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Mario Cucinella

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Italian architect Mario Cucinella is amongst the most important architects practicing in Europe today with multiple award-winning international design projects. Not only is Cucinella’s work lauded for design excellence but he is an undisputed global leader in sustainable practices ranging from individual residences to urban master plans. The impact and significance of his work – both social and environmental – achieved in his role as an architect, educator and in service have been recognized world-wide and most recently (2016) by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who bestowed upon him the prestigious International Fellowship.


A winner of several competitions, he has built transformational work in civic, commercial, educational, health care, residential and urban design in Italy as well as in Algeria, China, Ghana, Palestine and other locations. Holistic design excellence, sustainable building and the rational use of energy, are the focus of Cucinella’s practice and research. His work is driven by the positive long-term impact that each building can have on the regeneration of the surrounding environment - natural, socio-economic and urban. Working together with clients and communities, Cucinella always encourages the adoption of a design language capable of expressing the beauty, richness and resources of local cultures.


Spanning 30 years of practice, Cucinella’s extraordinary work sits in the foreground of a very formative education and internship period. Graduating 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 Award 1998) in the Renzo Piano Building Workshop first in Genoa and then Paris. He founded Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) in Paris in 1992 and later in Bologna in 1999 where he continues to operate today with a staff of 55 architects, engineers and sustainability experts.


Service is an integral part of Cucinella’s life and work. 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 and least developed countries. The flagship project of Building Green Futures 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’ Renzo Piano on the G124 project for the recovery of the suburbs in Italy. He is currently a Director of the Scientific Committee of PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture).


Cucinella’s knowledge and experience is sought after internationally. He delivers high profile lectures on a regular basis and has appointments in several academic institutions such as the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara, Italy, The University of Nottingham, UK, ‘Guest Professor in Emerging Technologies’ at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, ‘Guest Professor of Architecture’ at the Faculty Federico II in Naples, Italy and several other institutions.


In search of high impact and needed model of educating the leaders of tomorrow, in 2015 Cucinella founded SOS. – the School of Sustainability – in Bologna. SOS is an practice-based integrated education, practice and research experience intended to build a culture of sustainability design methods, practices through dialogue and sharing a common vision of the future. SOS serves as a nexus for the exchange of knowledge for the building industry, the community and the profession.


In summary Cucinella best captures his mission in his own words:

Envisioning sustainable buildings means entering into an intimate relationship with the climate and with the concept of place. We have to imagine buildings that have only a minimum of visible technology, and maximize instead the efficiency of form, as materials change to become an active part in the final result, silently performing a task, a function, and becoming part of a new circular economy. This process seems to me to be a step closer to the complexity of nature rather than to that of mechanical artifice such that buildings will possess a high degree of empathy, a creative empathy."


Since the beginning of its activities, he received major awards in international competitions:

exhibitions and shows

  • 17th November - 18th December 2016. "Creative Empathy. Milan Metropolitan Area: five projects of Mario Cucinella Architects" exhibition in Triennale di Milano Palace.
  • April 7th - 11th. Fuorisalone Week. Exhibition and workshop organized by SOS - School of Sustainability in SupersudioPiù Space (Tortona District)
  • May 3rd - November 6th. "Organismi" Exhibition at GAM - Gallery of Modern Art in Turin.
  • 2014, Ecobuild 2014, with the project Masterplan Veneto City (Italy), London, UK
  • 2013 X Bienal de Arquitetura de São Paulo, with the project Masterplan San Berillo Catania (Italy), Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2011-2012 Francia Ressources de l’Architecture durable Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville e CNRS Paris
  • 2011 Bologna Italia Architectura Contemporanea a Bologna Urban center Bologna
  • 2011 Italia Milano Milano works in progress, Spazio FMG 2011 Italia, Torino Stazione Futuro Esperienza Italiana mostra per i 150 anni dell’unita d’Italia
  • 2011 Londra Ecobuild 2010 Spagna II Bienal Habitat Futura 2010 Londra Ecobuild 2010 Italia Anthroposphera, forme della vità
  • 2010 USA Washington RETECH Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition 2010 SpagnaToward Another Architecture
  • 2010 China Universal exhibition Shanghai, Italian Pavillion 2009 Italia Il segno dei diseigner, Triennale Milano 
  • 2009 USA exhibition at Harvard University Graduate School of Design “Ecological Urbanism: Alternative and Sustainable Cities of the Future”.
  • 2009 Francia Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine, Habiter Ecologique, quelles architectures pour une ville durable, For a Sustainable Living.
  • 2009 ItaliaSaie Energia 2009 ItaliaPalermo. Energy of Architecture - una nuova relazione con l’ambiente
  • 2008 Italia Biennale di Venezia -Padiglione Italiano. La ‘Casa 100k’progetto di ricerca fa parte della mostre: ‘Housing Italy’.
  • 2008 Italia Architecture Contemporanea nelle Marche region. Ancona. Mostra degli progetti pubblicati nell giornale ‘Progetti’. iGuzzini headquarters building
  • 2008 Italia Biennale di Venezia. Padiglione Italiano. MCA ha esposto il progetto di ricerca’Casa 100k’, all’interno della mostra ‘L’Italia cerca Casa’
  • 2008 UK Sustainab.Italy - Contemporary Ecologies - Energies for Italian Architecture. Tre progetti esibiti durante il London Festival of Architecture
  • 2008 Italia UIA World Congress. Turin. Cinque progetti esibiti durante il Congresso
  • 2008 Italia Bologna. Mostra all’aperto nella piazza principale della città, PiazzaNettuno, sul progetto per la Nuova Sede del Comune di Bologna
  • 2008 Italia Energia dell’Architettura. Personale a Torino tra gli eventi del World Design Capital 2008. L’esibizione si è aperta con una ‘24 ore di architettura’ caratterizzata da dibattiti, workshop e musica.
  • 2008 Italia Made Expo, Milano. Architettura, Design, Edilizia. Evento Skin
  • 2007 Italia La Campionaria Fiera delle qualità Italiane, Milano. Esposizione di progetti connotati da ricerca di autonomia energetica capaci di generare scambi e relazioni virtuose tra ambiente costruito e ambiente naturale
  • 2007 Italia Ecomondo, Città Sostenibile: Percorso espositivo di progetti soluzioni, Case History e aree dimostrative, Rimini. Progetto esposto SIEEB Sino Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building
  • 2007 Italia, Stati Uniti, Belgio, Gran Bretagna, Irlanda Mostra Itinerante” New World Architecture “organizzata da The ChicagoAtheneum e European Centre for Architecture Art design and urban Studies. Progetto esposto e vincintore del premio “International Architecture Award 2007”: SIEEB Sino Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building
  • 2006 Francia Energy Performance+Architecture Award, Interclima +elec home&building, Parigi.
  • 2005 Cina Tradizione e Modernità. L’esperienza italiana nella riqualificazione architettonica e urbana. Nanjing Museum. 2005 Italia 3_2_1 Nuova Architettura in Giappone, Polonia e Italia
  • 2005 Italia Architetti Italiani under 50 presso La Triennale di Milano
  • 2005 Italia Works at MCA’ a Rovigo con il patrocinio del Comune di Rovigo e dell’Ordine degli Architetti della provincia di Rovigo.
  • 2005 Francia Pavilion de l’Arsenal Paris progetto Bergognone nella mostra ‘NouveauxParis – La ville et ses possibles’ 2004 Italia ‘Scala 1/1’ presso il centro culturale di Santa Maria della Pietà a Cremona
  • 2003 Italia Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura Italiana La Triennale di Milano per il progetto Uffici per iGuzzini a Recanati
  • 2003 Belgio “From Futurism to the possible Future” Mario Cucinella e Uffici per iGuzzini a Recanati
  • 2003 Italia Biennale dell’Eco-efficenza II° edizione More With Less Mostra di lavori MCA intervento di Mario Cucinella Lingotto, Torino
  • 2003 Italia Intimacy Beyond Media 2003 partecipazione con il progetto “ e-Bo” alla mostra ABOUT CITIES all’interno del 7° Festival Internazionale di Architettura in Video
  • 2003 Italia “More with Less” presso il Castello del Valentino Torino
  • 2002 Italia “More With Less” presso la galleria SESV, Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana di Firenze in collaborazione con l’Università degli Studi di Firenze e la Facoltà di Architettura.
  • 2002 Italia “More With Less” presso la sala Borsa della Camera di Commercio di Napoli in collaborazione con il Dipartimento di progettazione Urbana del Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
  • 2002 Italia “More With Less” presso la Libreria Rinascita ad Ascoli Piceno in collaborazione con l’Ordine degli Architetti di Ascoli Piceno, la Facoltà di Architettura ed il Centro Studi di Architettura di Ascoli Piceno.
  • 2002 Irlanda “More With Less” presso la RIAI, Royal Institue of the Architects of Ireland.
  • 2002 Francia ‘Les sommets de la terre’, Fédération Française du Bâtiment, progetto iGuzzini e Joule III.
  • 2002 Italia Mostra durante il Salone del Mobile del progetto per Bergognone 53 Milano
  • 2001 Francia “More With Less” presso la Galerie d’Architecture a Parigi.
  • 2000 Italia Cuore Mostra, SAIE Salone Internazionale Mostre dell’Industrializzazione Edilizia, Bologna
  • 2000 UK RIBA, Londra – Equinox 2000 International conference on Sustainable Development - Esposizione del progetto per la sede centrale della iGuzzini Illuminazione a Recanati.
  • 1999 Italia Museo di Architettura, Università di Ferrara - Mostra dei progetti.
  • 1999 Italia Eurosolar, Roma – Mostra dei progetti
  • 1997 Italia SAIE 97, Bologna - Mostra dei progetti recenti nello spazio NuovoAmbiente.
  • 1997 Italia Riabitat 97, Genova - Mostra di progetti.
  • 1994 Stati Uniti U.I.A. World Congress, a Chicago.Seattle Symposium, a Seattle.

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