SOS provides the framework, tools and material assistance to boost students' technical skills and individual creativity.The School’s most distinguishing features and greatest assets are its resources – human, physical and technological. Actives projects and professionals within a practice context inspire SOS training. The sharing of design expertise and tools as well as the daily interaction with the business world offers a valuable and unique educational model oriented to the professional world.
The School is based in a recently renovated warehouse in Bologna. The building is shared with the architectural studio Mario Cucinella Architects (MC A), therefore providing a wide range of facilities and state of art services to support architectural design and research.
Projects are developed using the latest digital tools, including BIM, Parametric and Computational Design, generative algorithms and analysis tools to maximize environmental performance, while responding to the needs of occupants and users. Moreover, a fully equipped laboratory allows for 1:1 and scaled models using state of the art 3D printers and laser cutting machines.
Within the MCA studio, there is an extensive archive of 300 projects developed over 25 years, a components and materials samples library, and more than 1200 books and journals on architectural and environmental design. This provides a unique environment to build a primer in the field of sustainability and to support research work.
The MC A staff consists of 90 design professionals and a range of external consultants. Mario Cucinella, founder and president at SOS, leads the office. Over the past 25 years, MC A has developed extensive experience in professional practice and is widely regarded as a leading practice in the field of sustainable design.