An architect and engineer by training, Carlo practices in Italy and teaches at MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, later earning his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. Carlo presents around the world on the theme of Smart Cities, including TED 2011, and his work has been showcased in leading publications and exhibitions globally. In 2011, Fast Company named him as one of the “50 Most Influential Designers in America” and Wired Magazine featured him in their “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world”. Full CV here.
Giovanni De Niederhäusern
Giovanni graduated in engineering and architecture in 2008, having collaborated with a number of Italian architectural practices since 2006, including Iosa Ghini Associati in Bologna. In 2009, he joined the MIT Senseable City Laboratory as Research Affiliate, developing the urban furniture design project “EyeStop”. Since 2009, he has been collaborating with CRA as a designer and project manager. In 2011, Giovanni received a Master in Project Management and in 2014 earned an MBA degree from LUISS Business School in Rome.
Graduate architect from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in 2009; Antonio also has a post-graduate ‘Master in Advanced Architecture’ from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked as a trainee in the cabinet of Prof. Maurizion Marcelloni in Rome, mainly in the field of architectural and urban planning. In 2011 he was awarded a scholarship to work with the FabLab of Barcelona and was responsible for organizing and running the digital fabrication facilities. He joined CRA in October 2006.
Daniele Belleri is a design journalist and communication consultant, interested in multidisciplinary readings and connections. As a writer, his works have appeared on publications including Wired Italia, Domus, Corriere della Sera, IL Magazine (IT), Volume (NL), Afisha (RU), CoBo social (HK). He is a partner of Granger Press, a strategic design agency whose list of clients includes cultural organisations and businesses such as Institute of Russian Realist Art, Triennale Design Museum, Pandora, Santa&Cole. He has been teaching at Milan’s NABA academy, and at Moscow’s Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, where he also graduated in 2014. Daniele joined CRA in 2016 as communication manager.
Mattia holds a Master of Science in Architecture from the Polytechnic School of Genoa, where he focused on parametric architecture and urban data analysis, finalizing a thesis on robotic applications in architecture. He had the opportunity to develop on-field experiences in Ropi (Ethiopia) as well as at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona. Lately, he has been focusing his researches on the techniques of clay printing by robotic arms. He joined CRA in April 2016.
Chiara graduated with honors in Architecture for Sustainability at Politecnico di Torino, with the thesis “Save/safe Murazzi. A project for urban security: social sustainability and light”. She graduated in Trieste and Madrid, while she studied CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) in Copenhagen. She is interested in social environment and in the dynamics of social participation; she works in Ecoborgo Campidoglio in Turin organizing occasions of interaction. She’s co-founder of the collective de:forma which actively trains architectural students in creating DIY experimental projects. She joined CRA in November 2015.
Alberto graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Torino with an undergraduate thesis regarding the reciprocal frame system inspired by “Buckminister Fuller” and a masters project “New Transit Camp Social Club”, awarded one of the World’s Best Graduation Projects in the Archiprix 2011. He has participated in a number of international workshops and won prestigious competitions including the international “Venice CityVision” with the project “ROOMS in the Lagoon” and the 2013 Young Architects Program at MAXXI/MoMA, in Rome, with the project “HE”. He joined CRA in May 2009.
Andrea graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Torino with a thesis on the role of digital technologies in the contemporary city, developed at the Senseable City Lab at MIT. In 2008, his work with Weekend In A Morning “The tree sap, the divers and the silence” was exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2010, with Weekend In a Morning, he won the international competition “Rome City Vision”. He writes periodically for the architecture magazine “City Vision Mag” and is a teaching assistant for the Architecture Design workshop at the Politecnico di Torino and Politecnico di Milano. He has been collaborating with CRA since 2009.
Paolo de Biase
Paolo graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano with an undergraduate thesis investigating the approach of urban acupuncture as an alternative to onerous and often ineffective conventional masterplans. Tested in the Beijing’s district of Dashilar, its aim is both to renovate the neighborhood and defend its urban and social fabric. During his first internship, Paolo collaborated at the exhibition “Across Chinese Cities”, a collateral event of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. While studying at Politecnico di Milano, he also spent six months in Weimar, Germany, under the Erasmus program – during this period he attended the International Advanced Architectural Design course. He joined CRA in September 2016 as a trainee.
Gary Di Silvio
Gary graduated in Architecture at the University of Architecture of Venice IUAV in 2012, focusing on environmental sustainability. He is currently studying a Masters in Digital Architecture at the same university, where he has been able to deepen in his understanding and knowledge with regards to new digital tools for architectural visualization, parametric modeling and rapid prototyping. He joined CRA in May 2013 as a CG Artist.
Andrea graduated from the University of Architecture IUAV of Venice in 2009. From his second year of university he has worked with a variety of practices, architects and universities, gaining experience of work at different architectural scales and travelling to South America, Asia and Northern Europe. He began working at CRA in February 2010, fascinated by the possibility of exploring new ways of merging technologies with the historic city, design and place-making. He worked as a project manager on the Future Food District for Expo 2015.
Andrea graduated in engineering and architecture from the Politecnico di Torino with a thesis that gathers his research, initiated after his work experience in London at Urban Future Organization, on a computational approach to architectural design and urban planning. He has presented his work as visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Pescara, and at the Nexa Center for Internet and Society, Politecnico di Torino. His research has also been published in the “Vademecum of Smart City Planning” by the Osservatorio Nazionale Smart City. He joined CRA in September 2012.
A 2014 MArch graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, Andrea has a background in subjective digital design and contemporary theory inspired by the imprecise nature of Gothic craftsmanship. His work exploring the potential of “glitch” in architectural design was featured in the third issue of Burrasca Magazine in November 2015. After having worked for several years as both a job runner and complex three-dimensional model coordinator in various world-class architecture practices, he joined CRA in July 2016.
Valentina graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture of Reggio Calabria, with a thesis on the regeneration of the harbor basin of Ischia, which was awarded first prize for “Provocation” at IsAM, 2012 (Ischia). For several years she has been a teaching assistant for various studios on architecture and urban design, and has participated in numerous workshops as well as national and international competitions. In 2012, she worked as a researcher at I2a, the International Institute of Architecture (Vico Morcote, Switzerland), where she co-authored “Beyond Urbanization”, a publication on contemporary urban conditions and intermodal nodes in the Lugano area. She joined Carlo Ratti Associati in April 2013.
Emma holds a professional masters in architecture and post-professional masters in urban design from McGill University. She has worked throughout Canada as well as in the US, Italy and the UK. Her background in architecture and urban design was geared towards applied research, creative design methodologies and “big picture” concepts. Emma joined CRA in 2014 to fulfill the role of architect and PA manager of Carlo Ratti’s agenda and speaking engagements.
Damiano took his first degree in Modern Literature, focusing on cinema, and meanwhile taught himself video-making and design skills. He worked as director and editor of TV and Web advertisements. In 2010, Damiano entered the Masters in Visual and Multimedia Communication Design at IUAV, focusing on interaction design. With his first project he was appointed finalist of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards and collaborated with Adobe for the official awards’ mobile app. In 2012 he joined the MIT Senseable City Lab in Boston as a visiting student, working with data visualisation and interface design. With a master thesis on personalised and responsive mobile maps, he graduated cum laude in April 2011, was awarded by MIT Technology Review and the Lucky Strike Talented Designer Award, and co-founded the startup Hic Locative Media before joining CRA in September 2014 as interaction designer.
Alessandro graduated in Industrial Engineering (MSc. Honors) from the Politecnico di Torino and Project Management (MSc. Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology, before beginning his career working in both China and the Middle East. He is actively involved in research, investigating the development of Lean Manufacturing across multiple sectors, and is currently collaborating with CRA as project manager in the design and realization of new products for market. Passionate about exploring the world, Alessandro has an incessant curiosity in gaining new knowledge through combining different disciplines.
Oliver graduated with Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in Brno University of Technology (Czech Republic), then pursuing his MA program between Brno and KU Leuven in Brussels. He has gained professional experience by working in international architectural studios in Brno and London. He is particularly interested in studying the impact of global environmental and social issues on the contemporary city. In addition to this, Oliver is passionated about drawing, collage and photography techniques in abstract visual art. He joined the studio in June 2016.
A student of architecture at the Politecnico di Torino, Pietro has interned at Fuksas Architects Associates in Rome, 2007, and worked with CRA part-time since 2008. For several years he has been interested in parametric architecture, physical computing and rapid prototyping, in addition to the relationship between technology and architecture. He has taken several courses in this specialization, organized in collaboration with the RPI, AA, Columbia University and the IAAC in Barcelona. He is one of the winners of Autoprogettazione 2.0, design competition launched in 2012 by Domus and collaborator of the Turin Fablab.
Trained initially as an interior architect in Estonia and working on various projects through all stages of design and construction, Monika completed a design masters in The Netherlands in 2008 before moving to the UK to work for architectural company Slider Studio. In 2011, she graduated with distinction from the Centre for Research Architecture in Goldsmiths College, University of London, and continued her research in Jan van Eyck Academie, post-graduate research and production center in 2012. Monika is interested in readings of contemporary political issues within a constructed, real or imaginary architecture.
Benedetta graduated in Economics at City University, London, in 2003 and spent over 8 years working in project management and statistical analysis for the UK Government. Upon returning to Italy in 2011, she joined Inner Design, a Turin based online design hub that connects experts, bloggers and worldwide lovers of interior design, promoting young and upcoming designers as well as taking care of the editorial content of the website. After a short but rewarding experience as Office Manager for an architectural studio in Milan, Benedetta has returned to Turin to join CRA in 2014.
Alfredo graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He was involved in a research program at Milan Politecnico about high efficient vehicles (electric, solar and fuel cell powered). He participated in numerous international competitions about fuel efficiency and he and his team won awards and prizes about vehicle design and set international and Italian records. Since 2011, he worked on some innovative business ideas and co-founded a startup company in the 3D printing industry. Alfredo also collaborated with several companies as a freelance consultant, mostly working on mechanical design, product development, prototyping and composite materials. He loves outdoor sports and on the road adventures; he is an avid motorcyclist.
Mariachiara graduated with honors in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, with a thesis about the processes of appropriation of urban space and the relation between formal and informal settlements in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. She spent the second year of Master and the thesis period at UFBA, collaborating with Laboratório Urbano, research group of the post-graduation in Architecture and Urbanism. She participated at the third Biennial of Art of Bahia with an intervention on urban practices as drivers of transformation of the city. She joined CRA in December 2014.
Chiara graduated in Construction Engineer from Politecnico di Torino. She won MURST 2-years professional training scholarship on restoration, acoustics, lighting, architecture and design, construction management, mainly held at Borini Costruzioni spa, Politecnico di Torino and CNR ICITE. Chiara has been working as Plans Coordinator for many building sites of Borini Costruzioni spa until 2003. She was Project Manager at Mediapolis Engineering srl, where she followed major projects such as shopping malls, residential buildings, schools, and nursing homes. Chiara coordinated several tenders and competitions. After being partner of CRA between 2003 and 2006, Chiara is now back to the studio to assist our design team.
Saverio graduated with honors from the Università IUAV di Venezia with a thesis on sustainable growth scenarios for industrial areas. While at IUAV, he spent 6 months at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles with a FIPSE scholarship and a year at the TU DELFT under the Erasmus program. From 2004 to 2006, he was project architect for Archea in Florence. With a Fulbright scholarship, Saverio moved to Cambridge where he received a Master in Architecture at Harvard University GSD (Graduate School of Design); he was awarded the Faculty Design Award for significant design achievements. While in the United States, he worked for KSWA and the MIT Senseable City Lab. Saverio returned to IUAV where, in 2012, he completed a Ph.D. ‘Villard d’Honnecourt’ with research on the possibilities of the ‘rural’ in defining a state of ‘opposition’ to the dominant urban paradigm. From 2008 to 2013, as founding partner of Spedstudio, he won several international design competitions such as Aalst masterplan (2012 – 1st prize); Casa della Memoria (2012- 2nd prize); Albarola square (2010 – 1st prize) and Carso2014+ (2010 – shortlisted). Saverio joined CRA in 2014 as a senior project manager.
Andrea is a multi-disciplinary designer who took his first degree in Disciplines of Art, Music and Cinema with a major in Computer Science and Multimedia Systems. He worked as user experience and interface designer for the International Research Centre Casa Paganini – InfoMus. In 2015, he won a two-year scholarship for the master in Communication Design at Milan’s NABA, where he focused on interaction design. In 2016, he won two awards in the One Show Young Ones creativity contest in New York: the Silver Pencil Award in the category “LEGO / Logo Design” and the Merit Award in the category “LEGO – Experiential Design and Promotion”. During his university studies he also followed several courses at the Interaction Design Foundation. Andrea is going to finish his studies with a thesis on data visualization and interactive exhibition. He joined CRA in July 2016.
Lorenzo graduated with a Bachelors degree in Engineering and Management (Logistics and Production) in December 2013. His thesis explored a comparison between main production control systems: MRP Conwip and Kanban. Within the university context, he pursued several projects based on strategic analysis. Lorenzo worked part-time supporting management activities in different firms both in Turin and Messina. He is currently working towards a Master of Science in Engineering and Management, and is highly interested in embracing new professional relationships and improving his competence through new experiences. His hobbies include travelling and discovering new cultures. Lorenzo joined CRA office in October 2015.
Andrea graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano. First explored at a workshop in collaboration with Stanford University, his graduate thesis proposed an Innovation Research Park for Palo Alto. Andrea has participated in several international workshops in Europe, USA and Canada where he spent 6 months studying at McGill University. He worked for EXPO Milano designing and managing the exhibitions at the Azerbaijan and USA pavilions. Andrea joined CRA in November 2015.
Nicola graduated with a Bachelors degree Architecture from Venice’s Iuav in July 2014. He is currently finishing his studies for a Master Degree in Sustainable Architecture at the Politecnico di Torino with the thesis project about Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic stadium. He has participated in a number of international workshops and won the workshop “Intelligent Perth” about a concept masterplan of Midland, Australia. He is also an American football player and since 2015 he joined the Italian Nation team.
Carlotta graduated cum laude in Media Languages from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan with a thesis about Sound Art, in 2012. She is now studying Communication and Media Cultures at the University of Turin and supporting CRA in press and communications. She is interested in the semiotics of art languages, above all in music and contemporary art. As a musician/songwriter, with the stage name “Carlot-ta”, she published two studio albums. She has played in a number of prestigious venues and festivals (MiTo Settembre Musica, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Liverpool Sound City, Paratissima Skopje, Premio Tenco, Festival dei due mondi…) and her songs have been included in advertising campaigns (Ford 2012) and movies (La luna su Torino by Davide Ferrario, 2014).
Francesco graduated from Politecnico di Torino in 2010 with a master thesis on informal settlements in Mumbai which was selected as one of the World’s Best Graduation Projects in the Archiprix 2011. As an architect, Francesco studied and worked in Turin, Turku (Finland), Madrid, Bruxelles, Boston and Mumbai developing attitude to multidisciplinary and dynamic environments. Since 2010 Francesco worked with MARC Architetti Associati in Turin, taking part in the creative process of the design as well as coordinating the executive drawings and the construction works. In 2011, within the project Situa.to/ Your city, He conceived and cured the projects “I muri di Mirafiori, Volodja” with Wu Ming 1 and “Cantiere Barca” with Raumlabor in Turin. Francesco joined CRA in November 2014.
Michele holds a Master degree in engineering and architecture from Università di Catania and a post-graduate Diploma from Scuola Superiore di Catania, an institution of excellency in education. He was a teaching assistant for two years to the chair of Architectural Composition at University of Catania and then he spent some time at ETH of Zurich as Visiting Scientist, developing an experimental pavilion based on vacuum and origami. His project has been published on specialistic journals and received several awards. Since 2013, he has worked throughout Italy and Europe, joining some renowned international firms, such as EM2N Architekten in Zurich and Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos in Madrid. He is qualified both as an architect and an engineer. He joined CRA in October 2015.
Filippo was born in Turin where he graduated in industrial engineering and management in july 2015. Before joining CRA he worked for sport and entertainment associations, dealing with events and cultural activities organization. He was also an intern in BasicNet, where he was operative for six months in the logistics department. He joined CRA in November 2015, as a member of the Makr Shakr team.
Gianluca holds a degree in Architecture for Sustainable Project from the Politecnico di Torino, with a thesis regarding the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition (with publication as meritorious argument). During the university period, he has joined a series of participatory planning workshop, including “Designing public spaces of interaction” and “Redevelopment of the area Ex-Macello in Moncalieri”. He has been a teaching assistant for the Architecture Design workshop at the Politecnico di Torino, and together with Professor Roberto Apostolo has co-organized the “Metamorphosis art / architecture” international design workshop for students at the Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum. He is passionate in the world of architectural visualization at large: renders, graphics and animation. He joined CRA in September 2016.
Silvia graduated in Architecture at the Università IUAV di Venezia in 2003.
She then moved to Florence where she received a Master in Sustainable Architecture at the University of Architecture of Florence. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as an editorial assistant for the architectural magazine Area.
After moving to the United States, she collaborated as a landscape architect with Martha Schwartz in Cambridge from 2006 to 2008. Back in Italy she won several international design competitions as founding partner of Spedstudio. In 2015 she completed a Ph.D. in Architecture at IUAV with a thesis on the english architect Paffard Keatinge-Clay.
Silvia joined CRA in 2015 supporting the press and communication team.
Walter graduated from Politecnico di Torino with an urban design project which was awarded the Archiprix 2003′s Honourable Mention – World’s Best Graduation Projects. Often invited as a lecturer by various universities and cultural institutions, Walter is currently serving as adjunct professor at the University of Ferrara’s Department of Architecture, where he is coordinating, together with Gabriele Lelli and Gianluca Cristoforetti, the multidisciplinary research group Next City Lab. Walter practices in Turin in the fields of architecture and urban planning, and he is a board member of OII+, a cultural association promoting architecture through events, publications, lectures, and workshops. After having contributed to the founding of the studio and played an active role until 2014, Walter Nicolino now acts as an external consultant to CRA.
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