“We feel strongly that the very best buildings sit happily in their context. Place is always our starting point. We take nothing for granted about a place but immerse ourselves in it. Out of this process comes a design that responds to its context and belongs.”
Maurizio Mucciola is an Architect and Director of PiM.studio Architects in London.
Maurizio is fascinated by the relationship between city, architecture and public places, and is passionate about rethinking the way these interact. How can we create better connections between private and public spaces? How can internal and external spaces better flow into one another? How can people positively influence the way public spaces are used? He has explored all of these questions in his work as lead architect for V&A Dundee, a dramatic building which draws people to the waterfront, revitalises the idea of public space, and blurs the boundaries between a building and its surroundings.
Before setting up PiM.studio with Maria-Chiara Piccinelli in 2016, Maurizio worked with Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo, Edinburgh and Paris, with OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, and with Jeffrey Inaba at C-Lab in New York.
In December 2019 he has been elected as a Fellow Member of the RIBA in recognition to a significant contribution to architecture, the profession and the community.
He is also a member of the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland).
Maurizio holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP – Columbia University.
He teaches at the London School of Architecture, co-leading with Maria-Chiara Piccinelli one of the LSA Design Think Tanks and he’s a RIBA student mentor.
Maria-Chiara Piccinelli is an Architect and Director of PiM.studio Architects in London.
Maria-Chiara is as interested in the technical aspects of architecture – the finer details, the way things fit together, the materials – as she is in the way we use the spaces in which we live and work. She is a strong believer in the importance of public spaces for a city to thrive, and in the crucial role nature plays within architecture.
As a director of PiM.studio alongside Maurizio Mucciola, she brings to the practice many years of experience leading complex and high-profile projects. She began her career in Italy, and has since worked in Tokyo, Edinburgh and Paris for Kengo Kuma & Associates, and in Rotterdam for OMA/Rem Koolhaas. Most recently, she applied her rigour and eye for detail as project architect on the much-heralded revamp of the Galleries Lafayette revamp in Paris for Amanda Levete Architects.
She is registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board) and with the OAPPC (the architects register in Italy).
Maria-Chiara holds a Master of Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano, and she co-leads with Maurizio Mucciola a Design Think Tank at The London School of Architecture.
Maria-Chiara is also Architecture Ambassador for the RIBA National Schools Programme.
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