Our CEO, Andrea Maffei, graduated in architecture in Florence in 1994 with honors and, after some initial experience with the office of Massimo Carmassi in Pisa, in 1997 he moved to Tokyo to work in the atelier of Arata Isozaki.
Initially he was engaged in the team of the Ceramics Museum in Gifu (Japan) and then as project leader in the competition the new exit of the Uffizi museum, won in March 1999. From 1999 to 2001 he was project leader of the house Wabrah Sheik Al-Thani in Doha, Qatar, and then the expansion project of the museum of history of Qatar in Doha, as well as many competitions in various parts of the world. This allows him to travel around the world and come into contact with the wider Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.
Become Associate of Arata Isozaki and leader of Italian projects, directs the design of Palahockey of Turin, a large renovation project for the 2006 Winter Olympics, now so called Palaisozaki, which has been designed with the aim of an extensive use post – Olympic and now guests concerts, conferences and other events. He also directed the project of the Olympic pool and the park of Piazza d’Armi in Torino, Italy (2002-2006) and he did the artistic supervision of these three construction sites in Turin.
In 2005 opens his own office in Milan, “Andrea Maffei Architects” developing several projects in Italy and abroad.
The office wins several Italians competitions including the new high-speed trains station in Bologna (2008) and the new headquarters of the Province of Bergamo (2009), participate in the big competition for the extension of the city of Monte Carlo on the sea (2007-2008), to extend the city by the sea in the form of a peninsula with new residences, hotels, offices and museums (with A. Isozaki).
He signed the project of the new exit of the Uffizi museum (2007), the new library in Maranello (2009) compleated in 2011.
Is the architect signer of the new office skyscraper in the Old Fair in Milan (project with A. Isozaki). The project consisted in a 207m high skyscraper, a central square of the complex with underground station, several residential buildings.
In addition to the professional activities, he writes on various architectural magazines and since 1997 is correspondent for the architecture magazine “CASABELLA”, director Prof. Francesco Dal Co, in which he publishes various projects and texts on contemporary Japanese architecture. He curated a special issue on Japan architecture in march 2000. He curates the monograph “Toyo Ito’s works, the texts, the writings” published by Electa, in 2001.
From 2000 to 2002 takes academic activity as a visiting professor of architectural design at Waseda University in Tokyo, in the course of prof. Osamu Ishiyama, as well as various conferences and seminars on architecture.