SOS Team: an experienced and multisciplinary group of professionals

The SOS Team is made up of a variety of experts from the world of education, professions, research and industry. Each is the bearer of skills that are intertwined with the issues of sustainability, climate change, de-carbonization, sustainable development agenda and the transition to the circular economy.

The awareness to be facing an unprecedented challenge has pushed us to bring together knowledge and disciplines that were once separate in a single place where we can experiment good practices that allow us to return to the act that most characterizes human history, that of transformation of the inhabited space, its full dignity as an accomplice of natural processes. The SOS community includes architects, engineers, sociologists, anthropologists, artists and designers who, together with our students, experiment with new design avenues and good practices of social inclusion.

SOS Internal Expert

Valentina Porceddu

Lecturer


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Valentina Porceddu earned her bachelor in Architecture at the University of Cagliari, and her MArch with honors in Sustainable Architecture at Polytechnic of Turin. In 2016 she enrolled to the program of SOS School of Sustainability. After the completion of her studies at SOS, she was hired at Mario Cucinella Architects, where she joined the Research + Development team. At the R&D she co-lead the research on the National Adaptation Plan on Climate and developed the winning proposal for the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. Since 2017 she co-leads the course of Common Ground, and provides tutoring and research supervision across the Program.

Valentina Torrente

Lecturer


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Valentina Torrente is an Architectural Engineer graduated from the university of Pavia in Building Engineering and Architecture. In 2016 she enrolled to the program of SOS School of Sustainability. After the completion of her studies at SOS, she was hired at Mario Cucinella Architects, where she joined the Research + Development team. At the R&D she co-lead the research on the National Adaptation Plan on Climate and developed the winning proposal for the Italian Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. Since 2017 she co-leads the course of Common Ground, and provides tutoring and research supervision across the Program.

Irene Giglio

Tutor & Lecturer


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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.

Andrea Rossi

Tutor & Lecturer


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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.

SOS External Expert

Alessio Batistella

Tutor & Lecturer


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Alessio Battistella is president and founding member of ARCò, a collective of Architecture and Cooperation delivering projects and applied research in the field of low tech, sustainable architecture in humanitarian emergency contexts. ARCò addresses Sustainability as a social issue by seeking suitable techniques to the specific sites of action and enabling self-construction processes as well as having an approach that is close to the social instances; economic through the choice of the building techniques, the use of natural materials and the resource management; environmental through the use of renewable energy sources, the use of passive bioclimatic architecture principles, the careful management of the life cycle of the building and materials. Prior to founding ARCò Alessio has achieved his PhD in Architectural Engineering at the University of Pavia. Alessio has an extensive publication and teaching activity, including studio course at the Polytechnic of Turin, Polytechnic of Milan, University of Pavia and NABA. He contributes to the SOS curriculum and to teaching since 2015.

Federico Parolotto

Distinguished Guest Lecturer


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Federico Parolotto, Senior Partner at MIC – Mobility in Chain www.michain.com He co-founded the firm in 2009. He graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning at Milan Polytechnic and began his career at SOM London. As a transport planner, Federico worked on many major urban planning projects worldwide, advising clients ranging from public bodies to important architectural firms, and from technology providers to transport operators. He was also a member of the expert committee that supported Milan City Council in the drafting of the SUMP, the recently adopted Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. Acting as chief transport planner, Federico Parolotto was recently involved in a number of ground breaking projects. Among them, the floating island and the Tokyo Toyota Campus with BIG, the new Lugano Waterfront scheme with Carlo Ratti Associatati, and the Cancun expansion programme with Studio Boeri Architetti. Federico has also been involved in the delivery of a number of projects for the automotive industry which focus on the development of new vehicular technologies and their impact on cities.

Brian Ford

Distinguished Guest Lecturer


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She is currently Co-Director of the MArch+MSc Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association, a member of the AA PhD Committee and a member of the Teaching Committee. She has been in architectural practice and environmental research and has taught at the AA Graduate School and at the Technical University of Lisbon.

Juan Vallejo

Distinguished Guest Lecturer


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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.

SOS Guest Lectures

Renato Accorinti – Mayor Politician, Mayor of Messina, Italy Social Activist and Pacifist

Mina Akhavan – Research. Fellow and Adjunct Professor

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 Poptecnico 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 – Journapst, Photographer and Reporter at National Geographic

Paolo Cresci – Engineer Arup

Luca De Biase – Journapst, Editor and Innovation Journapst at Sole24ore

Marco De Ponte – Secretary General at Actionaid Itapa

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 Formigpo – Director Agenzia del Demanio (State Property Office) Trasformazione Organizzativa e Gestione del Cambiamento

Gian Luca Galletti – Poptician Itapan 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

Anupama Kohli – Professor at Ansal University Gurgaon

Arthur Huang – Co-Founder and CEO at Miniviz

Massimo Lepore – Senior Partner at Hopkins Architects

Katherine Lowe - Head Sustainabipty, Restoration and Renewal, Houses of Parpament, UK

Rob Marsh - Head of Sustainabipty at C.F. Møller Architects

Vassilis Mpampatsikos - Founding Member VMD Engineering, Contract Professor at Politecnico di Milano

Emaunele Naboni - Associate Professor of Sustainable and Climatic Design at University of Parma

Antonio Navarra – Cpmatologist, President at Euromediterranean Center on Cpmate Change

Darryl Ohlenbusch – Lecturer, UTSA College of Architecture

Matteo Orlandi – Engineer Arup

Ingrid Paoletti – Ass. Professor of Building Technology at Poptecnico di Milano

Simon Pierce – Associate Director Eckersley O’Callagan Engineers

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 Itapa, Scientific Director At Kyoto Club

Apce Tasca - Managing Partner, Active Social Architecture (ASA), Kigap, Rwanda

Mike Taylor - Senior Associate at Tamassociati Studio

Paolo Tombesi – Architect, Professor, Phd University Of Melbourne And Epfl Lausanne

Chiara Tonelp – 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 – Environmentapst, Vice President of Legambiente