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Cersaie 2014: Conferences and Seminars
Riccardo Blumer, Lesson in reverse

Friday 26 September - 10.00 a.m.
Europauditorium - Palazzo dei Congressi


Riccardo Blumer More

Riccardo Blumer


Biographical notes

Graduated in architecture in 1982 from the Milan Polytechnic, in 1983 he began his professional practice by working in Mario Botta’s architectural firm till 1988. Ever since he has been principal of an architectural firm in Varese engaged in residential, industrial and directional building and in industrial design, working with companies such as Alias, Artemide, Desalto, Poliform, Ycami, B&B and Flou. As a public and private interior designer, he planned some of the infielders of the “Teatro alla Scala” of Milan and has several exhibition installations to his credit, such as those at the “Triennale di Milano” and at the “Musèe du Président Jacques Chirac”. In 1997 he received the “Design Preis Schweiz” award and in 1998 he won the “Compasso d’Oro”. By 2010 Laleggera chair for Alias and Entronauta chair for Desalto have been included in the Moma’s permanent collection of New York. Currently, as much in architecture as in industrial design, he is focusing on the issue of removing all non-essential components of the structures, and has devoted himself to research and teaching. He is professor in architectural and industrial design at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio- USI, at the IUAV-RSM in S. Marino, at the NABA in Milan and at the ISAID in Vicenza. Blumer conducts research, lectures and workshops in methodologies focused on creative design and cognitive training through physical exercises within the “esercizi fisici di architettura e di design”.

Fulvio Irace More

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.



Video interview

Riccardo Blumer
Fulvio Irace