Cini Boeri graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1951. After a brief collaboration with Gio Ponti’s practice, she worked for many years at the firm of Marco Zanuso.
She started up her own practice in 1963, concentrating on civil architecture and industrial design.
She has designed single-family houses, apartments, museum exhibits, offices and shops in Italy and abroad, devoting a great deal of attention to the functionality of space and the psychological relationships between humans and the environment. Her work in the field of industrial design has focused in particular on furnishing elements and building components.
She has given conferences and lectures at a number of universities in Italy and abroad, including Berkeley, Barcelona, the Nucleo del Deseno Industrial in São Paulo, the College of Architects of Rio de Janeiro, the Cranbrook School in Detroit, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Vico Marcote, Switzerland, and Pacific Design Center and UCLA in Los Angeles.
From 1981 to 1983 she led courses in architectural design and industrial and furnishing design at Milan Polytechnic’s Architecture faculty.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of the XVI Triennale in Milan and has been on the jury of numerous international competitions.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS:
Milan, Compasso d’Oro, mention (1970), Milan, Premio Compasso d’Oro, Strips (1979), Ljubljana, gold medal for “Rever” door, BIO 10 (X Bienniale Disegno Industriale) (1984), Stuttgart, Design Center Stuttgart, Design ‘85 award for the Prisma collection (1984), New York, Roscoe Prize (1984).
Stuttgart, Design-Auswahl ‘90 (1990), Milan, Medaglia d’oro “Apostolo del Design”, Sala Puricelli, Fiera di Milano - Rima Editrice (2003), Milan, Dama d’Argento award “Gli uomini e le donne che fanno grande Milano - I Maestri del Design” Spazio Ferrè - Associazione Amici del Museo Poldi Pezzoli (2006), Milan, “Milano Donna” award, Palazzo Reale, Sala delle Cariatidi (2007), Florence, “Piramidi dell’Accademia Italiana” award, Teatro Saschall, Accademia Italiana (2008), Los Angeles, The IIC Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Cultural Institute (2008), Chicago, Good Design Award (2008), Rome, XXII Compasso d’ Oro ADI, Compasso alla Carriera (2011), Rome, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, nominated Grand Officer of the Republic (2011)
Le dimensioni umane dell’abitazione, Franco Angeli editore, Milan 1980
essay, La dimensione del domestico, in M. Bertoldini (editor), La casa tra tecniche e sogno, Franco Angeli editore, Milan 1988
essay, Progettista a committente, in Struttura e percorsi dell’atto progettuale, Città Studi, Milan 1991
C. Avogadro (editor), Cini Boeri, architetto e designer, Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2004