Massimiliano Fuksas, born in Rome in 1944 of Lithuanian background, graduated in architecture from the Sapienza University of Rome in 1969. Fuksas set up a studio in Rome in 1967, followed by one in Paris 1989. In 2008 he also opened a studio in Shenzhen, China. One of the leaders of the contemporary architectural scene since the 1980s, he has held the position of visiting professor at several universities, such as the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Vienna, the Staadtliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Stuttgart and Columbia University in New York. Between 1998 and 2000, he was the director of the 7th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”. Since 2000, he has been writing for architecture column founded by Bruno Zevi for the Italian weekly publication “L’Espresso”.
Doriana O. Mandrelli was born in Rome where she obtained a degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at the Sapienza University of Rome in 1979. She graduated in Architecture from the École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris, France. She curated four “Special Projects” at the 7th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics” in 2000: Jean Prouve, Jean Maneval, the Peace Pavilion and Architecture of Spaces, and the contemporary art section. She has been in partnership with Massimiliano Fuksas since 1985 and has been the head of “Fuksas Design” since 1997. Her design projects include mirrors “Rosy” and “Lucy” for Fiam, 2013; series of lamps “Candy Collection” for Zonca, 2013; auditorium seat “Carla” for Poltrona Frau, 2012; “Colombina Collection” for Alessi, 2007 – 2010, table and library for senior management “Mumbai” for Haworth Castelli, 2008.
In 2002 she was honoured with the title of “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française”. In 2009 “Gold Medal Award” Zenith Music Hall in Strasbourg, France, “Honorable Mention for Public Spaces and Infrastructures” St. Paolo Church in Foligno, Italy, Triennale, Milan.