SOS Team: an experienced and multisciplinary group of professionals

Mario Cucinella

Founder and President

Mario Cucinella is the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects - MCA. With over 25 years of professional practice, MCA has developed extensive experience in architectural design, with particular attention to the issues of energy and environmental impact of buildings. The studio is established in Bologna with an international team of more than 90 architects, engineers and designers. MCA is a company with a solid experience at the forefront of contemporary design and research with an integrated approach to design work based on close collaboration with multi-disciplinary consultants to create an innovative and appropriate design response for every project and clients requirements. Mario delivers lectures, conference and seminars in Italy and abroad, while maintaining an active role in teaching at several universities. In 2012, Mario founded Building Green Futures, a non-for-profit organization with the goal of integrating sustainable architecture and renewable energy to improve living conditions in developing countries. In 2015, he launched SOS School of Sustainability with the aim of training the next generation of professionals in the field of Sustainability.

Massimo Imparato


Massimo Imparato is a licensed architect with over twenty years of professional practice within the field of the creative industries, and more than fifteen years of experience in design education, of which the last eight teaching across undergraduate and post grad programs of architecture and design in Italy and the Middle East: Massimo taught studio courses at the Polytechnic of Milan, at the University of Trento, the Florence Institute of Design and the Academia of Mendrisio; in 2012 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the American University of Sharjah, and then he joined as a full time Faculty the School of Architecture and Interior Design of Canadian University Dubai. In the Middle East he established a broad professional and academic network of institutional and industrial leaders in research and innovation. His curatorial project UAE Modern gathers local and international experts to share experiences and exchange knowledge on design innovation for sustainable environments. He joined SOS in 2018 as Director of the Program.

Andrea Rossi

Lecturer and Track Leader

Andrea Rossi, Head of R&D department at MC A, is an architect specialized in sustainable environmental design who has achieved his March in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London. As an Architect and Environmental Consultant he is constantly involved in architectural competitions and private design commissions. Registered architect in UK and Italy and chartered member of the RIBA, Andrea joined Chapman BDSP in 2013 after having collaborated with Kengo Kuma and Associates Europe and Studio Pession Associati. Andrea has been Visiting Lecturer at Polytechnic University of Turin School of Architecture and worked as Teaching Assistant since 2013. At SOS he co-leads the course Environmental Design and leads the Project Track Post Carbon Architecture.

Irene Giglio

Lecturer and Track Leader

Irene Giglio is an experienced architect specialized in sustainable environmental design. After having achieved her March in Sustainable Environmental Design from the Architectural Association in London she joined Mario Cucinella Architects, becoming a member of the Research and Development Team, while also taking an active part at the design stage, participating in several international competitions as an Architect and designer. She contributes from concept stage to detailed design about form-finding, daylight, thermal comfort and lowering operational energy demand. She collaborates with different professionals on a wide range of projects all around the world. Irene is still engaged at the AA, where she contributes as a lecturer and external reviewer. At SOS she co-leads the course Environmental Design and the Project Track The Right to (Quality) Shelter.

SOS External Expert

Juan Vallejo

Guest Lecturer, Environmental Design

Juan Vallejo is an architect and educator with a thorough expertise in Environmental Design. After having earned his Bachelor in Architecture at the University of Granada, Juan moved to the UK to enroll to the AA, where he got his MSc in Sustainable Environmental Design. At the University of Nottingham he then made his Phd studies. A certified architect in Spain, Juan lives between Spain and the UK, where he is an environmental analyst for Natural Cooling ltd., while lecturing at the University of Nottingham and the Westminster School of Architecture. Since 2015 Juan is a contributor to the SOS program, where he joins on regular basis for giving lectures and workshops.

Simos Yannas

Distinguished Guest Lecturer

Director Sustainable Environmental Design at Architectural Association School of Architecture. She has taught and carried out research on sustainable environmental design with awards from national and international agencies. His books include “Roof Cooling Techniques” that was shortlisted for the RIBA International Book Award for Architecture, and Lessons from Vernacular Architecture published 2014.

SOS Guest Lectures 2015 - 2020

  • Renato Accorinti – Mayor Politician, Mayor of Messina, Italy Social Activist snd Pacifist
  • Rab Bennetts – Architect Founder of Bennetts Associates in London and Edinburgh
  • Klaus Bode – Engineer, Board Director Chapman Bdsp
  • Enrico Borgarello – Chemist Director at I.Lab of Italcementi Group
  • Federico M. Butera – Engineer Professor Emeritus of Building Physics at Politecnico di Milano, Un-Habitat Consultant
  • Renee Cheng – Architect, Faia Professor University of Minnesota
  • Peter Clegg – Architect, Founding Partner at Clegg Feilden and Bradley Studios
  • Carlo Colloca – Ass. Professor of Sociology of the Environment at University of Catania
  • Iago Corazza – Journalist, Photographer and Reporter at National Geographic
  • Paolo Cresci – Engineer Arup
  • Luca De Biase – Journalist, Editor and Innovation Journalist at Sole24ore
  • Marco De Ponte – Secretary General at Actionaid Italia
  • Patrizia Di Monte – Architect Co-Founder at Gravalos Di Monte Arquitectos
  • Alexandre Dubor – Leader of the Master in Robotic and Advanced Construction at IAAC
  • Giovanni Formiglio – Director Agenzia del Demanio (State Property Office) Trasformazione Organizzativa e Gestione del Cambiamento
  • Gian Luca Galletti – Politician Italian Minister of the Environment
  • Giovanni Ginocchini – Architect Director at the Bologna Urban Center
  • Michael Guarino – Lecturer, UTSA College of Architecture
  • Catherine Harrington – Architect, Architype, London Visiting Critic AA, Bartlett, Westminster
  • Massimo Lepore – Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects
  • Katherine Lowe - Head Sustainability, Restoration and Renewal, Houses of Parliament, UK
  • Rob Marsh - Head of Sustainability at C.F. Møller Architects
  • Antonio Navarra – Climatologist, President at Euromediterranean Center on Climate Change
  • Darryl Ohlenbusch – Lecturer, UTSA College of Architecture
  • Matteo Orlandi – Engineer Arup
  • Ingrid Paoletti – Ass. Professor of Building Technology at Politecnico di Milano
  • Carlo Ratti – Architect Founding Partner at Carlo Ratti Associati, Director at Mit Senseable City Laboratory
  • Layton Reid – Dean of Architecture at Ravensbourne University, Founder of Desitecture
  • Eike Roswag – Engineer, Architext Partner, Ziegert Roswag Seiler Architects And Engineers
  • Matthias Schuler – Engineer, Founder of Transsolar Visiting Professor at Gsd, Harvard University
  • Gianni Silvestrin – Researcher Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy President at Green Building Council Italia, Scientific Director At Kyoto Club
  • Alice Tasca - Managing Partner, Active Social Architecture (ASA), Kigali, Rwanda
  • Mike Taylor - Senior associated at Tamassociati Studio
  • Paolo Tombesi – Architect, Professor, Phd University Of Melbourne And Epfl Lausanne
  • Chiara Tonelli – Architect Associate Professor at Roma3 University, Solar Decathlon Europe Competition, 2014 First Place
  • Stephan Uhlenbrook – Program Director at International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
  • Simon Yannas - Director of the MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA, UK
  • Edoardo Zanchini – Environmentalist, Vice President of Legambiente