During the 3 year BSc in Science of Architecture at the Polytechnic of Milan, I was introduced to different subjects including Architectural Design, Sociology and Urban Planning, Restorations, as well as Landscape Design. This cross-curricular overview, combined with a foundation in more technical disciplines such as technical physics and construction technology have shaped my approach and have prepared me to deal with increasingly complex problems. I also had the chance to take part in a Urban Landscape Workshop organized by the University of Seville (Spain). My undergraduate thesis on open urban space design – “Small Urban Spaces – A Proposal for the City of Milan” was selected to appear in an exhibition organized by Municipality of Milan.
In 2011 I worked for four months at LAND studio in Milan. The opportunity to follow and contribute to the activities of landscape and public spaces design helped me to understand what it means to work in a multi-disciplinary environment. The team was very heterogeneous; I worked alongside naturalists, environmental engineers, architects, and designers. With the same team I participated in my very first competition involving the landscape design of an important connecting road in Milan. The project won the first prize and the contract for the project’s execution.
Later, I have attended a 2 year Master of Science in Architectural Design from the same university. I was selected to join a highly competitive two-year program called Alta Scuola Politecnica that also allowed me to earn a double degree from Polytechnic University of Turin. This program aims to provide high-profile graduate students with the interdisciplinary business and leadership skills essential for success in a multitude of professional positions and environments. In 2013 I worked for two months as an intern at the MCA Studio (Mario Cucinella Architetects). During this time, I learned more about sustainable architecture and new technologies for energy saving.
Finally, in the last year, I focused on the study of informal settlements of North Africa, in particular of Cairo. My final thesis deals with the problems of the informal area of Ard al-Liwa proposing, firstly, a strategy envisaging a new network of public spaces, services and utilities. Secondly, I focused on a smaller part of this network and carried out the project of a mosque.
Mario Cucinella Architects, Bologna, IT, intern
Land srl, Milano, IT, intern
Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, Milano, IT Torino, IT, Masters, Alta scuola Politecnica
The Alta Scuola Politecnica (ASP) is a school for young talents, with a passion for innovation, who wish to develop their potential in a multidisciplinary community.
ASP selects 150 students per year, among the applicants to the Master of Science -- MSc (The Laurea Magistrale) programs in Engineering, Architecture and Design at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) and Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo). The ASP program runs parallel to the MSc programs of the two institutions. The official ASP language is English.
Politecnico di Milano, Milano, IT, MArch, Architectural Design
Thesis: “The other Cairo: strategies and project for Ard al-Liwa neighborhood” (110 cum laude)
Politecnico di Torino, Torino, IT, MArch, Double degree program
Thesis: “GreenSpace: redesign the EAC building as spaceship integrated with the territory”
Politecnico di Milano, Milano, IT, BArch, Architecture Science
Thesis: “Small urban spaces. A proposal for Milan” (108/110)