Mario Botta, Architect
Born in Mendrisio, Ticino, on April 1, 1943. After an apprenticeship in Lugano, he first attends the
Art College in Milan and then studies at the University Institute of Architecture in Venice. Directed by Carlo Scarpa and Giuseppe Mazzariol he receives his professional degree in 1969. During his time in Venice he has the opportunity to meet and work for Le Corbusier and Louis I. Kahn.
His professional activity begins in 1970 in Lugano. He builds his first single-family houses in
Canton Ticino and subsequently all over the world.
He has always committed himself in an intense architectural research and since 1996 he is involved as creator and founder of the new academy of architecture in Mendrisio, Ticino where he is Professor and held the directorship in 2002/2003.
His work has been recognized with important awards such as the Merit Award for Excellence in
Design by the AIA for the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; the International Architecture
Award 2006 by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the “European
Union Prize for Cultural Heritage Europa Nostra”, The Hague (The Netherlands) for the
restructuring of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan; the International Architecture Award 2007 by the
Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design for the Church Santo Volto in Turin and
the wellness centre Tschuggen Berg Oase in Arosa. His work has been presented in many
Among his realizations must be remembered the theatre and cultural center André Malraux in
Chambéry, the library in Villeurbanne, the SFMOMA museum in San Francisco, the cathedral in Evry, the museum Jean Tinguely in Basel, the Cymbalista synagogue and Jewish heritage centre in Tel Aviv, the municipal library in Dortmund, the Dürrenmatt centre in Neuchâtel, the MART
museum of modern and contemporary art of Trento and Rovereto, the Kyobo tower and the Leeum museum in Seoul, the office buildings Tata Consultancy Services in New Delhi and Hyderabad, the museum and library Fondation Bodmer in Cologny, the church Papa Giovanni XXIII in Seriate, the restoration of the Theatre alla Scala in Milan, the new casinò in Campione d’Italia, the church Santo Volto in Turin, the wellness centre Tschuggen Bergoase in Arosa, the Campari headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni, the winery Château Faugères in Saint-Emilion and the Bechtler museum in Charlotte, USA.