SOS Open Sustainability

SOS OPEN: exchanging ideas about sustainability with the community

SOS OPEN events aim at promoting cultural awareness for the public as well as practice-related advancement for active professionals. Each lecture and workshop provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits for registered architects .


Once a month, over a ten-month period, leading professionals active in the field of design and sustainability are invited for public lectures. These events are dedicated to the exploration of approaches and ideas amongst different personalities who share a common vision for the future.

SOS Guest Lectures
  • Renato Accorinti – Mayor Politician, Mayor of Messina, Italy Social Activist snd Pacifist
  • Klaus Bode – Engineer, Board Director Chapman Bdsp
  • Rab Bennetts – Architect Founder of Bennetts Associates in London and Edinburgh
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Catherine Harrington – Architect, Architype, London Visiting Critic AA, Bartlett, Westminster
  • Katherine Lowe - Head Sustainability, Restoration and Renewal, Houses of Parliament, UK
  • Antonio Navarra – Climatologist, President at Euromediterranean Center on Climate Change
  • Matteo Orlandi – Engineer Arup
  • Carlo Ratti – Architect Founding Partner at Carlo Ratti Associati, Director at Mit Senseable City Laboratory
  • 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
  • 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
  • Simon Yannas - Director of the MSc / MArch Sustainable Environmental Design, AA, UK
  • Edoardo Zanchini – Environmentalist, Vice President of Legambiente


In relation to the Foundation Courses, the Consortium for Practice and Research and the Project Tracks, SOS OPEN offers one day workshops for professionals to earn Continuing Professional Development credits. These thematic workshops are an opportunity for practitioners to gain the latest knowledge on a range of subjects.


Based on community needs and current events, the SOS Teams and students offer 1 day to 3 weeks conferences, modules or workshops at SOS or on site. These workshops offer co-design and learning opportunities for all involved and culminate in the public display and possible implementation of the work.