Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas
Massimiliano Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944 and is of lithuanian descent. In 1969, he graduated in architecture from La Sapienza University in Rome. in 1967 before he even graduated, he had opened his first architecture practice. Since 1985 he has been working in partnership with his wife Doriana Mandrelli, also born in Rome, where she graduated in history of art from La Sapienza University in 1979. They started three offices in 1989, 1993 and 2002 in Paris, Vienna and Frankfurt, respectively where they live and work. From 1998 to 2000 Massimiliano Fuksas was appointed director of the VII Venice Architecture Biennale, "Less Aesthetics, More Ethics". Massimiliano Fuksas has also been a visiting professor at several universities including Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna and Columbia University in New York. Through their architecture one can see that the studio expresses a devotion towards the study of urban problems in large metropolitan areas. Among their latest projects are: Zenith, the music hall in strasbourg (2008); an international airport, Shenzhen, China (2007); Armani Ginza Tower, Tokyo, Japan (2007); New Trade Fair in Milan (2005); the new Congress Hall in Rome, Italy.