The space of Italy at the Biennale, with the most interesting national proposals, in the annual alternation between art and architecture.

Padiglione Italia

The space of Italy at the Biennale, with the most interesting national proposals, in the annual alternation between art and architecture.



Mario Cucinella has been named curator of the Padiglione Italia at the 2018 Biennale di Venezia by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism Dario Franceschini.
Mario Cucinella was selected more than one year before the opening of the 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia in 2018. His nomination marks the conclusion of a process to which ten leading national and international figures were invited. The project was selected by the Minister from the shortlist proposed by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries.
“Cucinella’s project – Franceschini stated – is highly ambitious and innovative. It keeps the international community’s attention focused on the challenge of rebuilding”. 
Mario Cucinella founded Mario Cucinella Architects in Paris in 1992 and in Bologna in 1999. The hallmarks of his work and research include the design of sustainable buildings and the rational use of energy.
Conscious of the positive impact that a building can have on the regeneration of the environment around it (natural, urban and social-economic) Cucinella has consistently encouraged the adoption of a language of design that expresses the beauty and richness of local cultures.

From 1998 to 2006 Mario Cucinella was adjunct professor with the Laboratory of Architectural Technology at the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara, and from 2004 he is Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, Great Britain. In 2013 he was Guest Professor in Emergency Technologies at the Technische Universität in Munich and in 2014 he was adjunct professor with the Faculty of Architecture at the Federico II University of Naples. He is currently Director of the PLEA Scientific Committee (Passive and Low Energy Architecture). In 2016 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded him the “International Fellowship”. In 2017 he received the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In January 2012 he founded Building Green Futures: a no-profit organisation with the objective of fusing environmental culture and technology to create architecture that guarantees dignity, quality and performance while respecting the environment. The most symbolic project of the BGF is the Kuwait School in Gaza, developed in partnership with UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).


A total of ten curatorial proposals were received by the DGAAP, responsible for the selection process. Each was developed by architects known for their attention toward the most advanced research and experiments applied to themes of public and private space.
The 10 curators invited were: Alterstudio partners, Fabrizio Barozzi, Marco Stefano Biraghi, Alessandra Cianchetta, C+S/Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini, Mario Cucinella, Labics/Maria Claudia Clemente and Francesco Isidori, Vincenzo Latina, Simona Malvezzi, Matteo Robiglio.

The selection was based on gender equality and proven national and international experience, guaranteeing the presence of young people and recognised professionals. Many of those on the list gained their notoriety in the field of architecture thanks their participation in design competitions, allowing them to complete important public projects in Italy and abroad.


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