- Mario Cucinella
BiographyMario Cucinella is particularly well-known for his studies of the environmental sustainability of constructions, resulting in buildings such as the Sino Italian Ecological Building (SIEEB) in Beijing or the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies in Ningbo (China). With the aim of developing and promoting the principles of environmentally compatible architecture, he founded Building Green Futures, a non-profit organisation concerned with research into environment and technology, in 2012.
Born in Palermo in 1960, Cucinella studied with Giancarlo De Carlo and started working in Renzo Piano’s studio as soon as he graduated. After his experience in Paris, in 1992 he opened his own practice in Paris, adding a branch in Bologna in 1999.
MCA (Mario Cucinella Architects) now includes professionals from a variety of different backgrounds in architecture, engineering, urban and territorial planning and industrial design. The studio’s mission is to produce projects with a reduced environmental impact in an on-going attempt to conserve energy.
Over the course of his 20-year career Mario Cucinella has held conferences all over the world and lectured at prestigious universities. Between 1998 and 2006 he was temporary professor at the Architectural Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Architecture of Ferrara University, and he has been an Honorary Professor at Nottingham University since 2004. In the second semester of 2013 he is Guest Professor in Emerging Technologies at Technische Universität in Munich, and he is also currently Temporary Professor at the Faculty of Architecture of Federico II University in Naples. He is a 'Keynote Speaker' on the scientific committee of PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture), an international organisation for the promotion of the principles of sustainable architecture and urban design all over the world through conferences, workshops and publications.
Cucinella has been awarded numerous international prizes such as the “Kunstpreis 99” - Forderungspreis for Architecture of the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin in 1999; the Outstanding Architect Award of the World Renewable Energy Congress VIII in Denver, Colorado in 2004; the "International Architecture Award" for his SIEEB Sino Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building presented by The Chicago Athenaeum in 2007; and the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award 'Sustainability' prize for his ARPA 100k Research Centre and Home in 2009.
Cucinella’s work has frequently been the focus of specialised magazines and exhibitions. In 2013 the architect participated in the 10th Architecture Biennial in San Paolo, Brazil, in the “public spaces” division with his Masterplan for San Berillo, Catania. In 2010 he participated in the Washington RETECH Renewable Energy Technology Conference and Exhibition. In the 2008 Biennale in Venice he exhibited his “100k home” research project in the Italian pavilion.
- Mirabello School, Ferrara (Italy), 2012
- Parallelo Office Building, Milan (Italy), 2012
- 3M Headquarters, Milan (Italy), 2010
- CSET, Centre for Sustainable Technology, Ningbo (China), 2008
- Bologna Civic Office, new Headquarters, Bologna (Italy), 2008
- Forum Center ex-Ducati, Rimini (Italy), 2008
- SIEEB, Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building, Beijing (China), 2006
- Focchi SpA Office Building, Poggio Berni (Italy), 2005
- Bianco’s House, Recovery and renovation of a mixed-use building, Cremona (Italy), 2005
- Bergognone 53, office building renovation, Milan (Italy), 2004
- eBO, Exhibition pavilion on projects for the city, Bologna (Italy), 2003
- Otranto Maritime Station, Otranto (LE), (Italy), 2001
- Paris Metro, Villejuif -Leo Lagrange metro station, Paris (France), 2000
- iGuizzini, Historical Museum of the iGuzzini lighting, Recanati (Italy), 1997
- Ispra Renovation of Building No. 8 IspraEco Centre, Ispra (VA), (Italy), 1996
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