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Massimo Imparato

Architect

Biographical notes

With a degree in architecture from Genoa, he worked for a long period with Giancarlo De Carlo. Towards the end of the 1970s he founded StudioBau, a workshop with which he developed many projects marked by the pursuit of solutions for interaction between users and spaces, receiving many prizes and honors, including nomination for the Compasso d’Oro.
His projects in public contexts include the design of several waterfronts, masterplans and guidelines for zones involved in processes of urban regeneration, also in the wake of exceptional events like the earthquake in Umbria and the Marches at the end of the 1990s. He has acted as art director of several manufacturing firms, designing product lines, display spaces and installations, supervising the entire chain of operations, including the phase of communication.
He has taught design at the Milan Polytechnic, the University of Trento, Florence Institute of Design, and has been a lecturer at the Academy of Mendrisio; in 2012 he was appointed as Visiting Professor at the American University of Sharjah, and later at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of Canadian University Dubai.
Thanks to his experiences in the Middle East, in 2017 he founded UAE Modern, a curatorial project for the creation of knowledge transfer between local and international experts in the field of sustainable development (www.uaemodern.org).
Invited by Mario Cucinella, in 2018 he became the director of the program of studies of SOS – School of Sustainability, the post-graduate course that combines education, research and professional practice in close contact with companies, with the objective of training professionals in the field of sustainability. As Director he has initiated a path of internationalization of the school, while focusing on programming, development and curriculum maintenance, promotion, consultant relations and the launching of projects with the partners of SOS, including (during the year in progress): collaboration with Eni Gas & Luce on the project smarTown, organized by Interni Magazine for the FuoriSalone in Milan; the project for the Amani for Africa NGO for a center for street children in Zambia; the pilot project for new collaborative civic spaces in Bologna, in collaboration with Fondazione per l’Innovazione Urbana; the project for innovative hospitality models and the project Pollution 2018 organized by Iris Group for Cersaie in Bologna, 23-28 September 2018.

 

Sebastián Irarrázaval

Architect

Biographical notes

Sebastian Irarrázaval nace en Santiago, Chile, en 1967. He graduated in architecture at the Universidad Católica of Chile and continued his vocational training in this field at the Architectural Association of London. He is Ordinary Professor at the School of Architecture of the Universidad Católica of Chile, and visiting professor at various universities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Boston (MIT) and the Istituto Universitario of Architecture of Venice (IUAV). His works have been displayed at various exhibitions and biennials and also widely published in specialist magazines. He has received numerous acknowledgements, including the nomination for the Swiss Architectural Award (2016) and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (2016), the AOA award (1999), the Biennial of Architecture of Chile award (2008), the Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture award of Shenzhen & Hong Kong (2012), the WAVE (2014, 2015), the AZ Award (2016), the Wood Design and Building Awards (2016) and the RIBA International Prize (2016).

 

Toyo Ito

AIA Honorary Fellowship, RIBA Honorary Fellowship, Kumamoto Artpolis Commissioner

Biographical notes
1941  Born in Seoul Metropolitan City
1965-69  Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Department of Architecture
              Worked at Kiyonori Kikutake Architects and Associates
              Started his own studio, Urban Robot (URBOT) in Tokyo
1979 Changed its name to Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Awards and Prizes
1986 Architecture Institute of Japan Prize for “Silver Hut”
1992 33rd Mainich Arts Award for Yatsushiro Municipal Museum
1998 Ministry of Education Award for the Encouragement of Arts for “Dome in Odate”
1999 Japan Art Academy Prize for “Dome in Odate”
2000 Accorded the Title “Academician” from The International Academy of Architecture
2000 The Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from American Academy of Arts and Letters
2001 Grand Prize of Good Design Award 2001 from Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO) for “Sendai Mediatheque”
2002 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 8th International Architecture Exhibition NEXT at the Venice Biennale
2003 Architectural Institute of Japan Prize for “Sendai Mediatheque”
2004 XX ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for “Ripples” (furniture design)
2006 Royal Gold Medal from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
        Public Building Award for “Sendai Mediatheque”
2008 ADI Compasso d’Oro Award for the Stand Horm 2005
        6th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts
2009 Medalla de Oro from Circulo de Bellas Artes de Madrid
2010 The Asahi Prize 2009
        The 22nd Praemium Imperiale in Honor of Prince Takamatsu
2012 Golden Lion for Best National Participation for the Japan Pavilion 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (Served as Commissioner)
2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize

 

Alberto Iacovoni

Biographical notes
The architect Alberto Iacovoni (1966) is a founding member of ma0/emmeazero (www.ma0.it), an architecture studio whose activity ranges from interactive multimedia installations to urban planning, which has earned him numerous awards in national and international competitions. He has also taken part in exhibitions that include the 10th, 11th and 12th edition of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. From 1999 to 2004 he was part of Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade (www.stalkerlab.it).

His works have been published in the most important architecture magazines and publications. He is the author of Game Zone, playground tra scenari virtuali e realtà (Birkhauser 2003; Edilstampa 2005), Playscape, published in 2010 by Libria, and - with ma0 - Borderlines (Damdi 2008), a monograph dedicated to the work of the studio.

He has taught in various universities and training institutes, such as the Istituto Nazionale di Architettura, Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, NABA in Milano and Cornell in Rome.
He is currently Scientific Director at the Rome office of Istituto Europeo di Design (www.ied.it), the international Design training network, after spending three years as Director, from 2009 to 2012.

 

Vittorio Iervese

Professor of Sociology of cultural processes and Theory and methods of cultural promotion, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Vittorio Iervese teaches Sociology of cultural processes and Theory and methods of cultural promotion at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His areas of research include cultural planning in contexts of migration and international cooperation.
 

Carlo Infrante

Lecturer in Performing Media
Carlo Infante is a freelance teacher of "Performing Media" in those Universities, Academies and other education and training centres where the trend is to interpret innovation through the social and cultural use of the new media. During the Eighties, he ran festivals such as "Scenari dell'Immateriale" in Narni, hosted (and was also the author of) radio broadcasts on Radio1 and Radio3, television programmes such as "Mediamente.scuola" on RAI3 and, in 2009, "Salva con Nome" on RAInews24. He has also been in charge of a wide variety of projects on cultural and anthropological shifts brought about by the evolution of technology. Amongst other works, he is the author of  "Imparare giocando. L'interattività tra teatro e ipermedia" (Bollati Boringhieri,
2000), "Performing Media. La nuova spettacolarità della comunicazione interattiva e
mobile" (Novecentolibri, 2004), "Performing Media 1.1 Politica e poetica delle reti" (Memori, 2006) and many other essays and articles for various publications (including NOVA-Sole24ore).
 

Fulvio Irace

Architect and Professor of history of architecture, Milan Polytechnic
Biographical notes
Fulvio Irace is a full professor of “History of Architecture” at Milan Polytechnic, where he holds the History of Contemporary Architecture chair at the Faculty of Civil Architecture and the Faculty of Design; he is also a visiting professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, and a member of the board of teachers for the PhD course in “History of Architecture and Town Planning” at Turin Polytechnic.
He is a member of the scientific committee of the Vico Magistretti Foundation and is on the board of trustees of the Piano Foundation.
In 2008-2009 he was a member of the jury for the Mies van der Rohe European Prize.
From 2005 to 2009 he was a member of the Scientific Committee of the Milan Triennial and curator of the Architecture and Territory sector.
One of the founders of the national association AAI (Archivi di Architettura Italia – Italian Architectural Archives), he is one of the promoters of the “Architecture and Design” section of CASVA (Centro alti studi e valorizzazione delle arti – the Centre for Higher Studies and Valorisation of the Arts) of the Municipality of Milan.
Architectural editor for the publications “Domus” and “Abitare”, he has worked with the most important national and international magazines in the sector, and in 2005 was awarded the Inarch Bruno Zevi Prize for architectural criticism. Since 1986 he has been an opinionist in the field of architecture for the Sunday Supplement of “Il Sole 24 Ore”.
Attentive to the historiographies of Italian architecture between the two World Wars, to which he has dedicated much work through various exhibitions and publications, more recently his studies have concentrated on contemporary Italian architecture, and the figure of Renzo Piano, the subject of various monographs and an important exhibition at the Milan Triennial.
In the field of criticism and historical methodology he is the author of the following works:  Dimenticare Vitruvio, 2001 and 2008;  Le città visibili: Renzo Piano 2006; Divina Proporzione, 2007; Gio Ponti, 2009.
He has curated a number of architectural exhibitions.
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