Engineer and bioarchitect
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I grew up professionally with this axiom, thanks to Prof. Arch. Bruno Zevi, well imprinted in my mind: knowledge is the pivotal concept of good design, be it architectural, rather than structural or environmental or design. Knowledge of purpose, of the function of what we are going to conceive; knowledge of the “genius loci”, of the place, meaning the identification of the socio-cultural, architectural, language, habits that characterize a place, an environment, a city; knowledge of the discipline, thus understanding the rules of architectural composition, building technique, technological aids and so forth.
I graduated with full marks from the University of Padua, the first student to have obtained a study plan oriented towards architectural design, leaving out plant and mechanical components.
For a couple of decades I worked in architecture, both in its compositional and structural components.
Then an orientation emerged that was evidently lingering inside me: I specialise in bioecological architecture and green building design, for the protection of the environment and the health of living spaces, with a particular specialization issued by ANAB (I) – Associazione Nazionale di Architettura Bioecologica, IBN (D) – Institut für Baubiologie + Oekologie di Neubeuern, SIB (CH) – Schweiz. Interessengemeinschaft für Baubiologie/Bauökologie.
Increasingly enthusiastic, I then attended the master’s degree “Specialist training course in Feng Shui Architecture” at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Ferrara, sponsored by Feng Shui Architects of Sydney and Instituto Uruguayo de Feng Shui and recognized by the International Feng Shui Guild (IFSG).
While bio-architecture focuses on the body of the building, Feng Shui focuses on the soul of the home, the effects of the environment, colours and furnishings on the human psyche, suggesting practical solutions to amplify the harmony experienced by those who live in the house, in the study or work environment.
Of all this I have made the guiding principle of my design: harmony, safeguard and discipline.
In the two decades that followed, and still today, my work is increasingly attentive and passionate, involved, or rather embraced by the enthusiasm, freshness and competence of my son, an architect, a graduate of the Politecnico of Milan, with extensive experience in international studies and solid success on Swiss soil, in Lugano.
I believe in sharing values and objectives, a conviction that I have instilled in my son and that allows us to combine our guiding principles to collaborate at different scales with other professionals and always to amaze our clients.
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Recreating order and balance in everything - from sand tracks for marbles, to the perfect shot during a water polo match, from the notes on architectural history to the drafting of the project - has been and still is my polar star for the achievement of full satisfaction and happiness.
I have been a professional for over twenty years in the field of architectural design and interior design, dividing my time between Italy and Switzerland and collaborating with important design studios to create projects in the residential, retail and business sectors. I always aim to generate concrete benefits and advantages for my clients, who are the people around whom a "responsible" project is built.
After years of activity as a manager of numerous projects, both as a general contractor and as a total contractor and general planner, I can say that I have achieved a high level of competence and that I am a complete architect and manager, recognised as a serious, competent professional who is able to collaborate and lead interdisciplinary teams.
I grew up professionally with this axiom, thanks to Prof. Arch. Bruno Zevi, well imprinted in my mind: knowledge is the pivotal concept of good design, be it architectural, rather than structural or environmental or design. I believe in sharing values and objectives, a conviction that I have instilled in my son and that allows us to combine our guiding principles to collaborate at different scales with other professionals and always to amaze our clients
Together in life and work, with my wife Claudia we form a complementary pair of architects. My characteristic is the instantaneous perception of space and the natural attention to detail that lead me to develop innovative and sophisticated architectural and technological solutions, but at the same time of great visual simplicity and linearity.
Together in life and work, with my husband Andrea we form a complementary pair of architects. My characteristic is the intuitive and communicative approach to design, which allows me to interpret the client's needs and translate them into drawings that express the project concept in terms of style, atmosphere, light and colour.
Architecture is in the detail. I am convinced that attention to detail is to be paid to every scale of architecture, from the interior to the design of the urban space. Introducing carefully studied elements and details is what can make a project recognizable, distinguishable and unique. This is what I try to apply both professionally and academically.
Giuseppe Joi Donati
The very essence of my work for me lies in the construction process. The construction site, the place of making, the place where details and drawings become reality. In this phase the "symphony" becomes concrete, what has been thought, designed and drawn takes shape. The direction of the work lies in coordinating the roles of the actors, just as a conductor must calibrate the performances and direct the operations to achieve a perfect performance.
I am a versatile, involved and punctual architect, who aims to respect the timing of the construction site and the synergies related to the relationship between companies and clients, succeeding in positioning myself as a point of reference for both thanks to my profound knowledge of the subject of the construction site.
The passion for architecture has accompanied me since I was a child, and the thesis for the completion of compulsory schooling already dealt with the architecture and urban planning of the neighbourhood where I lived. This passion, and the professional experience acquired over the years, now applies to my own projects and clients.
Pierluigi di Giacomo
Since 2011, I have successfully launched, together with my colleague Tommaso Raffa, my architecture and interior design studio, Wisp Architects, giving voice to all my passion for design and exploiting all my previous experiences on my own projects and clients.