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Francesca Molteni

Film director

Biographical notes
Francesca Molteni studied Philosophy (University of Milan) and Film Production (New York Uni-versity). She worked for RAI, Italian National TV channel. Since 2002, she produces and directs documentaries, television formats, videos, and curates design exhibitions. Writer and director of “Ultrafragola” TV series, a Sky TV program on design, she managed the launch and the pro-duction of the platform, the first web TV channel dedicated to design. In 2009 she founded MUSE Factory of Projects, her production company based in Milan,
She directed Giocare l’Arte, an art format for RaiSat Ragazzi, Happy Birthday Dino Risi, a docu-mentary produced by Rai Cinema, Art Basel Miami Beach, L’Urlo, 50 Years of Beat and Peggy Guggenheim for RaiStoria, Ron Gilad, Loving Gio Ponti, and Alessandro Mendini. I wanted to be Walt Disney – three films presented at Festivals worldwide.
In 2016 she travelled the East coast documenting the US election for “La Casa Bianca [The White House]”, a seven episodes TV program on air on Rai3, the third Italian National channel.
In 2012 she won the “Premio dei Premi” award for Innovation assigned by the President of the Italian Republic for the QallaM project, which received the Compasso d’Oro’s honorable men-tion. In 2013, she received the Cathay Pacific Award for women entrepreneurs. In 2014 she re-ceived the PIDA Design Prize for the “Where Architects Live” film and exhibition.
Since 2012 she’s contributing to the Sunday edition of IlSole24Ore, Elle Decor, GQ and Vogue Italy; she is the author of the book "Oggetti d’impresa [Objects of Business]", Carocci publish-er, 2016.
In 2017 she has curated with Maria Cristina Didero SUPER DESIGN, a film about Italian Radical Design, promoted by R&Company Gallery and produced by MUSE;; in 2018 the documentary “The Power of The Archive. Renzo Piano Building Workshop” with Fulvio Irace and in collabora-tion with Renzo Piano FoundaOon.


Giovanni Multari


Biographical notes

Architect, he teaches architectural design at the Department of Architecture,
University of Naples “Federico II”. In 1995, he founded corvino + multari with Vincenzo
Corvino, a practice based in Naples and with offices in Milan. The Pirelli Tower
restoration in Milan awarded him the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture (2006) and
the European Aluminium in Renovation Award (2007).


MIDE architetti

architecture firm

MIDE architetti are an architectural practice based in Venice providing urban, architectonic and interior design services; MIDE’s approach looks at the use of clean and simple volumes and lines, extreme attention to detail, finish and choice of materials; The ideas that inspire the designs arise from the functional analysis of the client’s needs and responsive understanding of the location. The characteristics of the environment and its main features are included and reinterpreted in the development of functional and creative architectonic solutions; The practice’s reputation is founded on developing projects focussing on the themes of environmental and energetic sustainability, achieved through the collaboration with experts in the sector; MIDE’s main clients include organisations such as Volvo Trucks talia, Renault Trucks, Intrerbrau, Philippe Model, Ipercoop, Rubner Haus, Stilenatura, John Barritt, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, Benetton, Birrificio Antoniano, and public administrations: Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Mirandola, Comune di Viadana, Comune di Massa Finalese, Comune di San Felice sul Panaro e Comune di Mira; In parallel to client based work and as part of continuing improvement MIDE architetti invest in research and development, through participation in national and international design contests; Since it was established MIDE architetti has received many rewards and their projects have been published in a number of prestigious magazines and publications.


Allegra Martin


Pierluigi Mutti


Shelley Mcnamara (Grafton Architects)

architecture firm

Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara not only direct the studio, but also taught at the Dublin University School of Architecture from 1976 to 2002. They are currently visiting professors at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and have also held prestigious positions at Harvard and Yale. Their projects have been exhibited at New York's MOMA, and this year they will be participating at the Venice Architecture Biennial with their project for the University of Lima. They were recently selected to design a new building for the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Andrea Maffei

Biographical notes
Born in Modena in 1968, Andrea Maffei graduated in architecture with honours from Florence University in 1994. After gaining experience in Italy at the Massimo Carmassi studio in Pisa, in 1997 he moved to Tokyo to work at the practice of Arata Isozaki.
He initially worked in the design team of the ceramics museum in Gifu (Japan) and later as project leader in the competition to create the new exit from the Uffizi museum, which they won in March 1999. From 1999 to 2001 he was project leader for the Al Wabrah villa owned by Sheik Al-Thani of Doha, Qatar and then for the extension project for the Qatar history museum in Doha, as well as many other competitions in various parts of the world. This has allowed him to travel around the world and come into contact with very diverse Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.
He became Arata Isozaki’s Associate and director of Italian projects. He was project leader for the design of the Turin ice hockey stadium, now known as Pala-Isozaki, a major project carried through for the 2006 winter Olympics. Designed right from the outset with a view to being used extensively after the Olympics, it now hosts concerts, conferences and events of various kinds. He also managed the project for the Olympic swimming pool and Piazza d’Armi park in Turin (2002-2006) and held the role of artistic director for these three construction sites in Turin.
In 2005 he opened his own practice in Milan, Andrea Maffei Architects srl, which has carried out many different projects in Italy and abroad.
He has won several competitions in Italy, including those for the new Bologna station (2008) and the new offices of the Bergamo province (2009). He also took part in the major competition to enlarge the city of Montecarlo (2007-2008), which aimed to extend the city over the sea in the form of a new peninsula with residences, hotels, museums and offices (with A. Isozaki).
He created the projects for the new Uffizi museum exit (2007), the new Maranello library (2009), opened in 2011, and the Imprima Buildings in Bergamo.
He is currently working as designer and project signatory for the CITYLIFE project in Milan (with A. Isozaki), for the construction of a large office and residential complex in the former trade fair area. The project includes a 207-metre 50-floor tower block, a square at the centre of the complex with a metro station and a number of residential buildings.
Alongside his professional activity, Maffei also writes for various architecture magazines. Since 1997 he has been a contributor to the architecture magazine CASABELLA (editor Prof. Francesco Dal Co), publishing various projects and texts on contemporary Japanese architecture. He edited the magazine’s special issue on Japan in March 2000. He is the author of “Toyo Ito, works, texts, writings”, published by Electa in 2001.
2007 Milano Finanza Real Estate Award –Best residential project
2009 Milano Finanza Real Estate Award –Best public-private project
Conferences and academic work
From 2000 to 2002 he worked as visiting professor in architectural design at Waseda University of Tokyo, on the course led by Prof. Osamu Ishiyama.

Francisco Mangado


Biographical notes

Born in Spain’s Navarre region in 1957, Francisco Mangado completed his university studies in 1982 at the School of Architecture of the University of Navarre and then embarked on a teaching career. He has worked as Guest Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at the Eero Saarinen college at the Yale School of Architecture and as Guest Lecturer at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne. He currently has a full professorship at the University of Pamplona and a guest professorship at Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

He has won numerous awards, including the Thienne Architecture Award, the Architéchti Prize, the FAD for architecture and Costrumat. In 2009 he received the Giancarlo Ius Gold Medal given by the UIA (International Union of Architects), the García Mercadal award, the Copper in Architecture Award and the Spanish Architecture Award 2009 granted by Spain’s National Council of Architects’ Associations (CSCAE). In December 2011 he was named RIBA International Fellow by the Royal Institute of British Architects and in February 2013 he was granted an AIA Honorary Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects. In June 2013, his project for the Auditorium in Teulada received the RIBA EU award from the Royal Institute of British Architects for EU buildings located outside the UK.

Some of Mangado’s best known works include the Congress Centre and Auditorium of Pamplona, Place Pey Berland in Bordeaux, the Congress Centre of Ávila, the Archaeology Museum of Vitoria, the stadium in Palencia, the Spanish pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008 and the Auditorium in Teulada. His latest projects include the Congress Centre in Palma de Mallorca and the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias in Oviedo.

The Baluarte Auditorium and Congress Centre in Pamplona and the Lienzo Norte Exhibition and Congress Center in Ávila featured in the exhibition on Spanish architecture held at the MoMA in New York. Personal exhibitions of Mangado’s work have also been held at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, the Auditorium in Teulada, the Palacio del Condestable in Pamplona, the Aedes Gallery in Berlin, the EPFL in Lausanne, the FAUP in Porto and the Galerie d’Architecture in Paris.

In June 2008 he set up the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad.


Glenn Murcutt


Biographical notes

The internationally acclaimed Australian architect Glenn Murcutt (born in London, 1936) received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2002. He and his work have also been recognized with numerous other awards including the Alvar Aalto Medal in 1992, the Green Pin of Denmark for Architecture and Ecology in 1999, and the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2009. Furthermore, he is an honorary member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Glenn Murcutt studied architecture at the Sydney Technical College of the University of New South Wales. In 1969, he established his own firm. Since then—while undertaking all the design-related tasks himself—he has created an impressive oeuvre of environmentally conscious buildings of exceptional quality and vision.
Glenn Murcutt has shared his vision with countless students around the world. He holds a professorship at the University of New South Wale, and has been a visiting professor at schools such as Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Helsinki University of Technology, Aarhus University, and many others.

National Honours 
1992 Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal
1993 Life fellow Royal Australian Institute of Architects
1995 Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of New South Wales
1996 Order of Australia (AO)
2003 Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of Technology Sydney – HonDrLtUTS
2004 Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Sydney – HonDrScUS
2010 Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Umanities

International Awards and Honours
1992 Alvar Aalto International Medal for architecture, Helsinki, Finland
1995 Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects – HonFAIA
1995 International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects – IntFRIBA
1998 Richard Neutra International Award for architecture and teaching from the Neutra Foundation and CalPoly Pomona USA
1999 The “Green Pin” International Award fro architecture and ecology from the Royal Danish Academy of Architects
2001 The Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and architecture Award for the Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Centre “Riversdale” in collaboration with Wendy Lewin And Reg Lark.
2001 International Thomas Jefferson Medal for architecture USA
2001 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  - HonFSAFA
2001 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine arts international award for “Making a difference” to the thinking and practice of architecture
2002 The International Pritzker Architecture Prize
2004 Honorary Fellow, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland – Hon FRIAS
2005 Honorary Member, Taipei Architects Association  - Hon MTAA
2005 Honorary Fellow Singapore Institute of Architects  - Hon FSIA
2008 Elected Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York
2008 Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Green Professionals USA – HonFIGP – Honoris Causa –
2009 The Gold Medal, American Institute of Architects
2009 Hon Member of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland – HonMRIAI
2010/11/12/13/14/15 Member, International Jury of the International Pritzker Architecture Prize
2010 Honours, Senior Fellow, The Design Futures Council, Salk Institute California and Smithsonian Castle, Washington DC USA
2014 Hon. Dr. Lt. “Honoris Causa” University Bucharest Romania
2014 Royal Scottish Academy Medal for Architecture – RSA Metzstein Architecture Discourse 2015 Solo Exhibition “Architecture for Place” Glasgow, Scotland U.K.
2015 Hon. Dr. Laws Honoris Causa Dalhousie University, Halifax Canada


Claudio Musso

Digicult Network

Simona Malvezzi


Biographical notes

Born in Milan, after graduation at Politecnico, Simona Malvezzi founded KUEHN MALVEZZI in Berlin in 2001 together with Wilfried Kuehn and Johannes Kuehn. Museum and exhibition design is the main focus of their work. They designed the architecture for the Documenta 11, the Flick Collection in the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin as well as the Julia Stoschek Collection in Duesseldorf. Recently KUEHN MALVEZZI has completed the extension for the Museum Berggruen in Berlin and is currently planning the new-presentation of the collection of the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Their projects have been shown in international solo and group exhibitions, amongst others in the German Pavilion at the 10th Architecture Biennale in Venice 2006 and were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. In 2012 KUEHN MALVEZZI was invited to the main exhibition "Common Ground" at the 13th Architecture .


Paola Matino

Biographical notes
Since graduating in business economics and completing an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration at MIP, Polytechnic University of Milan, Paola Matino has gained wide experience in the field of general services and public finance.
She has worked as a researcher and manager, including a direct role in public utilities administration. She has also led workshops, published essays and co-authored books on industrial and network services.
She is currently working in the integrated water sector and is involved in projects in the field of social and welfare services.

Marco Mancuso

Biographical notes
Marco Mancuso is a critic and curator in the field of Digital Technologies applied to Arts, Design and Contemporary Culture. Founder and Editor-In-Chief at Digicult and Digimag Journal (part of The Leonardo Affiliate Program), he teaches “Multimedia Arts Theory” at MAIND Interaction Design Master at SUPSI in Lugano, "Web 2.0 & Media Art Management" at NABA Academy in Milan, “Digital Publishing for the Arts” at Academy of Fine Art in Bergamo and is visiting professor at Transmedia-Postgraduate Program in Arts+Media+Design in Brussels.

With the Digicult Agency he curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, screenings, lectures, meetings and partnered with most of the main media art festival in Italy and worldwide. Marco Mancuso has been expertising from years on wider subjects like open communication, social networking and digital publishing and is now studying new economical Internet models for art and culture: with the project “Fracty: Trasformazioni Affini”, he theorized an online platform creating open and p2p professional links between investors, public and private, from the scientific-technological field, professionals and students in the field of technologies applied to art, design and contemporary culture. He recently developed the “Digicult Editions” open-publishing online service.

Lecturing internationally and writing critical texts for media art publications and catalogues, articles, interviews and essays for Digicult, Marco Mancuso curated for MCD-Musiques et Cultures Digitales the publication “The Open Future” - Issue 63 in 2012 and the carde-blanche “Art Industries” - Issue 74 in 2014. He was included in the publication Cultural Blogging in Europe by in 2010.Twitter: @digicult –


José Rafael Moneo Vallés


José Rafael Moneo Vallés was born in Tudela (Navarra) in 1937. He studied at the Madrid School of Architecture, from which he graduated in 1961. In 1970 he took the chair of Elements of Composition at the Barcelona School of Architecture; he took the same position in Madrid in 1980, where he remained until 1985, when he was appointed Chairman of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a role he maintained until 1990. Rafael Moneo is currently the Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Some of his most important recent projects include the following: The Kursaal Auditorium and Conference Centre in San Sebastián (1999), the Museum of Fine Arts in  Houston, Texas (2000), the Cathedral of Los Angeles (2002), the General Archive of Navarra in Pamplona (2003), the Gregorio Marañón Maternity Hospital in Madrid (2003), the extension of the Bank of Spain in Madrid (2006), the extension of the Prado Museum in Madrid (2007), the LISE Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering building in the University of Harvard, Cambridge (2007), the Museum of the Roman Theatre in Cartagena (2008), Deusto University Library (2009), the Novartis Laboratories in Basle, Switzerland (2009), “La Romareda” Civic Centre in Zaragoza (2010), a Science Laboratory for Columbia University in New York (2010), the Riberas de Loiola Parish in San Sebastián (2011) and the Congress Centre in Toledo (2012).

Rafael Moneo is currently working on a Neurology and Psychology Centre for the University Princeton, New Jersey (2006), the extension of Atocha Rail Station in Madrid (2008) and the Centre for Contemporary Art of the University of Navarra (2008).

Rafael Moneo combines his work as an architect with his activity as a conference speaker and critic. Co-founder of the review Arquitecturas Bis, Rafael Moneo’s writings have been published in numerous professional reviews, and he has presented his work through exhibitions and conferences on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2005 he published – translated into 7 languages – the book “THEORETICAL ANXIETY AND DESIGN STRATEGIES in the work of eight contemporary architects”. September 2010 saw the simultaneous of the two versions of his book “APUNTES SOBRE 21 OBRAS” (Gili) and “REMARKS ON 21 WORKS” (Monacelli).

Rafael Moneo has received numerous awards, including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1996 and the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2003. Elected as a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1997, he took up his place there at the beginning of 2005. In 2006 the Higher Council of Colleges of Architects in Spain awarded him the Gold Medal of Spanish Architecture, and in 2012 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Arts.


Antonio Mazzeo

President and director of WinMedical
WINMedical (certified ISO13485 and ISO9001) is a leading manufacturer of electro-medical devices for departments with low to medium intensity of medical care. It designs, develops and markets wireless medical systems using state-of-the-art technology, for the well-being of men and women in the third millennium.
It started in 2009 as a spin-off of the SSSUP College (Scuola Superiore di Studi e Perfezionamento Sant'Anna) in Pisa, and continued to develop at the technology incubator Pon-Tech. It is currently located in Via Giuntini 63 (int. A4) in Navacchio (Pisa).
In 2011, following its firm belief in the innovation and potential of the WINMedical products, a group of shareholders of Italian Angels For Growth, Italy's largest Business Angel group, invested in WINMedical through the vehicle Wireless 29 srl and the SICI foundation (Fondo SICI - Sviluppo Impreso Centro Italia SGR s.p.a., a foundation for the development of enterprise in Central Italy).

Aimee Madsen

Aimee Madsen is currently an independent filmmaker and still photographer, who has worked in television and film production as a Camera Operator, Videographer, Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Editor. Aimee has worked on her current and first feature documentary film "Paolo Soleri: Beyond Form" for over three years. Aimee studied Cinematography in Arizona, making the natural transition into filmmaking in 2005 and formed her independent company Eye Am Films. Since then she has created short films, commercials, promo trailers, video vignettes and an award winning screenplay. Also, as an award winning Editorial Still Photographer, Aimee has over 20 years experience shooting stills for magazine and book publications, some of which include Native Peoples, Arizona Highways, Worth, Sunset, Outdoor Photographer, New Mexico Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, and Transitions Abroad. In addition, she has photographed for publisher NorthWord Press and internationally renowned image library Gamma Liaison.

Clara Miramonti

UNI (Secretary of CEN TC 67 "Ceramic Tiles")
Technical Officer within the Department "Building, civil engineering works, installations and energy" of UNI - Italian Organization for Standardization.
At national level she is Secretary
- to the Technical Commission "Products, processes and systems for building" and its Technical Subcommission "Floor and wall coverings";
- to the Technical Commission "Cement,  mortar, concrete e reinforced concrete";
- to the Working Group "Dangerous substances in construction products”
At European level she is Secretary
- to CEN/TC 67 "Ceramic tiles" and she follows the activity of the ISO mirror TC, ISO/TC 189, as well;
- to CEN/TC 246 "Natural stones";
- to Joint Working Group JWG 229/246 "Agglomerated stones".

Luigi Martirano


Marco Missaglia

Professor of International Economics, University of Pavia
Marco Missaglia teaches International economics at the University of Pavia, where he coordinates the Higher School in Cooperation and Development. He focuses on international cooperation and development economics.

Tiziano Manfredini

Professor at Department of Materials and Environmental Engineering, Engineering Faculty, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Tiziano Manfredini is full professor of Materials Science and Technology and is actually professor of Ceramic Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.  He has been, and is currently, coordinator of a great number of national and international research projects, scientific collaborations and academic formation programs with a wide feed back on the national and international industries. The scientific activity of Tiziano Manfredini has always regarded the functional and structural ceramic materials (mainly for building applications), that they have been facing in their theoretical and modelling aspects, but also in their applicative ones, holding account that the great evolution in the industrial technologies and systems happened in these years has deeply transformed the field, demanding the development of new materials and more controlled processes. The carried out scientific activity in the field of ceramic can be distinguished in: a) product and process innovation in the traditional ceramic materials; b) design, characterization and application of glass-ceramic materials, colouring agents, pigments and composites to ceramics and glass-ceramic matrix; c) innovative ceramic processes; d) covering techniques, treatments of surfaces. In order to contribute to the innovation process in the ceramic field and in order to maintain high the competitiveness of the production and the penetration in the market, the research has been always finalize to the transfer and to the application of the scientific know-how to the industry in order to obtain new products with high functionality and high aesthetic properties, in order to perform the technological and plant restructuration, in order to reduce the environmental impact, in order to improve the affidability of the final product and in order to introduce innovative superficial treatments. He is author and/or co-author of more than 300 scientific publications.
Professor Tiziano Manfredini was in the past and is presently the head and coordinator of research projects supported by M.U.R., C.N.R. e U.E. Professor Tiziano Manfredini has been carried out an extensive activity in the field of professional qualification and of knowledge and technology transfer to the ceramic industries, in order to achieve a close collaboration between enterprises, advanced research centers and academic institutions.

Enzo Mari

Architect and Designer
Enzo Mari, born in Novara in 1932, works in various fields while maintaining his primary focus on the meanings of form and project. He began his research into visual perception in the 1950s when he was one of the representatives of Programmed and Kinetic Art. In parallel with his artistic activities based on individual formal research, he began working as a designer and has also been involved in graphic design and architecture.
He has taught at various European schools and universities.
He is a member of the “Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione” of Parma, the archives of which contain around nine thousand of his original drawings. He has received a number of recognitions for his research and design work, including four “Golden Compass” awards.
He has taken part in the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition and has held various exhibitions, including: Il lavoro al centro, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona in 1999, subsequently transferred to the Triennale in Milan in 2000, and the large recently concluded exhibition entitled Enzo Mari, L’Arte del Design, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin in 2008.
Samples of his works and design objects feature in important collections in museums such as MOMA in New York and the Musée du Louvre in Paris.
His work has been documented in numerous publications, including:
A. C. Quintavalle (editor), Enzo Mari, Salone delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Università di Parma, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, CSAC, Dipartimento Progetto, Parma 1983.
F. Burkhardt, J. Capella, F. Picchi Perché un libro su Enzo Mari, Federico Motta Editore, Milan 1997.
A. D’Avossa, F. Picchi, Enzo Mari. Il lavoro al centro, exhibition catalogue, Triennale di Milan (11/1999-1/2000), Electa, Milan 1999.
G. C. Bojani (editor), Enzo Mari. Tra arte del progetto e arte applicata, exhibition catalogue, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza (6/2000-11/2000), Studio 88 Editore, Faenza 2000.
P. G. Castagnoli, E. Regazzoni, Enzo Mari. L’arte del Design, exhibition catalogue edited by E. Mari, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea GAM, Turin (10/2008-2/2009), Federico Motta Editore, Milan 2008.

Fabio Mariani

In 1991 he graduated in architecture from the University of Florence with full marks and honours. Since 1993 he has been involved in teaching representation techniques. In 1992 he began collaborating with the firm Ambasz&Associates of New York and Bologna. In 1993 he started up his own professional studio while continuing to collaborate with Ambasz. In 1998 he founded the company Mariani&Associati real estate together with his brother Luca. In 2006 he opened the Prague office of Mariani&Associati real estate. 1993 issue no. 2 of magazine “Antiqua” L’architettura Delle Città Di Mare; 1999 issue no. 140 of architecture magazine “L’Arca” Linguaggi; 2007 issue no. 12 of architecture magazine “Progettare” nuovi Paesaggi urbani; 2008 Maggioli Editore Coperture a Verde; 2009 Maggioli Editore Verde Verticale; 2010 architecture magazine Domus “Villa Alta”.

Claudio Montanari

Hotel sector entrepreneu
Degree in economics from Bologna university. Owner and manager of Hotel Adlon in Riccione, he collaborates with numerous hotels in Italy and abroad. Since 1996 he has founded numerous hotel consortia.
Since 2001 he has conducted feasibility analyses in the hotel sector. From 2001 to 2007 he lectured at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna. Since 2006 he has been on the board of the Unione di Prodotto Costa dell’Emilia-Romagna.

Carlo Massarini

Journalist and television host
Carlo Massarini was born in 1952 and grew up in La Spezia, Canada, Rome and New York.
An author and presenter of radio and TV programmes, he has run the gamut of communication media, following a path that has taken him from music to technologies. He began his career in 1971, on the radio shows Per Voi Giovani and Popoff; in the 1980s he wrote and presented Mister Fantasy , the world’s first videoclip programme, which paid particular attention to graphics, design and video art. Alongside these activities, he worked in the world of music as a journalist and photographer (one of his photo books on that period, "Dear Mister Fantasy", will be published by Rizzoli in November).
From 1995 to 2002, he wrote and presented Mediamente, the first Italian TV programme to deal with new technologies. On this subject he has also worked with the Ministries for Public Education and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and with numerous companies in the sector. He has held lessons and conferences on the subject of new technologies at the IULM University, ILAS Study Centre, Bocconi University, La Sapienza University in Rome, the Reiss Romoli Campus in L’Aquila and the Universities of Naples and Padua.

Alessandro Marata

Lecturer at Cesena Architecture Faculty
Lecturer at faculty of Architecture of Cesena, Chairman of the Order of Architects of Bologna and owner of the firm Arkit & Partners.
He was won numerous awards and recognitions in national and international competitions and was invited to the exhibition “Italian Architects under 50” at the Triennale in Milan.

Stefania Minestrini

Stefania Minestrini, a graduate in Economics from La Sapienza University in Rome, has worked as a consultant in environmental issues and since 1999 has working for ISPRA, the National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ex APAT) on ecological product quality. Since January 2006 she has been in charge of the Ecolabel Sector of ISPRA’s Environmental Certification Service, the technical support sector of the Italian body entrusted with granting the European Ecolabel certificate.

Nicola Marzot

Lecturer and Researcher at Ferrara Architecture Faculty
Degree from Faculty of Architecture of Florence
PhD in Building and Land Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Bologna
PhD in Architectural and Urban design, TU Delft Polytechnic, Delft, Holland (in progress)
1965 Born in Imola (Bologna), Italy
1994 Collaborates with Stefano Pompei, head of INU committee for Urban Planning Equality
1996 Founds studio PERFORMA A+U
1995-1998 Contract professor, Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara
1997-1999 Contract professor, Faculty of Architecture of Florence
2000-2003 Contractor professor, Faculty of Engineering of Bologna
2003 Visiting Professor in Architecture, Hosey University, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Visiting Professor in Engineering, Lund University, Sweden
2006-2008 Visiting Professor in Architecture, TU Delft Polytechnic, Delft, Holland
2004- Researcher in Architectural and urban composition, Faculty of architecture of Ferrara
2004- Professor of Architectural composition I, Faculty of architecture of Ferrara
2002- Urban planning consultant for Oikos housing study centre
2005- Head of Urban Planning of Osservatorio Immobiliare (Real Estate Monitor) of Nomisma Spa.

Alberto Meda


Biographical notes
Born in Tremezzina (Como) in 1945, Alberto Meda graduated in mechanical engineering from Milan Polytechnic in 1969.
In 1973 he became technical director of Kartell, heading up product development of the labware division and the furnishing accessories division. In 1979 he became a freelance designer, collaborating with Brevetti Gaggia and for four years from 1981 onwards working on the design of Alfa Romeo cars.
He currently works as an industrial designer with a number of companies including Alias, Alessi, Arabia-Finland, Cinelli, Colombodesign, Italtel Telematica, JcDecaux, Mandarina Duck, Ideal Standard, Luceplan, Kartell, Omron Japan, Philips, Olivetti. Kohl and Vitra.

 “Creativitalia” (Tokyo 1990) and a personal exhibition at the Design Gallery of Matzuia Ginza (Tokyo 1990).  
18th Triennale, ‘La leggerezza’ section of ‘Il Giardino dellle cose’ (Milan 1992)
“Mestieri d’autore” (Siena 1993)
“Mutant materials in contemporary design” at MOMA (New York 1995)
“Meda-Rizzatto” at Galerie Binnen (Amsterdam 1996)
Personal exhibition at the Salon du Meuble (Paris 1999)
 “Italy and Japan, design as lifestyle” (Yokohama , Kobe 2001)

Teaching and research activities
From 1983 to 1987 lecturer in industrial technologies at Domus Academy
From 1995 to 1997, lecturer on the Degree Course in Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic with a design workshop
From 1995 to 1997, member of the board of directors of Designlabor of Bremerhaven
From 2003 to 2007 lecturer at the IUAV in Venice with a design workshop on the master’s course in industrial design
Numerous conferences and seminars in Europe, Japan and the United States, including Chicago, St. Louis, the Washington University School of Architecture, Stockholm (with a workshop entitled ‘And now….”), Boisbuchet, Miami, Sao Paulo, Ulm. Istanbul, Toronto, and Mexico.

1989 Compasso d’Oro for the Lola lamp series, in 1994 for the Metropoli series and in 2008 for the Mix lamp by Luceplan
1992 Design Plus Internationale for the Titania lamp by Luceplan
1994 European Design Prize for his work with Luceplan.
1997 I.D. design review – “Best of category” for Meda chair for Vitra
1998 Good design Gold Prize-Japan with Vitra - Meda chair
1999 Designer of the year - Salon du Meuble de Paris
2000 Bundespreis Produktdesign 2000/2001 with Meda chair
2001 Good Design Award Chicago Athenaeum with Arabia’s Water
2003  Reddot Award for Iittala knives, Finland
2005  Hon. Royal Designer for Industry, London RSA
2006 Design Plus and Light of the future for MIX lamp by Luceplan
2007  INDEX: award with Solar Bottle
2011 Compasso d’Oro with Teak table by Alias
2012 Design Plus with Otto Watt by Luceplan

Since 1994, the chairs Light light 1987, Soft light 1989 and Longframe 1991 for Alias and the On-Off lamp 1988 for Luceplan have featured in the Design Collection at MOMA - Museum of Modern Art of New York.

Alberto Meda by Francesca Picchi
Collana Prontuario- Abitare Segesta edizioni- 2003
Il design di Alberto Meda-Una concreta leggerezza
By Domitilla Dardi , Ed. Electa 2005
Alberto Meda -I protagonisti del design- Hachette 2012

He lives and works in Milan.


Stefano Mirti

Coordinator of the Id-Lab projects in Turin and professor of design at the Bocconi University of Milan
Biographical notes
Stefano Mirti, designer (Id-Lab) and lecturer in design at Bocconi University in Milan, coordinates the Id-lab (Interaction Design Lab) projects in Turin. He graduated in architecture at Turin Polytechnic, where he also went on to do a research doctorate.
He studied for his post-doctorate in Japan (Tokyo University, Tadao Ando Lab) and subsequently taught at the Tama Fine Art Academy in Tokyo. Since 2006 he has been responsible for the NABA design programme and worked as a consultant for Turin World Design Capital 2008. From 2001 to 2005 he was Associate Professor at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, an education and research institute created by Olivetti and Telecom Italia. From 2000 to 2001 he taught at Tama Art University (Tokyo) and carried through various design projects, including the polycarbonate house and neon gardens. He also set up Now the Future, a digital atlas that documents design initiatives and events all over the world. Before going to Japan, he was one of the founders of Cliostraat, a group of architects, artists and photographers who design buildings, parks, public structures and exhibition halls. Mirti has won the European Architectural Prize three times (in 1995, 1997 and 2001). In 2004 he won the Bronze Medal for Cultural Merits of the Republic of Italy. His work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, at the Triennale in Milan, at the Biennale in Venice and at the Beijing First Biennale of Architecture.

Bettina Magistretti

Architect Studio Sauerbruch Hutton

Daniela Mainini

Chairman of the National Anti-counterfeiting Council
Biographical notes
After graduating with full marks from the University of Milan Law Faculty in 1985 with a dissertation on criminal law, in 1988 she worked as a Justice of the Peace for the Province of Varese.
From 1989 to 1996 she worked as Honorary Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic in Milan.
A barrister at the supreme court, since 1990 she has been registered on the roll of Barristers of Milan and is the founder of the Mainini and Associates law firm specialising in industrial criminal law and with offices in Milan and Rome. The Mainini and Associates law firm offers a high quality service in the field of corporate, fiscal, health and safety, environmental and information law. Daniela Mainini has also gained considerable experience in the drawing up of organisational, management and auditing models pursuant to Legislative Decree 8 June 2001 no. 231 and in consulting and training activities for numerous companies, including multinationals.
She is assistant professor to Prof. Ghidini in the field of Industrial Law at the Faculty of Industrial Law of the University of Milan.
From 1990 to 2002 she served as Secretary General of COLC Italia (Anti-Counterfeiting Committee), the first Committee set up in 1989 by more than 200 companies affected by the problem of counterfeiting.
She has been chairman of the Anti-Counterfeiting Study Centre at Centro Studi Grande Milano since 2002. On 7 December 2010 she received a certificate of civic merit from the Municipality of Milan “for her enlightened chairmanship capable of interpreting in ethical and economic terms the fight against counterfeiting and protection of Italian products”.
On 21 January 2011 she was appointed Chairman of the National Anti-Counterfeiting Council by the Minister for Economic Development Paolo Romani and delegated to represent the Ministry. The Council is the highest strategic and political body involved in combating counterfeiting at a national level, with the functions of guiding, driving and coordinating strategic actions undertaken by administrations to improve the set of actions for combating counterfeiting at a national level.
The Council consists of representatives of the Ministry of defence, the Ministry of foreign affairs, the Ministry for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the Ministry of Health, a representative of the Department of Public Administration and a representative of ANCI.
She works as a consultant for numerous trade associations and companies in the field of corporate criminal law. In recent years she has spoken at more than 100 events and has made numerous publications.

Edoardo Francesco Mazzilli

Customs Agency
Biographical notes
Edoardo Francesco Mazzilli, 51 , Degree in Law (University of Bari) and Master in Public Administration of Law,  in 1988 become Official at verification Service in Ministry of Finance – Revenue Departament. From 1999 to 2002 is Officer at Prato Customs Office- Regional Directorate of Florence- servicing at the control office as deputy collector. In 2002 is Official in the Central Antifraud Office – Risk-Analysis Office. In 2003 Official in the Central Antifraud Office – Office for the coordination  and the operational development ( Ufficio sviluppo e coordinamento operativo)
Activity in the following sectors: implementation of the CIS (Customs Information System); fight against counterfeiting, developing and coordinating the actions to combat this phenomenon both at national and international level. At national level, preparation of the tools to implement the community and national legislation (circular letters, guidelines, determinations); at international level, representing the Italian position with the European Commission  - Counterfeiting Committee/Mutual Administrative Assistance  Committee; protection of the made-in-Italy through instructions and determinations  for central and local offices; responsible for drafting notes, presentations, reports on international meetings related to antifraud activity
From 2003 is Italian Coordinator of the European CIS system (Customs Information System); From  2003 to 2007 become Italian expert at Customs Code Committee- Counterfeiting section- working group  created by the European Commission composed of MS  experts in the counterfeiting sector. The Committee analyzed the draft of the new Community Regulation on the action by the customs authority concerning the goods suspected of violating IPRs and the relating measures to be taken (EC Reg. n. 1383/2003). From 2004 is  Member of the Italian delegation to CCWP- Customs Cooperation Group, working group at European Union Council dealing with customs cooperation in the sector of  Justice and Internal Affairs (III Pillar). In Febrauary and April 2007  is Italian delegate at Berlin meetings within the  G8 expert group concerning IPR.
From September 2007 Head of Internal Audit Office of the regional direction for Lazio and Umbria, responsible for monitoring ordinary and antifraud control activities, checks performed in compliance with law 662/96, extraordinary checks and process auditing, for the latter being responsible for all kind of activities, including IT activities.
From January 2009 is Responsible for N.A.T.O. security secretariat
In November 2010 become Adviser of Investigation Parliamentary Commission on counterfeiting and piracy  and Head of the Investigation Office of Central Antifraud Office
In May 2011 is Member appointed in representation of Italian Customs Agency at CNAC

Alessandro Mendini

Architect ALESSANDRO MENDINI was born in Milan. He has worked as editor of the magazines Casabella, Modo and Domus. Monographs about his work and his projects conducted with the practice Alchimia have been published in a number of languages.
His design work embraces objects, furniture, ambiences, paintings, installations and architecture. He cooperates with international companies such as Alessi, Philips, Cartier, Bisazza, Swatch, Hermés and Venini and works as a consultant for industrial companies worldwide, especially in the Far East, helping to solve problems relating to image and design. He is an honorary member of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem. He won the Compasso d’oro award for design in 1979 and in 1981. He holds the title of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” in France, as well as an honorary title from the Architectural League of New York and an honorary degree from Milan Polytechnic. He has held the appointment of professor of design at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna and is honorary professor at the Academic Council of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in China. His works are featured in numerous museums and private collections.
In 1989 he and his brother Francesco Mendini opened the practice Atelier Mendini in Milan. Their projects in Italy include Fabbriche Alessi in the town of Omegna; the new Olympic swimming pool in Trieste; a number of underground stations and restoration of the Villa Comunale in Naples; the Byblos Art Hotel-Villa Amistà in Verona; the Trend Group’s new offices in Vicenza; a tower in Hiroshima, Japan; the Groningen Museum in Holland; a district in Lugano in Switzerland; the Madsack office building in Hanover and a commercial building in Lörrach in Germany; the new Triennale building in Milan, the Exhibition Centre and Ceramic Museum in Incheon, South Korea, as well as other buildings in Europe and the USA. Atelier Mendini won the Gold medal for Italian architecture in 2003 at the Triennale in Milan for project for the Naples Metro and the Villeggiature Awards 2006 in Paris for the Byblos Art Hotel in Verona, as “Best Hotel Architecture and Interior Design in Europe”. He works as an urban planning consultant in a number of cities in South Korea.
Alongside his projects, he is also engaged in theoretical and written work encompassing art, design and architecture.

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