Massimo Pica Ciamarra

Via Posillipo, 176 – 80123 Napoli – Italy
+39 0815752223                qualified University Teacher 1969; from 1971 to 2007 Teacher of Architectural Design at the University of Naples/Federico II;  1977 Committee 30-Architecture / Council of Tall Building and Urban Habitat, Lehigh University-USA / Italian speaker in the 2nd World Congress “2001-Urban Spaces for Life and Work” Paris/UNESCO;  in 1991 a founding member of IDIS –Istituto per la diffusione e la valorizzazione della cultura scientifica;  1993/94 in “Ecoville-Europe”, Ministère de l’Equipement / Ministère de l’Environnement, Paris-La Villette;  from 1997 to 2011 IN/Arch National Vice-President 1997/2011 National Vice President IN/Arch;  from 2012 Vice-President of the “Fondazione Italiana per la Bioarchitettura e l’Antropizzazione sostenibile dell’Ambiente”;  President of the Scientific Committees of Bioarchitettura®, IN/Arch, Biennale di Architettura di Pisa 2017 (honorary); Professor I.A.A. International Academy of Architecture;  1997 In France, as the President of O.I.A.-Observatoire International de l’Architecture / Paris– promoted the project for the “Directive européenne sur l’architecture et le cadre de vie”; in 2018 promoted “Civilizzare lUrbano – ETS               from 2006 Editor in Chief of “Le Carré Bleu, feuille internationale d’architecture” / Paris which launched the manifesto “Fragments-Symbiose” and l’”Appel à idées – une idée pour chaque ville” under the Patronage of UNESCO ; in 2008 proposed the project of “Declaration of Human Duties” concerning habitat, which in its issue n°1/2011, launched the project -with BioA and IN/Arch- “Literacy to Ecology and the Quality of Architecture”; 2014 “Re-civilising the Urban”;  2016 “Towards a new cycle in Architecture”; 2017 “OrbiTecture”

among his books: Civilising the Urban, LCB 2018;  Integrare – il progetto sul finire dell’età della separazione, Jaca Book 2010; Etimo: costruire secondo principi – architettura e trasformazione dello spazio abitato, Liguori 2004; Interazioni – principi e metodi della progettazione architettonica, Clean 1997; La cultura del progetto – notizie / nozioni / azioni, Graffiti 1996; Qualità e concezione del progetto, Officina 1994; Città futura (a cura) – Alternative per il prossimo millennio, Cuen 1988; Architettura e dimensione urbana, Ceec 1977

among his “English short writings”: This is my philosophy; Preconditions of Harmony; From “Non-Places” to “Places of Social Concentration”; Outside and Inside the University; Sustainability sustains Architecture; Messages in the bottle; …                       since 1985 various monographs, last: Antonietta Iolanda Lima, From urban fragments to ecological systems – The Architecture of Pica Ciamarra, Jaca Book, Milano 2019 (English edition, translation by Colum Fordham); in 2017 in Art Tribune, Collection “Italian Architects”by Luigi prestinenza Puglisi

Thirty achievements in the “Selezione delle opere di rilevante interesse storico-artistico 1945-2005“ and in “Censimento Italiano delle Architetture Italiane del secondo Novecento” MiBac 2018 Among the best known: Angus Plants (IN/Arch 1969 Prize); Multipurpuse Unit in Arcavacata of the University of Calabria (Prizes: A.I.P. 1973; Regione Calabria 2007); The Departments of Pharmacy (Gold Medal of the University of Messina); Aula del Quadrifoglio (Seal of the University of Basilicata 1987); the Istituto Motori of CNR and the Square of Fuorigrotta (finalist of the International Award for Innovative Technology in Architecture, Sidney 1988; Aragonese Prize 1991); Teuco/Guzzini Haedquartes in Recanati (Prize: Architettura Tecnologia Ambiente – ENEA/SAIE 1998); the Sangiorgio Library in Pistoia (Honourable Mention 2017- Club and Centres Federation for UNESCO); The City of Science in Bagnoli (Trophées “Sommet de la Terre et Bâtiment”; finalist Triennale di Milano, Medaglia d’Oro all’Architettura italiana 2003; Dedalo Minosse Prize 2004); Corporea, Museum of Human Body

from the 1987 monographic exhibition in Rome / Paris / Dublin / Bruges / Rio de Janeiro / Curitiba / San Paolo / Brasilia / Lanciano / Siviglia / Aix en Provence / Pisa / Cimitile; from 2013 permanent in the MAMT / Museo Mediterraneo delle Arti, Musica e Tradizioni: Pica Ciamarra Associati – Utopia / Realtà; from 2016 in the MUVA / Museo virtuale di Architettura: Pica Ciamarra Associati – Virtual Trip in 50 Years of Theory and Planning Practice; Napoli 2018: Civilising the Urban – The Architecture of Pica Ciamarra Associati

among the prizes:  1969 IN/Arch Campania; 2004 S.Valentino d’Oro; 2010 SiebenArchi; 2014 Sebetia-ter; 2015 Andel / La cultura della città; 2016 Fondazione OAPPC-NA / Career Award; 2017 Award Italian Institute for the Future / Center of Near Space; 2017 Premio Mileto/Filocamo alla ricerca ed innovazione scientifica; Cenacolo della Cultura e delle Scienze / Premio Cultura 2018; Premio Mediterraneo “Architettura” – Special edition 2018


                 This is my philosophy                Utopia? Yes, the quest of Pica Ciamarra Associati to transform even a single building into a community space, a sort of micro-environment shaped and fashioned to have an impact, even on the spiritual dimension of those who will use or visit it, is a necessary utopia.

Since 1970, based in an isolated building situated on the peninsula of Posillipo, Pica Ciamarra Associati  have acted as a laboratory of architectural and urban design which has gradually incorporated new members and new energies over time: using a multidisciplinary approach, the roots of the architectural practice lie in the intensive theoretical and practical work begun in the early 1960s by Massimo Pica Ciamarra. Since then the practice has been marked by a continuous relationship with “Le Carré bleu -feuille internationale d’architecture“ and leading members of the cultural milieu of Team 10: this has led to constant attention to everything that lies beyond form, to the relationship with contexts that also include non-spatial contexts, and to high levels of integration and dialectical discussion. According to PCA, a design transcends the approaches of a single sector, providing simultaneous solutions to contradictory requirements, combining utopia and practicality. The poetics of the fragment: it mediates between architecture and the urban dimension: some designs also have the aim of becoming absorbed within a context as “informed fragments”.

Pistoia –  Sangiorgio Library  competition, 1st prize   2007

Light has a very important role in the concept of the new library: the reading places, naturally lighted by solar chimneys and not by the usual small table lamps, have a possibility of interchange with the outside environment: not a distraction but an enrichment. Achieved in 2007, the project expresses the principles always present in […]

Palermo – Torre Ingastone Shopping Center 2010

The project site is located at the edge of the urban fabric of Palermo, at Borgo Nuovo. The natural shape of the  gently sloping land, creates a contrast with the rock dominating the northern side. The project, in its conception and in its morphology resumes the themes that characterize the activity of our practice, with […]

Napoli – Shopping Center at via Argine, 2010

Located on the east side of Naples in a strategic position between the exit of the Autostrada del Sole and the one toward Salerno, the complex has an important relevance not only on a functional but also on a morphological urban scale and from the landscape point of view. Its total surface is 55.400 square […]

Capodichino International Airport – Vip  Lounge, 2011

Close to the mall and the waiting area, this lounge area is designed to produce the idea of a unified space even if divided into two rooms with inclined glass walls. The halls are characterized in terms of surface treatment and design, finishes and furnishings, lighting and micro-climate. They are signaled  to the traveler by […]

CORPOREA –  Museum of the Human Body, 2018

Located opposite the island of Nisida, the City of Science occupies 250 meters of coastline and 7 hectares of a 19th-century industrial area. Along the coast appear the spaces of the Museum area which also take in the Children’s City, a teaching area, and to the south spaces for temporary exhibitions, and northwards a wide […]