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Alberto Ferlenga

Rector of IUAV Venice

Biographical notes
Alberto Ferlenga, architect, was appointed Rector of the IUAV University of Venice in 2015 after previously holding the post of Director of the Graduate School, and is Full Professor of Architectural Design at the same University. He is the founder of the Association Villard d’Honnecourt, which organises an eponymous seminar and international doctorate. A visiting professor at several American and European universities and winner of the Stone Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 1984, he also worked as editor of the magazines Lotus International (1981-1996) and Casabella (1996-2006). He has authored numerous publications including monographs on Aldo Rossi, Dimitris Pikionis, Hans Van der Laan and Joze Plecnik (Electa) and a volume entitled “ Città e Memoria” (Marinotti editore, 2016). He has curated several exhibitions for the Milan Triennale including “L’Architettura del mondo”, “Comunità Italia” (with M. Biraghi) and “Ricostruzioni” (with N. Bassoli) and served as the show’s Director of Architecture and Territory from 2011 to 2017. He has been a member of the Accademia di San Luca since 2019.

 

Silvia Foglia

Country Operations Manager at Houzz Italy

Biographical notes
Silvia Foglia is Country Operations Manager at Houzz Italy, the leading platform for home remodelling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish.
Previously she was Country Manager Italia and then Head of Community Management at twago, Europe's leading platform for outsourcing projects and online work. She also worked first in Stockholm and then in Barcelona for Cint AB, a Swedish market research company specialised in online searches - as responsible for Italian customers. 
Since 2012 she is a lecturer at MADE, the Master in Digital Entrepreneurship at H-Farm.

 

Norman Foster

architect

biographical notes
Lord Foster (in 1999 he was honoured with a life peerage as Lord Foster of Thames Bank) was born in Manchester in 1935. He graduated from Manchester University School of Architecture and City Planning in 1961, then gained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University. After setting up the practice Team 4 in partnership with Richard Rogers, and his later wife Wendy with whom in 1964 he founded the firm Foster Associates in London. This led to the partnership of Foster + Partners which now has studios in more than 20 countries worldwide. In 1999 Norman Foster won the Pritzker Architecture Prize and in 2000 the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture. 

Some of his best-known works include the Willis Faber & Dumas headquarters (Ipswich, UK), the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), the Hongkong Bank Headquarters (Hong Kong), Hong Kong International Airport and Stansted Airport (UK), the Bilbao metro system (Spain), the Torre de Collserola (Barcelona, Spain), restoration of the Reichstag building (Berlin, Germany), the Carré d’Art (Nîmes, France), the London City Hall (UK) and the Swiss Re headquarters at 30 St. Mary Axe (London, UK).
His latest works include the Millennium Bridge in London, the Millau Viaduct in France, the Hearst Tower in New York, Beijing International Airport, Masdar City in the UAE and Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California.

 

Arturo Franco

Architect
Biographical notes
La Coruña 1972. Graduated in Architecture from the Escuela Politécnica in Madrid (ETSAM) in 1998, with the maximum score. Since then, he has demonstrated equal commitment to architectural criticism, teaching, research and practising the profession. For 10 years, he worked as art critic for the Spanish daily ABC, at the same time providing an analysis of the contemporary architecture scene for a number of national and international publications, as well as directing radio programmes, debates, congresses and seminars on the present and future of the profession. Since 2008, he has been editor of the review of the Official Order of Architects of Madrid (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid), a publication with a 90-year history, ushering in the Fundamentos phase. He is currently a Senior Fellow in the Department of Architectural Composition at the Escuela Politécnica in Madrid, and a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca. He has given classes and conferences on his works in cities in Spain such as Madrid, Toledo, La Coruña, Logroño, Alicante, Barcelona, Valencia, and abroad, such as Paris, Lisbon, Brussels, Quito, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, Funchal and Buenos Aires. His work as an architect has received first prizes from the Madrid City Council, the Order of Architects of Madrid and Galicia, the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport, and he has been a finalist for Awards such as the Premios Piedra Natural, Arquia, FAD, ENOR, Saloni, as well as the Swiss Architecture Awards. His most significant works – among them the various projects carried out in the former Matadero (slaughterhouse) in Madrid – have earned him a place on the lists of most successful young Spanish architects drawn up by the daily El País, the Fundación Caja de Arquitectos, the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport (JAE), Architectural Digest and 2G, as well as on the list of the top 25 architects under 50 drawn up by the Swiss University of Mendrisio. His work has been widely published in reviews and magazines of international renown, such as Domus, Arquitectura Ibérica, Diseño Interior, Detail, 2G, Arquitectura Viva, Architectural Digest, A+T, Tectónica, China Architecture and Design, Bauwelt or Wallpaper, to mention but a few.
 

Marco Franchini

Biographical notes
Marco Franchini has a degree in Psychology from the University of Bologna, with Clinical and Community Psychology as his area of specialisation. After graduating, he went on to study at the Istituto Sullivan in Florence to become an interpersonal psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He is Chairman of ASP (Human Services Company) “Giorgio Gasparini” in Vignola. He has completed many hours of freelance work on both an individual and consulting basis. He has given expert presentations at numerous conferences and has edited a range of publications including “Psychoanalysis of architecture. Space as a dimension of the soul”. He has organised a number of cultural events and has co-created and co-organised the Festival of Psychology in Bologna. He has long been working to bring together the non-speculative overall vision of the public sector and the effective, efficient organisation typical of the private sector. From welfare to WELLfare.
 

Giuseppe Ferrari

 

Jens Fellhauer

Industrieverband Keramischen Fliesen und Platten, Germany
Jens Fellhauer, born in St. Gallen/CH, in 1961, married, 4 children.
Law School at Munich University, bar exam 1989.
Since 1989 International Law office, Munich; Treuhandanstalt: head of contract management department;Director of German Tiles Producers Association since 2002.
Chair of CEN/TC 339 since 2008
 

Maurizio Ferraris

Philosopher
Maurizio Ferraris is professor of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Turin, where he directs the LabOnt (Ontology Laboratory). He is editor of Rivista di Estetica, co-editor of Critique and columnist for La Repubblica. Directeur d’études at the Collège International de Philosophie, Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and of Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales of Paris and at other European and American universities, he has written more than forty books which have been translated into various languages, including Storia dell’ermeneutica (1988), Estetica razionale (1997), Dove sei? Ontologia del telefonino (2005, Castiglioncello philosophy award) and Documentalità. Perché è necessario lasciar tracce (2009). In 2008 he was awarded the Viaggio a Siracusa Philosophy Award for his career and in September his book Ricostruire la decostruzione will be published by Bompiani.
 

Marcello Fois

Writer
Marcello Fois (Nuoro, 1960) is an Italian writer, playwright and screenwriter.
In 1986 he graduated in Italian studies from the University of Bologna. In 1989 he wrote his first novel, Ferro Recente, which thanks to Luigi Bernardi at Granata Press was published in 1992 in a collection of works by young Italian authors which also included the first books by Carlo Lucarelli and Giuseppe Ferrandino.
Also in 1992 he published Picta, which won (jointly with Mara De Paulis) the Premio Italo Calvino; in 1997 he won the Premio Dessì for Nulla (which marked the beginning of his collaboration with the publisher Il Maestrale).
In 1998, Il Maestrale published Sempre caro, the first novel of a trilogy (which continued with Sangue dal cielo and L'altro mondo) set in Nuoro in the late nineteenth century and centring on the figure of a lawyer, Bustianu, a character that Fois based on the real-life Nuorese lawyer and poet Sebastiano Satta. With Sempre caro he won the Premio Scerbanenco in 1998. With Dura madre he won the Premio Fedeli in 2002 and in 2007 he received the Premio Lama e trama career award.
Alongside fiction, Fois has also written television screenplays (Distretto di polizia, L'ultima frontiera) and scripts for both the cinema (Ilaria Alpi. Il più crudele dei giorni) and the theatre, including L'ascesa degli angeli ribelli, Di profilo, Stazione (a single act in memory of the victims of the terrorist bomb at Bologna station), Terra di nessuno and Cinque favole sui bambini (broadcast in episodes by Radio 3 Rai). His short story Disegno di sangue, published in 2005 in the collection Crimini, was adapted for an episode of the eponymous television drama broadcast in 2007 on RAI 2.
He has also written an opera libretto based on the novel Tanit by Valerio Evangelisti.
In 2007, with the novel Memoria del vuoto, published by Einaudi in 2006, he won the Premio Super Grinzane Cavour for Italian fiction, the Premio Volponi and the Premio Alassio 100 libri.
Works
The list does not include collections in which his works appear along with those of various other authors.
Ferro Recente (Granata Press, 1992; reprinted by Einaudi in 1999)
Picta (Marcos y Marcos, 1992; reprinted by Frassinelli in 2003)
Meglio morti (Granata Press, 1993; reprinted by Einaudi in 2000)
Falso gotico nuorese (Condaghes, 1993; later published in “Materiali”, Il Maestrale 2002)
Il silenzio abitato delle case (Moby Dick, 1996)
Gente del libro (Marcos y Marcos, 1996)
Sheol (Hobby & Work Publishing, 1997)
Nulla (Il Maestrale, 1997; "Premio Dessì")
Sempre caro (with preface by Andrea Camilleri, Il Maestrale 1998; subsequently jointly published by Il Maestrale/Frassinelli, 1999)
Radiofavole (stories in music with CD; with Fabrizio Festa, Moby Dick, 1998)
Gap (Frassinelli, 1999)
Sangue dal cielo (with preface by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Il Maestrale/Frassinelli, 1999)
Sola andata (EL, 1999)
Cerimonia (CLUEB, 2000)
Compagnie difficili (with Albert Sánchez Piñol, Literalia, 2000)
Dura madre (Einaudi, 2001)
Piccole storie nere (Einaudi, 2002)
L'altro mondo (Il Maestrale/Frassinelli, 2002)
Materiali (Il Maestrale, 2002; reprint of various previously published works)
Ilaria Alpi. Il più crudele dei giorni (with Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani, Frassinelli, 2003)
Tamburini. Cantata per voce sola (Il Maestrale, 2004)
Memoria del vuoto (Einaudi, 2006)
L'ultima volta che sono rinato (Einaudi 2006; poems)
In Sardegna non c'è il mare. Viaggio nello specifico barbaricino (Laterza 2008) Stirpe (Einaudi 2009)
 

Giulio Ferroni

Professor of Italian literature, La Sapienza University of Rome
Giulio Ferroni teaches Italian Literature at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of the La Sapienza University in Roma. The author of numerous essays and monographs on literary history and theory, he has taught in many universities abroad and has contributed to various Italian magazines and newspapers.
 

Alberto Fregni

Centro Ceramico Bologna
Alberto Fregni is a Confirmed Researcher for the Material Science and Technology sector at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, and teaches Material Science and Technology and Applied Chemistry. He works as a researcher at the Ceramic Centre in Bologna, dealing mainly with the environmental impact of ceramic production processes and environmental product certification. He has taken part in the work of the AHWG on updating Ecolabel criteria for the Hard Floor Coverings product group, as well as in the work on the planning and specification of criteria for LEED certification carried out by GBC Italia.
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