Massimo earned a Master’s Degree in Architecture. He collaborated with Giancarlo De Carlo in the field of Urban Design, and his projects in this domain have been awarded in international competitions. He covered strategic positions both in Academy and Industry. He taught at the Politecnico di Milano and at the University of Trento, and is now Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. In 2000 founded StudioBau, a small firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, interior and furniture design. As a consultant, he art directed furniture manufacturers among whom the Italian high-end Brand Azucena, established in 1947. He his currently product and creative designer for Matrix International. For this company, he made researches at the Yale University on unpublished furniture designs by Eero Saarinen; the achievements of this work are now being published in the essay “Eero Saarinen, The Organic Unit in Furniture Design”, with a foreword by Paolo Portoghesi. Specialties: architecture interior design furniture design

Work Samples

  • brass table

  • standing ovation

  • Wishbone Tables

Work History

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

    • American University of Sharjah
    • Sep 2012 - Present (2 years 7 months)

    I am currently teaching Furniture and Interior Design at the third and at the forth year level. I am a member of the steering committee for the IDE program.

  • consultant

    • Corte Zari
    • Nov 2008 - Present (6 years 5 months)

    Designing the project for the expansion of the company headquarters (now under construction) and developing new products

  • partner

    • ELP Business Connections
    • 2007 - Present (8 years)

    ELP Business Connections GmbH is a network of several hundreds professional business consultants working in 25 nations, helping enterprises in developing their business and fostering their competitiveness.
    Arch. Massimo Imparato became senior partner in 2007, and he has been involved in many co-operational projects between public bureau and private enterprises in Europe.

  • founder/owner

    • StudioBau
    • 2000 - Present (15 years)

    StudioBau operates at the intersection of Architecture, Interior and Furniture Design.
    Among the achievements in this field there is a number of patents.

    Foldable letter cage in Polypropylene. EU Patent 902,895, filed March, 1 2008 issued March, 1 2013. Assignee: DESIPO OY.

    Sectional Seating System. EU Patent 1,694,258,001 filed April, 1 2010. Assignee: Matrix International S.r.l.

    Sectional Seating System. EU Patent 1,694,258,002 filed April, 1 2010. Assignee: Matrix International S.r.l.

    Table with base in Steel Bar and Cast Aluminium Joint. EU Patent 164,033,001 filed April, 1 2004. Assignee: Matrix International S.r.l.

    Table with base in Steel Bar and Cast Aluminium Joint. EU Patent 164,033,002 filed April, 1 2004. Assignee: Matrix International S.r.l.

    Table with base in Steel Bar and Steel Joint. EU Patent 164,033,003 filed April, 1 2004. Assignee: Matrix International S.r.l.

  • Creative director, product designer

    • Matrix International
    • 1997 - Present (18 years)

    Design strategies, Product Design, Brand, Exhibit Design.
    Matrix was established in 1984 and created –through two decades– one of the most fascinating design classics collection which the company produces and distributes across the world. StudioBau has designed the contemporary line of products, and consults the company in all aspects of its operational chain.

  • contract professor

    • Politecnico di Milano
    • Sep 2001 - Jul 2012 (10 years 10 months)

    Research Fellow from 2005 through 2006
    Professor of urban design from 2001 through 2012

  • lecturer

    • Florence Institute of Design International
    • Sep 2010 - May 2012 (1 year 8 months)

    The Florence Institute is an international school of Italian design providing both masters and undergraduate design courses in Italy. The Institute specializes in a wide range of courses of Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art History and Architecture for students from across Europe and around the world.
    Massimo is currently a faculty member for two master level courses of Furniture Design.

  • art director

    • azucena
    • Nov 2010 - Nov 2011 (1 year)

    Developing contents for communication of printed and on line brochures and catalogues, designing exhibitions in Milan show-room

  • consultant

    • Desipo Oy
    • 2006 - 2007 (1 year)

    Desipo is a company manufacturing interiors and outdoor taylored doors and building systems
    For Desipo Massimo has been Consultant and Product Developer

  • consultant

    • Softroll Oy
    • 2006 - 2007 (1 year)

    Softroll is a company manufacturing sliding panels and home furniture
    Massimo has been consultant and product developer

  • Consultant

    • Bestwood
    • 2006 - 2006

    Bestwood was a cooperational project launched for fostering the competitiveness of Lahti's region Small and Medium Enterprises, working in the wood industry.
    Bestwood project was financed by Tekes, the Finnish Agency helping companies in developing new technologies,
    The project focused on the issues of technical innovation, product design and market strategies.
    Massimo was invited to several workshops as an experience professional in product design processes.


  • ILA&UD

    • international workshop Architecture and Urban Desgn
    • 1985 - 1990
  • Università degli Studi di Genova

    • 1987 architecture and urban design
    • 1981 - 1987
  • Liceo Scientifico Pacinotti

    • High School Diploma Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
    • 1975 - 1980



senior partner of ELP Business Connections


ADI Design Index 2000 Promoter Italian Associations for Industrial Design ADI - Award: The Chaise Longue “Curvilinea” selected for the XIXth “Premio Compasso d'Oro” 1998, Promoter Opos International Competition for Young Designers Award: The Colander “Space Saver” awarded with the first prize