Emeritus of Italian Republic for Art and Culture since 2003 - is an Italian architect and urbanist. His research examines the relations between landscape, contemporary urbanism and architecure and concerns ecological performing projects, recycle, resilience, sensitive landscapes design and ecological urbanism. He is author, editor, or co-editor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. He is Full Professor of Architectural Design and of Urbanism. He is chair of Landscape Architecture at the University of Trento.
He graduated in architecture in 1982 at La Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). He became Researcher Professor (1984), Associate Professor (1997) and Full Professor (2001) at the Pescara School of Architecture (Italy). In 1996-1997 he was Fulbright Recipient and Visiting Scholar at GSD, Harvard University, USA, (1996-97) Visiting Professor of Sustainable Urbanism at Universitad Moderna de Lisboa (2006-2007), at Technische Universitat of Munich (2008-2009) and of Advanced Urbanism at IAAC, Barcelona, Spain (2015).
Since 1999 he is member of the Scientific Board of the Villard International Seminar and since 2004 of the Villard International Doctorate. He has been member of Italian Society of Urban Planners Steering Committee (2003-05, 2007-11). Since 2010 he is member of the Mies Foundation Mediterraean Program Board. Since 2014 he is Vice President of the Accademia Urbana Scienfici Society. He gave lectures or was keynote speaker in several international universities.
Editor of BABEL international series of books (2000-2007 Meltemi publisher and 2010-2012 List publisher) he is author of several books, such as: New Paradigms (List, 2012), UniverCity (List 2010), iSpace (Meltemi, 2008), RISCHIOPAESAGGIO (Meltemi, 2003).
His projects with RICCISPAINI architectural firm have got several prizes in international competitions and have been exhibited in the Biennale of Venice in 1996 and in 2012. His Ghella Offices Building in Rome won the European Solar Prize in 2015.
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