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About the practice

Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel share a desire to stimulate a new and different way of experiencing space – beyond the structure. An art of living, with a unique micro & macro perspective. Architecture that evokes emotion, stimulates intellect, reflects qualities of life. Architecture which is in dialogue with context and engages people.

FOUNDERS & PARTNERS

Antonio Citterio

With work in every significant museum’s contemporary design collection, Antonio Citterio is a knowledge broker for innovation in design and architecture. His humble demeanor and environmental sensitivity put form at the service of function, elevating both.

Patricia Viel

Patricia Viel is the driving force of the practice. Her exceptional insight, leadership and sensibility bring her to the forefront of the fast-paced architectural environment. Working closely with the team, Patricia Viel evokes emotion and perspective with each project, and translates it into extraordinary narrative and durable design solutions.

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  • Marco Brambilla
    Marco Brambilla
    Marco Brambilla
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Marco Brambilla

    A multifaceted professional with dozens of projects under his belt, Marco loves attacking challenges with an eye towards innovation and a human touch. He takes the enthusiasm for dismantling and reassembling all kinds of objects from his youth to simplify the complexity he encounters in his work. Marco started with ACPV in 2000 and became a Partner in 2017.

    « What architecture is in my view? The noblest possible intentions in a context and their implementation through strategic planning and well-set workflows. »

  • Sara Busnelli
    Sara Busnelli
    Sara Busnelli
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Sara Busnelli

    Sensitive to details at all scales, Sara seeks balance between beauty and function in urban landscapes, architecture and beyond. As an art, music and nature lover, she regards durability, innovations and emotions as essential values of her practice. Partner at ACPV from 2012, she joined the company in 2001, leading a wide range of projects.

    « Architecture is above all a complex phenomenon, always poised between art, technique, nature and man. – Why do I like being an architect? Because I can embrace the entire environment of human life. »

  • Claudio Raviolo
    Claudio Raviolo
    Claudio Raviolo
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Claudio Raviolo

    With numerous prizes since joining ACPV in 2004, Claudio started his adult life as a painter – a background that informs his vigorous aesthetic program. He goes beyond fashions and simple descriptions of the zeitgeist, and strives for an architecture that welcomes the actions of human beings and enriches their thoughts and primeval feelings. He became a Partner in 2012.

    « Most contemporary architecture is solely a three-dimensional graphic rendering, and rarely a profound thought on people’s relationship with their environment and the surrounding space. »

  • Florian Thorwart
    Florian Thorwart
    Florian Thorwart
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Florian Thorwart

    An accomplished musician as a child, Florian can draw the details out of complex situations, and generate harmony among the many actors involved in a large project. Florian appreciates large-context projects but cautions against forgetting the simple needs-based structures of history. He joined ACPV in 2005 and became a partner in 2012.

    « Architecture, in its finest manifestation, is a vehicle of aesthetic and technical development that enables its users to live in tune with the environment and society. »

  • Joseph Montaleone
    Joseph Montaleone
    Joseph Montaleone
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Joseph Montaleone

    Joseph has been a Partner in ACPV since 2012. He currently heads the New York office which was established under his leadership in 2015. In addition to his experience with ACPV in Milan and New York, he has extensive international experience gained in high profile studios in Sydney, London and Rotterdam. His inclusive, open-minded approach is informed by his understanding of real-world constraints.

    « As a boy, I always wanted to be an ‘inventor’. I liked the idea of creating something new, to imagine something and make it a reality. This just naturally led me to architecture. »

  • Chung-Yi Yang
    Chung-Yi Yang
    Chung-Yi Yang
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Chung-Yi Yang

    Working on projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Chung-yi takes the study and definition of interior spaces and architecture as a guide for improving the quality and use of every environment that surrounds us; residential and service spaces, hospitality and retail. A Partner from 2017, she has been part of ACPV since 2007.

    « The perception and quality of space play definitely more important roles than any architectural form or image. »

  • Francesca Carlino
    Francesca Carlino
    Francesca Carlino
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Francesca Carlino

    Francesca combines culture and traditions of living while constantly striving for innovations within her architecture. She regards Interiors as the back-drop to modern living; approaching her work with attention and grace. Francesca joined ACPV in 2000; becoming a Partner in 2017.

    « I feel like an architect anthropologist. My field of study is human beings and their environments. My aspiration is to design interiors, homes and work places where people find comfort, joy and contentment. »

  • Paolo Mazza
    Paolo Mazza
    Paolo Mazza
    photo by Giulio Boem

    Paolo Mazza

    Following a method marked by his relentless curiosity, Paolo is driven by knowledge, studying and understanding the secrets of things down to the atomic level, from a global point of view to the very detail. His respect for tradition and fascination with the future guide his work in every respect. After joining ACPV in 2000, Paolo became a Partner in 2017.

    « I see architecture as the unique organization of different needs with a strive for expression and search for meanings in human settlements. »

Awards & publications

Major competitions

  • 2016.1st Prize - International Competition: Taipei Sky Tower – Taipei (Taiwan)
  • 2016.1st Prize - Requalification of the Military Memorial Monument of Monte Grappa – Italy
  • 2015.1st Prize - New Retail Concept for Poste Italiane – Italy
  • 2013.1st Prize - International Competition: New office building in Arnulfpark - Munich
  • 2013.1st Prize - International Competition: Requalification of the railway station area of Chiasso, Switzerland. Joint venture with C+S Architect
  • 2013.2nd Prize - International Competition: New sport centre, Lugano, Switzerland
  • 2012.Finalist - International Competition: mixed-use complex at Spree Urban – Berlin
  • 2011.1st Prize - International Competition: Expo 2015 site accessibility essential works – Milan
  • 2011.Finalist - International Competition: Residential building on Königinstrasse – Munich
  • 2008.1st Prize - Architectural Competition: Masterplan for the “Cascina Merlata” area, Milan, ex-aequo with MCA Architects and Studio Caputo Partnership
  • 2007.1st Prize - International Competition: Renovation of the historical Palazzo Aporti building, Milan
  • 2007.2nd Prize - International Competition: Diocesano Museum, Milan
  • 2005.1st Prize - International Competition: Hotel Facilities, Hafencity, Hamburg

Distinctions

  • 2018.Bulgari Resort Dubai awarded Prix Versailles in Hotels category (Africa and West Asia)
  • 2014.Ermenegildo Zegna Headquarters (Milan, Italy) and Piazza Michele Alboreto (Rozzano, Italy) selected for the Italian Pavilion at the “Architecture Biennale”, 14th edition, Venice, Italy
  • 2012.Salaino 10 residential building: nominated work for European Union Prize For Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award
  • 2012.Technogym Village (Cesena, Italy) selected for the Italian Pavilion at the “Architecture Biennale”, 13th edition, Venice, Italy
  • 2007.GlaxoSmithKline Day Nursery: nominated work for European Union Prize For Contemporary Architecture - Mies Van Der Rohe Award
  • 2005.Hamburg Architekture Preis (2nd prize): Edel Music AG Headquarters, Hamburg

Monographs

  • 2016.Lezioni di Architettura e Design - Antonio Citterio, Design sensibile e tecnologico, RCS, Milano
  • 2011.I Maestri dell’Architettura - Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, Hachette, Milano
  • 2011.Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, Monograph.it #3, LISt, Barcelona
  • 2007.Alba Cappellieri, Antonio Citterio. Architettura e Design, Skira
  • 1995.Pippo Ciorra, Antonio Citterio, Terry Dwan: ten years of architecture and design, Birkhauser Verlag
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 WEB-sRGB 29
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Office-06
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • entrance
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 09b
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 07
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Office-02
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 11
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 12
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 25
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 27 cut
    photo by Giulio Boem
  • Citterio-Viel Studio 2017 PRINT 24
    photo by Giulio Boem
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