emphasis upon collaborative research methods. His projects include, Utility Pets, a series of speculative products investigating the ethical consequences of xenotransplantation - the transplantation of animal organs into humans (2003); MyBio, a collection of educational soft toys exploring social, cultural, and personal responses to the strange and different in
human biology and in possible transhuman creatures (2005); Neuroscope, an interactive toy linked to a culture of brain cells, which are cared for in
a distant laboratory (2008); and Future Families, a collection of speculative products investigating social, cultural and ethical issues surrounding
assisted conception and surrogacy (2011).
Elio has contributed to research projects supported by Wellcome Trust, Art Council England and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is the co-author of Creative Encounters (Wellcome Trust, 2008), a book that explores the many opportunities and questions provided and prompted by collaborations between artists, designers, educators
and scientists.
He is responsible for the core program in Product Design at Glasgow School of Art and he is visiting lecturer on the MA Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art. Prior to joining Glasgow School of Art, he was the
founder and director of the MSc in Product Design at the University of Dundee. In addition, he holds a visiting professorship at Staatliche Hochschule fur Gestaltung Karlsruhe and an honorary professorship at Hubei University of Technology. He has held lecturing positions at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Architectural Association, Metropolitan University and research positions at Newcastle University in the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences
Research Centre, Reading University in the School of System Engineering
(Cybernetics) and Imperial College in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Elio regularly presents at conferences internationally and his work has been exhibited extensively, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Design Museum (Triennale) in Milan, the Science Museum in London, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Tapei, the Design and Applied Arts Museum in Lausanne, the Royal Institution in London and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His work is in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York and has been published by Phaidon, Thames & Hudson, Die Gestalten
Verlag dgv, MIT Press and Centre Pompidou.
Elio is the founder of Elio Caccavale Design Studio, a design studio working across a wide variety of projects, including electronics and forecasting
research. The studio has worked with a wide portfolio of clients including Mattel, Dmagic Mobile China, Orange, French Telecom, PBJ Japan and
LG Electronics.
 

Aldo Colonetti

Scientific curator
 

Orazio Carpenzano

Professor Faculty of Architecture - University of Rome La Sapienza
Biographical notes
Professor of Design at the School of architecture in Rome. President of the Committee on the development of image, communication and coordination of cultural activities of the School of architecture.
Member of the College of Graduate School Research Professors in Architectural-Theoretical composition of architecture and a member of the Department of Architecture and Design.
In 1990 founded the architecture firm Urbanlab with Alessandra Capuano in Rome.
An architecture firm based in Rome which has always tried to strike a balance between theoretical and experimental design, expressed through projects, competitions, installations and research.
With over twenty years’ experience, the partners, coming from various professional and cultural backgrounds, have developed a multidisciplinary organization able to draw on specific knowledge for both small and large scale projects. In particular, the firm deals with areas related to urban projects, landscaping, integration between new and existing structures, interior design and furnishing.
Participation in competitions, individually, as an associated studio and also in collaboration with other groups, received awards, honors and tributes. Various projects exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in exhibitions in Rome, Barcelona and Delft.
Projects and articles appearing in various publications and national and international magazines.
Consulting activities for the Mission of Technical Structures of the Italian Prime Minister; member of the Technical Advisory Commission on projects for the 150 anniversary of the unification of Italy.
Between 2009 and 2010 oversaw some important projects at the Maddalena G8 Conference, including the Main Conference and Delegate Areas designed by Boeri.
Currently coordinating the preliminary, definitive and operational architectural design, for the Fiumicino transportation distribution hub in Rome.
In addition to conducting urban design research focused mainly on the contemporary interpretation of the city, has also embarked on more complex and unique connections between creative processes and new technologies. Since 2002, has conceived and produced studies such as Physico, Sylvatica, Pycta and Hallalunalalone for ALTROEQUIPE, and is still conducting research based on the interaction between motion, sound, architecture and technologies of motion capture and motion graphics.
From 2000 to 2007 directed the Quasar Institute in Rome (high school and advanced studies in design).
Author of numerous essays on the topics of theories and techniques of architectural design.
Involved in scientific research articulated in two main areas: theoretical research, conducted through the departmental theoretical laboratory and another of design nature conducted through the departmental design laboratory, both of Diar. The first, focused on studies and research, has resulted in publications and conferences and seminars often interdisciplinary in character. The second, mostly experimental, has produced architectural and urban projects especially in the Rome area (textual and contextual reference). Participation in several national and international architecture competitions and as a tutor has coordinated numerous design workshops in Italy and abroad.
Collaborator with several trade magazines. Former editor of the magazine “Capitolium” and of the series “GROMA” and “DAAC”.
Author (along with other publications) of:
5 idee per Pietralata
Workshop di progettazione_Dottorato di Ricerca in Composizione Architettonica Teorie dell'Architettura
Centro Stampa Università, Roma 2007.
MODERNOCONTEMPORANEO written with Ludovico Quaroni
Final edition by Orazio Carpenzano and Fabrizio Toppetti, Gangemi Editore, Roma 2006.
Laboratorio di progettazione 2 - Gangemi Editore, Roma 2004.
Physico. Fusione tra danza e architettura di Carpenzano Orazio, Latour Lucia, Testo & Immagine, Torino 2003.
Lo scambio del limite. Sintesi di una ricerca più ampia, Gangemi Editore, Roma 2003
Porte metropolitane per Roma, Palombi Editore, Roma 2002.
Libere imitazioni, Palombi Roma 1997.
Ore marine, Sala Editore, Pescara 1996.
Idea immagine architettura. Tecniche di invenzione architettonica e composizione, Gangemi Editore, Roma 1993.
 

Giovanni Carapella

Chairman Formedil
Biographical notes
Giovanni Carapella, 57, is an architect.
From 1983 to 1990 he taught design at CEFME (Centro per la Formazione delle Maestranze Edili ed Affini di Roma e Provincia) in Pomezia. Since 1990 he has held the position of Director of FORMEDIL, and has also been responsible for coordinating national, European and international projects funded as part of community programmes and initiatives.
From 1996 to 2005 he was a Member of the Coordination Group of the European network RE.FORM.E., network for training and restoration in Europe, consisting of training organisations from France, Holland, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Germany. During this period he also headed a group of European experts set up to study the transparency of certifications in the field of training and professionalism of workers, with particular reference to the restoration sector. He took part as an expert designated by the Council of Europe, Direction de l’enseignement ,de la culture et du sport, Service du Patrimoine Culturel in the Atelier professionnel portant sur la formation aux métiers du bati ancien et du patrimoine culturel – Bucharest, 23 - 27 June 1999.
His publications include:
2007 Lavorare in sicurezza, il cantiere edile – Sapere 2000
2001 Il cantiere scuola nell’esperienza italiana, in La macchina di pietra, Comune di Napoli Sviluppo Italia, Napoli 2001.
2000  L’impresa del restauro, in Speciale Vecchi Mestieri in edilizia, in Bollettino n.369 ITALIA NOSTRA Rome.
1999 La formazione ai mestieri della pietra e del marmo, in  Il Travertino romano, published by Sapere 2000 Rome.
1997 Formazione dei formatori  per il restauro: laterizio e terracotta, concept and editorial coordination of the multilingual interactive CD-ROM produced by the Reforme network as part of a specific Leonardo da Vinci pilot project.
1996 Concept and editorial coordination of the Guida internazionale agli scambi e ai gemellaggi of the training centres of the Reforme network, published by Sapere 2000, Rome.
1996 Formazione per il restauro: laterizio e terracotta, interactive CD-ROM produced by intecs sistemi spa.
1995 Il laterizio e la terra cotta - materiali per la formazione al restauro, with C.Cigarini and G. Conti, FORMEDIL.
1994 L’ABC dell’Edilizia: corso di lingua italiana per lavoratori stranieri del settore delle costruzioni, published by Sapere 2000, Rome – coordination of the editorial project and method for construction of technical linguistic prototypes.
1993 Il cantiere scuola nella formazione per il restauro, in Restauro dell’architettura e formazione professionale, published by Giunti Firenze.
1992 La formazione professionale dei posatori di pavimenti dei rivestimenti ceramici, in CERAMICA ACTA n. 1/93, Bologna.
1991 Il ruolo della formazione professionale per l’inserimento di lavoratori extracomunitari in edilizia, in I lavoratori extracomunitari in edilizia, published by Formedil, Rome.
 

Emilio Caravatti

Architect
Biographical Notes
After several years of cantilever begins to study architecture and graduates in 1989. Since 1994 he is active in architecture, and in the same year he opens his own office near Milan in Monza where he still lives and works. He is busy with public projects and competitions, furthermore his works aim to realize some collaboration with west African countries. The uniqueness of his approach to the human-urban interrelation in architecture lies, among other, in enabling the workers employed in the construction of these objects to obtain, apart from the wages, some additional knowledge connected to the object they are building. The results are the After-school Community Centre in Bobodioulassò (Burkina Faso) a Neighbourhood Library in Katì-Cokò a Community school in N’tyeani village (Republic of Mali) (Biennal Architecture Prize ARCHES 2006) and 1° prize in International Competition for New Cathedral in Bamako (Republic of Mali 2004). After having completed a number of community projects in western Africa in 2006 he founded the NGO association AFRICABOUGOU onlus a multi-disciplinary association that goals are to continue responding to needs expressed by the local populations and transform these into joint projects, especially in the fields of education and community facilities. For his project “Public infrastructures in Beledougou”, on progress at the moment, won Special prize at Brick AWARD 2010 in Wien and a special mention in Gold Medal for Italian architecture 2009.
At the same time he is teaching Architectonic Planning at the Politecnico University of Milan and in a course about the architectural project in marginality areas (2007-2009). Among his works we remind:one family house in Marciana Marina Isola d’Elba (LI) 2002, the widening of the town hall in Olgiate Molgora, a dwellings building in Cesano Maderno (MI), a Cultural Center in Albiate (MI); FIRST PRIZE at national competition for Town Hall in S. Giorgio su Legnano MI (2001) Sporting Centre Pizzighettone CR (2004) for the new Culture Campus in Vercelli (2008) and for a Sporting hall in Grosio SO. Actually under constructions; Center of physical rehabilitation in Republic of Mali, a new housing complex in Zalau (Rumania) the Culture Campus in Vercelli (University library, new Civic Library and public spaces) and the new school at Fansirà Corò village also in Republic of Mali.His work has been shown in several exhibitions and magazines.
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