• Teaching and lecturing at the Arab International University (AIU), Damascus, Syria, 2010-2011

Architect, artist, professor and lecturer at International Universities. Stardust* Director.

Francesco was born in 1979 in Montecchio Emilia (Reggio Emilia) a little town in the north of Italy, from a Sicilian family. They moved to Sicily when he was very young and he grew up in Siracusa. There he started receiving an artistic education from the school and from the environment, full of historical and natural “monuments”. Since he was a child he demonstrated artistic skills, participated to exhibitions and got prizes. Then he decided to study architecture.
“Architecture is art”, with this idea Francesco was studying at the university, and always combined the studies with art activities (exhibitions, workshops) and his own artistic production.
After living two years in Palermo in 2000 he got a grant (Erasmus, given to the three best students of the year) to spend a period of 12 months at the University of Barcelona, one of the most important schools of architecture in Europe. Moving to Barcelona was a big change in terms of life and formation.
Francesco completed the studies cum laude and special mention between Palermo and Barcelona immerse in the new European culture. After the degree in architecture in 2004 he got a Master in “New Instrument of Architecture” at the Etsab (The School of Barcelona).
Always was distant from the definitions of the arts, and gradually this became evident in the different kind of works he has done during the first period of his carrier. Industrial design, interior design, architecture, exhibition design, stage design, web design, sculpture, painting and poetry are some of the art fields where Francesco is working and getting important results.
Since his first professional steps was developing his own projects and collaborating with important artists or architectural studios such as Pere Riera/RGA Arquitectes in Barcelona, Enric Ruiz Geli/Cloud 9 also in Barcelona and Robert Wilson/Watermill Center in New York. With the Wilson’s approach of cutting edges and artistic multitasking Francesco is developing the last projects with the studio Stardust* that he founded in 2008 with Carla Athayde in Barcelona (Spain).

Since he was a student he was teaching and lecturing in several universities and institutions around the world. Some of them are: the Arab International University (Syria), Faculty of Architecture of Palermo (Italy), Faculty of Architecture of Siracusa (Italy), Elisava (Spain), Faculty of Engineering of Bologna (Italy), Catalan International University/Esarq in Barcelona (Spain), Faculty of Architecture of Bahia/Faufba (Brazil).

(text from the interview 11×11 – 11 questions x 11 architects)

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