Speaker Profile


Job TitleFounder

Company NameStefano Boeri Architetti


Stefano Boeri was born in 1956 in Milan.
In 1980 he graduated in Architecture at Milan Politecnico and in 1989 he received his PhD from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV), in Venice.
Full Professor of Urban Planning at Politecnico in Milan, Boeri has been a guest professor at various universities, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the Strelka Institute in Moscow and the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He has been designer and member of the Scientific Board at Skolkovo Innovation Center, high tech hub close to Moscow.

Stefano Boeri has been recently appointed Director of a post-doctoral research program at Tongji University in Shanghai, where he is developing an international research platform called Future City Lab (FCL), a multidisciplinary lab exploring the future of the city, in the biodiversity and urban forestation perspectives, as an answer to the climate change crisis.
He was Councillor for Culture in Milan from 2011 to 2013. He has been recently appointed member of the Scientific Board of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy, along with Davide Gasparotto, Senior Curator of Paintings Department at The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Stefano Boeri was director of the international magazines “Domus” (2004-2007) and “Abitare” (2007-2011) and published articles in magazines such as “Casabella”, “Icon”, “2g”, “Archis” and “Blueprint”. He published many books, among which Il territorio che cambia (with A. Lanzani and E. Marini, Abitare Segesta, 1996), Mutations (ACTAR Barcellona,2000), USE, Uncertain states of Europe (Skira, 2009), L’anticittà (Laterza, 2011), Biomilano. Glossario di idee per una metropoli basata su biodiversità (Corraini, 2011), Fare di più con meno (il Saggiatore, 2012), A Vertical Forest. Instructions booklet for the prototype of a forest city (Corraini, 2015) and La città scritta (Quodlibet Edizioni, 2016).

In 1993 he founded Multiplicity, an agency for territorial investigation, which detects the physical environment, researching for the clues and traces produced by new social behaviours. With USE-Uncertain States of Europe, Multiplicity took part in Mutations (2000, Bordeaux, Tokyo) and in 2002 in Documenta Kassel with Solid Sea, a research on migratory fluxes through the Mediterranean Sea. With Road Map (a research about Middle East boundaries) it takes part in many Biennials and international exhibitions.
In 2010, Stefano Boeri, called by the Brazilian metropolitan Municipality, coordinated São Paulo Calling, a research project on informal urban settlements in the world.

In 1999, as architect and town planner, Stefano Boeri together with Gianandrea Barreca and Giovanni La Varra founded Boeri Studio. In 2008 the studio was re-named Stefano Boeri Architetti (partner with Michele Brunello until 2016). In 2013 Stefano Boeri founded, together with Yibo Xu, Stefano Boeri Architetti China, located in Shanghai.
Stefano Boeri Architetti’s work has been predominantly focused on the design of buildings and open spaces for European urban areas requiring regeneration or redevelopment. It has undertaken a series of projects regarding the transformation and re-use of several waterfronts such as Naples, Trieste, Genoa, La Maddalena, Doha, Marseille and Thessaloniki, paying great attention to the geopolitical and environmental implications of urban issues.

Among the most well-known architectures, the Vertical Forest in Milan (recipient of many international awards, like the International Highrise Award in 2014 and the Best Tall Building Award bestowed in 2015 by CTBUH), Villa Méditerranée in Marseille and The House of the Sea in La Maddalena. In 2009, Stefano Boeri, with Richard Burdett, Jacques Herzog and William McDonough, was a member of the Architectural Advisory Board for Expo Milano 2015 designated to develop the exhibition concept masterplan.
In 2015, Stefano Boeri took part in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, where he presented his project Forest City, an urban settlement based on biodiversity, green energy and environmental sustainability, that will be built in China.
Stefano Boeri Architetti is currently working on international projects such as Tirana2030 General Local Plan, the Tower of Cedars in Chavanne (Lausanne), San Marino General Local Plan and many public and residential projects in China, recalling the Milanese prototype of Vertical Forest.
Stefano Boeri Architetti has been recently asked to design a new school refectory in Amatrice. The project Amate Amatrice was realized thanks to the national fundraising campaign promoted by TGLa7 and Corriere della Sera right after the earthquake that hit Central Italy in August 2016.

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Conference Sessions

  • Pechakucha - Future urbanity: the unthinkable world

    15-Mar-2018, 11:00 - 12:30, Grand Auditorium

    A one-off, special PechaKucha event showcasing the very best architectural projects from around the world. Presented in 20 images x 20 seconds, a format made fa...

    • Language: English
  • BiodiverCity: an international call to action to develop biodiversity in cities

    15-Mar-2018, 14:30 - 16:00, Verrière Grand Auditorium

    Sponsor: IBPC You feel concerned about the future of our planet? Did you know biodiversity is under threat, as much as climate? Real estate can act! Join us an...

    • Language: English

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