is an architect, researcher, educator and co-founder of
Space Saloon.

After growing up in rural Italy he studied between Italy, Sweden and Switzerland obtaining a Master in Architecture and a Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design.

He has worked across 3 continents in both academia and practice at all scales. His main interest lies at the intersection between architecture and the tangent disciplines that define its context: physical and social geography, earth and material sciences and landscape design.

Based in Ancona, Le Marche, Italy.


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selected projects

recent academic positions

2020/2021: Guest Lecturer at University of Innsbruck Faculty of Architecture, Institut für Gestaltung Studio 1.2019/2020: Mentor at CanActions School for Urban Studies. 2017/2019: Adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. 2013/2016: Research Assistant at ETH Zürich Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies, DARCH.

selected awards

2020: Selected Fellow of Future Architecture, a pan-European platform of architecture museums, festivals and producers. 2016: 1st Prize, competition “Square of 100 palms” public space redevelopment in Rhodes, Greece. 2014: Finalist, restricted competition “Asilo CityLife” sustainable kindergarten in Milan, Italy. 2014: Finalist, “A new waterfront for Gabicce” two stage international competition in Gabicce, Italy. 2013: 1st Prize, European competition for under 40 “Europan 12” territorial strategy in Aalborg, Denmark. 2013: 1st Prize, idea competition for under 35 “AAA: architetti cercasi” sustainable neighbourhood in Milan, Italy. 2013: 3rd Prize ex-aequo, two stage international competition “Rethink Athens: towards a new city centre”complete re-design of the main avenue of Athens, Greece. 2011: Finalist, idea competition “Rural City” innovative urban visions for the rural suburbs of Bologna (ITA). 2011: Merit scholarship “Geisendorf Foundation for Architecture” for post-professional degree studies in Switzerland. 2008: 1st Prize, student competition for a carbon neutral kindergarten in Trondheim.

selected exhibitions

2020: Oslo Architecture Triennale 20th anniversary, Conversations About The City. 2020: Climate Crisis Hotline, ICA LA Field Workshop, Los Angeles. 2019: Panhellenic Conference on Public Space, awarded designs, Sculpture Garden Thessaloniki. 2018: IV Istanbul Design Biennal, contribution to the Bangkok workshop of “Transitional School” exhibition, curated by Aformal Academy. 2016: Super-Mercato. 5 markets for social integration, Urban Centre, Bologna. (Curator) 2016: Sarajevo People’s museum, Collateral event at the 15th Architecture Biennale, Venice. (Coordinator) 2014: Uneven Growth, Tactical urbanism for Latin America, MoMa, NYC. (Contribution) 2013: Nine Resources for Detroit, Festival “Internazionale” Ferrara. 2013: Rethink Athens: towards a new city centre, award winning proposal on display in Athens and on webzines Archdaily, Baunetz 2012: Favela Exchange, Columbia University’s Studio X, Rio de Janeiro.