Mario Cucinella, Hon FAIA, Int. Fellow RIBA
Italian architect Mario Cucinella is amongst the most important architects practicing in Europe today with multiple award-winning international design projects. Not only is Cucinella’s work lauded for design excellence but he is an undisputed global leader in sustainable practices ranging from individual residences to urban master plans. The impact and significance of his work – both environmental and social – as an architect and educator have been recognized world-wide and most recently with Honorary Fellowship by the American Institute of Architects (2017) and by the Royal Institute of British Architects who bestowed upon him their prestigious International Fellowship (2016). For the 2018 Venice Biennale, Mario Cucinella will be the curator of the Italian Pavilion.
Service is an integral part of Cucinella’s life and work. In 2012, he founded Building Green Futures (BGF), a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development through green architecture and urban regeneration. Further to this, since 2014, Cucinella has worked with Architect and ‘Italian Senator for life’ Renzo Piano on the G124 project for the recovery of the suburbs in Italy. In search of high impact and needed model for educating the leaders of tomorrow, in 2015, Cucinella founded SOS – the School of Sustainability – a multi-disciplinary post-graduate program in Bologna. SOS serves as a nexus for the exchange of knowledge for the building industry, the community and the profession.