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28.11.1989 | Rho italian 45/36 via Matteotti, Arese 20020, (MI), Italy +39 340 677 43 51


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art architecture

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BSc. architecture Politecnico di Milano 110/110 cum laude scientific high school diploma Liceo Scientifico “Falcone e Borsellino”, Arese, (MI) 100/100



travelling reading cinema graphic design modern painting photography

2008 2011

MSc. architecture Politecnico di Milano 110/110 cum laude and mention 17th Dec. 2013

May 2008

ZD | German | B1 Goethe Institut | Milan

Aug. 2007

EF | English | C1 EF Education | Torquay

Jun. 2007

FCE | English | B2 University of Cambridge

LANGUAGES italian english german french


WORK EXPERIENCE Dec. 2013 present

collaboration + graphic project for the book: “MT1. Cultural metamorphosis of Caserma Montello”, B.E. Campbell, Mimesis, Milano

Mar. 2013 present

teaching assistant Politecnico di Milano urban design studio | english

Apr. Jul. 2012

internship | 4 months Politecnico di Milano | Prof.ssa Luisa Ferro research and project proposal | UNESCO archaelogical site “Musallah Hussain Baiqara”, Herat

Feb. Apr. 2011

internship | 3 months Studio Ing. Arch. Galli, Saronno private house design, Rescaldina


Copenhagen | 1 week KEA - Copenhagen School of Design and Technologies Transformation through connection

Mar. 2013

Marrakech | 2 weeks Politecnico di Milano + École Nationale d’Architecture de Marrakech Living in Marrakech

Feb. 2013

Toronto | 1 week IBW + George Brown College | Toronto Changing the environment of service delivery

mother tongue level C2 - fluent level B1 - interm. level A2 - basic

PUBLICATIONS 2014 contribution to the book: “Marrakech. O dello spazio celato”, B. Melotto, L. Montedoro, Maggioli Editore Milano 2014 urban design project published into the book: “MT1. Cultural metamorphosis of Caserma Montello”, B.E. Campbell, Mimesis Milano 2014 competition project published into the book: “Il Parco Archeologico di Siracusa. Concorso di idee per la valorizzazione del sistema delle Mura Dionigiane”, LetteraVentidue Siracusa



nomination for the “Mantero Prize” Politecnico di Milano best graduate thesis | not yet assigned best graduate of the year 2010/2011 Politecnico di Milano

COMPETITIONS May innatur competition | in progress 2014 opengap nature interpretation centre Mar. inbar competition | in progress 2014 istituto nazionale bioarchitettura sustainable master thesis award Feb. evolo | skyscraper competition 2014 evolo magazine ideas for high-rise architecture Jun. the archaeological park of Siracusa 2013 Università degli Studi di Catania valorization of archaeological heritage 2nd prize May smart harbor competition | Pesaro 2013 young architects competitions shipyard regeneration Feb. young architects scrape the sky 2012 casabella magazine

PERSONAL SKILLS photography photo manipulation hand drawing editorial design renderings model making team working









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'sentieri interrotti'




factory theatre

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landscape studio


constructive systems studio

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'the bunkers'

st. jamestown







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Academic Year 2012/2013


SENTIERI INTERROTTI off the beaten track location | Siracusa, Sicily tutor | Sara Protasoni ! Studio | Landscape Architecture in collaboration with | Alice Citterio, Carlo Cislaghi, Claudio Giampietro

site and method The territory of Syracuse is a Palimpsest. Its complex system of textures and layers, as well as its archaeological heritage and landscape, are today often undervalued or disappeared. The competition announcement invited therefore to reconsider the relationship between the city and its pasts, landscapes, symbols, natural and built environment. Hence, our proposal was first of all based on making remarkable elements and landscapes accessible, by incorporating them in a system of pedestrian and cycle pathways and routes. The project's main goal is thus to create the opportunity to experience the most significant features of the territory, drawing closer attention to the issue of collective care of landscapes. The approach was aimed at the reorganization and enhancement of the existing heritage, with minimal, reversible and highly sustainable interventions, both on the territorial routes and on outstanding strategic places and architectures. Three major kinds of landscape are here clearly recognizeable: the agricultural lands of the plain, the system of the ancient fortifications and the natural coastal environment.

Dyonisian walls archaeological park

Proposed Pathways

Relevant sites


pathways and landscapes

path of agriculture

archaeological trail

naturalistic pathway


The project on the territorial scale is structured as a ring system of pathways: the Path of Agriculture, overlooking the complex pattern of fields all over the plain, starts from the city and the existing Archaeological Park of the Neapolis and leads to the proposed Agriculture Park. It then meets the Archaeological Trail of the Dionysian walls, which runs along the outer perimeter of the city following the ruins of the ancient fortifications and leading to the Euryalus Castle, an outstanding example of Greek defensive structure. Finally, the pedestrian and cycle route already realized on the railway track is redesigned as a Naturalistic Pathway, and has its fulcrum in the ancient tuna fishery "Santa Panagia", located in a natural scenery of extraordinary beauty, of which we propose the conversion to Study Centre and Gardens of Biodiversity.

agricultural park The decision to design an Agricultural Park was strongly influenced by the need of bringing attention to the topic of land conservation and land use management. The park is intended as a link between the city of Syracuse and its cultivated lands, in order to reconnect - culturally and physically - the sensibility of the community to these issues. The park is studied as a sequence of landscapes and images, constructed by identifying in the evolutionary processes of local agriculture significant thresholds and periods: the Greek Mediterranean Garden, the Arabic Invasion and the new cultures of the Middle Ages, the Latifundium of the sixteenth century, and finally the twentieth century landscape, dominated by specialization, fragmentation and monocultures.



euryalus castle Built during the V century B.C. by the tyrant Dionysus, the Castle is now almost completely destroyed. Paths are not well-designed and vegetation has invaded large regions of the complex, originating a peculiar picturesque landscape. The project is first of all based on the redefinition of the relationship between “inside” and “outside” through the treatment of horizontal surfaces. Since the ruin in its dense complexity carries a number of qualities, we assumed the context and condition of the ruin itself as a starting point. The entrance to the site, as well as the ticket office and the system of pathways have been redesigned. The project for the new exhibition rooms and the Museum have been carefully placed and studied in order to fully respect the archaeological site: by reasoning upon the complex relationship between the castle and the soil, it was decided to locate the Thematic Rooms - of Substance, Architecture, War and Ruin – mainly underground. The project includes new added elements, such as lookout points, Corten steel seating blocks and staircases, information totems. We chose Corten steel as the primary material to make the new structures significantly distinguishable from the older parts: every intervention does not mean to be a formal reconstruction of the ruin or to “complete” it in any way. We re-defined the ground surfaces inside the outer walls, referring to the former usage of spaces: the inner courtyard was treated with white gravel in order to emphasize the difference between inner and outer space.



"santa panagia" gardens of biodiversity Third “notable point” is the tuna fishery “Santa Panagia”, whose original settlement dates back to 1100 A.D. The extraordinary complex, clinging to the cliffside and located in a natural setting of rare beauty, is partly well-preserved and partly in ruin. Since it is absolutely necessary to preserve the exceptional character of the place, we proposed the conversion to Study Center and Gardens of Biodiversity, in an attempt to help the visitors gain awareness of the physical and symbolic features of the natural local environment. While the wellpreserved buildings would be restored and converted to Study Center, the ruins are preserved and transformed into the Gardens of Biodiversity through the addition of new native vegetation, with the aim to maintain the existing unique scenery. The visitors are here guided through a sequence of spaces and Rooms with specific identities: "boxes of biodiversity," lunar spaces of emptiness where the strong relationship of communion and contrast between earth and sky becomes tangible, gardens of aromatic herbs and mineral gardens. Finally, the conclusive Corten-made "Wall of observation" makes it possible to catch from a privileged pint of view the entire site.


“A classic is a work which relegates the noise of the present to a background hum, which at the same time the classics cannot exist without. A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway." [I. Calvino, “Why read the Classics?”]




Academic Year 2010/2011


ATELIER "SANT' ALESSANDRO" archaeological sites and architectural design location | via Torino, Milano tutor | Luisa Ferro in collaboration with | Alice Citterio, Michela Tettamanti

context Milan is the complex result of overlapping and interfering urban systems, determined during the centuries by history, time and mankind. The deep knowledge of these systems, as well as the analysis of the City's pasts, were the necessary starting point of the project for the Cloisters of Saint Alessandro. The study of the area, located between Via Torino and Piazza Missori and therefore very close to the heart of the city and the Duomo, brought out the juxtaposition of different formal systems: the buildings themselves, with the orientation of their courts, preserve the memory of the ancient city, structured by the main axes of the Roman period. The church of St. Alessandro and the surrounding blocks are the meeting point between those ancient systems and the significant twentieth-century interventions. We therefore proposed a design able to respect and endorse this complexity, focused on the functions of Art, Culture and Exhibition.


temporary houses Hence we proposed a linear building dedicated to temporary housing for artists along via Torino; the choice of the function was dictated by the intention to place in the Cloisters - a place historically dedicated to study and culture - art spaces, workshops and the Children and Youth Library. Every choice in the building's design and orientation was carefully made according to the urban complexity. From here, a series of engravings on the walls guide the visitors to the Cloisters.


atelier The intervention within the Cloisters of St. Alessandro gives predominance to the arrangement of the old court: a “promenade" is structured around the perimeter of the Cloister, and leads below the street level. An Art Wall leads to the Children and Youth Library, housed in the buildings of the Cloisters. The interiors are reorganized by adding an intermediate floor, that made it possible to create spaces for individual study as well as collective workshops. The west side of the Cloister is dedicated to the Artists' Ateliers, with spaces for work, storage and expositions.


exhibition An exhibition space is placed at the end of "Architectural\Archaeological Walk", designed to house the works produced in the Cloisters. A newly designed Portico gives continuity to the whole project, working as a “fil rouge� that connects the reassembled urban fragments.






Academic Year 2011/2012


SUSTAINABLE LIVING multifunctional university building location | Bovisa Campus, Milano tutor | Emilia Costa in collaboration with | Alice Citterio, Carlo Biraghi

district and site The district of Bovisa, a former industrial area in the Northern outskirts of Milan, has undergone a deep transformation since the second half of the 19th century, when many factories where dismissed and moved. The neighborhood was slowly transformed into a residential suburb, where however the signs of its industrial past remained evident within the urban fabric. The district has later experienced a process of deep renewal, thanks to some major activities that took advantage of the potential empty spaces: the Politecnico di Milano played an important role in this process, and in 1989 the Bovisa Campus was opened. The Architecture faculty itself has its headquarters in a restructured factory building. The site itself (12.700 square meters), located inside the Durando Campus, can be briefly described as an informal green space: the aim of the project was first of all to respond in a sensitive manner to its context, by respecting the main features of the site. Our main goal was to focus on sustainability issues, by designing a low-impact building that perfectly matched the needs of students.



concept The final result is a simple but effective design, where the industrial, urban and human scale meet. Each element – the “loggia”, the geometric volumes, the distribution system – remains clearly recognizable. The volumes, by detaching themselves from the ground, make it possible to invent a new kind of space under the roof: not yet interior but not even exterior, the ground floor is completely permeable and offers a flexible space to stay, exhibit or just walk through. The three volumes offer a variety of multifunctional spaces, suitable for many different uses – lunch, study, work, relax -, where a specific attention has been paid to the light conditions of the interiors.



A central role was given to sustainability issues: 78% of the area's surface is permeable, 60% is green. Every technological element is highly integrated with the architectural design: solar and photovoltaic panels for the production of electricity and hot water as well as meteoric water collectors are part of the roof. Water is recycled, filtered and reused in many different ways – garden irrigation, toilet flushing, phytodepuration systems. Finally, the choice of materials and technological systems was as well based on a careful LCA, seeking certified high Eco-biocompatibility levels.



kwh/m2 26 year

12.5 h




kwh/m2 year


total surface

96.408 mq

forseen s.l.p.

95.755 mq 1.005


1 21 2 32 3 43 4 54 5 65 6 76 7 87 8 98 9 9 accomodation 6.901 m2

culture 8.091 m2

commercial 13.560 m2

residential 52.033 m2

offices 16.970 m2


green 26.500 m2


URBAN DESIGN STUDIO Academic Year 2010/2011




caserma montello's masterplan location | piazza Firenze, Milano

tutors | Beth Ellen Campbell, Silvia Sbattella

caserma montello

in collaboration with | Alice Citterio

Main goal of the urban redevelopment was first of all to transform the dismissed barrack's area into a vital district, by offering high levels of life-quality, well structured public spaces, functional mixitè, and looking for a deep integration between architecture and urban planning. The area, thanks to its strategical position within the city of Milan – quite close to the Cadorna station, CityLife area, former Farini rail yard and Bovisa –, could act as a real 'catalyst' and improve the urban quality of a wider area. The designing process focused therefore on many essential topics: the local commercial system and its critical issues, the public transportation system, the complex social structure of the neighborhood and people's flows within the city. Present design aims to enhance the potential of the surrounding commercial system by creating a new commercial node inside the historical building facing Piazza Firenze, and to improve the public accessibility thanks to a newly-designed train stop.

tennis club

tolentino garden


via cenisio piazza firenze

via paolo sarpi

via piero della francesca

city life

The residential offer was intentionally diversified – including almost 40% of social housing – in order to create a well-structured social mix, while offices, accommodation facilities and other services were located inside two high-rise buildings.

castello cadorna



We proposed the inclusion of significant cultural functions: a municipal library, a multifunctional and cultural center and a School of Languages, dedicated in particular to the consistent foreign resident population. A central role was given to sustainability 62% of the area was designed as urban park – and to public\semi-public spaces, carefully designed. Piazza Firenze, the Tolentino Garden and the surrounding street sections were redesigned in order to improve pedestrian pathways and to effectively increase the livability of open spaces.

31 piazza firenze section




Academic Year 2008/2009


THEATRE “BORRONI” designing creative spaces location | Bollate tutor | Letizia Caruzzo in collaboration with | Alice Citterio, Claudio Giampietro, Michela Tettamanti, Riccardo Mazzoni

site and concept The project of a performance theater inside the “Museo-Fabbrica Borroni” could not leave out of consideration some crucial features of the site: its regenerative urban potential inside the small city of Bollate, the relationship with the existing structure – a former industrial building rearranged into an innovative art gallery – and the high visibility of the site from the railway that connects Milano to the hinterland. The Theater itself is designed as a wooden “shell”, supported by six L-shaped concrete structures and a network of steel cables; this design made it possible to convert the entire ground floor to foyer and flexible art space for temporary exhibitions. The organic shape of the theater makes a strong contrast with the geometric glass frame that envelopes the whole structure, designed to become a lighting landmark at night.




theatre plan




Also the entrance from the city has been redesigned: the existing wall, a physical and visual obstacle, has been replaced with a series of copper panels.


front BB

The visitors' paths and spatial perceptions have been carefully studied: the main staircase has been designed as “promenade architecturale”, in order to give the audience a complex and non-banal experience of the space. The interior of the “shell” is suspended and warm; it can host seventy spectators and has been studied to meet both acoustic and visual needs.

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MARRAKECH | Mar. 2013


LIVING IN MARRAKECH tradition makes the future workshop location | Marrakech tutors | Laura Montedoro, Bruno Melotto in collaboration with | Marta Bobbio, Francesca Borghi, Christine Farley, Francesco Muraccini

Theme of the workshop was the contemporary urban design in the complex city of Marrakech, made of diametrically different urban scales: the Medina, the hyper-dense historic center within the Ancient Walls, and the Ville Nouvelle, built during the 20th century and modeled after the Western cities. The primary challenge was the research of a pattern of settlement suitable for the modern Marrakech, offering a high quality of life and the respect of formal and typological local traditions. The project area, located just outside and along the Ancient Walls, was divided in sections and re-designed as public plaza, urban park and residential/commercial block. The plaza outside the city gate was symbolically designed using the local traditional mosaic pattern; the area along the Walls was studied as a public park, pursuing the inclusion of the modern monument to the Seven Saints as symbolic landmark. The park was enriched by the presence of seven pavilions for prayer and contemplation: great emphasis was given to the physical and symbolic role of water and shade. The residential function was studied on the basis of the introverted perimeter block typical of Islamic Architecture: the patio house, proposed as a repeated module, offers to each unit a private open space in close relationship with the sky.




COPENHAGEN | Oct. 2013


COPENHAGEN 'THE BUNKERS' transformation through connection workshop location | Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA) in collaboration with | Camilla Caironi, Elise Claassen, Daniel Ort, Nikolaj Murray, Sunniva Nørvåg Garshol, Todd McMackon, Tomm Rutten

abstract The workshop addressed the issue of digital and physical transformation of the city of Copenhagen. The work was centered on the design of an innovative concept for urban realities with specific issues: our Team focused on the district of Sjællandsgade, a residential neighborhood characterised by the lack of well-designed social spaces. The area also hosts three second World War Bunkers, that give a peculiar hill-shaped form to the green areas. Our highly sustainable approach aimed to the exploitation of the environmental resources that the city already owns and to the management of the water system and disposal, an unresolved issue within the whole urban area. We therefore attempted to combine the enhancement of the existing strengths, such as local initiatives, cultural diversity and the availability of open spaces, the study of a new "green corridor", the reuse of water in architectural terms through a low-maintenance water feature, and the raising of awareness on climate change through a digital and interactive solution.







TORONTO ST. JAMESTOWN what is the future of public service in the 21st century city? workshop location | IWB - George Brown College, Toronto in collaboration with | Camille Bleytou, Alexandra Garcia, Diane Villeneuve, Jesse Corbo, Luis Salazar, Mike De Oliveira, Nazanin Poor, Ronan Kelly

abstract The goal of the Charrette was to design an innovative low-cost public service concept built on a shared model, and to create both a spatial design and the interactive elements required to complement it. We took on the challenge of designing new public services that address the theme of energy - social and physical - in St James Town, Toronto, Canada’s most densely populated community and often thought as “the world within a block”. The project’s aim is the rising of consciousness of the younger generations, and the production of positive social energy through the design of the physical space. We proposed a very simple and feasible concept: the creation of “green” electricity using human movement, in a funny, healthy and educational way. The final design involves therefore both the physical space - with the development of low cost modular pavillions and playgrounds to be located in existing available spaces - and the process itself, with special attention to serviceusers and future implementation.






Jun. 2013



III Night


II Night


VI Night



VII Night


III Night

II Night


VI Night



VII Night

VIII Night

INLiT | Icelandic Northern Lights Tour


IX-X Night



VIII Night

IX-X Night


IV-V Night

I Night



XI-XII Night


geothermal energy


190 m2 39 m2


6 7 6 planetarium

3 4 5 (1st floor)


9. general warehouse 10. facilities room

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4 floor plan The main purpose is to give visitors theground chance to experience a deep communion with the sky phenomena and to increase consciousness on their nature. The Center's shape comes from functions a careful consideration of both the Nordic 781 m2 1. access area 269 m2 6. exhibition area 54 m2 traditional architecture and the peculiar features 2. general toilets 58 m2 7. bedrooms 432 m2 3. cafeteria 219 m2 bedrooms along tour of the landscape. 58 m2 4. multimedia classrooms 344 m2 8. bathrooms




6 The project is therefore not centered in 7 just one location, but spreads all over the Icelandic territory. The route begins with the 6 Sky Interpretation Center just outside the city of planetarium Reykjavik, and includes a series of stops in the 3 most significant sites where the Northern Lights 9\10 4 appear, designed as minimal housing units(underground forfloor) 5 (1 floor) travelers

168 m2

XI-XII Night


The INLiT project stems from a different variation of the concept of 'Nature', and has planetarium 7 6 3 been designed as a physical and symbolical 10 9 pathway towards the sky and its phenomena in a context of extreme beauty. Iceland is one geothermal energy of the best places to observe not only the Northern Lights, but also the entire sky, thanks to its scarcely inhabited territories and the 1 absence of light pollution.

5. administrative offices


I Night

In collaboration with | Claudio Giampietro, Francesco Muraccini, Alice Citterio, Carlo Cislaghi



organized by | Opengap

9\10 (underground



ground floor plan

functions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

access area general toilets cafeteria multimedia classrooms administrative offices

269 m2 58 m2 219 m2 344 m2 168 m2

6. exhibition area 7. bedrooms bedrooms along tour 8. bathrooms 9. general warehouse 10. facilities room

781 m2 54 m2 432 m2 58 m2 190 m2 39 m2





Jun. 2013


PESARO SMART HARBOR which future to imagine for dismissed harbors? organized by | YAC - Young Architects Competitions In collaboration with | Claudio Giampietro, Francesco Muraccini

abstract The extremely high potential of dismissed harbor areas leads to the necessity of reflecting upon their possible future. The project's aim is therefore to turn the harbour into a significant urban space in social, architectural, functional and economical terms, by creating a highquality, mixed-use and vital place. The plan is based on seemingly simple gestures that divide the harbor in different legible areas, each one provided with a peculiar identity appropriate to the human scale. The most significant parts of the Shipyard are maintained - the great hangar, the crane and ramp. The most representative functions are the Fair and Market area, the Hangar – an event/concert/space – and the new structure of the Ship-Building and Navigation Culture Museum. Spine of the Plan is The Wave, a meandering promenade overlooking the Promontory and flanked by the open-air Living Rooms, facing the sunset and the open sea.









PISA camposanto

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