Mario Cucinella graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Genoa in 1986 he was mentored by Professor and Architect Giancarlo De Carlo (RIBA Royal Gold Medal 1993). From 1987 to 1992 he worked with world-reknowned Renzo Piano (Pritzker Prize 1998) in the Renzo Piano Building Workshop first in Genoa and then Paris. He founded Mario Cucinella Architects (MC A) in Paris in 1992 and later in Bologna in 1999. He is currently leading two studios based in Bologna and New York.
In 2012, he founded Building Green Futures (BGF), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development through green architecture and urban regeneration. The mission of BGF is to create built environments that incorporate clean technologies and local knowledge for better living conditions and sustainable access to natural resources in developing countries. The flagship project of BGF is the Kuwait School in Gaza, developed in partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.
Further to this, since 2014, Cucinella has worked with Architect and ‘Italian Senator for life’ Renzo Piano on the G124 project for the recovery of the suburbs in Italy.
In 2015, Cucinella founded SOS – the School of Sustainability – a multi-disciplinary post-graduate program in Bologna. SOS is an integrated education, practice and research experience intended to build a culture of sustainability.
The impact and significance of his work –both environmental and social – as an architect and educator have been recognized world-wide and most recently (2017) with Honorary Fellowship Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who bestowed upon him their prestigious International Fellowship (2016).
In 2018, he was the Curator of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018 with “Arcipelago Italia” an exhibition project bringing the interior territories of Italy to the fore.
In 2017 he began working as a designer working with Italian companies of excellence and in 2019 he presented the Building Object design collection inspired by his architectural projects during the Brera Design District.
Among Cucinella’s most significant projects it is worth mentioning the Sino-Italian Ecological Building (SIEEB) in Beijing; the City Hall in Bologna (Italy); the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies in Ningbo (China); the new 3M Italia Headquarters in Milan and the project for the Regional Agency for the Environment ARPA in Ferrara; in Algiers, the ARTP Headquarters – Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Télécommunications – and the new University Hospital Center. And in Accra, Ghana, the One Airport Square project, finished in 2015. Among the most important educational project: the Kindergarden of Guastalla (Italy), the University of Aosta (NUV); in Milan the new Surgical Pole for San Raffaele Hospital.
Angelika Rösner was born in Coesfeld, Germany, in 1958. She graduated in product design at the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein in Krefeld, Germany, and in 1981 she opened her own design atelier with branches in Rome and Milan. For several years she creates customed collections for the Italian, Japanese and German market by adopting innovative production methods. One of the great features of Angelika Rösner’s work and success is her ability to combine innovation with experimentation.
Born in Sardinia in 1987, Antonio Forteleoni graduated in Interior Design at IED Milan in June 2010 and subsequently deepened his knowledge in product design at the prestigious Central Saint Martins school in London. He began his career as a designer in a solo exhibition at “Abitare il Tempo” in Verona in 2012, in which he was selected, among young designers, by Giulio Cappellini. His aesthetics soon approached the world of fine arts where he worked on the concept of materiality of the surfaces and on the reinterpretation of traditional elements in a contemporary key. His works have been displayed in important museums in Rome, Milan, Paris and New York.
Paulina Herrera Letelier was born in Santiago, Chile. She grew up between Mexico and Chile, where she graduated in architecture at the Universidad Central of Chile. Since 2005 she lives in Cagliari. She is a Ph.D. in Architecture (University of Cagliari in 2011)and a member of the Studio Professionisti Associati who deals with architectural, urban planning and landscape design. Always passionate about photography and design, she is constantly engaged with research and development of projects in both fields.
Carolina Melis studied illustration and animation at the Central Saint Martins in London. She has worked for major brands in design and advertising such as Prada, Vogue, Chloé, BBC, MTV, just to name a few. She curated art direction of commercials, music videos and short films, including the animated motion picture Le fiamme di Nule (UK / Italy 2011, ISRE production) tory of three weavers. The making of this short film was an opportunity to get closer to the world of weaving and carpet design.
Silvio Betterelli, 34 years old, from Macomer (Nuoro), is one of the most profitable and active emerging talents in the field of Italian fashion. His work ranges between art, fashion and design. He studied Fabric Art in Sassari, Fashion and Textiles design in Milan and Fine arts and Textiles design at the University of Plymouth, UK.
In 2007, after winning a special prize at “Who’s on Next”, a competition organized by Vogue Italia and AltaRoma, he signed a capsule collection of shoes and bags produced and distributed by Furla foundation for the Talent Hub project. From 2007 to 2013 he also collaborates with the universities with a professorship at Naba Academy in Milan and at IUAV in Venice in the Faculty of Design and Architecture as a professor of textile and fashion design. In 2009 he participated in the exhibition “La Sardegna veste la moda” set up in the rooms of Palazzo Pitti in Florence and then in Cagliari, guest with Antonio Marras and Angelo Figus. Also in 2009 he began the collaboration with Fondazione Pistoletto that brings together 12 international creatives for the “Fashion Sustainable Trend”, an event dedicated to the combination of art and fashion linked to ethics and sustainability, a project curated by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Franca Sozzani, director of Vogue Italia since 2011. He also collaborates with “Nodus” with whom he creates a carpet / sculpture and a tapestry, selected for the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2010 he signed a licensing agreement with Sps Manifatture of Lecce, which produces and distributes its collection under the same name present in the official calendar of Milanese catwalks.
Michele Marrocu graduated at Istituto Statale d’Arte of Oristano, at University of the Project of Reggio Emilia and at University of Cagliari. He obtains numerous awards in several extemporaneous painting competitions, among them, the Macomer Book Fair in 2008, graphic design contest for the “Gal Marmilla” logo, which sees him as the winner, and “Annodarte” in 2013.
Anna Godeassi creates dreamy and surreal worlds, writing with colors and shaping romantic stories of the everyday life: cloud catalogs, tidal symphonies, clocks of liquid time, impossible love stories, maps of unknown islands, dialogs without words, places and metaphors where to get lost by looking at the sky from another perspective. She creates illustrations, paintings and sculptures for advertising, publishing (among his clients Mondadori, De Agostini, Loescher, Condè Nast, Giunti, Wetransfer, Eni, McDonald, Emergency, Poste Italiane, Leo Burnett, Trenitalia), and for magazines and newspapers including La Repubblica, Ilsole24ore, Vanity Fair, Modern Woman, Joy.
Born in Cagliari in 1963, he graduated in Physics in 1987 and obtained a doctorate in Architecture in 2015. He is a member of AIAP / BEDA. Graphic designer, illustrator, art director and interior designer, he has designed logos and coordinated identities for public and private institutions such as ISS (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), INAF (National Institute of Astrophysics), CNI (National Council of Engineers), ARST (the Regional Transportation Authority of Sardinia), City of Cagliari, Video On Line and many others. He had organized the AIAP International Graphic Design Week in 2011. He teaches Graphic Design at the Faculty of Architecture of Cagliari and at the European Institute of Design.
Pretziada are Kyre and Ivano. Together they form an interdisciplinary project that combines the world of journalism, design, craftsmanship and tourism. Their mission seems contradictory, they want to bring the world to Sardinia in order to preserve all the peculiarities of the island. They believe that working in respect of the uniqueness of local heritage and traditions can bring change, modernity and innovation to the region without losing its authenticity.
Caterina Quartana was born in Sardinia where, after fashion and fabric studies in Florence and experiences in some of teh major European capitals, she decide to come back to in order to draw inspiration from the uniqueness of traditional craftsmanship. Her art is transversal, she combines her passion for fabrics with innovative painting techniques supported by the most ancient methods of weaving. Finalist of the “Annodarte” international competition, with the carpet “Il Giardino Fiorito”.
Virgilio Colomo is a Sardinian architect and designer. His philosophy integrates landscape, art, history and traditions with contemporary architecture. His design exceeds the traditional iconography to express innovative concepts, connecting origins and contemporaneity to a new international lifestyle. He graduated from La Sapienza University in Rome with a thesis in Urban and Regional Geography entitled “Il Parco del Gennargentu: nature and landscape”. He is the winner of international competitions: “Parco Tanca Manna” (sustainable urban regeneration) – Nuoro (2012), National Award for Sustainability 2013 (Agency for Energy and Sustainable Development – Modena), “Piazza Santa Croce” ( sustainable urban regeneration) – Semesthenes (2014). His works have been published on local and national newspapers: Il Sole 24 ore, Italia Oggi, The Unione Sarda, La Nuova Sardegna, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, TSport, Edilizia News, Edicom Edizioni. He is co-author of numerous publications on Sardinia and its nature, history, archeology and architecture. L’Unione Sarda, La Nuova Sardegna, Il Giornale dell’Architettura, TSport, Edilizia News, Edicom Edizioni. He co-authors many publications on Sardinia and its nature, history, archaeology, architecture.
Mariposa is the “creative workshop” born from the partnership between Francesca and Bainjo. Both graduated in architectural engineering, since the beginning of their job experience they deal not only with architectural and urban planning but also with design and fabric design. The wide knowledge of fabric processing techniques is therefore combined with the passion for design and art. Mariposa is the “place” in which technical competence and artistic sensibility merge to create new, original and coherent fabrics, rejecting uncritical decorative motifs and the continuous search for the infinite expressive possibilities that the innumerable combinations of yarns and weaves can offer.