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Cersaie 2021: Conferences and Seminars
Small Talks reloaded - To travel is to study

Thursday 30 September - 3.00 p.m.
EuropAuditorium Palazzo dei Congressi

Eleven episodes of Small Talks aired during the first lockdown back in the Spring of 2020, a time when the whole world was forced to slow down due to the pandemic. But despite the restrictions, everyone continued to work from home and develop their ideas. 

Eighteen months later, the architects who took part in this series of conversations are meeting at Cersaie to discuss the theme of “travelling again”, with particular reference to the architectural journey, since - in the words of Carlo Aymonino - “to travel is to study”. 


Speaker Simone Sfriso - TAMassociati More

Simone Sfriso - TAMassociati


Simone Sfriso is a British citizen who resides in Venice.
He graduated in Architecture from the IUAV University of Venice on 31.03.95 with a mark of 110/110 with honours. He has been a member of the Order of Architects of the Province of Venice since 28/04/98. Certified Safety Coordinator pursuant to Legislative Decree 81/2008 since 28/06/2000
Teaching assistant for the Urban Planning area at IUAV. Architect and consultant in the fields of bio-ecological architecture (compositional aspects), construction site safety, urban regeneration and public spaces, planning and urban site management. He deals with design and implementation aspects in participatory and communicative design processes.

Tamassociati is a professional association that provides technical support and guidance for social projects. It is a collective project spanning the fields of architecture, urban planning, landscape design, participatory and educational processes, graphic design and social communication. It works for public institutions, non-profit associations, organisations or individuals who share the principles of fair and sustainable development. Major projects: administrative headquarters of Banca Popolare Etica (Padua); healthcare facilities for the NGO Emergency (“Salam” heart surgery centre Khartoum, Sudan, Bangui paediatric clinic, Central African Republic; Nyala paediatric clinic, Darfur); participatory redevelopment of public spaces (Piazza Marconi - San Giorgio Piacentino, Viale Bruno Buozzi - Monterotondo, Piazza Brin - La Spezia, Parco di San Giacomo al Martignone - Anzola dell’Emilia); information and advocacy campaigns (Workplace safety - Anmil, A bathroom for all - Tecnothon).
Winner of the 2014 Italian Architect Award presented by the CNAPPC.

Alfonso Femia - Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia AF517 More

Alfonso Femia - Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia AF517


Alfonso Femia graduated from Genoa University’s Architecture Faculty in 1992.

He has been a member of the Order of Architects of Genoa since 1994, the Order of Architects of Île-de-France since 1995 and the Order of Swiss Architects since 2014.

He has taught Architectural Design at Kent State University in Florence and at the Faculties of Architecture in Ferrara and Genoa. He founded 5+1 in 1995, 5+1AA in 2005 and 5+1AA Paris in 2007. He has won numerous international competitions and has published articles in international journals. He is a visiting professor at leading Italian and international universities.

In 2015 he founded 500×100 and created 500x100 Talk, “the city as a tool for dialogue”, a place to meet and discuss the theme of the city based on two formats conducted by journalist Giorgio Tartaro: SetTalk in Milan and CityTalk in major European and Mediterranean cities.

His research into matter led him to collaborate with international companies on design projects, and with AF*Design he has explored themes relating to ceramics, light, wood, glass, cardboard and biodynamic concrete.

The three-dimensional development of ceramics and its applications in architecture led him to develop a number of products that have been used in recent residential projects in Paris and Brescia and the new BNL-BNP Paribas headquarters in Rome. Together with artist Danilo Trogu and his magical poetry, he developed a “Mediterranean bestiary” in ceramics which have been installed in the Marseilles Docks, the OGR in Turin and a series of houses in Asnières-sur-Seine in Paris.

In 2017, he changed the name of 5+1AA to AF517 or Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia and created “L’Entre Deux”, a format that explores the metamorphosis of cities. He loves odd numbers, the South and the team of young people who since 1995 have demonstrated their belief in this adventure of exploration and discovery of the world through architectural design and encounters with cities, all with a smile and a new travelling companion: “the whale and her star”.

Fiorenzo Valbonesi - asv3 officina di architettura More

Fiorenzo Valbonesi - asv3 officina di architettura


Fiorenzo Valbonesi graduated with full marks from the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in 1977.

The first major step in his career came in 1990 when he founded the Cesena-based practice asv3-officina di architettura.

In the 1990s he also returned to the Faculty of Architecture in Florence in the role of lecturer. He sees teaching as a very concrete way of passing on knowledge and professional skills. During the 1990s, his practice grew rapidly and completed numerous projects in the Romagna region and further afield and was also involved in a number of major collaborations.

Over the years, Valbonesi has worked on a wide range of projects, from new build to restoration, furnishing and design. In the field of design, particularly lighting, he has conducted research and projects for Italian and international companies such as Andromeda, Mareco Luce, CRAB, Logica and ONOluce. However, the real turning point came in the early 2000s when he designed the Campodelsole winery. This experience brought him into contact with the world of wine production at a time when boutique wineries were enjoying a major boom. To date, the practice has designed more than 40 wineries in Italy and abroad, of which 10 have been completed and many more are under construction.

asv3-officina di architettura was founded in 1990 by architect Fiorenzo Valbonesi.

The decision to set up the firm came in response to a deeply felt need to share and fulfil a dream: to think of architecture as a key element of social life, as a combination of thought and matter, a place where humans live. Together with a constant search for quality and beauty and an unwavering work ethic, these principles became the hallmarks of the practice asv3.

In the firm’s numerous winery projects for historic wine producers, many of which have been completed or are under construction, there is a very perceptible sense of a detailed analysis of the surrounding environment and landscape with the aim of respecting and caring for it in exactly the same way as in the winemaking process.

There is a clear intention to use architecture as a means of communicating wine and its history, to express the connection between content and container through quality, beauty and technological innovation.

The pursuit of quality is an essential aspect of today’s architecture and is clearly expressed in every project carried out by the practice, whether for a winery, a residence or an urban redevelopment. Considered the core value of the profession, it is always closely linked to the natural, human and historical context.

This is the philosophy of Fiorenzo Valbonesi and his practice, which now works with a new team of young architects: Giovanni Pulelli, Agnese Valbonesi and Francesco Gasperini. Over the years, the practice has worked on a wide range of projects, from new build to restoration, furnishing and design.

Francesco Isidori - Labics More

Francesco Isidori - Labics


Francesco Isidori (1971) graduated from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1999.

In 2006 he received a PhD for his research into Architectural Composition and Architectural Theory from the same university, with a thesis entitled “The Project of the Background”, an investigation on an open, relational and structured architecture.

From 2002 to 2010 he worked as a visiting professor at the Sapienza University, conducting a study into architectural design.

In 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2020 he worked as a visiting critic at Cornell University in Rome and Ithaca, New York. In 2014, he was invited to the University of Ferrara and the IUAV University of Venice as a visiting critic.

Francesco Isidori is regularly invited to give lectures on Labics’s research and projects and to hold design workshops in a variety of Italian and international universities, including the Sapienza University of Rome, Roma Tre University, Cornell University, the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, Tulane University, IUAV, University of Ferrara and the University of Hannover.

1999 BA Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome
2006 PhD in Architectural Design and Theory, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome 

1999 2002 Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza University of Rome
2003 Visiting critic, Cornell University, Rome program
2008 Visiting critic, Cornell University, Rome program
2010 Visiting critic (fall term), Cornell University, Ithaca
2011 Visiting critic (spring term), Cornell University, Rome program
2014 Visiting critic, University of Ferrara
2014 Visiting critic for the WAVe Workshop, IUAV University of Venice
2014 Visiting critic (fall term), Cornell University, Rome program
2018 Visiting critic, Cornell University, Ithaca
2020 Visiting critic, Cornell University, Roma

Francesca Falsarella e Filippo Bricolo - Bricolo Falsarella Architetti More

Francesca Falsarella e Filippo Bricolo - Bricolo Falsarella Architetti


Francesca Falsarella (Conegliano 1970) and Filippo Bricolo both graduated from the IUAV University of Venice with 110/110 with honours. After several working experiences, in 2003 they founded Bricolo Falsarella based in their home studio in Sommacampagna in the morainic hills between Verona and Lake Garda.
In 2015 they won the Verona Architects Award for the best completed project. Their works have garnered awards and mentions and have been featured in national and international magazines.
The practice works in a variety of fields including industrial architecture (Eurochef factory), wine and tourism (Cantina Gorgo, Cantina Bulgarini, Arcadia wine resort), museums and temporary exhibitions (Museo di Castelvecchio). Their intensive activity in the residential sector includes the construction of villas in luxury settings (Garda house), the renovation of historic houses (Villa Saccomani, Corte Renée) and interior design (Verona penthouse).
After gaining a PhD in Architectural Composition (supervisor Luciano Semerani), Filippo Bricolo taught at several Italian universities (IUAV University of Venice, University of Parma). Since 2012 he has taught continuously at the Mantova branch of the Milan Polytechnic, collaborating with Brazilian architects Marcio Kogan (Studio mk27) and Gabriel Kogan. He combines research with his professional activity and has published a number of articles and books, including “La casa felice” and “Forse, 31 dubbi sull’architettura”.

Simone Gheduzzi - Diverserighestudio More

Simone Gheduzzi - Diverserighestudio


A member of the Order of Architects of the Province of Bologna, he trained at KtH Architecture, the University of Stockholm and the Department of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, where he was subsequently employed as contract professor in Theories of Contemporary Architectural Research.
He is Managing Director of Diverserighestudio Srl, founded in 2003, where he promotes innovative strategies relating to contemporary urban planning issues. He develops the guidelines, project and product prototypes, both cultural and industrial, with the aim of promoting social innovation by bringing together a range of professionals and institutions.
He has been a consultant for ASPPI (Small Property Owners Union) since 2013. He pursues humanistic studies involving investigations of time and space, icons and symbols, will and desire, perception and reality, and favours doubt as a way of better understanding the forces that shape architectural thought. He conceives composition as a dynamic relationship between theme and programme, a relational aesthetic that brings out subterranean knowledge capable of making tangible contributions to the urban philosophy applied to the project; social innovation as a strategic challenge for the dissemination of culture in the development of urban contexts. Professor of Architecture and Architectural Composition at the University of Bologna, he continued his studies during a period spent in the United Kingdom, initially in Edinburgh and later in London. Since 2012 he has been working as Professor of Theory of Contemporary Architectural Research.

Paolo Iotti e Marco Pavarani - Iotti + Pavarani Architetti More

Paolo Iotti e Marco Pavarani - Iotti + Pavarani Architetti


Paolo Iotti (Reggio Emilia, 1973) and Marco Pavarani (Parma, 1973) studied at the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara. In 1995 they both won a scholarship to take part in the ILAUD international residential workshop coordinated by architect Giancarlo De Carlo. In 2000 they graduated with the highest grades. After a traineeship at the practice of Guido Canali in Parma, Paolo Iotti worked with the Design and Research team of the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, while Marco Pavarani continued to work at the practice of Guido Canali in Parma as project manager for the new Smeg complex in Guastalla.
In 2001 they opened the practice IOTTI+PAVARANI ARCHITETTI.
Since 2006 they have been teaching at the Ferrara Faculty of Architecture, Marco Pavarani as head of Architectural Design I from 2010 to 2013 and Paolo Iotti as head of Architectural Design III since 2011.
They participate as speakers at conferences and seminars and are invited as jury members for architectural competitions and awards.

IOTTI+PAVARANI ARCHITETTI works in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape and research.
The practice is involved in projects ranging from the design to the masterplan scale for both the public and private sectors. Completed projects include workplaces (offices, retail spaces, production buildings), public buildings and cultural spaces, sports and residential buildings, renovations, urban renewal and landscaping.
The firm is renowned for designing architecture that blends seamlessly into urban and landscape contexts of high environmental value and is based on principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Their objective is to identify programmatic, compositional and material strategies capable of generating dense insertions in the landscape, in an ongoing effort to bring new energies to the contexts in which they work and to tap into the often unexpressed potential of the locations.
IOTTI+PAVARANI ARCHITECTS was set up in 2001 by Paolo Iotti and Marco Pavarani. The practice has won more than 20 prizes in architecture and urban design competitions and has garnered national and international recognition for creating innovative and surprising architecture that at the same time is perfectly suited to its context.
In 2011 Paolo Iotti and Marco Pavarani received the Renzo Piano Foundation Award for outstanding young talents in Italian architecture.

Margherita Manfra - Orizzontale More

Margherita Manfra - Orizzontale


After a period of study at ENSAP in Lille, Margherita Manfra graduated with honours in Architecture from the Sapienza University of Rome. Since 2010 she has been part of orizzontale, a Rome-based architecture practice/workshop, with which she works throughout Europe on experimental projects spanning architecture, urbanism, public art and self-construction. She has won numerous awards including: “Young Talent of Italian Architecture 2018” from CNAPPC, YAP MAXXI 2014 promoted by MAXXI Rome and MoMA NYC, RomArchitettura (2015-2017) promoted by INARCH. Since 2016 she has been overseeing the Prossima Apertura project, an urban regeneration project that has already won the Ideas Competition at the Venice Biennale for the redevelopment of 10 suburban areas organised by MiBACT and CNAPPC. She has taught as a lecturer and tutor at the IED in Rome, the Polytechnic of Turin and the IUAV University of Venice.
Orizzontale is a collective of architects based in Rome whose work spans architecture, landscaping, public art and self-construction. Since 2010, orizzontale has been promoting projects for relational public spaces by giving form to images of abandoned or new cities. These projects have served as a testing ground for new forms of interaction between the inhabitants and the urban commons, and at the same time as an opportunity to test the limits of the architectural creation process. Horizontal has developed and carried out projects in Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Greece, Ukraine, Portugal and the Netherlands. “8 ½”, the mobile theatre built by Horizontal in 2014, was the winner of the international Young Architects Program award (“YAP MAXXI 2014”) organised by the MAXXI Museum and MoMA PS1. In 2016, orizzontale won the competition “Periferie” organised by MIBACT and CNAPPC for the Aprilia area for the project “Prossima Apertura” which is currently under construction. At the 2018 Venice Biennale, the CNAPPC presented the “Young Talent of Italian Architecture 2018” award to orizzontale as the best Italian under-35 practice.

Orizzontale consists of: Jacopo Ammendola, Juan Lopez Cano, Giuseppe Grant, Margherita Manfra, Nasrin Mohiti Asli, Roberto Pantaleoni, Stefano Ragazzo

Traudy Pelzel - MAP studio More

Traudy Pelzel - MAP studio


IUAV University of Venice, Master’s in Architecture 1994
Thesis written in collaboration with KTH, Stockholm

Drafting of several implementation plans and the VPRG (Mew Masterplan) for the mainland of the Municipality of Venice, 1994-1997
Collaboration with practice Architer, 1998-99
Drafting of documents for the Ministerial Study Commission on the “Passante di Mestre” (“Mestre Bypass”), 2000
Research activities on issues of sustainability, landscape and infrastructure, 1996
Recipient of a research grant from IUAV - DPA, 1998- 2004
International research on European cultural heritage within the EU cultural programme “Culture 2000”: Culture of Living/Comfort. Coordinated by Prof. G.Longhi, 2004
Together with Francesco Magnani, she started an independent business activity based in Venice and together they founded the practice MaP. The firm carries out professional activities through public and private contracts, 2004
She has taught Architectural Composition at the IUAV, where she also supervises degree theses, since 1999.
Teaching assistant in the Interior Design and Architecture course and Architectural Design 1 course, since 2003
She has lectured on “Luoghi comuni e paesaggi delle infrastrutture” (“Public places and infrastructure landscapes”) for the Environmental Planning Techniques course as part of the Environmental and Land Engineering degree, Faculty of Engineering, University of Padua.
Traudy Pelzel was born in Venice in 1967.

Sustainable Venice: suggestions for the Future, Kluwer Academic Publisher, 2000
In 2000, she published “Governare la Complessità”, quadernIUAV 10 and “Paesaggi contemporanei”, quadernIUAV 11.
In 2001 she published “La città metropolitana di Venezia: la tangenziale di Mestre”, in Mestre idee per una città possibile, Marsilio 2/2001.
In 2004, MaP was invited to present its work at the Federico II Faculty of Architecture in Naples and at the Napoli 2 Faculty of Architecture in Aversa.

Francesco Magnani - MAP Studio More

Francesco Magnani - MAP Studio


Francesco Magnani graduated from the IUAV University of Venice in 1999. Since 2001 he has been an assistant professor at the same university, where in 2007-2008 he was also visiting professor for a design studio focusing on Architectural Composition.
In 2007 and 2008 he was a visiting critic at École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles and in the 2011 at Fakultät für Architektur, Hochschule München.
He is regularly invited to give lectures on MAP studio’s research and projects at Italian and international architectural events.

Faculty of Architecture, IUAV, Venice
BA Architecture (1999)
FAUTL, Lisbon, Portugal
Erasmus Programme, Architecture (1994) 

2011 / Visiting critic, Fakultät für Architektur, Hochschule München
2008 / Assistant Professor, Urban Design workshop in Vignola (Bologna) for a research program of the Faculty of Architecture, Florence
2007-2008 / Visiting Professor at Faculty of Architecture, IUAV, Venice
2007-2008 / Visiting critic, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles
2005-2006 / Assistant Professor, PhD Sustainable Urban Design at Faculty of Architecture, IUAV Venice
2004-2006 / Assistant Professor at Summer Workshop, Faculty of Architecture, IUAV Venice
2003-2004 / Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, Milan Polytechnic
2001-2006 / Assistant Professor at Faculty of Architecture, IUAV Venice

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Werner Tscholl - Werner Tscholl Architecture


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Cino Zucchi - CZA - Cino Zucchi Architetti


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