Massimiliano Fuksas

Born 1944-01-09

Practice: Fuksas

Spouse: Doriana Mandrelli


  • Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects
  • Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Grand Prix d’Architecture Française
  • International Architecture Awards 2007


  • FieraMilano, New Exhibition Hall
  • Armani Store Fifth Avenue
  • Armani Ginza Tower
  • Centro Congressi Italia
  • Vienna Twin Tower
  • Zénith Music Hall
  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
  • Peres Center for Peace

Massimiliano Fuksas (born January 9, 1944) is an international Italian architect. He is the head of Studio Fuksas, with offices in Rome, Paris and Shenzhen.

Rome Convention Center “La Nuvola”
Fuksas was born in Rome in 1944; his father was Lithuanian Jewish while his Catholic mother was the daughter of a French father and an Austrian mother.

At the beginning of the Sixties, he worked for Giorgio De Chirico in Rome. After he left Italy and worked for a period for Archigram in London, for Henning Larsen and for Jørn Utzon in Copenhagen. He received his degree in architecture from the La Sapienza University in 1969 in Rome,[1] where he opened his first office in 1967, the GRANMA.

From 1985 he has worked in partnership with his wife, Doriana Mandrelli.[2] Subsequent offices were opened in Paris (1989) and Vienna (1993), Frankfurt (2002) and Shenzhen, China (2008).[2] Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport’s new Terminal 3, which his firm designed and built 2008-2013 (with parametric design support by the engineering firm Knippers Helbig), is an outstanding example for the use of parametric design and production technologies in a large scale building.

Fuksas had three daughters with Doriana Fuksas: Elisa, Lavinia and Priscilla.

From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the urban commissions of Berlin and of Salzburg. For many years he has dedicated his special attention to the study of urban problems and in particular to the suburbs. From June 1997 he was advisor to the I.F.A. (Institut Français d’Architecture) Administration Board. Since January 2000, he writes the architecture column of the weekly publication L’Espresso, established by Bruno Zevi. In 2000 he was (somewhat ironically in light of his practice of employing unpaid interns for periods up to two years) the Director of The Venice Biennale’s – 7th International Architecture Exhibition – “Less Aesthetics, More Ethics”.[1]

He is visiting professor at several universities, including the École spéciale d’architecture in Paris, and Columbia University in New York.[1][3]

Main works

Twin Tower, Vienna

FieraMilano complex, Milan

Peres Center for Peace, Ajami, Jaffa

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Zénith Music Hall, Strasbourg, France
School at Anagni
Gym at Paliano
University at Brest and Limoges, France
“Flora Tristan” University Complex, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France
Maison des Arts, Bordeaux, France
Cave of Niaux visitor entrance, Ariège (department), France
Shopping Mall Europark 1, Salzburg, Austria
Vienna Twin Tower in Vienna, Austria
PalaLottomatica Facade, Rome, Italy
FieraMilano exhibition complex, Rho, Milan, Italy
Centro Congressi Italia, EUR district, Rome[4]
Urban master plan FrankfurtHochVier in Frankfurt, Germany
Nardini Auditorium and Research Centre, Bassano del Grappa, Italy
Ferrari Headquarters and Research Centre, Maranello, Italy
New Exhibition Hall, Porta Palazzo district, Turin, Italy
Armani Ginza Tower, Tokyo, Japan
Armani Fifth Avenue, New York City, United States
De Cecco Headquarters, Pescara, Italy
Zénith Music Hall, Strasbourg, France
St. Paul Apostle’s Church (Chiesa di San Paolo Apostolo), Foligno, Italy
Peres Center for Peace, Ajami, Jaffa, Israel[5]
French National Archives, Pierrefitte, France
Shopping centre BLOB, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, in cooperation with Knippers Helbig, Shenzhen, China
Tbilisi Service Centre, Tbilisi, Georgia[6]
Works in progress
Piedmont Region Headquarters, Lingotto district, Turin, Italy
House of Justice, Tbilisi, Georgia
Australia Forum, Canberra, Australia
Is Molas Golf Resort, Pula, Italy
Beverly Center, Beverly Hills, USA
Major awards
1998 Vitruvio a la Trayectoria, in Buenos Aires
1999 Grand Prix d’Architecture Française[7]
2000 Accademico Nazionale di San Luca, Italy
2000 Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française
2002 Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects
2006 Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects, London[2]
2009, Gold Medal for Italian Architecture, Triennale di Milano, Milano
2011 Ignazio Silone International Prize for Culture, Rome[2]
Aisha Hasanovic (1 July 2006). 2000 Architects. Images Publishing. pp. 405–. ISBN 978-1-920744-93-9. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
Parreño, Christian (2011). “The Authority of Boldness”. Glass Magazine (7): 168–171. ISSN 2041-6318.
Sabina Marreiros; Heinfried Tacke (1 November 2006). Shop Design. teNeues. pp. 383–. ISBN 978-3-8327-9104-9. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
Duncan Garwood; Abigail Hole (1 February 2008). Rome. Lonely Planet. pp. 51–. ISBN 978-1-74104-659-5. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
Ron Friedman (2009-12-18), “Peres Center arrives alongside Ajami”, The Jerusalem Post
“Tbilisi Public Service Hall / Studio Fuksas”. ArchDaily. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
David Trottin (1999). In-Ex Projects. Birkhäuser. pp. 214–. ISBN 978-3-7643-6128-0. Retrieved 28 April 2012.
Other references
Ruggero Lenci, Massimiliano Fuksas. Oscillazioni e sconfinamenti, Testo e Immagine Ed., Torino, 1996. ISBN 88-86498-06-3
External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Massimiliano Fuksas.
Official commercial site
Massimiliano Fuksas – in Italian ARC
Profile at Specifier Magazine
Interview in the LEAF Review