Massimiliano Fuksas

Massimiliano Fuksas

Massimiliano Fuksas
Born 1944-01-09
Nationality Italian
Occupation Architect
Buildings FieraMilano, New Exhibition Hall, Armani Store Fifht Avenue, Armani Ginza Tower, Centro Congressi Italia, Vienna Twin Tower, Zénith Music Hall, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Peres Center for Peace

Massimiliano Fuksas (born January 9, 1944) is a major international Italian architect. He is the head of Studio Fuksas, with offices in Rome, Paris and Shenzhen.


Rome Convention Center "La Nuvola"

Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944; his father was Lithuanian Jewish while his Catholic mother was the daughter of a French father and an Austrian mother.

At the beginning of the Sixties, he worked for Giorgio De Chirico in Rome. After he left Italy and worked for a period for Archigram in London and after for Henning Larsen and Jørn Utzon in Copenhagen. He received his degree in architecture from the La Sapienza University in 1969 in Rome,[1] where he opened his first office in 1967, the GRANMA.

From 1985 he has worked in partnership with his wife, Doriana Mandrelli.[2] Subsequent offices were opened in Paris (1989) and Vienna (1993), Frankfurt (2002) and Shenzhen, China (2008).[2] Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport's new Terminal 3, which his firm designed and built 2008-2013 (with parametric design support by the engineering firm Knippers Helbig), is an outstanding example for the use of parametric design and production technologies in a large scale building. Fuksas had three daughter from Doriana Fuksas: Elisa, Lavinia, Priscilla.

From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the urban commissions of Berlin and of Salzburg. For many years he has dedicated his special attention to the study of urban problems and in particular to the suburbs. From June 1997 he was advisor to the I.F.A. (Institut Français d'Architecture) Administration Board. Since January 2000, writes the architecture column of the weekly publication L'Espresso, established by Bruno Zevi. In 2000 he was (somewhat ironically in light of his practice of employing unpaid interns for periods up to 2 years) the Director of The Venice Biennale's - 7th International Architecture Exhibition - "Less Aesthetics, More Ethics".[1]

He is visiting professor at several universities, including the École spéciale d'architecture in Paris, and Columbia University in New York.[1][3]

Main works

Twin Tower, Vienna
Zénith Music Hall, Strasbourg, France

Works in progress

Major awards


  1. 1 2 3 Aisha Hasanovic (1 July 2006). 2000 Architects. Images Publishing. pp. 405–. ISBN 978-1-920744-93-9. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Parreño, Christian (2011). "The Authority of Boldness". Glass Magazine (7): 168–171. ISSN 2041-6318.
  3. Sabina Marreiros; Heinfried Tacke (1 November 2006). Shop Design. teNeues. pp. 383–. ISBN 978-3-8327-9104-9. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  4. Duncan Garwood; Abigail Hole (1 February 2008). Rome. Lonely Planet. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-1-74104-659-5. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
  5. Ron Friedman (2009-12-18), "Peres Center arrives alongside Ajami", The Jerusalem Post
  6. "Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Studio Fuksas". ArchDaily. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  7. David Trottin (1999). In-Ex Projects. Birkhäuser. pp. 214–. ISBN 978-3-7643-6128-0. Retrieved 28 April 2012.

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