Born in Milano in 1955, Cino Zucchi earned a B.S.A.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.) in 1978 and a Laurea in Architettura at the Politecnico di Milano in 1979, where he is Chair Professor of Architectural and Urban Design and member of the PhD program. He served as John T. Dunlop Visiting Professor in Housing and Urbanization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the spring 2013 semester and has been visiting professor for various universities in the past including Syracuse University in Florence, the ETH in Zürich and the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid. He is regularly invited to give lectures and sit on architectural juries both in Italy and abroad.
His essays and writings on architecture, urban design and theory have been published in many international magazines including “Domus”, “Casabella”, “Abitare” and many others. He has been on the Forum of the architectural magazine “Lotus international” since 1996 and is author of the books L’architettura dei cortili milanesi 1535-1706 (Electa 1989), Asnago e Vender, L’astrazione quotidiana-architetture e progetti 1925-1970 (Skira1999), Cino Zucchi. Inspiration and Process in Architecture (Moleskine 2012), and editor of the book Bau-Kunst-Bau published by Clean in 1994. He participated in the organization and exhibition design of the XV, XVI, XVIII and XIX Triennale in Milan and he is in the scientific committee of the XXI Triennale. His work has been shown at the 6th, 8th, 12th and 13th Biennale in Venice where the installation Copycat. Empathy and Envy as Form-makers was awarded a special mention by the Jury (2012).
Together with his studio CZA he has designed and realized many industrial, commercial, residential and public buildings, public spaces, master plans and renewals of industrial, agricultural and historical areas and has participated in numerous architectural and urban design competitions nationally and internationally. Recent works include the Keski Pasila master plan in Helsinki, residential and office buildings in the former Alfa Romeo area in Milan, the Group M office building in Assago (Milan), the Salewa Headquarters in Bozen, residential complexes in Milan, Parma, Ravenna and Bologna, the new Lavazza headquarters and the restoration and extension of the National Automobile Museum in Turin, which won the Inarch/Ance 2011 awardfor architecture. The design for the former industrial area of the ex-Junghans in Venice received many national and international awards including mentions at the Mies van der Rohe Award – Barcelona 2001, the Medaglia d’oro dell’Architettura Italiana 1995-2003 e 2004-2006, and the Brick Award 2004, the Piranesi Award 2001, the Premio di Architettura “Comune di Venezia” 2005 and the ECOLA Award 2008.