About the curators of “Anti-tectonics”:
Giannantonio Bongiorno, Momo Andrea Destro and Eugenia Murialdo are a team of Italian architects coming from different backgrounds and with a wide international experience, they look at the fast paced changes of nowadays society as source of inspiration, and their aim is to promote innovation in the field of design and industry.
About Giannantonio Bongiorno
Giannantonio is a worldwide active designer and educator. He gained a wide international experience while working for renowned design firms and educational institutions on a range of cultural, educational, research, and architecture projects in Europe, the Far East, and South East Asia and more recently also in Northern America. Clients for whom he has worked include major corporations, developers, and public institutions, such as BMW, Daimler AG, Embassy of Italy to the P.R.China, Municipality of Harbin, Volkswagen China.
He held teaching positions at Politecnico di Milano and at the Strelka Institute in Moscow, and recently launched “A Map of Hutopolis”, a research book about the Chinese urbanization process, in joint venture with five universities including Politecnico di Milano, Tsinghua University and others (published by RCS Mediagroup/Rizzoli China). Giannantonio regularly lectures at important universities and events, including Strelka Institute, Studio-X/Columbia University, Tsinghua University or Beijing Design Week, and Milan Design Week. He has been an invited speaker at conferences organized by the Italian Embassy to China and the Chinese Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
Giannantonio is one of the initiators and curators of the urban research program and start-up Anti-tectonics and currently serves as Project Designer at REX Architecture in New York City.
About Momo Andrea Destro
Momo Andrea Destro (1979) is an architect graduated at the Architecture Faculty of Florence in 2007. In more than 7 years he gained a deep experience in designing and managing different scales of architectural and urban projects in Europe and Asia.
From 2008 to 2010 he served at Studio Archea, first in Florence and later in Beijing. From 2010 until the beginning of 2012, he has been the director of Studio Archea Beijing: in this position he led a team of international architects in complex architectural projects in Asia, Canada and Europe. Together with the management of the Beijing office, he has been coordinator of the Chinese edition of Area magazine and Form@ magazine participating in the selection of topics for the magazine and the organization of events related to the discipline.
In 2012, he founded MDDM Studio, an architectural practice active in China, Germany and Italy focusing on a various range of projects. In 2012 he won the Yanqing Grape Garden international competition and during the August of the same year was honored with the third prize of the “Young Italian Architect 2012” award. The work of MDDM Studio has been widely published.
He participated to forums and conferences organized by institutions such as the Chinese Ministry of housing and Urban-Rural Development or the Italian Embassy in China, and he regularly lectures at universities or cultural institutions such as Italian Institute of Culture of Beijing, University of Nanjing, University of Changsha, University of British Columbia, Today Art Museum.
One of his goals is to explore in depth the possibilities of architecture today and during 2013 together with Giannantonio Bongiorno and Eugenia Murialdo started the program Anti-tectonics.
About Eugenia Murialdo
Eugenia Murialdo (1978) is an architect graduated at the Università degli Studi di Genova. Form 2001 to 2002 she studied at the Institut Français d’Urbanisme (IFU) and at the Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville (ENSA-PB). Since 2006 she is a Class A architect also registred in “Albo dell’Ordine degli Architetti, Pianificatori, Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Genova”. From 2004 to 2008 she served as Project Architect at ARCHEA Associati in Genova and Beijing and during 2009 she became Chief Architect of the Beijing office. During this time she also cooperated with the magazine “Area China”.
Since December 2010 she works as independent architect. In December 2010 she began a partnership with Modourbano, a network of professionals, managing projects throughout China. Eugenia recently started the program Anti-tectonics to explore the possibilities of architecture and urban planning in China.