Student Testimonials

Vincenzo Bossa, Architect

Foster+Partners


I decided to apply to School of Sustainability while I was searching for something that could offer an outlook to the future of the profession. SOS allowed me to discover a different approach to design within a broader understanding of the actions that need to be undertaken for achieving more sustainable outcomes. I learned how to deal with different climate conditions throughout the achievement of environmental knowledge and the application of specialized tools. SOS differs from other programs in giving the possibility to learn sustainability and environmental design while offering exposure to the professional setting of an architectural firm that puts environmental design at the base of its approach. SOS – School of Sustainability has been a great experience that I shared with other fourteen colleagues from architecture and engineering. At the completion of the program I had the possibility to work as a sustainable environmental consultant for different firms.

Sonia Porpiglia, Architect

RECS Architects


A comprehensive 10 months program with a practice based approach within the professional context of Mario Cucinella Architects, School of Sustainability gave me the opportunity to work on real projects for industrial partners such as IRIS Group, to collaborate with post-grad students from the Architectural Association in the UK and to contribute to the action carried on by NGOs such as Amani in their efforts to empower communities of the African continent. The final project was done in partnership with Fondazione Innovazione Urbana and allowed to develop new policies for the engagement of the community in the management of the public commons.

Michela Galassi, R&D Engineer

Mario Cucinella Architects


I applied to SOS – School of Sustainability after attending a conference that Mario Cucinella Architects gave at my University. During the conference I realized that I could refer to their values and methods and I wouldn’t have missed the chance to improve my critical thinking related to environmental design and its wider applications. SOS post-graduate program fulfilled my expectations and helped me grow as a professional, by developing technical and communicational skills that I use every day. Right after the completion of the program, I was hired as intern at ARUP.

Elena Biason, R&D Engineer

Mario Cucinella Architects


The SOS - School of Sustainability experience was one of the most important challenges of my professional life: after a working experience in an engineering firm, I applied to SOS because I was still wondering what Sustainability - a word not always properly used - really meant to me. I was aware of Mario Cucinella expertise in environmental design, and of his worldwide leadership in this field. As an engineer I realized that the achievement of a holistic approach was crucial if I aimed at becoming a comprehensive technician able to taking care of people’s needs and environmental challenges in each design process, from the early stages of the conceptual phase. I recommend SOS post-graduate program to young ambitious architects and engineers that want to be prepared to present and future changes.

Claudia Galimberti, Sustainability Engineer

Manens-Tifs Spa


In the environment of SOS4 I learnt the power of connections and synergies among people. I strongly believe that our goal, as designers, should be that of maximizing positive synergies in order to create something more powerful than just a sum of many. Building awareness and consciousness about sustainability, through dialogue, play a key role in our community.