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Alfonso Femia: Born in Taurianova, Reggio Calabria (IT) on December 7, 1966. Graduated at the University of Genoa – School of Architecture in 1992. Register of Architects Genoa since 1994. Register of Architects of Regional Council of Île-de-France since 1995. Alfonso Femia has been teacher of Architectural Design Didactics at Kent State University in Florence and at Architecture University of Ferrara and Genoa.
Gianluca Peluffo: Born in Savona (IT) on October 27, 1966. Graduated at the University of Genoa – School of Architecture in 1993. Register of Architects Savona since 1995. Gianluca Peluffo is Confirmed Research worker of Architectural Design at the Architecture University of Genoa.
“The founders of Studio 5+1AA confront the contemporary in the way they address the relationship between territory, city and architecture, constructing this relationship as a representation of reality. The perception and the transformation of reality are, therefore, the keys to a conception of architecture as both body and idea, at once real and emotional, pragmatic and sensual, acceptable and yet also capable of engendering wonder as a catalyst of new understanding.”
They first designed the University Campus of Savona, the headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, the Palazzo del Ghiaccio e dei Frigoriferi Milanesi in Milan and the Fiera Milano business headquarters. In recognition of their research activities, in 2003 the Ministry of Culture awarded them the title of ‘Benemerito’ of the Scuola della Cultura e dell’Arte. In 2005 they created 5+1AA. In the same year they won the competition for the new Palazzo del Cinema in Venice. In 2006 they opened a studio in Milan, dedicated to study and experimentation on the contemporary city. Simonetta Cenci became a partner of 5+1AA. In 2007, they developed the Master Plan for the Expo in Milan of 2015. They opened the Agence in Paris together with Nicola Spinetto, who in 2009 became an associate. In 2008 they won the competition for the new Fiera Milano business headquarters, built in 2010. In 2009 they won the competitions for the redevelopment of the docks of Marseille and for the Officine Grandi Riparazioni Ferroviarie in Turin. In 2010 they won the competition to design the Generali SGR residential complex in Milan, and they also built the Museo del Giocattolo e del Bambino in Cormano, the ‘Torre Orizzontale’ in Milan, and residences in San Giuliano di Puglia. In 2011 they won the Philippe Rotthier European Prize for Architecture for the best combination of urban activity and local integration with the project Frigoriferi Milanesi project. In the same year they won the International Chicago Athenaeum Prize for the best global project of 2011 with the project ‘Torre Orizzontale’: the Fiera Milano business headquarters.
n 2012 they completed the New Italian Space Agency building in Rome, the requalification of the former Metalmetron industrial site “Ex Officine” in Savona and the new integrated project of social housing for Aler, S. Polo Torre “Tintoretto” in Brescia. They develop in conjunction with Jean-baptiste Pietri and Christian Biechier a residential project for the city of Evry, in France. In the same year, they won the Award “Architetture Rivelate” with the Officine Grandi Riparazioni Ferroviarie in Turin and the “Trimo Architectural Award” with the project of Ex Metalmetron Area in Savona. In 2013 they completed the School complex of Zugliano in Vicenza and the IV parcel of the Headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior in Rome. They won the competitions for the rehabilitation of Ex-Fitram area in La Spezia and for the requalification of RGG Michelet complex in Marseille. In the same year, they are charged by the Societé d’Amenagement du Port de Tanger-ville for the reconversion of the Lots 4 and 9 of the Tanger Harbour.