Laura Andreini, Architect
Founding partner of Studio Archea, in 1990 she graduated from the architecture faculty of Florence, where she completed her Ph.D. in 1997 with a thesis titled “The permanence of the concept of proportion from Renaissance to Modernism through the model of the Florentine mansion” with Antonio D’Auria as thesis advisor. She has conducted activities as researcher in architectural design and town planning at the University of Florence since 1999.
She is currently professor of the “Architecture Planning Workshop I” course for graduate students in Architectural Sciences at the University of Florence.
In addition to her activities as architect and teacher, she has carried out an intense work of in-depth research and critical reflection within the context of architectural design. In January 2003 she was appointed vice chief editor of the magazine Area, published by Motta Architettura of the Sole 24 Ore group, after working as editor of the magazine since 1997.
Marco Casamonti, Architect
Founding member of the studio Archea, he graduated with top votes in 1990 from the University of Florence; in 1994 he completed his Ph.D. at the architecture faculty of Genoa, with a thesis titled “History and Architectural Design, a central issue in the architectural debate of the postwar years”. After teaching experiences at the faculties of Florence and Parma, he was appointed permanent professor in architectural design and town planning at the architecture faculty of Genoa in 2001. He is visiting professor and critic at the most important foreign university institutions as those of Barcelona, Graz Mendrisio and Zurich. He conducts an intense work of in-depth research and critical reflection on the subject of architecture by publishing treatises and writings and holding conferences and lectures. He was appointed chief editor of the international architecture magazine Area, published by Motta Architettura which belongs to the Sole 24 Ore group in 1997, and co-editor along with Paolo Portoghesi of the magazine Materia in 1999; in the same year he also became chief editor and scientific director of the architecture sector of Motta Architettura.
Giovanni Polazzi, Architect
Socio fondatore dello studio, si laurea nel 1987 con il massimo dei voti presso la Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università di Firenze. Dal 1978 fino al 1987 collabora con il Prof. Pierluigi Spadolini, suo relatore di tesi, sia nell’attività didattica che in quella progettuale. Nel 2001 consegue il titolo di dottore di ricerca in Progettazione Architettonica e Urbana presso l’Università di Firenze. All’attività di progettista ha affiancato un' intensa attività didattica in diverse Università italiane, tra cui Genova e Parma, dove ha tenuto corsi in qualità di professore a contratto. Redattore della rivista Area, ha condotto negli anni un intenso lavoro di approfondimento e riflessione critica sui temi dell’architettura, pubblicando saggi e scritti su libri e riviste, in Italia e all’estero. Attualmente è titolare del Laboratorio di Architettura III, presso la Facoltà di Architettura dell’Università degli studi di Firenze. Per la collana Tools, pubblicata da Motta architettura, ha curato: Metalli – elementi del progetto, Loft, Case nel Mondo, Legni – elementi del progetto.