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Stefano Parancola

Architect, designer, freelance professional and consultant in bioarchitecture and Feng shui.

Biographical notes
From 2002 to 2007 he was a Contract Professor of Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara.
From 2002 to 2007 he led the first specialisation course in Feng Shui Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara.
Since 2007 he has been a Member of the Hong Kong International Feng Shui & Bazi Institute.
He has held international seminars in Feng Shui Architecture at universities and associations in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Berlin, Regensburg, Zagreb and Lugano. He is a Reiki Master. He has attended motivational seminars with Antony Robbins, Bob Proctor and Jack Canfield. He practises Kriya Yoga. In the last 10 years he has often lived in the Far East (China, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia).
He provides consulting and collaborates on qualified bioarchitecture projects.
In 2009 he became a Feng Shui & Bazi Master of the 73rd generation of Chinese lineage after studying for the previous 15 years with the most important international-level Chinese masters. He is a researcher and scholar in the art of Mian Xiang (Face Reading).
From May 2012 to May 2014 he co-hosted the television programme Wellness&Living on Adachannel, the first channel devoted entirely to living and home design.

 

Franco Pistocco

Architect

Biographical notes

He graduated from the Polytechnic of Milan in 1992 and in the same year he qualified for the profession. He has been a freelancer since 1993, when he opened his own studio, where he develops projects in both the public and private sectors. In the public sector, it deals with issues of urban furniture and redevelopment of spaces in the city up to the design of public buildings.
In the private sector it deals with building, renovation and new constructions, also addressing urban planning issues by drafting various implementation plans in the areas of recovery, residential and industrial. Since 2011, together with a team of designers, deals with the design and feasibility studies of tourism accommodation facilities throughout the country and abroad.
He also deals with building site safety, structural testing, and appraisals as a CTP.
Appointed in several Local Authorities as a member of building and landscape commissions. Appointed an external member, as a representative of the Order of Architects of the province of Milan, in various graduation commissions both at the Politecnico and at the Faculty of Architecture in Milan. He is currently appointed Commissioner for State Exams to qualify as an architect at the Milan Polytechnic

 

Caterina Parrello

 

Patrizia Piccinini

Architect, Journalist

Biographical notes

Graduated in architecture at Polytechnic of Milan, I’m also a professional journalist, I have always dedicated myself, also during university’s years, to everything that revolves around the world of forniture organizing photographic services for the various furniture magazine, like Gioia Casa, Amica and Spazio Casa. I worked at Cose di Casa and in 1998 I joined the editorial staff first off Home and then of Marie Claire Maison, where I'm currently work dealing especially of design deepening themes related to decoration and new trends.

 

Mario Piazza

Art director
 

Mattia Perroni

Managing Director Houzz Italy

biographical notesMattia started his career by launching his own company as his Master Thesis project of a Business Administration Master; He then moved to Consulting for Private Equity houses for L.E.K. Consulting in London, Munich and Milan offices; He joined Rocket Internet at very early stage, 2011, first launching Lazada in South East Asia, then Jumia in North Africa; Today Mattia is Managing Director of Houzz Italy, the leading platform for home remodeling and design.

 

Paolo Portoghesi

Architect
Biographical notes
Paolo Portoghesi discovered his vocation as an architect at a young age and ever since has spent his time reading, travelling, writing, designing, listening to music and teaching with the aim of demonstrating that Gustav Mahler was right when he said that, “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire”. His buildings are to be found in almost all regions of Italy, including a large Mosque in Rome and theatre in Catanzaro, an urban park in Abano and a Piazza in Poggioreale, the Latin Quarter in Treviso and a tower at the Città della Speranza children’s hospital in Padua, as well as churches in Salerno, Terni, Vicenza, Calcata and Castellaneta. Outside Italy, his projects include the palace of King Hussein of Jordan, a Tower project in Shanghai, the Mar Azul tourist district in Argentina, the Great Mosque of Strasbourg, a residential unit in Berlin, a square in Pirmasens and a cultural centre in Khartoum.
In 1964 he co-authored a monograph on the architecture of Michelangelo in collaboration with Bruno Zevi. Some of his books, such as Roma Barocca, Dopo l’architettura Moderna and his monograph on Borromini, have become modern classics, while his investigations have covered wide-ranging historical and theoretical topics including the relationship between architecture and nature, a theme referenced in the title of his book Architettura e Natura published in 1999.
He began his academic career in 1962, teaching Italian literature at the Valle Giulia Architecture faculty of the Sapienza University of Rome. In 1968 he was appointed dean of the faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan, then in 1975 he returned to the Sapienza University in Rome to teach “geoarchitecture”, a subject he himself invented which has the aim of persuading architects to respect nature and to embrace a practice of “happy degrowth”. In 1980 he opened the Architecture section of the Venice Biennale with Via Novissima, a virtual street that was subsequently transferred to Paris and San Francisco. He was the chairman of the Venice Biennale from 1984 to 1993.
He has received many awards and honorary degrees and is an officer of the Legion of Honour, a member of numerous academies and current chairman of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca.
He has lived for many years in the village of Calcata just north of Rome with his wife Giovanna, an invaluable collaborator in every area of his work.
 

Lorenzo Palmeri

Architect

Biographical notes

Architectural degree from Politecnico of Milan and initial work experience and collaborative projects with Bruno Munari and Isao Hosoe. During the same period also studies music. Areas of activity range from architecture, interior and product design, art direction, teachings to musical production and composition.

He designed many things, from houses to guitars, lamps, tables ..., chocolate pralines.
As Art Director: Milanosoundesign (with Giulio Iacchetti); 16 designer per Invicta, 2007; Lefel (brand extension for Feltrinelli Editore), 2009-2010; DesignRe (with Giovanni Pelloso); Arthemagroup, 2010; Stone italiana, since 2012.

From 1997 he also teaches. Held lectures and conferences in Italy and abroad Institute.

In the musical field: composes for theatrical performances, films and specific events.
In 2009 comes out his first pop album “preparativi per la pioggia”.

A few of his clients: Fumagalli componenti, Valenti Luce, Arthemagroup, Korg, Noah guitar, Garofoli, Andreoli, Guzzini, Invicta, Upgroup, Caffè River, De Vecchi, Nissan, Feltrinelli, Napapijri, Biò fireplace, Pandora Design, Lavazza, Corvasce, Danese, Knam, Caimi Brevetti, Stone Italiana.

He partecipates to important design personal and collective exhibitions.
His projects won numerous international prizes among whom Adi Design Index and Good Design Award.

Currently he is working on the launch of his second album “erbamatta” and various projects in design and architectural fields.

www.lorenzopalmeristudio.it

 

Carme Pinós

Architect

Biographical notes
Member of the Architects Association of Catalunya since 1987
International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects  since 2012
Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects since 2011
Council  member of the National Museum of Architecture and Urbanism of Spain since 2008

After winning international recognition for her work with Enric Miralles in projects such as the Igualada Cemetery, Carme Pinós set up her own studio in 1991, undertaking projects which she had initiated in her previous office, such as the Boarding School in Morella.
Among her most outstanding recent projects are the Master Plan for the historic center of Saint Dizier (France), where the architect is also carrying out various interventions in public spaces; the Departments building of the new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria); and the Cube II Tower in Gudalajara (Mexico). In Spain, her projects include the Caixaforum Cultural and Exhibition Center in Zaragoza; the Regional Office of the Generalitat in Tortosa; the architectural set composed by Gardunya Square, Massana School of Arts, a block of flats and the back façade of the popular Boqueria Market in the Historical District of Barcelona; and a public housing block in the district of Vallecas (Madrid).
Among her most notable completed awarded works are the Pedestrian Footbridge in Petrer (Alicante), the Juan Aparicio Seafront in Torrevieja and the Cube I Tower in Guadalajara (Mexico), the models of which were acquired by the MOMA in 2006. Likewise, in 2010 the Centre Pompidou also acquired scale models of the Caixaforum project in Zaragoza and the Hotel Pizota in Mexico, among others.
Carme Pinós has received many awards, including the National Architecture Award by the High Council of Spanish Architects (1995), the Award by the Professional Association of Architects of the Community of Valencia (2001), the ‘ArqCatMon’ award by the Professional Association of Architects of Catalunya (2005), the First Prize at the Spanish Biennial of Architecture (2008), the National Award for Public Architecture by the Catalan Government (2008) and the A-Plus Award for the best professional career in 2013.
Carme Pinós combines her work as an architect with teaching activities and has participated in seminars, training courses and workshops. She also has been guest professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1994-1995), the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (1996-1997), Columbia University in New York (1999), l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2001-2002), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2003), Accademia di Archittetura di Mendrisio in Switzerland (2005-2006) and Universitá di Roma Tre (2007-2008), among others.
In 2012 Carme Pinós launched OBJECTS, a collection of products designed, produced and commercialized by her own studio.

 

Matteo Poli

Abitare Magazine
 

Lorenzo Piazza

RPBW architect
Born in 1981 in Savona, Italy, he graduated in architecture from Genoa University in 2006. He joined the RPBW in 2006 for a six-month internship with the Renzo Piano Foundation Internship Program. He has worked in the Paris office, ever since collaborating on various projects among which Central St. Giles in London and a Congress Center in Gandia, Spain.
He is now working on the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.
 

Marco Piva

Architect
Marco Piva adopts emotional, fluid and functional language in his projects in the fields of architecture, products and interior design. More than a designer, he considers himself a traveller, an experimenter trained in rationalism who creates design solutions that stand out for their stylistic freedom and sober composition. Contemporary Hotels – Ed. l’Archivolto; Il benessere in hotel - Idea book; La Repubblica Grandi Guide Arredamento e Design; Progettisti del wellness - annuario 2006; Caffè e Ristoranti d’Autore - Motta Ed; Edilizia per il turismo e la ristorazione -Utet; Floor Design - Daab; Negozi e showroom d’autore - Motta Ed; Contemporary Hotels - Ed L’archivolto; Hotel Experience - Dogma.
 

Alessandro Paderni

photographer
Architectural studies in Venice.
Alessandro Paderni photographer works for several international companies, related to world of design and art and his work is bond to international magazines, to industrial/commercial markets and to art galleries.
His atèlier created with Ferruccio Macor, video-maker, is called Eye studio and is located in Pasian di Prato/Udine.
 

Renzo Piano

Architect
Renzo Piano was born in September 1937 in Genoa, the ancient Italian port on the Mediterranean.
He studied in Florence and in Milan, where he worked in the office of Franco Albini and experienced the first student rebellions of the 1960s.
Born into a family of builders, frequent visits to his father Carlo’s building sites gave him the opportunity to combine practical and academic experience.
He graduated from the Politecnico University in Milan in 1964.
From 1965 to 1970, he combined his first experimental work with his brother Ermanno together with numerous trips to Great Britain and the United States.
In 1971, he set up the Piano & Rogers office in London with Richard Rogers. Together they won the competition for the Centre Pompidou and he subsequently moved to Paris.
From the early 1970s to the 1990s, he worked with the engineer Peter Rice, sharing the Atelier Piano & Rice from 1977 to 1981.
In 1981, the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) was established, and it currently has a staff of 150 and offices in Paris, Genoa and New York.
RPBW has designed buildings all around the world: the Menil Collection in Houston, the terminal for Kansai International Airport in Osaka, the Fondation Beyeler Museum in Basel, the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre in New Caledonia, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, the extensions of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and of the Morgan Library in New York, the Maison Hermès in Tokyo, the New York Times headquarters, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Recognition of his achievements has included such awards as the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1989, the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo in 1995, the Pritzker Architecture Prize in1998, and the AIA Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects in 2008.
Some of his most important current projects include a new building for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the redevelopment and enlargement of the Fogg Museum in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Campus of Columbia University in New York, an expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth, the London Bridge Tower and St. Giles Court in London, the Monastery of the Poor Clares in Ronchamp and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.
Married to Milly, he lives in Paris and has four children: Carlo, Matteo, Lia and Giorgio.
 

Ángela García de Paredes, Ignacio Pedrosa Paredes Predosa Arqitectos

Madrid

Biographical notes
Ángela García de Paredes (1958) and Ignacio Pedrosa (1957) graduated at Madrid Architecture School where they are architectural design professors. They are visiting professors in Barcelona UIC, Valencia and Navarra Universities. Critics in the GSD Harvard, ETH Zurich, Mendrisio and Lausanne Universities. Lectures in the Universities of Sao Paulo, Oslo, Münster, New York City University, FADU Buenos Aires, Dallas Architecture Forum, Monterrey México, Polytechnic of Milano, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Technische Universität München, TU Graz University of Technology.

They establish the architectural firm PAREDES PEDROSA in 1990, dedicated to competitions, and project and urban design mainly for public buildings related to cultural equipment.

Paredes Pedrosa won the following competitions: Visigoth Museum in Mérida, Jaén Justice Court, Auditorium in Lugo, Public Libraries in Madrid, Córdoba and Ceuta, Valle Inclán Theatre in Madrid, Pradolongo Social housing in Madrid, Espacio Torner in Cuenca, Peñiscola Congress Centre, Olmeda Roman Villa, Almería Archaeology Museum, Congress Center in Murcia, EUROPAN 4, Borghetto Flaminio in Rome, Plot for Murcia University, Town Hall in Valdemaqueda, EUROPAN 2.

Their recent projects include: Visigoth Museum in Mérida, Public Libraries in Madrid, Córdoba and Ceuta, Jaén Justice Court.
Built works: Auditorium and Convention Center, Peñíscola 2003; Archaeology Museum, Almería 2004; Faculty of Psychology, Madrid 2004; Torner Museum in Cuenca 2005; Olimpia Theater, Madrid 2005; social housing in Madrid 2006. Currently under construction: Olmeda Roman Villa Museum, Palencia 2008; wine cellars, Bodegas Real, Valdepeñas 2008, Police Station in Seville 2009 and Kid University in Gandía 2011.
Their built work has been awarded with the Gold Medal International Prize for Sustainable Architecture Fassa Bortolo 2012, Mansilla Prize 2012, Madrid Architecture award, Madrid Institute of Architects Award, ar+d award, Murcia Architecture award, ASCER award, ARCO award, Europa Nostra award, Asprima award, and the Spanish Architecture award 2007. Nominated Mies Van der Rohe award 2010.
They participate in exhibitions in Cologne, BIAU Medellín, Lisboa and México Biennales, AEDES Berlin, Aichi Japan, Madrid Institute of Architects, FAD Barcelona, Spanish Architecture Biennales, Venice Biennales, RIBA London, Sao Paulo Biennale.

 

Vincenzo Palermo

Researcher at CNR Bologna
Biographical notes
Vincenzo Palermo is head of the Nanochemistry Laboratory of the ISOF institute of the CNR of Bologna. His main field of research is the development of new materials for electronics and photovoltaics and the analysis of these materials at a nanometric level using probe microscopy. 
He has published dozens of articles in international magazines in the fields of chemistry, nanotechnology and materials science. Since 2010 he has coordinated the European projects GENIUS and GOSPEL devoted to the development of grapheme-based composite materials, funded by the European Community and the European Science Foundation. He collaborates with various European organisations including the University of Cambridge, the University of Strasbourg, the Max Plank Institute and the companies BASF and NOKIA.
He is one of the nine European representatives of the European community’s pilot project GRAPHENE FLAGSHIP.
He also writes fiction, designs games and promotes scientific knowledge amongst the general public and high school students. In 2008 he published a historical novel set in Bologna.
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