Creativity begins with research: MCA R&D

MCA R&D, managed by Lori Zillante, is a dynamic, creative, and rapidly growing department that explores the building sector trends under the lens of sustainability. We provide strategies and innovations to tackle climate change, decarbonisation, and social transformation challenges.

Founder & president

Mario Cucinella

Mario Cucinella was born in Palermo in 1960 and graduated in Architecture at the University of Genoa in 1986.

In 1992, in Paris, he founded MCA – Mario Cucinella Architects, an architecture and design firm that has now headquarters in Bologna and Milan, and of which he is also the creative director.

In 2015 he founded SOS – School of Sustainability, a school for young professionals and recent graduates that focuses on the application of sustainable architecture and design to give future decisions makers the tools necessary to tackle the environmental issues that are emerging globally with an open-minded, holistic, research-driven, and human-centered approach.

The importance of his work and continued commitment as an architect and educator on environmental and social issues have been recognized with the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects (2016) and with the Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (2017).

In 2018 he was curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale with the exhibition “Arcipelago Italia”.

Mario Cucinella has taught at the universities of Ferrara, Naples, Munich, and Nottingham.

He is the author of many publications including:
Building Green Futures (2020, published by Forma), a volume that investigates, through a collection of the latest projects and most representative architecture of Mario Cucinella Architects, possible answers that architecture can provide to the global challenges of the future.
Architecture of Education (2021, published by Maggioli), an analysis of how the most important places in civil society will be able to evolve thanks to architecture and the dynamics it is able to generate, through a multi-voiced narrative alternating with design solutions developed by Mario Cucinella Architects.
The future is a journey to the past. Ten stories about architecture (2021, published by Quodlibet) In this book Mario Cucinella – together with Valentina Torrente and Laura Zevi – describes ten trips to cities and places that gave him valuable insights into environmental issues and the rational use of available energy.

Progetti in primo piano

An investigative and co-creative approach

MCA R&D adds value to all-round design choices, by pursuing an investigative and co-creative approach oriented towards environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Mario Cucinella Founder & president

“Be curious about tradition. Search the old ways for new ideas”

Future-driven and culturally rooted

The vocation for innovation guides our research among emerging trends, enabling us to place MCA at the forefront of the sector. We are curious pioneers, always looking for new ideas inspired by old traditions.

Environmentally aware and socially responsible

Environmental design informs MCA projects, ranging from building to masterplan scale, right from the concept stage. Empathy with the climate and human well-being are our distinctive values.

Mario Cucinella Founder & president

“Inspiration flows freely from past to present to future”