Born in Italy in 1960, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa in 1987 and founded Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) in Paris in 1992 and Bologna in 1999.
Since the beginning of his career, Cucinella has received important awards in international design competitions and has dedicated himself constantly to the research and development of industrial design products. He has also always cultivated a special interest in issues related to environmental design and sustainability in architecture.
Before opening MCA, Mario Cucinella worked for five years in Renzo Piano’s studio in Genoa and then in Paris. He is a visiting professor at the University of Nottingham and holds regular conferences in Italy and abroad. Currently Cucinella is the President of MCA. The firm, which has a team of architects and engineers from various countries, has a solid experience in architectural design with particular attention to energy and environmental issues, industrial design and technological research, including through collaborations with universities and research programs banned by the European Commission. In recent years, projects have been developed on different scales such as the construction of buildings with various uses, typological and technological research, studies on environmental strategies for climate control and large urban projects. Among the most significant projects: the Sino Italian Ecological Building in Beijing, the new headquarters of the Municipality of Bologna, the eBo Pavilion in Bologna and the Villejuif-Leo Lagrange station of the Paris metro.