Mario Cucinella is founder of Mario Cucinella Architects based in Paris, France and in Bologna, Italy.
The architecture practice has received many major awards in international competitions since it was established in 1992. Its projects include the Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy-efficient Building (SIEEB) at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; the new Civic Offices of Bologna; the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) at The University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China; the new headquarters of 3M ITALY Milan; the project of Regional Agency for the Environment ARPA in Ferrara, Italy; a Kuwait School, in Gaza, developed in partnership with UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East).
MCA avail itself of a team of architects and engineers from various countries and has a solid background in architectural design, with particular attention to energy issues and environmental impact of buildings. The firm is active in industrial design and technological research - through partnerships with universities and research programs of the European Commission - to which it devotes a special internal unit.
He taught at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Ferrara, Italy (1998-2006) and is an honorary professor at Nottingham University, United Kingdom (2004-). He was guest professor in emerging technologies at Technische Universität (TU München) in Munich, Germany (2013) and guest professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Naples Federico II, Naples (2014).
He started S.O.S. - School of Sustainability, a school focused on training new professionals in the field of sustainability, based in Bologna, Italy in 2014.
He also founded the non-profit organization Building Green Future in 2012. The organization promotes sustainable development through green architecture and urban regeneration.
He was made an ‘Honorary Fellow’ by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for 2016, for his contribution to world architecture that not only represents the spirit of his country, but transcends it, by its references and its international influence.
Mario Cucinella was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Europe in 2005.